November 6, 2019 / 1:25 PM / 11 days ago

CNH Industrial cuts revenue guidance for second time but sticks to EPS forecast

MILAN (Reuters) - Italian-American machinery maker CNH Industrial (CNHI.MI) (CNHI.N) trimmed its forecast for full-year revenue for a second time this year after lower sales volumes and exchange rate factors weighed on results in the third quarter.

CNH Industrial, which makes most of its profit from farming machinery, Iveco commercial vehicles, construction equipment and powertrains, said net sales of industrial activities would come in between $26.5 and $27 billion this year, versus an already-trimmed previous guidance of $27-$27.5 billion.

Milan-listed shares in CNH Industrial fell as much as 4.3% after the earnings release and were down 2.1% by 1340 GMT.

But the company maintained its guidance on this year’s profits. It expects adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) of between $0.84 and $0.88.

CNH Industrial said its adjusted earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) fell 11.5% year on year to $284 million in the July-September period, slightly ahead of a $276 million average forecast in a Reuters analyst survey.

The company, whose main shareholder is Exor (EXOR.MI), the holding group of Italy’s Agnelli family, said in September it would split in two and list its truck, bus and engine division in an effort to boost asset values and streamline its businesses.

But since then it has made three small acquisitions in the agricultural segment, for aggregate value of approximately $85 million.

As a consequence of the M&A activity, CNH Industrial slightly increased its forecast for this year’s net debt of industrial activities, to $400-600 million.

Reporting by Giulio Piovaccari; editing by James Mackenzie and Emelia Sithole-Matarise

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