Caterpillar is reorganizing only four years after making its biggest acquisition ever, spending $7.5 billion on Bucyrus International Inc.
The company faces what it says is the first four-year sales decline in its 90-year history.
In a Bloomberg report: Caterpillar `Bites the Bullet’ as Oil Rout Compounds Mining Pain the metrics are presented.
The last time Caterpillar Inc. cut thousands of jobs, a mining slowdown was to blame. Now the main culprit is oil, as slumping prices batter drillers.
The investigative reporter Sonja Elmquist wrote on Sep 24, 2015 that the world’s most valuable machinery producer by market cap announced a plan to cut as many as 10,000 jobs, or 9 percent of its workforce, through 2018 as the effects of crude’s collapse ripple through the industry.
The measures — including the second reduction in sales guidance in two months — represent the biggest round of cuts since 2013, when the company reduced its headcount by 13,000 as sales to metal producers declined along with prices.
According to Bloomberg Intelligence. “They’ve finally opened up the manila envelope that says ‘doomsday’ on it and they’re executing the plan that they hoped they would never have to execute,” Sameer Rathod, a San Francisco-based analyst at Macquarie, said by telephone.
No one is sure yet as to the shape of the long term market recovery timeline.
The company will cut as many as 5,000 workers this year and another 5,000 by 2018. It reduced a 2015 revenue projection by $1 billion and said sales are expected to drop 5 percent next (2016)…
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Caterpillar at the time of the announcement fell about 6.3 percent to a five-year low of $65.80. The stock has lost 28 percent this year, the biggest annual drop since 2008.
As a comparison, the MSCI Emerging Markets Index has fallen 18 percent in 2015 while the Dow is down 9.8 percent.
The company’s consolidation plan may affect more than 20 plants…
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