Corrects net income figure to $514 mln in paragraph 2
Farm equipment maker Deere & Co
The world's largest maker of tractors and combines earned $514 million, or $1.20 per share, in the first quarter that ended January 31, compared with $243.2 million, or 57 cents per share a year earlier.
Analysts, on average, expected a profit of 99 cents a share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Deere's shares rose 3.1 percent to $96.50 in premarket trading.
Sales rose 27 percent to $6.12 billion, ahead of Wall Street forecasts for sales of $5.67 billion. Machinery sales rose at a much faster pace in the United States and Canada than in other regions. Deere said it raised prices 2 percent.
Construction and forestry machine sales, a smaller business for Deere, soared 81 percent and the segment swung to a profit.
Rising prices of food commodities like corn, wheat and soybeans have boosted farmers' investments in new equipment. More inflation since the start of 2011 is supporting the company's outlook, Moline, Illinois-based Deere said.
Deere forecast a full-year profit of $2.5 billion. Its November forecast called for a 2011 profit of $2.1 billion.
It cited demand for high-horsepower machines, forecasting U.S. and Canadian sales would rise about 5 percent this year. But Deere noted production issues related to emissions standards could dampen sales in the near term. Deere forecast a rebound in Europe, Russia and surrounding farming regions. It also anticipates moderate growth in Asia.
(Reporting by Nick Zieminski, editing by Maureen Bavdek)