VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/13/12 -- Finning International Inc. (TSX: FTT) ("Finning") is hosting its annual Investor Day on the morning of December 13, 2012 in Toronto. Finning's executive management team will provide an overview of strategy, an update on operations and the outlook for 2013. The video webcast and supporting presentations will be available on the investor relations section of www.finning.com.
"I am absolutely confident in our ability to continue driving improved profitability in the modest growth environment next year," said Mike Waites, president and CEO of Finning International. "We have the advantage of operating in diverse industry sectors and servicing a large equipment fleet across our territories which will sustain strong growth in our resilient product support business. We are also set to benefit from the contribution of a full year of operating our newly acquired Bucyrus distribution and support business."
"We are uniquely positioned to deliver value through our enhanced focus on operational excellence. Looking forward, we remain committed to improving operating profitability, driving a solid return on invested capital and strengthening our balance sheet," noted Mr. Waites.
Business conditions are expected to remain constructive, supported by stable mining activity in the Company's Canadian and South American operations. The outlook for the UK and Ireland is expected to be down versus 2012 due to slower economic conditions. On a consolidated basis, the Company expects:
-- revenue growth between zero and 10 percent in 2013 compared to 2012;-- earnings to continue growing at a higher rate than revenue, as the Company remains committed to improving operating profitability and driving towards a 9 to 10 percent EBIT margin; and-- net debt to total capital ratio to return within the 35 to 45 percent target range by the end of 2013.
Finning International Inc. (TSX: FTT) is the world's largest Caterpillar equipment dealer delivering unrivalled service to customers since 1933. Finning sells, rents and services equipment and engines to help customers maximize productivity. Headquartered in Vancouver, B.C., the Company operates in western Canada, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, as well as in Ireland and the United Kingdom.
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