3M sees 2013 earnings up 8 pct in weak economy
Agencies: Dec 12 2012, 22:29 IST
3M Co expects earnings to rise about 8 percent next year, with sales growth coming in below the diversified U.S. manufacturer's long-term targets amid a weak global economy. 3M, whose products range from Post-It notes to films used in electronics, said on Wednesday it expects to earn $6.70 to $6.95 per share in 2013, a range that at its midpoint is below analysts' average forecast. The St. Paul, Minnesota-based company is the second major manufacturer to set a 2013 earnings target a bit shy of Wall Street estimates, following on the heels of Honeywell International Inc, which laid out its forecast on Monday. 3M expects organic revenue -- a measure that excludes the effects of acquisitions, divestitures and exchange-rate fluctuations -- to rise by 2 percent to 5 percent next year. The forecast, which is below the company's long-term revenue growth target of 4 percent to 6 percent, reflects "a weaker global economy in the near term," Chief Financial Officer David Meline said on a conference call with investors. The midpoint of 3M's earnings-per-share forecast is 8 percent above the midpoint of its 2012 forecast. Analysts on average were expecting 2013 earnings of $6.85 per share excluding one-time items, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. 3M last month laid out a long-term growth plan that calls for earnings per share to rise by roughly 10 percent a year through 2017. Chief Executive Inge Thulin, who took the top job in February, has said one of the company's first priorities is to
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