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Long-term (Investment) Activity Analysis

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Activity ratios measure how efficiently a company performs day-to-day tasks, such us the collection of receivables and management of inventory.


Ratios (Summary)

Caterpillar Inc., long-term (investment) activity ratios

 
Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014 Dec 31, 2013
Net fixed asset turnover
Total asset turnover
Equity turnover

Source: Based on data from Caterpillar Inc. Annual Reports

Ratio Description The company
Net fixed asset turnover An activity ratio calculated as total revenue divided by net fixed assets. Caterpillar Inc.'s net fixed asset turnover deteriorated from 2015 to 2016 but then improved from 2016 to 2017 exceeding 2015 level.
Total asset turnover An activity ratio calculated as total revenue divided by total assets. Caterpillar Inc.'s total asset turnover deteriorated from 2015 to 2016 but then improved from 2016 to 2017 not reaching 2015 level.
Equity turnover An activity ratio calculated as total revenue divided by shareholders' equity. Caterpillar Inc.'s equity turnover deteriorated from 2015 to 2016 but then improved from 2016 to 2017 exceeding 2015 level.

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Net Fixed Asset Turnover

Caterpillar Inc., net fixed asset turnover calculation, comparison to benchmarks

 
Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014 Dec 31, 2013
Selected Financial Data (USD $ in millions)
Sales of Machinery, Energy & Transportation
Property, plant and equipment, net
Ratio
Net fixed asset turnover1
Benchmarks
Net Fixed Asset Turnover, Competitors
Illinois Tool Works Inc.
Net Fixed Asset Turnover, Sector
Industrial Engineering
Net Fixed Asset Turnover, Industry
Industrials

Source: Based on data from Caterpillar Inc. Annual Reports

2017 Calculations

1 Net fixed asset turnover = Sales of Machinery, Energy & Transportation ÷ Property, plant and equipment, net
= ÷ =

Ratio Description The company
Net fixed asset turnover An activity ratio calculated as total revenue divided by net fixed assets. Caterpillar Inc.'s net fixed asset turnover deteriorated from 2015 to 2016 but then improved from 2016 to 2017 exceeding 2015 level.

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Total Asset Turnover

Caterpillar Inc., total asset turnover calculation, comparison to benchmarks

 
Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014 Dec 31, 2013
Selected Financial Data (USD $ in millions)
Sales of Machinery, Energy & Transportation
Total assets
Ratio
Total asset turnover1
Benchmarks
Total Asset Turnover, Competitors
Illinois Tool Works Inc.
Total Asset Turnover, Sector
Industrial Engineering
Total Asset Turnover, Industry
Industrials

Source: Based on data from Caterpillar Inc. Annual Reports

2017 Calculations

1 Total asset turnover = Sales of Machinery, Energy & Transportation ÷ Total assets
= ÷ =

Ratio Description The company
Total asset turnover An activity ratio calculated as total revenue divided by total assets. Caterpillar Inc.'s total asset turnover deteriorated from 2015 to 2016 but then improved from 2016 to 2017 not reaching 2015 level.

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Equity Turnover

Caterpillar Inc., equity turnover calculation, comparison to benchmarks

 
Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014 Dec 31, 2013
Selected Financial Data (USD $ in millions)
Sales of Machinery, Energy & Transportation
Equity attributable to common stockholders
Ratio
Equity turnover1
Benchmarks
Equity Turnover, Competitors
Illinois Tool Works Inc.
Equity Turnover, Sector
Industrial Engineering
Equity Turnover, Industry
Industrials

Source: Based on data from Caterpillar Inc. Annual Reports

2017 Calculations

1 Equity turnover = Sales of Machinery, Energy & Transportation ÷ Equity attributable to common stockholders
= ÷ =

Ratio Description The company
Equity turnover An activity ratio calculated as total revenue divided by shareholders' equity. Caterpillar Inc.'s equity turnover deteriorated from 2015 to 2016 but then improved from 2016 to 2017 exceeding 2015 level.

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