Post-it maker 3M's 3rd quarter net income rises 6 per cent on higher revenue across divisions

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Diversified manufacturer 3M’s third-quarter net income rose 6 per cent on higher revenue across all divisions.

The maker of Post-it notes, industrial coatings and ceramics also narrowed its guidance range.

Net income for the three months ending Sept. 30 after paying preferred dividends totalled $1.3 billion, or $2.02 per share, up from $1.23 billion, or $1.81 per share, last year. Analysts expected $1.96 per share, according to FactSet.

Revenue rose 3 per cent to $8.14 billion from $7.92 billion. Analysts expected $8.23 billion. The stronger dollar hurt revenue by about 1 percentage point, the company said.

The St. Paul, Minnesota-based company narrowed its guidance to net income of $7.40 to $7.50 for the year, compared with prior expectations of $7.30 to $7.55. Analysts expected $7.46 per share.

At its industrial unit, which makes auto and aircraft parts, revenue rose 3 per cent to $2.8 billion. Revenue from its electronics and energy unit rose nearly 4 per cent to $1.5 billion. Safety and graphics revenue rose 1 per cent to $1.4 billion and revenue from health care products rose about 5 per cent to $1.4 billion.

Revenue from consumer products like Scotch tape and Post-its rose 2 per cent to $1.2 billion.

Shares of 3M Co. rose $3.02, or 2.2 per cent, to $141.97 in premarket trading shortly before the market open.