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This is a followup to the previous earnings release post, and includes the conference call transcript, here:
https://seekingalpha.com/article/4168181-cummins-cmi-q1-2018......

From the release, I mentioned this concerning the quality issue that was discussed in releases last year:
-$187M charge for a 'product campaign', which sounds like what they now think the quality issues previously reported on will be. This is likely what's hitting the stock, but this shouldn't come as a big surprise to anyone watching the last year of reports.

So while it was no big surprise, they did give some more detail and potential costs in the call prepared remarks:
The charge of $187 million reflects our best estimate of the cost of implementing our proposed plan. We have also estimated range of additional costs should the regulatory agencies ask us to replace more aftertreatment hardware than our proposed plan which we believe to be between $0 or $400 million in the worst case. It's important to note that this issue does not affect our current products, which are performing very well, and our market share remains strong.

So there's still a good amount of financial uncertainty here regarding the final outcome, pending regulatory agency agreements. I tend to look at a drop based on this uncertainty as a longer term opportunity. But to each his own, regarding the unknowns here. To me, the fact that it is a 'past' issue is the main point regarding the investment decision. But you never know what might surprise from here, I suppose...They did say that it is an emissions issue as component degrades, so not a productivity issue for customers. Expect it to be resolved completely within 2 quarters. I like their approach to this. Here's a comment from the CEO. Again, we are very – we think our plan is a good one. That's why we're proposing it and we intend to take care of customers as well as take care of the environment. That's kind of our commitment to both. So, we're acting proactively on that both. Again, just to try to make sure everyone had a box to put it in, and again we are working really aggressively and we expect to be through these discussions relatively quickly in the six months or less. So hopefully, we'll have it – we'll have all of it behind us.


Fundamentals were very strong. Due to 'improved outlook' in most markets, increased sales growth forecast to 10-14% over 2017, from 4-8%.

Not sure if the stock reaction over the past couple days is directly related to the quality issue or what. But at a near 52 week low, and a dividend approaching 3%, I find this an appealing entry point, based on the fundamentals and outlook, personally.

One more thing to keep an eye on is out at the end of 2019. Their electrified powertrain from the new electrification segment (which are now going into small uses like forklifts) gets launched into buses.

Howard
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