Deere outlook positive
By press release
Nov. 20, 2013 - Net income attributable to Deere & Company was $806.8 million, or $2.11 per share, for the fourth quarter ended October 31, compared with $687.6 million, or $1.75 per share, for the same period last year.
Construction and forestry sales decreased 8 per cent for the quarter and the full year mainly as a result of lower shipment volumes, partially offset by price realization. Operating profit was $118 million for the quarter and $378 million for the year, compared with $120 million and $476 million in 2012. Results were slightly lower for the quarter primarily because of reduced shipment volumes and higher selling, administrative and general expenses, mostly offset by price realization and lower production costs. Full-year results decreased mainly due to lower shipment volumes, a less favorable product mix, increases in production costs, and higher selling, administrative and general expenses. These factors were partially offset by price realization.
Deere's worldwide sales of construction and forestry equipment are forecast to increase by about 10 per cent for 2014. The gain reflects further economic recovery and higher housing starts in the U.S. as well as sales increases outside the U.S. and Canada. Global forestry sales are expected to be up for the year due to general economic growth and higher sales in European markets.