Deere Reports Second-Quarter Earnings of $547 Million


    
    - Income climbs 16 percent on 6 percent gain in net sales and revenues.

    - Results aided by strong demand for large farm machinery and higher
    shipments in construction and forestry.

    - Quarterly earnings include approximately $130 million tax charge related
    to U.S. health-care legislation; earnings would have been $677 million, or
    $1.58 per share, excluding charge (see appendix).

    - Earnings forecast for year increased to $1.6 billion.







    
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<p>MOLINE, Ill., <span class="xn-chron">May 19</span> /CNW/ -- Net income attributable to Deere & Company was <span class="xn-money">$547.5 million</span>, or <span class="xn-money">$1.28</span> per share, for the second quarter ended <span class="xn-chron">April 30</span>, compared with <span class="xn-money">$472.3 million</span>, or <span class="xn-money">$1.11</span> per share, for the same period last year.</p>
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<p>Affecting second quarter results was a tax charge of <span class="xn-money">$129.5 million</span>, or <span class="xn-money">$0.30</span> per share, due to the previously announced impact of the enactment of U.S. health-care legislation. Without this item, earnings for the quarter would have been <span class="xn-money">$677.0 million</span>, or <span class="xn-money">$1.58</span> per share. (Information on non-GAAP financial measures is included in the appendix.)</p>
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<p>For the first six months of the year, net income attributable to Deere & Company was <span class="xn-money">$790.7 million</span>, or <span class="xn-money">$1.85</span> per share, compared with <span class="xn-money">$676.2 million</span>, or <span class="xn-money">$1.60</span> per share, last year. Six-month results also were affected by the tax charge.</p>
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<p>Worldwide net sales and revenues increased 6 percent, to <span class="xn-money">$7.131 billion</span>, for the second quarter and were up 1 percent to <span class="xn-money">$11.966 billion</span> for six months. Net sales of the equipment operations were <span class="xn-money">$6.548 billion</span> for the quarter and <span class="xn-money">$10.785 billion</span> for six months, compared with <span class="xn-money">$6.187 billion</span> and <span class="xn-money">$10.747 billion</span> for the corresponding periods last year.</p>
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<p>"We're proud of John Deere's strong results, reflecting a disciplined approach to cost and asset management and the solid execution by employees of our business model," said Samuel R. Allen, chairman and chief executive officer. "These actions are helping us extend our competitive advantage and fully capitalize on improving business conditions." Sales of large farm machinery, particularly in the <span class="xn-location">United States</span> and <span class="xn-location">Canada</span>, are making a significant impact on the company's performance, Allen noted, while construction and forestry shipments are rebounding from historic lows.</p>
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    Summary of Operations

    
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<p>Net sales of the worldwide equipment operations increased 6 percent for the quarter and were essentially unchanged for six months compared with a year ago. Sales included a favorable currency-translation effect of 4 percent for the quarter and 5 percent for six months and price increases of 2 percent for both periods. Equipment net sales in the <span class="xn-location">United States</span> and <span class="xn-location">Canada</span> increased 4 percent for the quarter and declined 1 percent year to date. Outside the U.S. and <span class="xn-location">Canada</span>, net sales were up 9 percent for the quarter and 2 percent for six months, with favorable currency-translation effects of 9 percent and 10 percent for these periods.</p>
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<p>Deere's equipment operations reported operating profit of <span class="xn-money">$988 million</span> for the quarter and <span class="xn-money">$1.303 billion</span> for six months, compared with <span class="xn-money">$628 million</span> and <span class="xn-money">$935 million</span> last year.</p>
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<p>Results were higher in the quarter primarily due to improved price realization, the impact of higher production volumes, the favorable effects of foreign exchange and lower raw-material costs, partially offset by higher postretirement benefit costs. Six-month results were higher due to lower raw-material costs, improved price realization and the favorable effects of foreign exchange, partially offset by higher postretirement benefit costs and the impact of lower shipment and production volumes.</p>
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<p>Net income of the company's equipment operations was <span class="xn-money">$454 million</span> for the quarter and <span class="xn-money">$623 million</span> for six months, compared with <span class="xn-money">$406 million</span> and <span class="xn-money">$560 million</span> for the respective periods last year. The same operating factors mentioned above, along with a higher effective tax rate, affected both quarterly and six-month results. The higher tax rate was mainly due to the tax charge associated with the enactment of U.S. health-care legislation.</p>
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<p>The company's focus on disciplined asset management continued to produce solid results. Trade receivables and inventories ended the quarter at <span class="xn-money">$7.017 billion</span>, representing a reduction of <span class="xn-money">$907 million</span>, or 11 percent, from a year ago. Trade receivables and inventories at the end of the quarter were equal to 34 percent of previous 12-month sales compared with <span class="xn-money">$7.924 billion</span>, or 32 percent of sales, last year.</p>
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<p>Net income of the company's financial services operations was <span class="xn-money">$86.9 million</span> for the quarter and <span class="xn-money">$172.0 million</span> for six months compared with <span class="xn-money">$68.9 million</span> and <span class="xn-money">$115.8 million</span> last year. Results were higher for both periods primarily due to improved financing spreads, a lower provision for credit losses, growth in the credit portfolio and higher commissions from crop insurance. These factors were partially offset by lower tax credits related to wind energy projects and higher selling, administrative and general expenses.</p>
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    Company Outlook & Summary

