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Weakening economic growth in China and Brazil hit Caterpillar hard last year, as did lower global commodity prices. As a result, the big machine manufacturer suffered big losses, slipping down five spots on this year’s Fortune 500 list. At $47 billion, its 2015 sales were down nearly 15% from the year before. Lower oil prices were particularly painful, sending orders for machines that support oil drilling and well servicing down close to 90% from the year before. But there are potential bright spots: The 91-year-old company is investing in predictive analytics offerings, connecting their machines with data-gathering sensors, and partnering with tech players to create new revenue streams.


Douglas R. Oberhelman




Construction and Farm Machinery

HQ Location

Peoria, IL

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Key Financials (last fiscal year)
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Revenues ($M)$47,011-14.8%
Profits ($M)$2,102-43.1%
Assets ($M)$78,497
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$14,809
Market Value — as of March 31, 2016 ($M)$44,571
Profit Ratios
Profit as % of Revenues4.5%
Profits as % of Assets2.7%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity14.2%
Earnings Per Share (Last Fiscal Year)
Earnings Per Share ($)3.50
EPS % Change (from 2014)-40.5%
EPS % Change (5 year annual rate)-3.3%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)-1.4%
Total Return
Total Return to Investors (2015)-23.0%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)-3.8%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)4.3%
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