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USA. 3M Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2016 Results

Tuesday, 24 January 2017


Fourth-Quarter Highlights: Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Sales of $7.3 billion, up 0.4 percent; organic local-currency increased 1.6 percent

GAAP EPS of $1.88, up 13.3 percent year-on-year

GAAP operating income margins of 22.7 percent, up 220 basis points

Operating cash flow of $2.2 billion contributed to free cash flow conversion of 154 percent

Returned $1.6 billion to shareholders via dividends and gross share repurchases

Full-Year Highlights:

Sales of $30.1 billion; GAAP EPS of $8.16, up 7.7 percent year-on-year

GAAP operating income margins of 24.0 percent, up 110 basis points

Operating cash flow of $6.7 billion contributed to free cash flow conversion of 104 percent

Returned $6.4 billion to shareholders via dividends and gross share repurchases

Continued progress on our three key levers: Portfolio Management, Investing in Innovation and Business Transformation

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- 3M (NYSE: MMM) today reported its fourth-quarter and full-year 2016 results.

“The fourth quarter capped a successful year for our enterprise, as we posted double-digit growth in earnings-per-share, expanded margins and delivered robust cash flow,” said Inge G. Thulin, 3M’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “We also made incremental investments to accelerate growth in core platforms, while returning significant cash to shareholders.”

Thulin continued, “Throughout the year we executed the 3M playbook and delivered a strong operational performance, and built for the future through our three key levers: Portfolio Management, Investing in Innovation and Business Transformation. We are well positioned to build on this momentum and deliver another strong performance in 2017.”

Fourth-quarter GAAP earnings were $1.88 per share, an increase of 13.3 percent versus the fourth quarter of 2015. Sales increased 0.4 percent year-on-year to $7.3 billion. Organic local-currency sales increased 1.6 percent while divestitures reduced sales by 0.4 percent. Foreign currency translation reduced sales by 0.8 percent year-on-year.

Operating income was $1.7 billion and operating income margins for the quarter were 22.7 percent, up 220 basis points year-on-year. Fourth-quarter net income was $1.2 billion. The company’s operating cash flow was $2.2 billion, contributing to conversion of 154 percent of net income to free cash flow, as referenced in the “Supplemental Financial Information Non-GAAP Measures” section.

3M paid $664 million in cash dividends to shareholders and repurchased $924 million of its own shares during the quarter.

Organic local-currency sales growth was 4.6 percent in Industrial, 2.2 percent in Safety and Graphics, and 1.3 percent in Health Care, with declines of 0.6 percent in Electronics and Energy, and 0.7 percent in Consumer. On a geographic basis, organic local-currency sales growth was 4.1 percent in Latin America/Canada, 2.4 percent in Asia Pacific, and 1.2 percent in the U.S., with a decline of 2.4 percent in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).

Full-year 2016 GAAP earnings were $8.16 per share, an increase of 7.7 percent. Sales decreased 0.5 percent to $30.1 billion and organic local-currency sales declined 0.1 percent. Acquisitions, net of divestitures, increased sales 0.8 percent. Foreign currency translation reduced sales by 1.2 percent.

Full-year operating income margins were 24.0 percent, up 110 basis points versus 2015. The company’s operating cash flow was $6.7 billion, contributing to conversion of 104 percent of net income to free cash flow for the year. 3M generated 22.6 percent return on invested capital. Refer to the “Supplemental Financial Information Non-GAAP Measures” section.

For the full year, 3M paid $2.7 billion in cash dividends to shareholders and repurchased $3.7 billion of its own shares.

3M affirmed its 2017 full-year performance expectations. The company expects 2017 earnings to be in the range of $8.45 to $8.80 per share with organic local-currency sales growth of 1 to 3 percent. 3M also expects free cash flow conversion to be in the range of 95 to 105 percent, as referenced in the “Supplemental Financial Information Non-GAAP Measures” section.

Fourth-Quarter Business Group Discussion

Industrial

Sales of $2.5 billion, up 3.0 percent in U.S. dollars. Organic local-currency sales increased 4.6 percent, foreign currency translation reduced sales by 0.8 percent and divestitures reduced sales by an additional 0.8 percent.

On an organic local-currency basis:

Sales growth was led by automotive OEM, advanced materials, separation and purification, and automotive aftermarket; aerospace declined year-on-year.

Sales grew in all geographic areas, led by Latin America/Canada, the U.S., and Asia Pacific.

Operating income was $553 million, an increase of 16.8 percent year-on-year; operating margin of 21.9 percent.

