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CAT Caterpillar PE ratio, current and historical analysis

As of Feb 23, 2024, the Caterpillar stock's PE ratio is 16.0. This takes into account the latest EPS of $20.24 and stock price of $323.88. The PE ratio marks an increase of 3.1% from its last 4 quarters average of 15.5.

CAT PE ratio history

How has CAT's PE ratio performed in the past

The PE ratio of Caterpillar has averaged 40.22 over the last ten years. The current P/E ratio of 16.0 is 60% lower than the historical average. Looking back at the last ten years, CAT's PE ratio peaked in the Jun 2017 quarter at 597, when the price was $107.46 and the EPS was $0.18. The lowest point was in the Sep 2019 quarter, when it reached 11.84 with a price of $126.31 and an EPS of $10.67.


Caterpillar PE ratio by year

Maximum annual increase: 142.69% in 2020

Maximum annual decrease: -90.14% in 2018

Year PE ratio Change
2023 14.61 -22.41%
2022 18.83 8.66%
2021 17.33 -47.53%
2020 33.03 142.69%
2019 13.61 11.28%
2018 12.23 -90.14%
2017 124.08 N/A
2016 N/A N/A
2015 16.07 -30.31%
2014 23.06 49.06%

CAT average PE ratio chart

What is the average PE ratio of CAT for the past years

Currently, CAT's PE ratio is lower than its 3, 5 and 10-year averages.

3-year avg
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10-year avg
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CAT PE vs peers

What is CAT's PE ratio compared to its peers

CAT's PE ratio stands lower than its peer stocks GE and CMI, but it is higher than DE's. Caterpillar is currently trading at a lower PE ratio (16.0) than its peers average of 31.17.

Stock name PE ratio Market cap
DE Deere & Co 10.52 $102.58B
CAT Caterpillar Inc 16.14 $166.61B
GE General Electric Co 18.32 $168.28B
ASTE Astec Industries Inc 45.54 $807.81M
CMI Cummins Inc 51.19 $37.69B

Frequently asked questions

What is Caterpillar's PE ratio?

As of Feb 23, 2024, CAT stock has a price to earnings ratio of 16.

What is the 3-year average PE ratio for Caterpillar (CAT)?

As an average over the last 3 years, CAT stock has a PE ratio of 18.92.

What is the 5-year average PE ratio for Caterpillar (CAT)?

As an average over the last 5 years, CAT stock has a PE ratio of 18.19.

What is the highest PE ratio for CAT?

Over the last ten years, the quarterly PE ratio reached its highest level at 597 in the Jun 2017 quarter.

How does the current PE ratio for CAT compare to its historical average?

CAT's price to earnings ratio is currently 60% below its 10-year historical average.

How is CAT's PE ratio calculated (Caterpillar PE ratio formula)?

The P/E ratio is calculated by taking the latest stock price and dividing it by the EPS for the last 12 months. As of today (Feb 23, 2024), Caterpillar's share price is $323.88. The company's earnings per share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ending Dec 2023 is $20.24. Therefore, Caterpillar's PE ratio for today is 16. PE RATIO(16) = STOCK PRICE($323.88) / TTM EPS($20.24)

All PE ratio stats are based on quarterly TTM periods, unless otherwise specified.