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Caterpillar Misses Quarterly Estimates Amid Supply Chain Issues & Russia-Ukraine Conflict – $CAT $DIA

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

Reportedly, Caterpillar, Inc. (CAT) missed quarterly estimates reportedly due to supply-chain issues and suspension of its Russia operations, while its operating margin shrank owing to elevated freight and labor costs. Sales in Europe, Africa, and Middle East regions fell about 3% to about $3 billion in the second quarter. All the rest of the regions reported higher sales.

Revenue in the three months through June increased about 11% to $14.25 billion but missed the analysts’ average estimate of $14.35 billion. The company’s sales have been capped by raw material shortages and elevated freight costs, but strong equipment demand has allowed it to raise prices.

“Our second-quarter results reflect healthy demand across most of our end markets,” stated Chief Executive Jim Umpleby.

However, operating profit margins dropped to 13.6% from 13.9% in the same period a year ago, while adjusted profit rose to $3.18 per share, above expectations of $3.01 per share.

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(Read Original Story: Caterpillar gets wrapped in slowing China demand and supply-chain woes in Reuters)


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