Caterpillar said Q3 2017 sales and revenues were $11.4 billion, compared with $9.2 billion in Q3 2016. Third-quarter 2017 profit per share was $1.77, compared with $0.48 per share in the third quarter of 2016. Excluding restructuring costs, third-quarter 2017 adjusted profit per share was $1.95, compared with third-quarter 2016 adjusted profit per share of $0.85.
Sales and Revenues by Geographic Region
Caterpillar said Machinery, Energy & Transportation (ME&T) operating cash flow was about $600 million during the third quarter, and ME&T’s debt-to-capital ratio improved to 36.1 percent, down from 38.6 percent at the end of the second quarter. The company ended the third quarter of 2017 with an enterprise cash balance of $9.6 billion.
“Higher sales volume and our team's focus on cost discipline resulted in improved profit margins across our three primary segments,” said Caterpillar CEO Jim Umpleby.
Caterpillar said it continues to see strength in a number of industries and regions, including construction in China, on-shore oil and gas in North America, and increased capital investments by mining customers.
In July 2017, Caterpillar provided an outlook range for full-year 2017 sales and revenues of $42 billion to $44 billion, with a midpoint of $43 billion. The company now expects full-year 2017 sales and revenues of about $44 billion.