3M (MMM) reported a 0.6% decline in fourth-quarter net sales to $7.94 billion, which came in line with what analysts were expecting. Earnings rose to $2.31 per share from $2.10 per share last year, surpassing analysts’ estimate of $2.27 cents per share.
On a GAAP basis, earnings jumped 167% to $2.27 per share.
3M stock jumped 3% post the earnings announcement. Shares of the manufacturing giant have declined 25% in the last 12 months. In the last three months, however, the stock improved 4.1% despite the industry decline of 4% on many factors including the China-US trade stand-off.
In Q4, total sales rose 3.3% in the US, while in all the other markets, it witnessed declines. EMEA saw the biggest decline of 6.4% during the quarter.
3M slashed its EPS outlook for the full year 2019 to a range of $10.45 to $10.90, compared to the prior projection of $10.60 to $11.05 per share.
CEO Mike Roman said, “ We delivered organic growth of 3%, which included growth across all business groups and geographic areas, along with strong cash flow and earnings.”
The Maplewood, Minnesota-based maker of consumer goods said it paid $787 million in cash dividends to shareholders and repurchased $1.3 billion of its own shares during the quarter.
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