Caterpillar is a farm & heavy construction machinery business based in the US. Caterpillar stocks (CAT.US) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $203.6 – a decrease of 7.72% over the previous week. Caterpillar employs 97,300 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $45.9 billion.
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Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Caterpillar's stock price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was $189.84, which is 27.72% up on its pre-crash value of $137.21 and 116.96% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $87.5.
If you had bought $1,000 worth of Caterpillar stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth $708.16 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $1,463.67.
|Latest market close||$189.84|
|52-week range||$139.7279 - $245.3732|
|50-day moving average||$209.8026|
|200-day moving average||$221.9712|
|Wall St. target price||$229.89|
|Dividend yield||$4.2 (2.06%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$7.967|
Note: The dollar amounts in the table below are in Canadian dollars.
|1 week (2021-09-15)||-7.72%|
|1 month (2021-08-20)||-7.37%|
|3 months (2021-06-22)||-10.93%|
|6 months (2021-03-22)||-16.01%|
|1 year (2020-09-22)||29.01%|
|2 years (2019-09-20)||48.13%|
|3 years (2018-09-21)||21.40%|
|5 years (2016-09-22)||127.35%|
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 current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 25x. In other words, Caterpillar stocks trade at around 25x 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 stocks or simply that they're under-valued.
Caterpillar's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.0523. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the stocks offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the stocks 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 stock prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Caterpillar's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$8.7 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Caterpillar's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||USD$45.9 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||13.96%|
|Gross profit TTM||USD$10.1 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||5.06%|
|Return on equity TTM||28.68%|
|Market capitalisation||USD$109.7 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 7.3 million Caterpillar stocks held short by investors – that's known as Caterpillar's "short interest". This figure is 6.7% up from 6.9 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Caterpillar stocks can be evaluated.
Caterpillar's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Caterpillar stocks currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Caterpillar stocks traded daily (recently around 3.3 million). Caterpillar's SIR currently stands at 2.22. In other words for every 100,000 Caterpillar stocks traded daily on the market, roughly 2220 stocks are currently held short.
However Caterpillar's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Caterpillar stocks, or, against the total number of tradable Caterpillar stocks (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Caterpillar's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding stocks (for every 100,000 Caterpillar stocks in existence, roughly 10 stocks are currently held short) or 0.0134% of the tradable stocks (for every 100,000 tradable Caterpillar stocks, roughly 13 stocks are currently held short).
Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the stock price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Caterpillar.
Find out more about how you can short Caterpillar stock.
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.
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 01/01/2019) 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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Total ESG score||40.85|
|Total ESG percentile||86.14|
|Environmental score percentile||4|
|Social score percentile||4|
|Governance score percentile||4|
|Level of controversy||4|
Dividend payout ratio: 47.03% of net profits
Recently Caterpillar has paid out, on average, around 47.03% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.18% 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 2.18% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Caterpillar's case, that would currently equate to about $4.2 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 20 August 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their stocks by 19 July 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Caterpillar stocks were split on a 2:1 basis on 14 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 stocks – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower stock price could have impacted the market appetite for Caterpillar stocks which in turn could have impacted Caterpillar's stock price.
Over the last 12 months, Caterpillar's stocks have ranged in value from as little as $139.7279 up to $245.3732. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a stocks volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Caterpillar's is 0.8881. This would suggest that Caterpillar's stocks are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
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. The company was formerly known as Caterpillar Tractor Co. The company was founded in 1925 and is headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois.
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