3M Reports Record Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Sales

Four-quarter sales reach $7.4 billion, with full-year sales at a record $29.9 billion.

St. Paul, Minnesota-based 3M, parent company of 3M Promotional Markets, reported it’s fourth-quarter and full-year sales figures last month. The company’s fourth-quarter sales rose 4.2 percent year-on-year to $7.4 billion, an all-time fourth-quarter record. Organic local-currency sales grew 4.3 percent, acquisitions added 0.9 percent to sales and currency impacts reduced sales by 1.0 percent year-on-year. Operating income was $1.4 billion and operating income earnings were 19.5 percent.

For the full year 2012, 3M posted record sales of $29.9 billion, up 1.0 percent year-on-year. Organic local-currency sales grew 2.6 percent and acquisitions added 0.8 percent to sales. Foreign currency translation reduced sales by 2.4 percent year-on-year.

Four of the company’s six business segments posted full-year organic local-currency growth, led by Health Care at 4.7 percent and Industrial and Transportation at 4.5 percent. Latin America/Canada was the fastest-growing geographic region in 2012 at 10.9 percent followed by the U.S. at 4.2 percent.

Full-year 2012 earnings were $6.32 per share, an increase of 6.0 percent. Operating margins were 21.7 percent and return on invested capital was 20 percent.

“Fourth-quarter was a good finish to a successful year for 3M,” said Inge G. Thulin, 3M chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Our people executed well in the face of challenging macroeconomic conditions and we have built good momentum to innovate and move forward in 2013.”

3M affirmed its 2013 full-year performance expectations. The company anticipates 2013 earnings to be in the range of $6.70 to $6.95 per share with organic local-currency sales growth of 2 to 5 percent. 3M also expects free cash flow conversion to be in the range of 90 to 100 percent.

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