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“Many of the world’s economies are still in the middle of a challenging recession. Consumers are increasing their savings and reducing spending, which is healthy for economies in the long run; however, it has resulted in less freight year-on-year and lower demand for commercial vehicles,” says Pigott. “Many nations are faced with high unemployment and major catalysts for economic growth, such as home construction and car production, are at 30 to 50 year lows. The good news is that PACCAR has reinforced its position as one of the leading technology companies in the automotive sector. PACCAR is one of the few companies in the sector to deliver net income every year in the last decade. This outstanding performance has benefited our shareholders with a 19.1% annual return for the decade compared to the S&P annual return of negative 1%.” PACCAR’s shareholder return exceeds the S&P 500 return for the previous one-, three-, five-, ten- and twenty-year time periods.
“PACCAR’s excellent balance sheet and strong operating cash flow of $1.37 billion in 2009 have enabled ongoing investments in capital projects such as new diesel engines, expanded vehicle ranges, annual factory efficiency improvement of 5-7% and contributed to earning the majority of the industry’s quality awards,” noted Tom Plimpton, vice chairman. “The company’s strong performance places PACCAR in a leading position when the industry returns to a normal vehicle demand of 225,000-250,000 units in the U.S. and Canada as well as in Europe.”