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3M Delivers Record Third-Quarter Earnings of $1.65 per Share; Company Posts Sales of $7.5 Billion and 22.4 Percent Operating Income Margins

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

3M Delivers Record Third-Quarter Earnings of $1.65 per Share; Company Posts Sales of $7.5 Billion and 22.4 Percent Operating Income Margins07:30 EDT Tuesday, October 23, 2012 ST. PAUL, Minn. (Business Wire) -- 3M (NYSE: MMM) today reported record third-quarter earnings of $1.65 per share, an increase of 8.6 percent versus the third quarter of 2011. Operating income was $1.7 billion and operating income margins for the quarter were 22.4 percent. “The 3M team delivered another strong operating performance in the third quarter,” said Inge G. Thulin, 3M chairman, president and chief executive officer. “In the face of the current slow-growth economy, our businesses continued to grow organically and generated record profitability. All six of our businesses posted 21 percent-plus operating margins in the quarter, so we continue to execute well in 2012.” Sales were $7.5 billion, down 0.4 percent year-over-year. Organic local-currency sales grew 2.2 percent and acquisitions added 0.5 percent to sales. Currency impacts reduced sales by 3.1 percent year-on-year. On a business segment basis, organic local-currency sales increased 4.3 percent in Health Care, 3.3 percent in Industrial and Transportation, 1.4 percent in Consumer and Office, 1.3 percent in Display and Graphics, 0.7 percent in Safety, Security and Protection Services and 0.1 percent in Electro and Communications. On a geographic basis, organic local-currency sales grew 10.5 percent in Latin America/Canada, 2.3 percent in the United States, 0.8 percent in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and were down 0.1 percent in Asia Pacific. Third-quarter net income was $1.2 billion and earnings were $1.65 per share. Total-company operating income margins were 22.4 percent for the quarter, and free cash flow was $987 million. Thulin continued, “Regardless of economic conditions, we will remain focused on things within our control. 3M's unique combination of technology strength, manufacturing excellence and global capability will enable us to deliver sustainable increases in sales, earnings and cash flow.” 3M also updated its 2012 performance expectations. Reflecting current economic realities, the company now expects full-year earnings to be in the range of $6.27 to $6.35 per share, including $0.03 per share of anticipated acquisition-related costs. 3M previously expected a range of $6.35 to $6.50 per share, which did not include acquisition-related costs. The company anticipates full-year organic local-currency sales growth of 2 to 2.5 percent and that currency translation will reduce sales by approximately 2.5 percent for the year. 3M expects that full-year operating income margins will be in the range of 21.5 to 22 percent. Third-Quarter Business Segment DiscussionIndustrial and Transportation Sales of $2.6 billion, down 0.5 percent in U.S. dollars. Organic local-currency sales increased 3.3 percent and foreign currency translation reduced sales by 3.8 percent. On an organic local-currency basis: Sales growth was strongest in automotive OEM, aerospace and automotive aftermarket; renewable energy declined year-on-year. Sales rose in all regions, with strongest growth in the U.S. and Latin America/Canada. Operating income rose 9.4 percent to $575 million; operating income margin of 22.4 percent. Health Care Sales of $1.3 billion, up 1.4 percent in U.S. dollars. Organic local-currency sales increased 4.3 percent, acquisitions added 0.4 percent and foreign currency translation reduced sales by 3.3 percent. On an organic local-currency basis: Sales growth was led by food safety, health information systems and skin/wound care. Positive sales growth in all major geographies, led by Latin America/Canada and Asia Pacific. Operating income increased 9.0 percent to $400 million; operating income margin of 31.7 percent. Consumer and Office Sales of $1.1 billion, up 1.6 percent in U.S. dollars. Organic local-currency sales increased 1.4 percent, acquisitions added 2.5 percent and foreign currency translation reduced sales by 2.3 percent. On an organic local-currency basis: Growth was strongest in the DIY and consumer health care businesses; sales declined in stationery and office supplies. Sales rose in Latin America/Canada and Asia Pacific, were flat in the U.S. and declined in EMEA. Operating income was flat year-on-year at $244 million; operating income margin of 21.9 percent. Display and Graphics Sales of $936 million, flat year-over-year in U.S. dollars. Organic local-currency sales increased 1.3 percent, acquisitions added 0.8 percent and foreign currency translation reduced sales by 2.1 percent. On an organic local-currency basis: Double-digit sales