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  • Revenues ($M)$28,863
  • Revenue Percent Change-20%
  • Profits ($M)$1,940
  • Profits Percent Change-38.6%
  • Assets ($M)$57,948
  • Employees57,180
  • Market Value — as of March 31, 2016 ($M)$24,277
  • Previous Rank86
  • Morning Consult Brand Index
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The top maker of agricultural machinery is taking a page from Silicon Valley, investing in mobile apps that let farmers monitor the spacing between seeds and connecting its iconic green tractors and combines with sensors that detect when a machine needs to be repaired or replaced. The new focus on tech is an effort to fight slumping sales. But it’s an uphill battle. Falling crop prices have put a massive dent in Deere’s sales, which came in at $28.9 billion in 2015, 20% down from the year before. What’s worse, the company expects that 2016 will be even worse for the farming business.

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Company Info

CEO
Samuel R. Allen
Sector
Industrials
Industry
Construction and Farm Machinery
HQ Location
Moline, IL
Websitehttp://www.johndeere.com
Years on Fortune 500 List22
Employees57,180
Figures are for fiscal year ended Oct. 31, 2015.

Key Financials (last fiscal year)

$ millions% change
Revenues ($M)$28,863-20%
Profits ($M)$1,940-38.6%
Assets ($M)$57,948-
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$6,743-
Market Value — as of March 31, 2016 ($M)$24,277-

Profit Ratios

Profit as % of Revenues6.7%
Profits as % of Assets3.3%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity28.8%

Earnings Per Share (Last Fiscal Year)

Earnings Per Share ($)5.77
EPS % Change (from 2014)-33.1%
EPS % Change (5 year annual rate)5.8%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)7%

Total Return

Total Return to Investors (2015)-11.4%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)0.6%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)10.7%