• Net Sales of $5.0 billion +3% (+9% constant currency basis)
    • Agricultural equipment net sales of $4.0 billion +5% (+11% constant currency basis)
    • Construction equipment net sales of $1.0 billion -3% (+4% constant currency basis)
  • Equipment Operations’ Operating Profit of $524 million, or 10.4% for the period
  • Diluted EPS attributable to CNH common shareholders at $1.47 per share, compared to $1.33 per share in Q2 2011


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                                                6/30/2012    6/30/2011     Change

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                                               (US $ in millions, except per share

                                                       data and percentages)

        Net Sales of Equipment                 $     5,026  $     4,881         3.0%

        Equipment Operations Operating Profit  $       524  $       521         0.6%

        Equipment Operations Operating Margin         10.4%        10.7%   -0.3 pts

        Financial Services Net Income          $        78  $        52        50.0%

        Net Income Attributable to CNH         $       355  $       320        10.9%

        Net Income Before Restructuring and

         Exceptional Items                     $       356  $       320        11.3%

        Diluted EPS Attributable to CNH common

         shareholders                          $      1.47  $      1.33        10.5%


CNH Global N.V. (NYSE: CNH) today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. For the quarter, net sales increased 3% (9% constant currency basis) to $5.0 billion as firm global demand for agricultural equipment, on the back of favorable agricultural commodity prices, compensated for a more mixed trading environment in the construction equipment sector. Equipment Operations posted a comparable period improvement in gross profit margin of 80 basis points to 21% for the second quarter and an Operating Profit of $524 million as higher revenues and positive net pricing compensated for increased SG&A expenditures and R&D investment and the negative impact from foreign exchange.

Equipment net sales during the quarter were 80% agricultural equipment and 20% construction equipment, in line with last year. The geographical distribution of net sales in the quarter was 43% North America, 35% EAME & CIS, 13% Latin America, and 9% APAC markets.

In the second quarter, Equipment Operations generated $789 million in cash flow from operations, a 67% increase over the prior year, resulting in $281 million cash generation on a year-to-date basis, as improved net sales and operating performance more than offset the increased net working capital needed to support business activity. Year-to-date capital expenditures totaled $206 million, a 64% increase from the comparable 2011 period, largely as a result of investments in new manufacturing sites and product launches in both the agricultural and construction equipment segments. Through the second quarter, 72% of the capital expenditures were on new product development (inclusive of interim and final Tier 4 emission compliant equipment) and production capacity. The Group expects full year capital expenditures and R&D investment  of approximately $1 billion. CNH's Equipment Operations ended the period with a net cash position of $2.8 billion. The 32% effective tax rate for the second quarter is within the Group’s full year 2012 forecasted effective tax rate guidance of 32% to 35%.

For the quarter,  net income, before restructuring and exceptional items, was $356 million, an increase of 11.3% as a result of solid trading conditions in most regions during the quarter, satisfactory industrial performance, and improved performance by the Group’s financial services business offsetting negative currency translation in the period and reduced contribution from unconsolidated industrial subsidiaries. This resulted in the Group generating diluted earnings per share of $1.47 (before restructuring and exceptional items), up 11% compared to $1.33 per share in the comparable period of 2011.

 2012 Full Year Market Outlook

-       Worldwide agricultural equipment unit volume is expected to be flat to down 5%

-       Worldwide construction equipment unit volume is expected to be flat to down 5%

CNH Confirms Its Previously Released Guidance For The Full Year 2012

Despite a mixed economic climate in certain of the Groups’ operating regions, the negative effect from the translation of earnings to the U.S. dollar, and the poor climatic conditions in the United States, CNH confirms its full year financial guidance.

-       Revenues up 5%+

-       Operating Margin in excess of 8.6%



Agricultural Equipment

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        Net Sales of Equipment                 $     4,025  $     3,851         4.5%

        Gross Profit                           $       915  $       850         7.6%

        Gross Margin                                  22.7%        22.1%    0.6 pts

        Operating Profit                       $       507  $       496         2.2%

        Operating Margin                              12.6%        12.9%   -0.3 pts

CNH Agricultural Equipment Second Quarter Results

CNH’s net sales in the agricultural equipment sector increased 5% for the quarter (11% on a constant currency basis) driven by volume, positive net pricing, and favorable product mix. All of the Group’s regions reported increased revenue on a constant currency basis. Operating profit increased by $11 million to $507 million at an operating margin of 12.6%.

Second quarter market share performance for agricultural equipment was in line with the overall market for both tractors and combines. Combine market shares increased in Latin America and APAC and was in line with the market in North America in the quarter.

CNH worldwide production of agricultural equipment matched retail sales in the quarter resulting in a stable level of company and dealer inventory.

At the 2012 Agrishow in Brazil, Case IH, through its strategic partnership with Semeato, expanded its no-till planter offerings to include a range of 7 to 36-row models. As a result of this launch, the Case IH brand now provides the most complete planter product offering in Brazil. In Latin America, the brand also began delivering the larger, more efficient 7120 and 8120 combine models with their industry leading grain quality, and unique features including CVT drives and slope compensation system. Still in Brazil, the brand’s sugar cane harvester was honored by Revista Rural magazine with the “Top of Mind” award. In Europe, Case IH’s Puma 145 with Efficient Power was awarded “HIT of the Fair” at the XIII Mazowieckie Dni Rolnictwa (Mazovian Agricultural Days) exhibition in Poland. Furthermore, Case IH began assembly, at the company joint venture manufacturing facility in Russia, of Axial-Flow Combines 6088 for the local market.

