Caterpillar - worldwide capital expenditures 2015-2019

Caterpillar's worldwide capital expenditures contracted by about eight percent between 2018 and 2019. Caterpillar incurred capital expenditures of around 2.7 billion U.S. dollars in 2019.

Caterpillar's capital expenditures

After a slump in sales in the aftermath of the global financial crisis in 2009, Caterpillar Inc. successfully fought its way back to the top of the construction equipment market. In 2015 however, the Illinois-headquartered firm found itself in the doldrums, due to unusually slow growth rates in China. Caterpillar reported global revenue of around 47 billion U.S. dollars, down from around 55 million U.S. dollars a year earlier. Consequently, Caterpillar decreased its capital expenditures to about 3.3 billion U.S. dollars in 2015. The manufacturing giant invested 1.4 billion U.S. dollars in property, plant and equipment expenditures and an additional 1.9 billion U.S. dollars in equipment lease expenditures in 2015. These figures decreased to 1.1 and 1.6 billion U.S. dollars, respectively in 2019.

While Caterpillar is attempting to decrease its carbon footprint through the growing use of electricity from renewable sources, the company's diverse geographic footprint leaves the world's largest maker of construction and mining equipment exposed to volatility in markets outside North America, Caterpillar's most important regional market. A slight uptick in domestic demand was needed to offset tepid sales in Latin America and the EAME (Europe, Africa, and Middle East) region. Caterpillar had a good year in the Asia-Pacific region, where revenue figures showed a three percent increase.

Caterpillar's worldwide capital expenditures from FY 2015 to FY 2019

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

FY 2015 to FY 2019

Supplementary notes

For the years ended December 31.
The figures for capital expenditures related to equipment leased to others as well as those related to property, plant, and equipment were stated separately and have been added up.
Includes capital expenditures on property, plant, and equipment and for equipment leased to others; these figures have been summed up.

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