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Caterpillar Updates 2015 Targets; Expects Profit Per Share of $12 to $18 with Sales and Revenues of $80 to $100 Billion

Monday, September 24, 2012

Caterpillar Updates 2015 Targets; Expects Profit Per Share of $12 to $18 with Sales and Revenues of $80 to $100 Billion16:15 EDT Monday, September 24, 2012New 2015 targets driven by strong operational execution and expectation of modest economic growthLAS VEGAS, Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Stressing a commitment to deliver results that place Caterpillar Inc. (CAT: NYSE) in the top 25 percent of the S&P 500 for total shareholder return, Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman and members of the company's Executive Office updated analysts today on the company's strategy and expectations for 2015. The analyst meeting and discussion took place at MINExpo International 2012 inside the Las Vegas Convention Center. At MINExpo, the world's largest and most comprehensive show dedicated to mining, Caterpillar is showcasing the broadest line of both surface and underground mining and materials handling equipment available in the mining industry. "There are a number of geopolitical and economic factors driving uncertainty in the world today, but our base case scenario calls for modest global economic growth over the next few years," Oberhelman said. "We think this is a reasonable view and the most likely outcome, and based on that, we expect 2015 sales and revenues for Caterpillar to be in a range of $80 to $100 billion, and for profit in a range of $12 to $18 per share," Oberhelman added. "But just as we have done in the past, Caterpillar is ready to act if we enter a recession. We don't think it's likely, but if it happens, we are prepared to react and would expect to remain attractively profitable and to maintain our dividend."During the meeting, Caterpillar outlined a number of operational improvements that have occurred in the last few years, changes driven by the execution of the company's updated Vision 2020 strategy, which included a revitalized focus on customers. "We have done a great job of delivering on our strategy, and over the past 10 years we have delivered a total shareholder return near the top 15 percent of companies in the S&P 500," Oberhelman said. "From the shop floor to the executive office, we are all working to create a culture within Caterpillar that expects more from ourselves and delivers more to our customers. That attitude, along with a drive for constant improvement, is a requirement in today's highly competitive global marketplace. We are changing the culture of the company and building on Caterpillar's legacy to grow its leadership position," Oberhelman added.MINExpo 2012 runs Monday, September 24, through Wednesday, September 26. Nearly 100 different Cat dealerships are represented at the show. Hundreds of dealer personnel and Caterpillar Global Mining staff will host almost 6,000 customers and business partners during MINExpo, which is held only once every four years.About Caterpillar:For more than 85 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. With 2011 sales and revenues of $60.138 billion, Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company also is a leading services provider through Caterpillar Financial Services, Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services and Progress Rail Services. More information is available at: http://www.caterpillar.com. Forward-Looking StatementsCertain statements in this press release relate to future events and expectations and are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Words such as "believe," "estimate," "will be," "will," "would," "expect," "anticipate," "plan," "project," "intend," "could," "should" or other similar words or expressions often identify forward-looking statements.  All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding our outlook, projections, forecasts or trend descriptions. These statements do not guarantee future performance, and we do not undertake to update our forward-looking statements. Caterpillar's actual results may differ materially from those described or implied in our forward-looking statements based on a number of factors, including, but not limited to: (i) global economic conditions and economic conditions in the industries and markets we serve; (ii) government monetary or fiscal policies and infrastructure spending ; (iii) commodity or component price increases and/or limited availability of raw materials and component products, including steel; (iv) our and our customers', dealers' and suppliers' ability to access and manage liquidity; (v) political and economic risks and instability, including national or international conflicts and civil unrest; (vi) our and Cat Financial's ability to: maintain credit ratings, avoid material increases in borrowing costs, and access capital markets; (vii) the financial condition and credit worthiness of Cat Financial's customers; (viii) inability to realize expected benefits from acquisitions and divestitures, including the acquisition of Bucyrus International, Inc.; (ix) international trade and investment policies; (x) challenges related to Tier 4 emissions compliance; (xi) market acceptance of our products and services; (xii) changes in the competitive environment, including market share, pricing and geographic and product mix of sales; (xiii) successful implementation of capacity expansion projects, cost reduction initiatives and efficiency or productivity initiatives, including the Caterpillar Production System; (xiv) sourcing practices of our dealers or original equipment manufacturers; (xv) compliance with environmental laws and regulations; (xvi) alleged or actual violations of trade or anti-corruption laws and regulations; (xvii) additional tax expense or exposure; (xviii) currency fluctuations; (xix) our or Cat Financial's compliance with financial covenants; (xx) increased pension plan funding obligations; (xxi) union disputes or other employee relations issues; (xxii) significant legal proceedings, claims, lawsuits or investigations; (xxiii) compliance requirements imposed if carbon emissions legislation and/or regulations are adopted; (xxiv) changes in accounting standards; (xxv) failure or breach of IT security; (xxvi) adverse effects of natural disasters; and (xxvii) other factors described in more detail under "Item 1A.  Risk Factors" in our Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 21, 2012 for the year ended December 31, 2011.  This filing is available on our website at www.caterpillar.com/secfilings.  SOURCE Caterpillar Inc.For further information: Jim Dugan, Corporate Public Affairs, +1-309-494-4100, Dugan_Jim@cat.com