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3M Reports First-Quarter Results; Company Posts Sales of $7.6 Billion and Earnings per Share of $1.61

28th April, 2013

3M (NYSE: MMM) today reported first-quarter earnings of $1.61 per share, an increase of 1.3 percent versus the first quarter of 2012. Sales rose 2.0 percent year-on-year to $7.6 billion, an all-time first-quarter record. Organic local-currency sales grew 2.1 percent and acquisitions added 1.7 percent to sales. Currency impacts reduced sales by 1.8 percent year-on-year.

Operating income was $1.6 billion and operating income margins for the quarter were 21.6 percent. First-quarter net income was $1.1 billion and free cash flow was $670 million.

“We achieved record first-quarter sales and solid operating margins in the face of a low-growth economic environment and the strong U.S. dollar,” said Inge G. Thulin, 3M chairman, president and chief executive officer. “At the same time, we further strengthened the company through increased investments in innovation, commercialization and manufacturing.”

The company paid $440 million in cash dividends to shareholders and repurchased $805 million of its own shares during the quarter.

Organic local-currency sales growth was 4.0 percent in Health Care, 3.7 percent in Consumer, 2.9 percent in Industrial and 2.3 percent in Safety and Graphics; Electronics and Energy declined 2.2 percent year-on-year. On a geographic basis, organic local-currency sales grew 7.3 percent in Latin America/Canada, 2.3 percent in the U.S. and 1.9 percent in Asia Pacific; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) declined 0.8 percent year-on-year.

3M anticipates 2013 earnings to be in the range of $6.60 to $6.85 per share versus a previous expected range of $6.70 to $6.95 per share. The company continues to forecast organic local-currency sales growth of 2 to 5 percent for the year. Foreign currency translation is expected to reduce full-year sales by approximately 1.5 percent. 3M previously anticipated no impact to 2013 sales from foreign currency translation.

“Considering the stronger U.S. dollar and softer demand in some end markets, it is prudent to alter our outlook a bit for 2013,” said Thulin. “We remain confident looking ahead and are keenly focused on things within our control – advancing our strategic objectives, driving productivity and improving the business. 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.”