    
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<p>Company equipment sales are projected to be up 11 to 13 percent for fiscal 2010 and up 21 to 23 percent for the third quarter compared with the same periods a year ago. Included is a favorable currency-translation impact of about 3 percent for the year and about 2 percent for the quarter. For the full year, net income attributable to Deere & Company is anticipated to be approximately <span class="xn-money">$1.6 billion</span>. This amount includes the tax charge of approximately <span class="xn-money">$130 million</span> related to U.S. health-care legislation.</p>
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<p>According to Allen, a consistent investment in advanced new products and expanded global capacity is helping the company benefit from an improving economy and puts it on a strong footing for the future.  "In our view, <span class="xn-person">John Deere</span> is exceptionally well-positioned to help meet the world's increasing need for farm commodities and other renewable resources as well as for shelter and infrastructure," Allen said. "We're confident these developments hold sustainable promise, which supported by our advanced new products, technologies and well-regarded distribution channel, should continue delivering value to our customers, investors and other stakeholders."</p>
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<p>Agriculture & Turf. Sales increased 1 percent for the quarter largely due to the favorable effects of currency translation and improved price realization, partially offset by lower shipment volumes. Sales were down 2 percent for the six months primarily due to lower shipment volumes, partially offset by the favorable effects of currency translation and improved price realization.</p>
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<p>Operating profit was <span class="xn-money">$952 million</span> for the quarter and <span class="xn-money">$1.304 billion</span> year to date, compared with <span class="xn-money">$703 million</span> and <span class="xn-money">$993 million</span> last year. Operating profit was higher in the quarter primarily due to improved price realization, the impact of higher production volumes, the favorable effects of foreign exchange and lower raw-material costs, partially offset by higher postretirement benefit costs. Six-month operating profit was higher largely due to lower raw-material costs, improved price realization and favorable foreign-exchange effects. Partially offsetting these factors was the impact of lower shipment and production volumes and higher postretirement benefit costs.</p>
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<p>Construction & Forestry. Construction and forestry sales were up 52 percent for the quarter and 15 percent for six months mainly due to higher shipment volumes, favorable currency-translation effects and improved price realization. The division had operating profit of <span class="xn-money">$36 million</span> for the quarter and an operating loss of <span class="xn-money">$1 million</span> for six months, compared with last year's operating losses of <span class="xn-money">$75 million</span> in the quarter and <span class="xn-money">$58 million</span> for six months. The improvement in both periods primarily was due to higher shipment and production volumes and improved price realization, partially offset by higher postretirement benefit costs.</p>
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<p>Agriculture & Turf. Worldwide sales of the company's agriculture and turf division are forecast to increase by 9 to 11 percent for full-year 2010, with a favorable currency-translation impact of about 3 percent. Deere's sales are benefiting in particular from strong demand for large tractors and combines.</p>
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<p>With support from healthy farm cash receipts, solid commodity prices and low interest rates, industry farm-machinery sales in the <span class="xn-location">United States</span> and <span class="xn-location">Canada</span> now are forecast to be up 5 to 10 percent for the year. In other parts of the world, industry sales in Western <span class="xn-location">Europe</span> are forecast to decline 10 to 15 percent for the year due to general weakness in the livestock, dairy and grain sectors. High levels of used equipment also are weighing on Western European markets. Sales in Central <span class="xn-location">Europe</span> and the Commonwealth of Independent States are expected to remain under pressure as a result of challenging economic conditions. In <span class="xn-location">South America</span>, industry sales are projected to increase by about 25 percent due mainly to improvement in the key Brazilian and Argentinean markets. Conditions in <span class="xn-location">Brazil</span> are receiving support from favorable prices for soybeans and sugarcane and from attractive government-supported financing. The farm economy in <span class="xn-location">Argentina</span> is benefiting from commodity prices and a return to more normal weather conditions.</p>
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<p>Industry sales of turf equipment and compact utility tractors in the <span class="xn-location">United States</span> and <span class="xn-location">Canada</span> are expected to be up 5 to 10 percent for the year.</p>
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<p>Construction & Forestry. Deere's worldwide sales of construction and forestry equipment are forecast to increase by about 30 percent for full-year 2010. Sales are benefiting from low inventories, associated with last year's aggressive production cutbacks, and more-steady market conditions. Though remaining depressed as a result of declining non-residential construction and relatively high used-equipment levels, U.S. construction-equipment markets are showing signs of stabilization. Global forestry markets are improving from last year's extremely weak levels, driven by higher worldwide economic output and somewhat-higher U.S. housing starts.</p>
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<p>Credit. Full-year 2010 net income attributable to Deere & Company for the credit operations is forecast to be approximately <span class="xn-money">$300 million</span>. The forecast increase from 2009 is primarily due to more favorable financing spreads and a lower provision for credit losses, partially offset by higher selling, administrative and general expenses.</p>
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    John Deere Capital Corporation