increases in architectural markets; sales also increased in commercial graphics and traffic safety systems. Sales of optical films increased sequentially at a double-digit rate, but declined slightly year-over-year. Sales grew in Latin America/Canada and the U.S., and declined slightly in EMEA and Asia Pacific. Operating income increased 11.2 percent to $199 million; operating margin of 21.2 percent. Safety, Security and Protection Services Sales of $926 million, down 2.9 percent in U.S. dollars. Organic local-currency sales increased 0.7 percent, divestitures reduced sales by 0.1 percent and foreign currency translation reduced sales by 3.5 percent. On an organic local-currency basis: Sales growth was strongest in infrastructure protection and personal safety; sales declined year-on-year in roofing granules and security systems. Sales increased in Latin America/Canada and EMEA and declined in the U.S. and Asia Pacific. Operating income declined 2.8 percent to $196 million; operating margin of 21.1 percent. Electro and Communications Sales of $820 million, down 2.1 percent in U.S. dollars. Organic local-currency sales increased 0.1 percent and foreign currency translation reduced sales by 2.2 percent. On an organic local-currency basis: Sales increased in electrical markets and declined year-on-year in both the telecom and consumer electronics-related businesses. Sales rose in Latin America/Canada, the U.S. and EMEA, and were down year-on-year in Asia Pacific. Operating income of $186 million, up 2.5 percent; operating margin of 22.7 percent. 3M will conduct an investor teleconference at 9:00 a.m. EDT (8:00 a.m. CDT) today. Investors can access this conference via the following: Live webcast at http://investor.3M.com. Live telephone:Call 800-762-2596 within the U.S. or +1 212-231-2916 outside the U.S. Please join the call at least 10 minutes before the start time. Webcast replay:Go to 3M's Investor Relations website at http://investor.3M.com and click on “Quarterly Earnings.” Telephone replay:Call 800-633-8284 (for both U.S. and outside the U.S.; access code is 21538622).The telephone replay will be available until 10:00 a.m. CDT on October 28, 2012. Forward-Looking StatementsThis news release contains forward-looking information about 3M's financial results and estimates and business prospects that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. You can identify these statements by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “will,” “target,” “forecast” and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance or business plans or prospects. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are the following: (1) worldwide economic and capital markets conditions and other factors beyond the Company's control, including natural and other disasters affecting the operations of the Company or its customers and suppliers; (2) the Company's credit ratings and its cost of capital; (3) competitive conditions and customer preferences; (4) foreign currency exchange rates and fluctuations in those rates; (5) the timing and market acceptance of new product offerings; (6) the availability and cost of purchased components, compounds, raw materials and energy (including oil and natural gas and their derivatives) due to shortages, increased demand or supply interruptions (including those caused by natural and other disasters and other events); (7) the impact of acquisitions, strategic alliances, divestitures, and other unusual events resulting from portfolio management actions and other evolving business strategies, and possible organizational restructuring; (8) generating fewer productivity improvements than estimated; (9) security breaches and other disruptions to the Company's information technology infrastructure; and (10) legal proceedings, including significant developments that could occur in the legal and regulatory proceedings described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and its subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q (the "Reports"). Changes in such assumptions or factors could produce significantly different results. A further description of these factors is located in the Reports under “Cautionary Note Concerning Factors That May Affect Future Results” and “Risk Factors” in Part I, Items 1 and 1A (Annual Report) and in Part I, Item 2 and Part II, Item 1A (Quarterly Report). The information contained in this news release is as of the date indicated. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this news release as a result of new information or future events or developments. 