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46. Caterpillar
Financials: Latest Results
Rank: 46 (Previous rank: 58)
CEO: Douglas R. Oberhelman
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How did it play in Peoria? Very, very well. At least for heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar, which is based in the bucolic Illinois city. It saw full-year, record sales of about $60 billion, topping the previous high in 2008. The company is expecting to pull in some $70 billion this year, even though U.S. construction activity remains depressed and economies in Europe, China and Brazil have slowed. Much of the company's growth is being fueled by three major acquisitions including mining equipment manufacturer Bucyrus as well as diesel engine powerhouses EMD and MWM. Going forward, to protect its margins, Caterpillar will have to juggle its global inventory as demand fluctuates.

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Key financials $ millions % change
from 2010
Revenues 60,138.0 41.2
Profits 4,928.0 82.5
Assets 81,446.0
Stockholders' equity 12,883.0
Market value (3/29/2012) 68,651.4
Profits as % of  
Revenues 8.2
Assets 6.1
Stockholders' equity 38.3
Earnings per share  
2011 $ 7.40
% change from 2010 78.3
2001-2011 annual growth rate % 20.4
Total return to investors %
2011 -1.4
2001-2011 annual rate 16.0
Rank Company 500
($ millions)
1 Caterpillar 46 60,138.0
2 Deere 97 32,012.5
3 Cummins 150 18,048.0
4 AGCO 292 8,773.2
5 Terex 379 6,504.6
Issue date: May 21, 2012
Acquired Bucyrus International (2010 rank: 573), July 8, 2011.
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100 N.E. Adams St.
Peoria, IL 61629
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