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Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) | Company Profile, History, Competitors


Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) is a machinery capital goods company. They sell their products into customers serving the construction mining, energy and transportation markets. Caterpillar makes construction and mining equipment, engines, gas turbines and locomotives. The company was founded in 1925 and headquartered in Peoria, IL.

Business Overview

Caterpillar has four main operating segments:
  • Construction Industries (42% of 2017 Revenues): Sells to construction, forestry, quarry and aggregates end markets. Key products sold include loaders, pavers, and excavators.
  • Energy & Transportation (35% of 2017 Revenues): Sells to oil and gas, power generation, marine and rail end markets. Key products sold are reciprocating engines, generators, gas turbines, locomotives and trucks.
  • Resource Industries (17% of 2017 Revenues): Sells to mining end markets. Equipment is used to extract and haul copper, iron ore, oil sands, aggregates and other commodities. Key products sold are shovels, miners, loaders and compactors.
  • Financial Products (6% of 2017 Revenues): Provides retail and wholesale financing through Cat Financial.


Caterpillar has an extensive private distribution network with over 3,500 dealer locations in 180 countries. The dealers sell new equipment, equipment rental and aftermarket parts and services.


D. James Umpleby III (CEO): D. James Umpleby III serves as CEO since 2017. Prior, he was President Energy & Transportation at Caterpillar. He has also worked at Solar Turbines in various roles.

Joseph Creed (CFO): Joseph serves as Interim CFO since 2018. Prior, he was VP Finance Services and CFO of Energy & Transportation.


 $ USD in millions    2013    2014 2015 2016 2017
 Revenues $55,656 $55,184 $47,011 $38,537 $45,462 
 Gross Profit $14,202 $13,842  $12,878  $9,632  $13,767 
 Operating Profit $5,628 $3,314  $3,785  $498  $4,406 
 Net Income $3,789 $2,452 $2,512  ($67) $754 
 EPS ($6.54) $4.02  $11.39  $4.85  $3.92