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Caterpillar Inc CAT
Q4 2012 Earnings Call Transcript

Transcript Call Date 01/28/2013

Operator: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Caterpillar Full-Year and Fourth Quarter 2012 Earnings Results. At this time, all lines have been placed on a listen-only mode and we will open the floor for your questions and comments following the presentation.

It is now my pleasure to turn the floor over to your host Mr. Mike DeWalt. Sir, the floor is yours.

Mike DeWalt - Corporate Controller: Thank you very much, and good morning and welcome everyone to our year-end earnings call. I'm Mike DeWalt, Caterpillar's Corporate Controller and Director of Investor Relations. On the call today I'm pleased to have our Chairman and CEO, Doug Oberhelman; and our Group President and CFO, Brad Halverson.

This call is copyrighted by Caterpillar Inc. and any use, recording or transmission of any portion without the expressed written consent of Caterpillar is strictly prohibited. If you'd like a copy of today’s call transcript, we'll be posting it in the Investors section of our caterpillar.com website and it will be in the section labeled Results Webcast.

This morning we'll be discussing forward-looking information that involves risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information. A discussion of some of the factors that either individually or in the aggregate could make actual results differ materially from our projections can be found in our cautionary statements under Item 1A, Risk Factors, of our Form 10-K filed with the SEC back on February 21 of 2012 and also in the forward-looking statements language contained in today's release.

In addition a reconciliation of non-GAAP measures can be found in our financial release and that's been posted on our website at Caterpillar.com.

Okay. This morning before we get into the Q&A I'm going to cover four topics. The first will be a short summary of the full-year 2012, then I'll take a few minutes to discuss how we ended the year compared with what we expected in our outlook for 2012 that we issued back in October. My third topic will be a comparison of the fourth quarter of 2012 with the fourth quarter of 2011 and then I'll finish up with my final topic, which is a discussion about our 2013 outlook, then I will turn the floor over to Doug Oberhelman and Doug will take a few minutes to talk about our Siwei acquisition.

Alright let’s get started with 2012 and we were very pleased to report this morning that it was another record year for both sales and revenues and profit. Sales and revenues were at $65.9 million and that was an increase of 10% from 2011. Profit was $8.48 a share and that was up 15%. Now the $8.48 per share for the year did include the goodwill impairment charge of $580 million or $0.87 a share and we announced that back on January 18.

At $65.9 billion sales and revenues were lower than we expected when we were at this point about a year ago in January 2011 with our first outlook. After a great first half the economies around the world began to slow around mid-year, as a result dealer sales end-users began to flatten out, we found ourselves with inventory that was too high and dealers also found themselves with too much inventory.

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