A Global Strategic Player
For more than 75 years, Caterpillar® Inc. has been building the world's infrastructure, and in partnership with Caterpillar dealers, is driving positive and sustainable change on every continent. A Fortune 100 company, Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines. The company is a technology leader in construction, transportation, mining, forestry, energy, logistics, electronics, financing and electric power generation.
With 2002 sales and revenues of $20.15 billion, more than half of all sales were to customers outside of the United States, maintaining Caterpillar's position as a global supplier and leading U.S. exporter.
Caterpillar products and components are manufactured in 50 U.S. facilities and in 65 other locations around the globe.
Caterpillar invested nearly $700 million in research and technology in 2001. Our employees earned more than 2,800 patents in the past six years.
We will deliver our strategy through the unifying framework that 6 Sigma provides. 6 Sigma is a fact-based, data-driven discipline that focuses on maximizing customer value. Through 6 Sigma, we will leverage our entire value chain to achieve our growth, cost reduction and quality improvement targets, and deliver improved shareholder value.
Caterpillar Dealer Network
Caterpillar's global dealer network provides a key competitive edge - customers deal with people they know and trust. Almost all dealerships are independent and locally owned. Many have relationships with their customers that span at least two generations. Cat dealers serve equipment, service and financing needs for customers in more than 200 countries. Rental services are offered through more than 1,200 outlets worldwide.
Caterpillar is financially strong - able to fund product programs for future customer needs, provide financing for dealers and customers, and reward its shareholders. We continue to generate significant net free cash flow enabling investments in strategic growth opportunities.
Named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index in September 2002, Caterpillar is recognized for successful integration of long-term economic, environmental and social aspects into business strategies that benefit all stakeholders. Caterpillar's commitment to social responsibility ensures our ability to meet today's needs without sacrificing the ability to meet the needs of future generations.
Caterpillar is committed to generating attractive returns for our shareholders. Strategic growth initiatives involving our machine, engine and service businesses are expected to drive these returns over the next several years. Since 1993, Caterpillar has increased cash dividends nine times, boosting the quarterly dividend to $.35 per share. Since June 1995, we have repurchased approximately 63 million shares, or about 15 percent of our outstanding shares.
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This information should not be construed as an offer to sell or solicitation of an offer to buy Caterpillar securities and is qualified in its entirety by Caterpillar's most recent filings on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q, and Form 8-K. Information included herein is forward-looking and involves risks and uncertainties that could significantly impact expected results. A discussion of those risks and uncertainties is contained in a Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 16, 2002.
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