3M Company and Subsidiaries CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME (Millions, except per-share amounts) (Unaudited)         Three-months ended Nine-months ended September 30, September 30, 2012 2011 2012 2011   Net sales $ 7,497   $ 7,531   $ 22,517   $ 22,522     Operating expenses Cost of sales 3,935 4,027 11,694 11,869 Selling, general and administrative expenses 1,487 1,534 4,567 4,648 Research, development and related expenses   397     389     1,216     1,191     Total operating expenses   5,819     5,950     17,477     17,708     Operating income   1,678     1,581     5,040     4,814     Interest expense and income Interest expense 44 48 127 141 Interest income   (10 )   (10 )   (29 )   (29 )   Total interest expense – net   34     38     98     112     Income before income taxes 1,644 1,543 4,942 4,702   Provision for income taxes   464     440     1,435     1,319     Net income including noncontrolling interest $ 1,180   $ 1,103   $ 3,507   $ 3,383     Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest   19     15     54     54     Net income attributable to 3M $ 1,161   $ 1,088   $ 3,453   $ 3,329     Weighted average 3M common shares outstanding – basic 693.0 707.7 694.7 710.9 Earnings per share attributable to 3M common shareholders – basic $ 1.68   $ 1.54   $ 4.97   $ 4.68     Weighted average 3M common shares outstanding – diluted 703.1 715.5 703.9 722.8 Earnings per share attributable to 3M common shareholders – diluted $ 1.65   $ 1.52   $ 4.91   $ 4.61     Cash dividends paid per 3M common share $ 0.59   $ 0.55   $ 1.77   $ 1.65     3M Company and Subsidiaries CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET (Dollars in millions) (Unaudited)       Sep. 30, Dec. 31, Sep. 30, 2012 2011 2011 ASSETS Current assets Cash and cash equivalents $ 3,029 $ 2,219 $ 3,376 Marketable securities – current 1,989 1,461 1,486 Accounts receivable – net 4,409 3,867 4,259 Inventories 3,842 3,416 3,604 Other current assets   1,225   1,277   944 Total current assets   14,494   12,240   13,669 Marketable securities – non-current 1,400 896 443 Investments 142 155 162 Property, plant and equipment – net 7,939 7,666 7,509 Goodwill and intangible assets – net 9,063 8,963 9,092 Prepaid pension benefits 47 40 87 Other assets (a)   1,394   1,656   1,153 Total assets $ 34,479 $ 31,616 $ 32,115   LIABILITIES AND EQUITY Current liabilities Short-term borrowings and current portion of long-term debt $ 1,506 $ 682 $ 1,204 Accounts payable 1,805 1,643 1,689 Accrued payroll 684 676 654 Accrued income taxes 301 355 421 Other current liabilities   2,299   2,085   2,197 Total current liabilities   6,595   5,441   6,165 Long-term debt 4,852 4,484 4,955 Pension and postretirement benefits (a) 3,114 3,972 1,704 Other liabilities   1,777   1,857   1,879 Total liabilities $ 16,338 $ 15,754 $ 14,703   Total equity (a) $ 18,141 $ 15,862 $ 17,412 Shares outstanding September 30, 2012: 691,931,278 shares December 31, 2011: 694,970,041 shares September 30, 2011: 700,844,681 shares       Total liabilities and equity $ 34,479 $ 31,616 $ 32,115   (a)   The changes in 3M's defined-benefit pension and postretirement plans' funded status as of December 31, 2011 (primarily due to a decrease in discount rates) significantly impacted several balance sheet lines. These changes increased long-term liabilities by approximately $2.4 billion and decreased stockholders' equity by approximately $1.6 billion, with the other major impact primarily related to increased deferred taxes within other assets. Other pension and postretirement changes during the year, such as contributions and amortization, also impacted these balance sheet captions.   3M Company and Subsidiaries CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS (Dollars in millions) (Unaudited)   Nine-months ended September 30, 2012   2011 NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES $ 3,562   $ 3,546     Cash flows from investing activities: Purchases of property, plant and equipment (977 ) (862 ) Acquisitions, net of cash acquired (248 ) (531 ) Purchases and proceeds from sale or maturities of marketable securities and investments – net (938 ) (197 ) Other investing activities   29     6     NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES   (2,134 )   (1,584 )   Cash flows from financing activities: Change in debt 1,197 621 Purchases of treasury stock (1,490 ) (2,207 ) Proceeds from issuances of treasury stock pursuant to stock option and benefit plans 772 865 Dividends paid to shareholders (1,228 ) (1,171 ) Other financing activities   35     (6 )   NET CASH USED IN FINANCING ACTIVITIES   (714 )   (1,898 )   Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   96     (65 )   Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 810 (1 ) Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year   2,219     3,377     Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 3,029   $ 3,376     3M Company and Subsidiaries SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW ANDOTHER SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION (Dollars in millions) (Unaudited)         Three-months ended Nine-months ended September 30, September 30, 2012 2011 2012 2011   NON-GAAP MEASURES   Free