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Caterpillar Second Quarter Sales and Revenues up 37 Percent

With continuing improvement in demand around the world, Caterpillar Inc. reported second-quarter 2011 profit per share of $1.72 excluding $204 million of expense related to the acquisition of Bucyrus, a 58 percent improvement from $1.09 in the second quarter of 2010.

Including the impact of Bucyrus, profit per share was $1.52, up 39 percent from the second quarter of 2010. Profit was $1.015 billion in the second quarter of 2011, an increase of 44 percent from $707 million in the second quarter of 2010. Sales and revenues of $14.230 billion were up 37 percent from $10.409 billion a year ago.

"Customer demand around the world continues to improve, and our sales and revenues reached an all-time record in the second quarter. Our employees, dealers and suppliers should feel great about the way they're responding to the increase in customer demand," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Doug Oberhelman.

"We're currently focused on four big themes linked to our corporate strategy,” Oberhelman said. “The first is executing the Cat business model and improving value for our customers. We're doing that in a number of ways – improving quality, executing the Caterpillar Production System and the development of new products and solutions – such as our new range of products for Tier 4 emissions. The second theme is increasing capacity and production levels to satisfy the demand we see today and what's down the road as the global economy continues to improve over the next few years. We've announced many significant investments in the United States and around the world over the past year and are expecting capital expenditures of about $3 billion in 2011. Demand growth and our investments through the end of June have resulted in more than 27,000 additional people in our global workforce since the beginning of 2010. We expect to continue hiring in 2011, including at our brand new U.S. facilities in Texas, Indiana, North Carolina and Ohio," Oberhelman said.

"The third important theme is our focus on costs. There are certainly cost pressures in our business – freight and material costs are up, and our investments in R&D and capacity are driving increases. That said, we're serious about improving the value of our products and services to customers and delivering great returns to stockholders, and that means we must stay focused on controlling costs. It's a major priority, and it will continue. The disaster in Japan had a $200 million negative impact on second-quarter sales, was negative on costs and efficiency, and lowered operating profit nearly $60 million. However, the negative impacts from Japan are now behind us," Oberhelman added.

"Our fourth major theme is integrating and delivering the value we expect from our recent acquisitions of EMD and Bucyrus. We completed our historic acquisition of Bucyrus on July 8, 2011, and are pleased to welcome 10,000 new employees to Caterpillar. The acquisition of Bucyrus was driven by the robust long-term growth opportunities expected in mining. The acquisition, combined with our aggressive product development, significant capacity expansion plans and the strength of our dealer network positions us with the industry's broadest range of surface and underground mining products and solutions to serve mining customers around the world. We are thrilled that Bucyrus is now Caterpillar," Oberhelman added.