    
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<p>The following is disclosed on behalf of the company's credit subsidiary, <span class="xn-person">John Deere</span> Capital Corporation (JDCC), in connection with the disclosure requirements applicable to its periodic issuance of debt securities in the public market.</p>
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<p>Net income attributable to <span class="xn-person">John Deere</span> Capital Corporation was <span class="xn-money">$69.4 million</span> for the second quarter and <span class="xn-money">$133.4 million</span> year to date, compared with <span class="xn-money">$33.9 million</span> and <span class="xn-money">$69.0 million</span> for the respective periods last year. Results were higher for both periods primarily due to improved financing spreads, a lower provision for credit losses and higher commissions from crop insurance, partially offset by higher selling, administrative and general expenses.</p>
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<p>Net receivables and leases financed by JDCC were <span class="xn-money">$19.818 billion</span> at <span class="xn-chron">April 30, 2010</span>, compared with <span class="xn-money">$19.292 billion</span> last year. Net receivables and leases administered, which include receivables administered but not owned, totaled <span class="xn-money">$19.922 billion</span> at <span class="xn-chron">April 30, 2010</span>, compared with <span class="xn-money">$19.455 billion</span> a year ago.</p>
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                                       APPENDIX
                                    DEERE & COMPANY
               SUPPLEMENTAL CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME INFORMATION
                 RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
                         (Millions, except per-share amounts)
                                      (Unaudited)


    
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<p>In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with accounting principles  generally accepted in the <span class="xn-location">United States</span> (GAAP), the company also discusses non-GAAP measures that exclude the tax charge due to the enactment of U.S. health-care legislation during the company's second fiscal quarter in 2010. Net income attributable to Deere & Company and diluted earnings per share measures that exclude this item are not in accordance with, nor are they a substitute for, GAAP measures.  The company believes that discussion of results excluding this item provides a useful analysis of ongoing operating trends.</p>
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<p>The table below provides a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures for the three months ended <span class="xn-chron">April 30, 2010</span>.</p>
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    GAAP measure                   $547.5                $1.28
    
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      Tax charge due to
       enactment of Patient
       Protection and
       Affordable Care Act as
       amended by the
       Healthcare and Education
       Reconciliation Act of
       2010                         129.5                  .30
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    Non-GAAP measure               $677.0                $1.58
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    Safe Harbor Statement

