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  • Revenues ($M)
    $28,863
  • Revenue Percent Change
    -20%
  • Profits ($M)
    $1,940
  • Profits Percent Change
    -38.6%
  • Assets ($M)
    $57,948
  • Employees
    57,180
  • Market Value — as of March 31, 2016 ($M)
    $24,277
  • Previous Rank
    86
  • Morning Consult Brand Index
    A

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.

Company Info

Figures are for fiscal year ended Oct. 31, 2015.
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

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%