In Europe and in Australia, New Holland Agriculture launched the new BigBaler range, which provides up to 20% increased capacity and up to 5% denser bales for improved productivity. In North America, strong growth in the dairy & livestock customer segments and the onset of an early hay season enabled New Holland to consolidate leadership in this area. With the introduction of the flexible SmartTrax track option on the T9 4WD tractor family, New Holland is well positioned for growth with mixed farmers who are diversifying their income with the opportunities in cash crops available today. At the Agrishow in Brazil, New Holland, as part of its partnership with Semeato, launched the new SOLTT planting equipment, which provides a full range of solutions, from the very small up to the largest planter in the market. The brand also presented the new CR5080, CR6080SL and CR9080 models, which complete the Twin Rotor combine range that features engines from 300 to 450 hp. As part of its Clean Energy Leader strategy, New Holland displayed a project developed in partnership with the Center for Sugarcane Technology (CTC), based in Piracicaba, Brazil which aims to generate renewable energy by baling sugar cane straw. New Holland also sponsored the Rio +20 Summit United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro and delivered a lecture on sustainable solutions for agribusiness.

New Holland launched its new TT Compact tractor series in several key African countries, including South Africa, Morocco and Tunisia. Featuring fuel-efficient engines ranging from 35 to 47 hp, these all-purpose tractors deliver powerful performance in a compact size for maximum maneuverability, reduced fuel consumption and low emissions. This addition further extends the popular TT tractor range, offering a wider choice for more applications. In South Africa, New Holland also launched the new fuel efficient TD5 series. The new tractors, available for the local market with fuel efficient Tier 3 compliant engines ranging from 88 to 110 hp, feature a completely new cab and can be equipped with a PowerShuttle transmission and a front loader for increased versatility in multiple uses.

Construction Equipment

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                                                6/30/2012    6/30/2011     Change

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                                                    (US $ in millions, except


        Net Sales of Equipment                 $     1,001  $     1,030        -2.8%

        Gross Profit                           $       138  $       138         0.0%

        Gross Margin                                  13.8%        13.4%    0.4 pts

        Operating Profit                       $        17  $        25       -32.0%

        Operating Margin                               1.7%         2.4%   -0.7 pts


CNH Construction Equipment Second Quarter Results

CNH’s construction equipment second quarter 2012 net sales increased 4% on a constant currency basis (-3% on a reported basis) as market conditions remained largely flat to Q1 2012 in the North American market and improved equipment availability drove higher sales in the EAME & CIS markets. Challenging market conditions in Europe and Brazil, coupled with the negative effects of currency translation led to a comparative period margin decline of 70 basis points from the prior period.

Worldwide construction equipment market share was up in the second quarter, with gains in EAME & CIS and APAC light equipment markets and the North American heavy sector, as a result of new product launches and good equipment availability.

Worldwide production of construction equipment was moderately above retail sales during the quarter.  The Group expects to moderately reduce construction equipment manufacturing levels, primarily in Latin America and Europe, to balance inventory levels over the remainder of the year.

New Holland Construction continued to renew its product range in high growth and emerging markets. During the quarter, it introduced the new C series crawler excavator and its C series wheel loader with Tier 3 compliant engines to its key markets in Africa, the Middle East, the CIS and Central Asia.

Case Construction Equipment introduced its new 521F and 621F wheel loaders equipped with Tier 3 compliant engines in Africa, the Middle East, the CIS and Central Asia, completing the renewal of its range of heavy line wheel loaders in these markets. In addition, at the CTT trade show in Moscow, Russia, Case presented its latest range of Tier 3 compliant SR and SV skid steer and TR compact track loaders.

In June, CNH celebrated the production of its 25,000th American-made Kobelco excavator at the company’s manufacturing facility in Calhoun, Georgia (U.S.).

CNH Financial Services Second Quarter Results

Net income attributable to Financial Services was $78 million for the quarter, compared with $52 million in the second quarter of 2011. Improved results were due to a higher average portfolio and lower provision for credit losses, partially offset by a higher provision for income taxes.

At the end of the second quarter of 2012, delinquent receivables greater than 30 days past due were 1.6% of the total on-book portfolio, a decrease from 1.9% at the end of the first quarter of 2012.

Unconsolidated Equipment Operations Subsidiaries

Second quarter results for the Group's unconsolidated Equipment Operations subsidiaries were $25 million, down from $35 million in the comparable period of 2011 largely as a result of reduced profits in the construction equipment sector and foreign currency translation. 

Combination Transaction Proposal From Fiat Industrial

On May 30, 2012, CNH’s Board of Directors received a proposal from Fiat Industrial S.p.A. regarding a combination transaction between Fiat Industrial S.p.A. and CNH Global N.V. The Board of Directors has appointed a special committee of unconflicted directors to evaluate the proposal. The special committee will make a recommendation to the unconflicted members of the board who will make a recommendation to the company’s shareholders.

Equipment Operations Cash Flow and Net Debt

* Net cash change in receivables, inventories and payables including inter-segment receivables and payables.

** Excluding Net (Deposits In)/Withdrawals from Fiat Industrial Cash Management Systems, as they are a part of Net (Cash). 


CNH Global N.V. is a world leader in the agricultural and construction equipment businesses. Supported by approximately 11,300 dealers in approximately 170 countries, CNH brings together the knowledge and heritage of its Case and New Holland brand families with the strength and resources of its worldwide commercial, industrial, product support and finance organizations. CNH Global N.V., whose stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:CNH), is a majority-owned subsidiary of Fiat Industrial S.p.A. (FI.MI). More information about CNH and its Case and New Holland products can be found online at www.cnh.com.