19 of 50
Top 50 rank: 19
Rank in Industrial and Farm Equipment: 1
(Previous rank: 2)
Overall score: 7.89
Ticker: CAT
Why it's admired:
Good news for Caterpillar means good news for the economy, since increased sales mean increased manufacturing, and generally, more jobs. And Caterpillar brought in record sales in 2011, the largest year-over-year percentage increase since 1947. CEO Doug Oberhelman sharpened the company's operations in response to financial pressure during the recession, and got the manufacturer back on its feet. The fruits of the company's labor should continue to pay off for shareholders. In a video about the company's performance in 2011, Caterpillar CFO Ed Rapp says, "We expect 2012 to be our best year in history for sales and revenue and profit."
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Nine key attributes of reputation Industry rank
Innovation 1
People management 1
Use of corporate assets 1
Social responsibility 2
Quality of management 1
Financial soundness 1
Long-term investment 1
Quality of products/services 1
Global competitiveness 1
Most Admired
1 Caterpillar 7.89
2 Deere 7.65
3 Illinois Tool Works 6.98
4 Cummins 6.91
5 Parker Hannifin 6.90
6 Eaton 6.87
6 ABB 6.87
8 Komatsu 6.48
Rank Company Overall score
9 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 6.21
10 Ingersoll-Rand 6.17
10 Alstom 6.17
12 Kawasaki Heavy Industries 6.12
13 Hyundai Heavy Industries 6.10
14 Sinomach 5.63
15 China Shipbuilding Industry 5.11
From the March 19, 2012 issue
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