Cat Financial Announces Record 2007 Year-End Results



    PEORIA, Ill., Jan. 25 /CNW/ -- Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation
(Cat Financial) today reported record revenues of $2.998 billion for 2007, an
increase of $235 million, or 9 percent, compared with 2006.  Profit after tax
was a record $494 million, a $21 million, or 4 percent, increase over 2006.
    Of the increase in revenues, $128 million resulted from the impact of
higher interest rates on new and existing finance receivables, and $91 million
resulted from the impact of continued growth of finance receivables and
operating leases (earning assets).  In addition, various other net revenue
items increased $16 million.
    On a pre-tax basis, profit was up $40 million, or 6 percent, compared
with 2006.  The increase was principally due to an increase of $76 million in
margin (wholesale, retail finance, operating lease and associated fee revenues
less interest expense and depreciation on assets leased to others) and a $16
million increase in other net revenues.  Of the increase in margin, $42
million was due to an improvement in net yield on average earning assets, and
$34 million resulted from the growth in average earning assets over 2006 of
$882 million.  These increases were offset by a $29 million increase in
provision expense, an $18 million increase in operating expenses and a $5
million increase in various other expenses.
    New retail financing was a record $14.07 billion, an increase of $1.9
billion, or 16 percent, from 2006.  The increase was the result of increased
new retail financing, primarily in our Europe, Diversified and Asia-Pacific
operating segments.
    Past dues over 30 days at December 31, 2007 were 2.36 percent compared to
1.71 percent at December 31, 2006, due primarily to the softening of the U.S.
housing industry.  Write-offs, net of recoveries, for the year ended December
31, 2007 were $68.2 million (0.31 percent of average net retail finance
receivables) compared to $46.9 million (0.24 percent of average net retail
finance receivables) for the year ended December 31, 2006.
    Caterpillar Inc. Vice President and Cat Financial President Kent M. Adams
said, "Although past dues and write-offs have increased from 2006, by
historical standards our portfolio continues to perform well.  This solid
portfolio performance, combined with the growth driven by our global presence,
has enabled us to deliver record profit despite the downturn experienced in
the global credit markets and the weaker U.S. housing industry."
    For over 25 years, Cat Financial, a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Caterpillar Inc., has been providing a wide range of financing alternatives to
customers and Caterpillar dealers for Caterpillar machinery and engines, Solar
(R) gas turbines and other equipment and marine vessels.  Cat Financial has
offices and subsidiaries located throughout the Americas, Asia, Australia,
Latin America and Europe, with headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee.


    STATISTICAL HIGHLIGHTS:



    
                 FOURTH QUARTER 2007 VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2006
                             (ENDING DECEMBER 31)
                            (Millions of dollars)
    

    
                                           2007          2006          CHANGE
    Revenues                               $780          $707            10%
    Profit Before Tax                      $172          $168             2%
    Profit After Tax                       $113          $117            (3%)
    New Retail Financing                 $4,100        $3,380            21%
    Total Assets                        $29,429       $27,336             8%
    



    
                      FULL YEAR 2007 VS. FULL YEAR 2006
                             (ENDING DECEMBER 31)
                            (Millions of dollars)
    

    
                                           2007          2006          CHANGE
    Revenues                             $2,998        $2,763             9%
    Profit Before Tax                      $728          $688             6%
    Profit After Tax                       $494          $473             4%
    New Retail Financing                $14,074       $12,164            16%
    SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995
    
    Certain statements contained in this earnings release may be considered
"forward-looking statements" and involve risks and uncertainties that could
significantly impact results.  In this context, words such as "believes,"
"expects," "estimates," "anticipates," "will," "should" and similar words or
phrases often identify forward-looking statements made on behalf of Cat
Financial.  It is important to note that actual results of the company may
differ materially from those described or implied in such forward-looking
statements based on a number of factors and uncertainties, including, but not
limited to changes in economic conditions; currency exchange or interest
rates; political stability; market acceptance of the company's products and
services; significant changes in the competitive environment; changes in law,
regulations and tax rates; and other general economic, business and financing
conditions and factors described in more detail in the company's Form 10-K
filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 23, 2007.  We
are under no obligation to (and expressly disclaim any obligation to) update
or alter said forward-looking statements.




For further information:

For further information: Jim Dugan, Corporate Public Affairs of 
Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation, +1-309-494-4410, cell, 
+1-309-360-7311, Dugan_Jim@cat.com Web Site: http://www.cat.com

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