Safety and Graphics

Sales of $1.3 billion, up 0.6 percent in U.S. dollars. Organic local-currency sales increased 2.2 percent, while foreign currency translation reduced sales by 1.0 percent and divestitures decreased sales by 0.6 percent.

On an organic local-currency basis:

Sales increased in roofing granules, personal safety, and commercial solutions, and declined in traffic safety and security.

Sales grew in Asia Pacific, Latin America/Canada, and the U.S., and declined in EMEA.

Operating income was $270 million, down 4.1 percent year-on-year; operating margin of 20.8 percent.

Health Care

Sales of $1.4 billion, down 0.1 percent in U.S. dollars. Organic local-currency sales increased 1.3 percent and foreign currency translation reduced sales by 1.4 percent.

On an organic local-currency basis:

Sales growth was led by food safety, critical and chronic care, drug delivery systems, and infection prevention; oral care and health information systems declined.

Sales grew in Latin America/Canada, Asia Pacific, and the U.S., and declined in EMEA.

Operating income was $410 million, a decrease of 7.3 percent year-on-year; operating margin of 29.8 percent.

Electronics and Energy

Sales of $1.2 billion, down 1.0 percent in U.S. dollars. Organic local-currency sales declined by 0.6 percent and foreign currency translation reduced sales by 0.4 percent.

On an organic local-currency basis:

Electronics-related sales were flat, with growth in electronics materials solutions offset by a decline in display materials and systems; energy-related sales declined 2 percent, with growth in telecom more than offset by declines in electrical markets and renewable energy.

Sales grew in Latin America/Canada, were flat in the U.S., and declined in Asia Pacific and EMEA.

Operating income was $326 million, an increase of 61.3 percent year-on-year; operating margin of 26.9 percent.

Consumer

Sales of $1.1 billion, down 0.7 percent in U.S. dollars. Organic local-currency sales decreased 0.7 percent.

On an organic local-currency basis:

Sales grew in home improvement, consumer health care, and home care, and declined in stationery and office.

Sales grew in Asia Pacific, were flat in the U.S., and declined in Latin America/Canada and EMEA.

Operating income was $228 million, down 10.5 percent year-on-year; operating margin of 20.9 percent.

3M will conduct an investor teleconference at 9:00 a.m. EST (8:00 a.m. CST) today. Investors can access this conference via the following:

Live webcast at http://investors.3M.com.

Live telephone:
Call 800-762-2596 within the U.S. or +1 212-231-2916 outside the U.S. Please join the call at least 10 minutes before the start time.

Webcast replay:
Go to 3M’s Investor Relations website at http://investors.3M.com and click on “Quarterly Earnings.”

Telephone replay:
Call 800-633-8284 within the U.S. or +1 402-977-9140 outside the U.S. (for both U.S. and outside the U.S., the access code is 21776142). The telephone replay will be available until 11:30 a.m. EST (10:30 a.m. CST) on Jan. 29, 2017.

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking information about 3M's financial results and estimates and business prospects that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. You can identify these statements by the use of words such as "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "aim," "project," "intend," "plan," "believe," "will," "should," "could," "target," "forecast" and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance or business plans or prospects. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are the following: (1) worldwide economic, political, and capital markets conditions and other factors beyond the Company's control, including natural and other disasters or climate change affecting the operations of the Company or its customers and suppliers; (2) the Company's credit ratings and its cost of capital; (3) competitive conditions and customer preferences; (4) foreign currency exchange rates and fluctuations in those rates; (5) the timing and market acceptance of new product offerings; (6) the availability and cost of purchased components, compounds, raw materials and energy (including oil and natural gas and their derivatives) due to shortages, increased demand or supply interruptions (including those caused by natural and other disasters and other events); (7) the impact of acquisitions, strategic alliances, divestitures, and other unusual events resulting from portfolio management actions and other evolving business strategies, and possible organizational restructuring; (8) generating fewer productivity improvements than estimated; (9) unanticipated problems or delays with the phased implementation of a global enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, or security breaches and other disruptions to the Company's information technology infrastructure; (10) financial market risks that may affect the Company’s funding obligations under defined benefit pension and postretirement plans; and (11) legal proceedings, including significant developments that could occur in the legal and regulatory proceedings described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2015, and its subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q (the “Reports”). Changes in such assumptions or factors could produce significantly different results. A further description of these factors is located in the Reports under "Cautionary Note Concerning Factors That May Affect Future Results" and "Risk Factors" in Part I, Items 1 and 1A (Annual Report) and in Part I, Item 2 and Part II, Item 1A (Quarterly Reports). The information contained in this news release is as of the date indicated. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this news release as a result of new information or future events or developments.

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