3M introduced Tuesday it should minimize 2,500 manufacturing jobs as the economic large reported decrease earnings and provided a lackluster 2023 outlook based mostly on weakening demand.
The transfer comes as 3M, which operates in a number of sectors together with well being care, transportation and electronics, contends with a drop in pandemic-related gross sales of face masks or “respirators,” and “fast declines” in consumer-facing companies.
The firm additionally expects very low US progress in 2023 of about one p.c, underneath the worldwide common of 1.5 p.c, Chief Executive Mike Roman mentioned on a convention name with analysts.
“We anticipate macroeconomic challenges to persist in 2023,” Roman added in an earnings press launch.
“Based on what we see in our finish markets, we’ll cut back roughly 2,500 world manufacturing roles — a obligatory resolution to align with adjusted manufacturing volumes,” he mentioned.
An organization spokesperson mentioned there have been no extra particulars on the place the roles are positioned, or wherein sectors.
Net revenue within the fourth quarter was $541 million in contrast with $1.4 billion within the year-ago interval, whereas revenues fell 6.2 p.c to $8.1 billion.
The newest quarter included a drop of $165 million in face masks gross sales from the identical interval a 12 months in the past, because the measures taken towards Covid-19 shifted. The firm’s outcomes have been additionally dented by its exit from Russia.
Executives described blended situations throughout their markets, with automotive electrification remaining a robust supply of demand, however client electronics falling laborious as a result of weak demand for televisions, tablets and smartphones.
The firm projected a drop of two p.c to 6 p.c in revenues this 12 months, and decrease earnings per share in contrast with final 12 months.
Shares of 3M tumbled 5.5 p.c to $115.88 in early-afternoon buying and selling.
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