Cash Flow: Net cash provided by operating activities $ 1,345 $ 1,362 $ 3,562 $ 3,546 Purchases of property, plant and equipment   (358 )   (336 )   (977 )   (862 )   Free Cash Flow (b) $ 987   $ 1,026   $ 2,585   $ 2,684     (b)   Free cash flow is not defined under U.S. GAAP. Therefore, it should not be considered a substitute for income or cash flow data prepared in accordance with GAAP and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. The company defines free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities less purchases of property, plant and equipment. It should not be inferred that the entire free cash flow amount is available for discretionary expenditures. The company believes free cash flow is a useful measure of performance and uses this measure as an indication of the strength of the company and its ability to generate cash.     September 30, 2012   2011 OTHER NON-GAAP MEASURES: Net Working Capital Turns (c)                       4.7 4.9   (c)   The company uses various working capital measures that place emphasis and focus on certain working capital assets and liabilities. 3M's net working capital index is defined as quarterly net sales multiplied by four, divided by ending net accounts receivable plus inventory less accounts payable. This measure is not recognized under U.S. GAAP and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.   3M Company and Subsidiaries SALES CHANGE ANALYSIS (Unaudited)           Three-months ended September 30, 2012 Europe, Middle Latin Sales Change Analysis United Asia- East and America/ World- By Geographic Area States Pacific Africa Canada Wide   Volume – organic 0.6 % 1.5 % (1.1 ) % 6.2 % 1.1 % Price 1.7     (1.6 )   1.9     4.3     1.1     Organic local-currency sales 2.3 (0.1 ) 0.8 10.5 2.2 Acquisitions 0.5 – 1.6 – 0.5 Translation –     (1.3 )   (8.4 )   (7.4 )   (3.1 )   Total sales change 2.8   % (1.4 ) % (6.0 ) % 3.1   % (0.4 ) %   Three-months ended September 30, 2012 Organic Worldwide local- Total Sales Change Analysis currency Acqui- Divest- Trans- sales By Business Segment sales sitions itures lation change   Industrial and Transportation 3.3 % – % – % (3.8 ) % (0.5 ) % Health Care 4.3 % 0.4 % – % (3.3 ) % 1.4 % Consumer and Office 1.4 % 2.5 % – % (2.3 ) % 1.6 % Safety, Security and Protection Services 0.7 % – % (0.1 ) % (3.5 ) % (2.9 ) % Display and Graphics 1.3 % 0.8 % – % (2.1 ) % – % Electro and Communications 0.1 % – % – % (2.2 ) % (2.1 ) %   Nine-months ended September 30, 2012 Europe, Middle Latin Sales Change Analysis United Asia- East and America/ World- By Geographic Area States Pacific Africa Canada Wide   Volume – organic 1.5 % (0.5 ) % (2.9 ) % 6.9 % 0.4 % Price 2.4     (1.0 )   2.4     4.3     1.6     Organic local-currency sales 3.9 (1.5 ) (0.5 ) 11.2 2.0 Acquisitions 0.4 0.3 2.3 0.1 0.8 Translation –     (0.6 )   (7.6 )   (7.4 )   (2.8 )   Total sales change 4.3   % (1.8 ) % (5.8 ) % 3.9   % –   %   Nine-months ended September 30, 2012 Organic Worldwide local- Total Sales Change Analysis currency Acqui- Trans- sales By Business Segment sales sitions lation change   Industrial and Transportation 4.7 % 1.1 % (3.4 ) % 2.4 % Health Care 4.3 % 0.3 % (3.1 ) % 1.5 % Consumer and Office 2.2 % 2.7 % (2.2 ) % 2.7 % Safety, Security and Protection Services 3.4 % – % (3.3 ) % 0.1 % Display and Graphics (5.7 ) % 0.3 % (1.7 ) % (7.1 ) % Electro and Communications (1.6 ) % – % (1.8 ) % (3.4 ) %   3M Company and Subsidiaries BUSINESS SEGMENTS (Dollars in millions) (Unaudited)         BUSINESS SEGMENT INFORMATION Three-months ended Nine-months ended NET SALES September 30, September 30, (Millions) 2012 2011 2012 2011   Industrial and Transportation $ 2,566 $ 2,580 $ 7,853 $ 7,671 Health Care 1,263 1,246 3,826 3,770 Consumer and Office 1,114 1,096 3,219 3,134 Safety, Security and Protection Services 926 954 2,898 2,894 Display and Graphics 936 935 2,650 2,851 Electro and Communications 820 838 2,452 2,538 Corporate and Unallocated 1 1 4 9 Elimination of Dual Credit   (129 )   (119 )   (385 )   (345 )   Total Company $ 7,497   $ 7,531   $ 22,517   $ 22,522       BUSINESS SEGMENT INFORMATION Three-months ended Nine-months ended OPERATING INCOME September 30, September 30, (Millions) 2012 2011 2012 2011   Industrial and Transportation $ 575 $ 525 $ 1,789 $ 1,585 Health Care 400 367 1,216 1,100 Consumer and Office 244 244 700 661 Safety, Security and Protection Services 196 202 685 643 Display and Graphics 199 179 541 631 Electro and Communications 186 181 549 559 Corporate and Unallocated (93 ) (91 ) (355 ) (289 ) Elimination of Dual Credit   (29 )   (26 )   (85 )   (76 )   Total Company $ 1,678   $ 1,581   $ 5,040   $ 4,814     About 3M3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M employs 84,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. 3MInvestor Contacts:Matt Ginter, 651-733-8206orBruce Jermeland, 651-733-1807orMedia Contact:Jacqueline Berry, 651-733-3611