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Microsoft Excel LibreOffice Calc

Caterpillar Inc. (CAT)


Analysis of Liquidity Ratios

Beginner level

Liquidity ratios measure the company’s ability to meet its short-term obligations.


Liquidity Ratios (Summary)

Caterpillar Inc., liquidity ratios

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Dec 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015
Current ratio
Quick ratio
Cash ratio

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-19), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-14), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-15), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-15), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-16).

Liquidity ratio Description The company
Current ratio A liquidity ratio calculated as current assets divided by current liabilities. Caterpillar Inc.’s current ratio improved from 2017 to 2018 and from 2018 to 2019.
Quick ratio A liquidity ratio calculated as (cash plus short-term marketable investments plus receivables) divided by current liabilities. Caterpillar Inc.’s quick ratio deteriorated from 2017 to 2018 but then improved from 2018 to 2019 exceeding 2017 level.
Cash ratio A liquidity ratio calculated as (cash plus short-term marketable investments) divided by current liabilities. Caterpillar Inc.’s cash ratio deteriorated from 2017 to 2018 but then improved from 2018 to 2019 exceeding 2017 level.

Current Ratio

Caterpillar Inc., current ratio calculation, comparison to benchmarks

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Dec 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Current assets
Current liabilities
Liquidity Ratio
Current ratio1
Benchmarks
Current Ratio, Competitors2
Illinois Tool Works Inc.
Current Ratio, Sector
Industrial Engineering
Current Ratio, Industry
Industrials

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-19), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-14), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-15), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-15), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-16).

1 2019 Calculation
Current ratio = Current assets ÷ Current liabilities
= ÷ =

2 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Liquidity ratio Description The company
Current ratio A liquidity ratio calculated as current assets divided by current liabilities. Caterpillar Inc.’s current ratio improved from 2017 to 2018 and from 2018 to 2019.

Quick Ratio

Caterpillar Inc., quick ratio calculation, comparison to benchmarks

Microsoft Excel LibreOffice Calc
Dec 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Cash and short-term investments
Receivables, trade and other
Receivables, finance
Total quick assets
 
Current liabilities
Liquidity Ratio
Quick ratio1
Benchmarks
Quick Ratio, Competitors2
Illinois Tool Works Inc.
Quick Ratio, Sector
Industrial Engineering
Quick Ratio, Industry
Industrials

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-19), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-14), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-15), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-15), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-16).

1 2019 Calculation
Quick ratio = Total quick assets ÷ Current liabilities
= ÷ =

2 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Liquidity ratio Description The company
Quick ratio A liquidity ratio calculated as (cash plus short-term marketable investments plus receivables) divided by current liabilities. Caterpillar Inc.’s quick ratio deteriorated from 2017 to 2018 but then improved from 2018 to 2019 exceeding 2017 level.

Cash Ratio

Caterpillar Inc., cash ratio calculation, comparison to benchmarks

Microsoft Excel LibreOffice Calc
Dec 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Cash and short-term investments
Total cash assets
 
Current liabilities
Liquidity Ratio
Cash ratio1
Benchmarks
Cash Ratio, Competitors2
Illinois Tool Works Inc.
Cash Ratio, Sector
Industrial Engineering
Cash Ratio, Industry
Industrials

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-19), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-14), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-15), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-15), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-16).

1 2019 Calculation
Cash ratio = Total cash assets ÷ Current liabilities
= ÷ =

2 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Liquidity ratio Description The company
Cash ratio A liquidity ratio calculated as (cash plus short-term marketable investments) divided by current liabilities. Caterpillar Inc.’s cash ratio deteriorated from 2017 to 2018 but then improved from 2018 to 2019 exceeding 2017 level.