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Big machine manufacturer Caterpillar emphasized cost management and cash flow during 2014 to drive up profits. Machinery, energy, and transportation sales for the year were the third highest in Caterpillar’s 90-year history, though overall revenue dipped for the second consecutive year from a high in 2012, and operating profit was down as well. Profit per share rose by 13 cents year-over-year to $5.88, which was down by nearly three dollars from its $8.48 high in 2012. The declines are an effect of the steep decline in oil prices, since oil and mining companies (Caterpillar’s biggest clients) have invested less in new manufacturing equipment. In an earning call earlier this year, Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman says he excpted a sales decline of 9% for 2015.

Company Info

Douglas R. Oberhelman
Construction and Farm Machinery
HQ Location
Peoria, IL
Years on List21
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Key Financials (last fiscal year)

$ millions% change
Revenues ($M)55,184-0.8%
Profits ($M)3,695-2.5%
Total Stockholder Equity16,746-
Market Value (as of March 31, 2015)48,512-

Profit Ratios

Profit as % of Revenues6.7%
Profits as % of Assets4.4%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity22.1%

Earnings Per Share (last fiscal year)

Earnings Per Share ($)5.88
EPS % Change (from 2013)2.3%
EPS % Change (5 year annual rate)32.7%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)7.4%

Total Return

Total Return to Investors (2014)3.4%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)12.6%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)9.1%