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How to buy Caterpillar stock

Learn how to easily invest in Caterpillar stock.

Caterpillar Inc is a farm & heavy construction machinery business based in the US. Caterpillar shares (CAT) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Caterpillar employs 97,300 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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Caterpillar stock price (NYSE: CAT)

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Caterpillar shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-01-15.
Latest market close$228.94
52-week range$177.58 - $245.37
50-day moving average $206.32
200-day moving average $213.74
Wall St. target price$230.35
PE ratio 24.4908
Dividend yield $4.28 (1.96%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $9.35

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Is it a good time to buy Caterpillar stock?

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Caterpillar price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $228.94 from 2022-01-14

1 week (2022-01-11) 4.09%
1 month (2021-12-17) 13.69%
3 months (2021-10-18) 15.52%
6 months (2021-07-16) 10.09%
1 year (2021-01-15) 17.63%
2 years (2020-01-17) 54.92%
3 years (2019-01-18) 67.60%
5 years (2017-01-18) 145.30%

Is Caterpillar stock undervalued or overvalued?

Valuing Caterpillar stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Caterpillar's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Caterpillar's P/E ratio

Caterpillar's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 24x. In other words, Caterpillar shares trade at around 24x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Caterpillar's PEG ratio

Caterpillar's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.0843. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Caterpillar's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Caterpillar's EBITDA

Caterpillar's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $9.3 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Caterpillar's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Caterpillar financials

Revenue TTM $48.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 14.54%
Gross profit TTM $10.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 5.59%
Return on equity TTM 32.52%
Profit margin 10.64%
Book value $30.81
Market capitalisation $123.8 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Caterpillar's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Caterpillar.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Caterpillar's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 40.85

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Caterpillar's overall score of 40.85 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 86th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Caterpillar is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Caterpillar's environmental score

Environmental score: 13.72/100

Caterpillar's environmental score of 13.72 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Caterpillar is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Caterpillar's social score

Social score: 21.74/100

Caterpillar's social score of 21.74 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Caterpillar is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Caterpillar's governance score

Governance score: 8.39/100

Caterpillar's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Caterpillar is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Caterpillar's controversy score

Controversy score: 4/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Caterpillar scored a 4 out of 5 for controversy – the second-lowest score possible, reflecting that Caterpillar has a damaged public profile.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Caterpillar Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 40.85
Total ESG percentile 86.14
Environmental score 13.72
Environmental score percentile 4
Social score 21.74
Social score percentile 4
Governance score 8.39
Governance score percentile 4
Level of controversy 4

Caterpillar share dividends

43%

Dividend payout ratio: 42.54% of net profits

Recently Caterpillar has paid out, on average, around 42.54% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.96% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Caterpillar shareholders could enjoy a 1.96% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Caterpillar's case, that would currently equate to about $4.28 per share.

While Caterpillar's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Caterpillar may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Caterpillar's most recent dividend payout was on 17 February 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 18 January 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Caterpillar's shares ever split?

Caterpillar's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 13 July 2005. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Caterpillar shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Caterpillar shares which in turn could have impacted Caterpillar's share price.

Caterpillar share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Caterpillar's shares have ranged in value from as little as $177.5801 up to $245.3732. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CAT.US volatility(beta: 0.91)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Caterpillar's is 0.9078. This would suggest that Caterpillar's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Caterpillar overview

Caterpillar Inc. manufactures and sells construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives worldwide. Its Construction Industries segment offers asphalt pavers, compactors, cold planers, motorgraders, pipelayers, road reclaimers, telehandlers, and utility vehicles; backhoe, compact track, multi-terrain, skid steer, and track-type loaders; forestry and wheel excavators; and site prep and track-type tractors. The company's Resource Industries segment provides electric rope and hydraulic shovels, draglines, rotary drills, hard rock vehicles, track-type tractors, mining trucks, longwall miners, wheel loaders, off-highway and articulated trucks, wheel tractor scrapers, wheel dozers, landfill and soil compactors, machinery components, autonomous ready vehicles and solutions, and select work tools. Its Energy & Transportation segment offers reciprocating engine powered generator sets; reciprocating engines and integrated systems for the power generation, marine, oil, and gas industries; turbines, centrifugal gas compressors, and related services; remanufactured reciprocating engines and components; and diesel-electric locomotives and components, and other rail-related products. The company's Financial Products segment provides operating and finance leases, installment sale contracts, working capital loans, and wholesale financing; and insurance and risk management, as well as other equipment-related loans. Its All Other Operating segment offers filters and fluids, undercarriage, ground engaging tools, fluid transfer products, precision seals, and rubber sealing and connecting components; parts distribution; integrated logistics solutions; portfolio management; brand management and marketing strategy; and digital investments services.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Caterpillar is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.19% of Caterpillar shares are held by insiders and 69.533% by institutions.
How many people work for Caterpillar?
Latest data suggests 97,300 work at Caterpillar.
When does the fiscal year end for Caterpillar?
Caterpillar's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is Caterpillar based?
Caterpillar's address is: 510 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, IL, United States, 60015
What is Caterpillar's ISIN number?
Caterpillar's international securities identification number is: US1491231015
What is Caterpillar's CUSIP number?
Caterpillar's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 149123101

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