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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.

Company Info

D. James Umpleby III
Construction and Farm Machinery
HQ Location
Peoria, IL
Years on Fortune 500 List22

Key Financials (last fiscal year)

$ millions% change
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 ($)3.5
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%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)-3.8%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)4.3%