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Caterpillar Maintains Quarterly Dividend Rate and Accelerates Payment to December 31, 2012

PR Newswire/Les Echos/ 
Caterpillar Maintains Quarterly Dividend Rate and Accelerates Payment to
December 31, 2012 
PEORIA, Ill., Dec. 12, 2012 -- The Board of Directors of Caterpillar Inc. 
(NYSE: CAT) voted today to maintain the quarterly cash dividend of fifty-two 
($0.52) cents per share of common stock, payable December 31, 2012, to 
stockholders of record at the close of business, December 24, 2012. 
"After reporting a record third quarter for sales and profit, I am pleased to
announce we are maintaining Caterpillar's quarterly dividend. While we remain
watchful and attentive to the current political and economic landscape, we
continue to track toward our long-term goals and expectations outlined in our
enterprise strategy," said Caterpillar Chairman and Chief Executive Officer 
Doug Oberhelman. 
"In addition to maintaining the quarterly dividend, we're accelerating payment
of the first-quarter 2013 dividend to December 31, 2012. Because of the
uncertainty about U.S. tax policy, we're acting in the interest of our
stockholders. We estimate this action could save our stockholders around 
$30 million," added Oberhelman. 
Caterpillar has paid higher dividends to its stockholders for 19 consecutive
years, and since 1998, the company's cash dividend has more than tripled.
Including the announcement today, Caterpillar has paid a cash dividend every
year since the company was formed in 1925 and has paid a quarterly dividend
since 1933. 
About Caterpillar:
For more than 85 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress
possible and driving positive change on every continent. With 2011 sales and
revenues of $60.138 billion, Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of
construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial
gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company also is a leading
services provider through Caterpillar Financial Services, Caterpillar
Remanufacturing Services and Progress Rail Services. More information is
available at: http://www.caterpillar.com. 
Forward-Looking Statements
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expectations and are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as "believe,"
"estimate," "will be," "will," "would," "expect," "anticipate," "plan,"
"project," "intend," "could," "should" or other similar words or expressions
often identify forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements
of historical fact are forward-looking statements, including, without
limitation, statements regarding our outlook, projections, forecasts or trend
descriptions. These statements do not guarantee future performance, and we do
not undertake to update our forward-looking statements. 
Caterpillar's actual results may differ materially from those described or
implied in our forward-looking statements based on a number of factors,
including, but not limited to: (i) global economic conditions and economic
conditions in the industries and markets we serve; (ii) government monetary or
fiscal policies and infrastructure spending; (iii) commodity or component price
increases and/or limited availability of raw materials and component products,
including steel; (iv) our and our customers', dealers' and suppliers' ability 
to access and manage liquidity; (v) political and economic risks and 
instability, including national or international conflicts and civil unrest; 
(vi) our and Cat Financial's ability to: maintain credit ratings, avoid 
material increases in borrowing costs, and access capital markets; (vii) the 
financial condition and credit worthiness of Cat Financial's customers; 
(viii) inability to realize expected benefits from acquisitions and 
divestitures, including the acquisition of Bucyrus International, Inc.; 
(ix) international trade and investment policies; (x) challenges related to 
Tier 4 emissions compliance; (xi) market acceptance of our products and 
services; (xii) changes in the competitive environment, including market share,
pricing and geographic and product mix of sales; (xiii) successful 
implementation of capacity expansion projects, cost reduction initiatives and 
efficiency or productivity initiatives, including the Caterpillar Production 
System; (xiv) sourcing practices of our dealers or original equipment 
manufacturers; (xv) compliance with environmental laws and regulations; 
(xvi) alleged or actual violations of trade or anti-corruption laws and 
regulations; (xvii) additional tax expense or exposure; (xviii) currency 
fluctuations; (xix) our or Cat Financial's compliance with financial covenants;
(xx) increased pension plan funding obligations; (xxi) union disputes or other
employee relations issues; (xxii) significant legal proceedings, claims,
lawsuits or investigations; (xxiii) compliance requirements imposed if carbon
emissions legislation and/or regulations are adopted; (xxiv) changes in
accounting standards; (xxv) failure or breach of IT security; (xxvi) adverse
effects of natural disasters; and (xxvii) other factors described in more 
detail under "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in our Form 10-K filed with the SEC on 
February 21, 2012 for the year ended December 31, 2011. This filing is 
available on our website at www.caterpillar.com/secfilings.
 

SOURCE Caterpillar Inc. 
CONTACT: Jim Dugan, Global Government & Corporate Affairs, +1-309-494-4100,
dugan_jim@cat.com 
                  
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