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Joy Global 3Q profit falls

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Joy Global’s fiscal third-quarter net income dropped 5 percent as original equipment orders tumbled amid weak market conditions. But its adjusted results and revenue beat Wall Street’s expectations.

President and CEO Mike Sutherlin said in a statement that the Milwaukee company is cutting costs to help contend with softer market conditions.

Joy Global Inc. also announced Wednesday that it plans to repurchase up to $1 billion of its stock over the next three years.

For the period ended July 26, the coal mining equipment supplier earned $183.2 million. That’s down from $193.5 million a year earlier.

Revenue fell 5 percent to $1.32 billion from $1.39 billion as sales of underground mining machinery and surface mining equipment declined.

Total bookings dropped 36 percent to $695 million. Original equipment orders slid 76 percent, with aftermarket orders down 13 percent. Backlog, which is an indication of potential future revenue, fell to $1.6 billion from $2.2 billion.

Joy Global maintained its forecast for full-year earnings in a range of $4.9 billion to $5 billion.

Analysts predict revenue of $4.95 billion.

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