Stock Analysis on Net

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT)

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Analysis of Property, Plant and Equipment

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Property, Plant and Equipment Disclosure

Caterpillar Inc., balance sheet: property, plant and equipment

US$ in millions

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Land
Buildings and land improvements
Machinery, equipment and other
Software
Equipment leased to others
Construction-in-process
Property, plant and equipment, at cost
Accumulated depreciation
Property, plant and equipment, net

Based on: 10-K (reporting date: 2021-12-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2020-12-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2019-12-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2018-12-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2017-12-31).

Item Description The company
Property, plant and equipment, at cost Amount before accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization of physical assets used in the normal conduct of business and not intended for resale. Examples include, but are not limited to, land, buildings, machinery and equipment, office equipment, and furniture and fixtures. Caterpillar Inc. property, plant and equipment, at cost increased from 2019 to 2020 but then decreased significantly from 2020 to 2021.
Property, plant and equipment, net Amount after accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization of physical assets used in the normal conduct of business to produce goods and services and not intended for resale. Examples include, but are not limited to, land, buildings, machinery and equipment, office equipment, and furniture and fixtures. Caterpillar Inc. property, plant and equipment, net decreased from 2019 to 2020 and from 2020 to 2021.

Asset Age Ratios (Summary)

Caterpillar Inc., asset age ratios

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Average age ratio
Estimated total useful life (years)
Estimated age, time elapsed since purchase (years)
Estimated remaining life (years)

Based on: 10-K (reporting date: 2021-12-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2020-12-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2019-12-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2018-12-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2017-12-31).

Asset age ratio Description The company
Average age ratio As long as straight-line depreciation is used, this is an accurate estimate of asset age as a percentage of depreciable life. The relative age is a useful measure of whether the company fixed asset base is old or new. Newer assets are likely to be more efficient. Caterpillar Inc. average age ratio of depreciable property, plant and equipment deteriorated from 2019 to 2020 and from 2020 to 2021.
Estimated total useful life Over longer time periods, this ratio is a useful measure of company depreciation policy and can be used for comparisons with competitors. Caterpillar Inc. estimated total useful life of depreciable property, plant and equipment increased from 2019 to 2020 and from 2020 to 2021.
Estimated time elapsed since purchase The approximate age in years of a company fixed assets. Useful for comparison purposes. Caterpillar Inc. estimated time elapsed since purchase of depreciable property, plant and equipment deteriorated from 2019 to 2020 and from 2020 to 2021.
Estimated remaining life Caterpillar Inc. estimated remaining life of depreciable property, plant and equipment increased from 2019 to 2020 and from 2020 to 2021.

Average Age

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Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Accumulated depreciation
Property, plant and equipment, at cost
Land
Asset Age Ratio
Average age1

Based on: 10-K (reporting date: 2021-12-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2020-12-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2019-12-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2018-12-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2017-12-31).

2021 Calculations

1 Average age = 100 × Accumulated depreciation ÷ (Property, plant and equipment, at cost – Land)
= 100 × ÷ () =

Asset age ratio Description The company
Average age As long as straight-line depreciation is used, this is an accurate estimate of asset age as a percentage of depreciable life. The relative age is a useful measure of whether the company fixed asset base is old or new. Newer assets are likely to be more efficient. Caterpillar Inc. average age ratio of depreciable property, plant and equipment deteriorated from 2019 to 2020 and from 2020 to 2021.

Estimated Total Useful Life

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Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Property, plant and equipment, at cost
Land
Consolidated depreciation expense
Asset Age Ratio (Years)
Estimated total useful life1

Based on: 10-K (reporting date: 2021-12-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2020-12-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2019-12-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2018-12-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2017-12-31).

2021 Calculations

1 Estimated total useful life = (Property, plant and equipment, at cost – Land) ÷ Consolidated depreciation expense
= () ÷ =

Asset age ratio Description The company
Estimated total useful life Over longer time periods, this ratio is a useful measure of company depreciation policy and can be used for comparisons with competitors. Caterpillar Inc. estimated total useful life of depreciable property, plant and equipment increased from 2019 to 2020 and from 2020 to 2021.

Estimated Age, Time Elapsed since Purchase

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Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Accumulated depreciation
Consolidated depreciation expense
Asset Age Ratio (Years)
Time elapsed since purchase1

Based on: 10-K (reporting date: 2021-12-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2020-12-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2019-12-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2018-12-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2017-12-31).

2021 Calculations

1 Time elapsed since purchase = Accumulated depreciation ÷ Consolidated depreciation expense
= ÷ =

Asset age ratio Description The company
Estimated time elapsed since purchase The approximate age in years of a company fixed assets. Useful for comparison purposes. Caterpillar Inc. estimated time elapsed since purchase of depreciable property, plant and equipment deteriorated from 2019 to 2020 and from 2020 to 2021.

Estimated Remaining Life

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Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Property, plant and equipment, net
Land
Consolidated depreciation expense
Asset Age Ratio (Years)
Estimated remaining life1

Based on: 10-K (reporting date: 2021-12-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2020-12-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2019-12-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2018-12-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2017-12-31).

2021 Calculations

1 Estimated remaining life = (Property, plant and equipment, net – Land) ÷ Consolidated depreciation expense
= () ÷ =

Asset age ratio Description The company
Estimated remaining life Caterpillar Inc. estimated remaining life of depreciable property, plant and equipment increased from 2019 to 2020 and from 2020 to 2021.