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  • Previous Rank187
  • Revenues ($M)$47,011
  • Revenue Percent Change-14.8%
  • Profits ($M)$2,102
  • Profits Percent Change-43.1%
  • Assets ($M)$78,497
  • Employees112,200

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.

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Company Information

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

Caterpillar Rank History

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-

Profit Ratios

Profit as % of Revenues4.5%
Profits as % of Assets2.7%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity14.2%