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Although nothing runs like Deere, its business is struggling. While the company continues to enjoy a diverse portfolio and a burgeoning number of employees of over 50,000, net sales and revenues decreased by about 5% with less consumers buying agriculture and turf products. Net income and earnings per share were also down for the year in 2014. As the global demand for grain increases, there will likely be a larger appetite for John Deere’s signature equipment. As a result, research and development remained steady in 2014 at $1.5 billion. The company forecast a challenging 2015 with a “significant reduction in sales and earnings” as demand for agricultural products continues to decline.

Company Info

Samuel R. Allen
Construction and Farm Machinery
HQ Location
Moline, IL
Years on List21
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Key Financials (last fiscal year)

$ millions% change
Revenues ($M)36,067-4.6%
Profits ($M)3,162-10.6%
Total Stockholder Equity9,063-
Market Value (as of March 31, 2015)29,770-

Profit Ratios

Profit as % of Revenues8.8%
Profits as % of Assets5.2%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity34.9%

Earnings Per Share (last fiscal year)

Earnings Per Share ($)8.63
EPS % Change (from 2013)-5.1%
EPS % Change (5 year annual rate)33.2%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)12%

Total Return

Total Return to Investors (2014)-0.6%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)12.7%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)11.3%