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How to buy Caterpillar (CAT) shares in Australia

Learn how to easily invest in Caterpillar shares.

Caterpillar Inc is a farm & heavy construction machinery business with stocks listed in the US. Caterpillar shares (CAT) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was US$359.88 – a decrease of 3.28% over the previous week. Here's how to invest if you're based in Australia.

How to buy shares in Caterpillar

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a company listed in the US from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. Look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, which will typically include your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Caterpillar. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: CAT. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment that matches your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Caterpillar reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying using consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$359.88, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Caterpillar, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Caterpillar. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights.

Caterpillar stock price (NYSE:CAT)

Use our graph to track the performance of CAT stocks over time.

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 the split, the next day you would own 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 shares at a glance

Information last updated 2024-04-10.
52-week rangeUS$201.0553 - US$382.01
50-day moving average US$337.6242
200-day moving average US$284.8648
Target priceUS$318.02
PE ratio 18.4841
Dividend yield US$5.1 (1.4%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$20.12

Caterpillar share growth calculator

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Caterpillar price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $359.88

1 week (2024-04-11) -3.25%
1 month (2024-03-18) 2.27%
3 months (2024-01-18) 27.66%
6 months (2023-10-18) 38.83%
1 year (2023-04-17) 59.78%
2 years (2022-04-14) 57.97%
3 years (2021-04-16) 54.22%
5 years (2019-04-18) 151.03%

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Is it a good time to buy Caterpillar stock?

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Is Caterpillar under- or over-valued?

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 18x. In other words, Caterpillar shares trade at around 18x 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 2.1453. 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 US$15.7 billion (£12.6 billion).

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

Caterpillar share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Caterpillar's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$201.0553 up to US$382.01. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CAT.US volatility(beta: 1.16)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta measures a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Caterpillar's is 1.164. This would suggest that Caterpillar's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Caterpillar financials

Revenue TTM US$67.1 billion
Operating margin TTM 19.33%
Gross profit TTM US$15.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 10.08%
Return on equity TTM 58.38%
Profit margin 15.41%
Book value 39.037
Market capitalisation US$185.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Caterpillar share dividends

24%

Dividend payout ratio: 24.05% of net profits

Recently Caterpillar has paid out, on average, around 24.05% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.4% 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 1.4% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Caterpillar's case, that would currently equate to about $5.1 per share.

While Caterpillar's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Caterpillar is investing more in its future growth.

Caterpillar's most recent dividend payout was on 19 February 2024. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 18 January 2024 (the "ex-dividend date").

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 overview

Caterpillar Inc. manufactures and sells construction and mining equipment, off-highway diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives in worldwide. Its Construction Industries segment offers asphalt pavers, compactors, road reclaimers, forestry machines, cold planers, material handlers, track-type tractors, excavators, telehandlers, motor graders, and pipelayers; compact track, wheel, track-type, backhoe, and skid steer loaders; and related parts and tools. The company's Resource Industries segment provides electric rope and hydraulic shovels, draglines, rotary drills, hard rock vehicles, tractors, mining trucks, wheel loaders, off-highway and articulated trucks, wheel tractor scrapers and dozers, fleet management products, landfill and soil compactors, machinery components, autonomous ready vehicles and solutions, work tools, and safety services and mining performance solutions, as well as related parts and services. Its Energy & Transportation segment offers reciprocating engine powered generator sets; reciprocating engines, drivetrain, and integrated systems and solutions; turbines, centrifugal gas compressors, and related services; 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, revolving charge accounts, repair/rebuild financing services, working capital loans, and wholesale financing; and insurance and risk management products and services. 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; logistics solutions and distribution services; brand management and marketing strategy services; and digital investments services. Caterpillar Inc. was founded in 1925 and is headquartered in Irving, Texas.

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