    
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<p>Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:  Statements under "Company Outlook & Summary," "Market Conditions & Outlook," and other forward-looking statements herein that relate to future events, expectations and operating periods involve certain factors that are subject to change, and important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially.  Some of these risks and uncertainties could affect particular lines of business, while others could affect all of the company's businesses.</p>
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<p>The company's agricultural equipment business is subject to a number of uncertainties including the many interrelated factors that affect farmers' confidence.  These factors include worldwide economic conditions, demand for agricultural products, world grain stocks, weather conditions (including its effects on timely planting and harvesting), soil conditions, harvest yields, prices for commodities and livestock, crop and livestock production expenses, availability of transport for crops, the growth of non-food uses for some crops (including ethanol and biodiesel production), real estate values, available acreage for farming, the land ownership policies of various governments, changes in government farm programs and policies (including those in the U.S. and <span class="xn-location">Brazil</span>), international reaction to such programs, global trade agreements, animal diseases and their effects on poultry and beef consumption and prices, crop pests and diseases, and the level of farm product exports (including concerns about genetically modified organisms).</p>
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<p>Factors affecting the outlook for the company's turf and utility equipment include general economic conditions, consumer confidence, weather conditions, customer profitability, consumer borrowing patterns, consumer purchasing preferences, housing starts, infrastructure investment, spending by municipalities and golf courses, and consumable input costs.</p>
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<p>General economic conditions, consumer spending patterns, real estate and housing prices, the number of housing starts and interest rates are especially important to sales of the company's construction and forestry equipment.  The levels of public and non-residential construction also impact the results of the company's construction and forestry segment.  Prices for pulp, paper, lumber and structural panels are important to sales of forestry equipment.</p>
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<p>All of the company's businesses and its reported results are affected by general economic conditions in the global markets in which the company operates, especially material changes in economic activity in these markets; customer confidence in general economic conditions; foreign currency exchange rates, especially fluctuations in the value of the U.S. dollar; interest rates; and inflation and deflation rates.  General economic conditions can affect demand for the company's equipment as well.  Current negative economic conditions and outlook have dampened demand for certain equipment.</p>
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<p>Customer and company operations and results could be affected by changes in weather patterns; the political and social stability of the global markets in which the company operates; the effects of, or response to, terrorism; wars and other international conflicts and the threat thereof; and the spread of major epidemics (including H1N1 and other influenzas).</p>
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<p>Significant changes in market liquidity conditions could impact access to funding and associated funding costs, which could reduce the company's earnings and cash flows.  Market conditions could also negatively impact customer access to capital for purchases of the company's products; borrowing and repayment practices; and the number and size of customer loan delinquencies and defaults.  A sovereign debt crisis, in <span class="xn-location">Europe</span> or elsewhere, could negatively impact currencies, global financial markets, social and political stability, funding sources and costs, customers, and company operations and results. State debt crises also could negatively impact customers, suppliers, demand for equipment, and company operations and results.  The company's investment management activities could be impaired by changes in the equity and bond markets, which would negatively affect earnings.</p>
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<p>Additional factors that could materially affect the company's operations and results include changes in and the impact of governmental trade, banking, monetary and fiscal policies, including financial regulatory reform, and governmental programs in particular jurisdictions or for the benefit of certain industries or sectors (including protectionist policies that could disrupt international commerce); actions by the U.S. Federal Reserve Board and other central banks; actions by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); actions by environmental, health and safety regulatory agencies, including those related to engine emissions (in particular Interim Tier 4 and Final Tier 4 emission requirements), noise and the risk of climate change; changes in labor regulations; changes to accounting standards; changes in tax rates and regulations; and actions by other regulatory bodies including changes in laws and regulations affecting the sectors in which the company operates.</p>
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<p>Other factors that could materially affect results include production, design and technological innovations and difficulties, including capacity and supply constraints and prices; the availability and prices of strategically sourced materials, components and whole goods; delays or disruptions in the company's supply chain due to weather, natural disasters or financial hardship or the loss of liquidity by suppliers; start-up of new plants and new products; the success of new product initiatives and customer acceptance of new products; changes in customer purchasing behavior in response to changes in equipment design to meet government regulations and other standards; oil and energy prices and supplies; the availability and cost of freight; actions of competitors in the various industries in which the company competes, particularly price discounting; dealer practices especially as to levels of new and used field inventories; labor relations; acquisitions and divestitures of businesses, the integration of new businesses; the implementation of organizational changes; changes in company declared dividends and common stock issuances and repurchases.</p>
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<p>Company results are also affected by changes in the level of employee retirement benefits, changes in market values of investment assets and the level of interest rates, which impact retirement benefit costs, and significant changes in health care costs including those which may result from governmental action.</p>
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<p>The liquidity and ongoing profitability of <span class="xn-person">John Deere</span> Capital Corporation and other credit subsidiaries (Credit) depend largely on timely access to capital to meet future cash flow requirements and fund operations and the costs associated with engaging in diversified funding activities and to fund purchases of the company's products.  If market volatility worsens, funding could be unavailable or insufficient.  Additionally, customer confidence levels may result in declines in credit applications and increases in delinquencies and default rates, which could materially impact Credit's write-offs and provisions for credit losses.</p>
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<p>The company's outlook is based upon assumptions relating to the factors described above, which are sometimes based upon estimates and data prepared by government agencies.  Such estimates and data are often revised.  The company, except as required by law, undertakes no obligation to update or revise its outlook, whether as a result of new developments or otherwise.  Further information concerning the company and its businesses, including factors that potentially could materially affect the company's financial results, is included in the company's other filings with the SEC (including, but not limited to, the factors discussed in Item 1A. Risk Factors of the company's most recent annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly report on Form 10-Q).</p>
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                                             Three Months Ended
                                                  April 30
                                        2010             2009      %
                                                                Change
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       Agriculture and turf ***       $5,637           $5,587       +1
       Construction and forestry         911              600      +52
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              Total net sales          6,548            6,187       +6
       Credit revenues                   476              458       +4
       Other revenues                    107              103       +4
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         Total net sales and revenues $7,131           $6,748       +6
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    Operating profit (loss): *
       Agriculture and turf ***         $952             $703      +35
       Construction and forestry          36              (75)
       Credit                            105               58      +81
       Other                               5
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         Total operating profit        1,098              686      +60
    Other reconciling items **          (551)            (214)    +157
    
