Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) reported that first-quarter revenue was $4.5 billion, a 16 percent increase from the same quarter in 2011.
The increase year-over-year was driven by higher demand in truck, power generation and construction markets in North America and strong growth in global mining markets. Growth in these markets offset weaker demand in the truck market in Brazil, the construction market in China and construction and power generation markets in Europe.
Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) was $658 million or 14.7 percent of sales compared to $532 million or 13.8 percent of sales in the first quarter of 2011. EBIT increased by 24 percent, continuing the company’s trend of growing earnings faster than sales.
Net income attributable to Cummins in the first quarter of 2012 was $455 million ($2.38 per diluted share) compared to $343 million in the same period a year ago ($1.75 per diluted share).
“Cummins continues to benefit from its geographic diversification and its leadership position in a number of end markets as evidenced by our very strong first quarter results,” said Tom Linebarger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Revenues in North America grew 40 percent in the first quarter, offsetting near-term softness in some emerging markets. I am delighted that through close coordination with our key OEM partners and strong execution from our manufacturing and supply chain teams, we have been able to quickly increase our production in North America to meet strong demand for our products.”
Based on the current forecast, Cummins reaffirms that total company revenues are expected to increase 10 percent in 2012, with EBIT in the range of 14.5 to 15 percent of sales.
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