Caterpillar Outlines Aggressive Investment Plans for Analysts at CONEXPO-CON/AGG Trade Show

Mar 23, 2011, 16:00 ET from Caterpillar Inc.

PEORIA, Ill., March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman and members of the company's Executive Office updated analysts today on Caterpillar's significant long-term growth opportunities and investments being made around the world to position the company to satisfy growing demand from customers. The meeting with analysts and institutional investors took place at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada, the international showcase for the construction industry. At the show, Caterpillar is displaying nearly 40 machines, a wide variety of work tools, technology solutions, engines and components comprising three different exhibits totaling 60,000 square feet.  

With worldwide machine demand already near the prior peak less than two years after the bottom of the worst recession in decades, and with more growth expected in the coming years, Caterpillar is focused on ramping up production and adding capacity around the world while maintaining a sharp focus on controlling costs.

"With business continuing to improve around the globe, we're confident in our ability to deliver our 2012 goals and are focusing the company on our targets for 2015," said Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman.

Caterpillar also outlined its new organizational structure with Group Presidents Rich Lavin and Steve Wunning discussing the growth opportunities and investments in Caterpillar's machine businesses. Group President Gerard Vittecoq talked to analysts about growth and investment in the company's power systems business.  

"By 2015, we will have made $5 billion in investments to increase production capacity at existing and new Caterpillar facilities to support customers in every region of the world, including plans to nearly triple machine capacity across our operations in Asia," said Oberhelman. "This is in addition to more than $10 billion in investments announced in 2010 for three significant acquisitions—Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc., Motoren-Werke Mannheim Holding GmbH (MWM) and Bucyrus International, Inc.  Together, these moves represent Caterpillar's commitment to leadership in support of our growing base of customers and to expand our products and services," Oberhelman added.

At the meeting, Caterpillar's Group President and CFO Ed Rapp outlined the company's "portfolio management" approach to targeting investment opportunities.

"We're focusing our resources on the key industries that offer the best sales and profit growth potential over the long-term and that fit our strategic profile—in other words, great growth opportunities that fit well with the strengths of Caterpillar," Oberhelman said.

In 2010, Caterpillar updated the strategy and streamlined the organization to better serve customers, stockholders and employees.

"With the opportunities we see around the world, we have a very bright future," said Oberhelman. "We also have a strong financial position and a strategy that focuses on helping our customers win. Our employees and leaders are moving at full speed and are ready to go to achieve our 2015 targets."

About Caterpillar:

For more than 85 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. With 2010 sales and revenues of $42.588 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, Caterpillar Logistics Services and Progress Rail Services. More information is available at: http://www.caterpillar.com.

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It is important to note that Caterpillar's actual results may differ materially from those described or implied in its 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 Caterpillar serves; (ii) government monetary or fiscal policies and government spending on infrastructure; (iii) commodity or component price increases and/or limited availability of raw materials and component products, including steel; (iv) Caterpillar's and its customers', dealers' and suppliers' ability to access and manage liquidity; (v) political and economic risks associated with our global operations, including changes in laws, regulations or government policies, currency restrictions, restrictions on repatriation of earnings, burdensome tariffs or quotas, national and international conflict, including terrorist acts and political and economic instability or civil unrest in the countries in which Caterpillar operates; (vi) Caterpillar's and Cat Financial's ability to maintain their respective credit ratings, material increases in either company's cost of borrowing or an inability of either company to access capital markets; (vii) 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) the possibility that the acquisition by Caterpillar of Bucyrus International, Inc. does not close for any reason, including, but not limited to, a failure to obtain required regulatory approvals; (x) international trade and investment policies, such as import quotas, capital controls or tariffs; (xi) the possibility that Caterpillar's introduction of Tier 4 emissions compliant machines and engines is not successful; (xii) market acceptance of Caterpillar's products and services; (xiii) effects of changes in the competitive environment, which may include decreased market share, lack of acceptance of price increases, and/or negative changes to our geographic and product mix of sales; (xiv) union disputes or other employee relations issues; (xv) Caterpillar's ability to successfully implement the Caterpillar Production System or other productivity initiatives; (xvi) adverse changes in sourcing practices of our dealers or original equipment manufacturers; (xvii) compliance costs associated with environmental laws and regulations; (xviii) alleged or actual violations of trade or anti-corruption laws and regulations; (xix) additional tax expense or exposure; (xx) currency fluctuations, particularly increases and decreases in the U.S. dollar against other currencies; (xxi) failure of Caterpillar or Cat Financial to comply with financial covenants in their respective credit facilities; (xxii) increased funding obligations under our pension plans; (xxiii) significant legal proceedings, claims, lawsuits or investigations; (xiv) imposition of operational restrictions or compliance requirements if carbon emissions legislation and/or regulations are adopted; (xxv) changes in accounting standards or adoption of new accounting standards; (xxvi) adverse effects of natural disasters; and (xxvii) other factors described in more detail under "Item 1A.  Risk Factors" in Part I of our Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 22, 2011 for the year ended December 31, 2010.  This filing is available on our website at www.caterpillar.com/secfilings.  

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