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         Net income attributable to     $547             $472      +16
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    Equipment operations outside
     the
      U.S. and Canada:
          Net sales                   $2,341           $2,155       +9
          Operating profit               207               88     +135



    
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                                               Six Months Ended
                                                   April 30
                                         2010                2009     %
                                                                   Change
    Net sales and revenues:
       Agriculture and turf ***        $9,245              $9,406      -2
       Construction and forestry        1,540               1,341     +15
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              Total net sales          10,785              10,747
       Credit revenues                    958                 931      +3
       Other revenues                     223                 216      +3
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         Total net sales and revenues $11,966             $11,894      +1
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    Operating profit (loss): *
       Agriculture and turf ***        $1,304                $993     +31
       Construction and forestry           (1)                (58)    -98
       Credit                             200                 111     +80
       Other                               12                   4    +200
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         Total operating profit         1,515               1,050     +44
    Other reconciling items **           (724)               (374)    +94
    
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         Net income attributable to      $791                $676     +17
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    Equipment operations outside
     the
      U.S. and Canada:
          Net sales                    $4,052              $3,972      +2
          Operating profit                325                 166     +96
    
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    *    Operating profit (loss) is income from continuing operations before
         corporate expenses, certain external interest expense, certain
         foreign exchange gains and losses, and income taxes.  Operating
         profit of the credit segment includes the effect of interest expense
         and foreign exchange gains or losses.
    
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    **   Other reconciling items are primarily corporate expenses, certain
         external interest expense, certain foreign exchange gains and
         losses, income taxes and net income attributable to noncontrolling
         interests.
    
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    ***  At the beginning of the third quarter of 2009, the Company combined
         the agricultural equipment and the commercial and consumer equipment
         organizations and internal reporting.  As a result, these two
         segments have been combined into the agriculture and turf segment
         for the second quarter and first six months ended April 30, 2009.





    

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