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  1. #1
    WHT-BR Top Member
    Data de Ingresso
    Dec 2010

    [EN] James Hamilton: Top 50 corporate revenue

    James Hamilton
    April 28, 2017

    This morning, I was thinking about Apple. When I got started in this industry in the early 80s, it was on an Apple II+ writing first in BASIC and later in UCSD Pascal. I thought Apple was simply amazing, so it was tough watching the more than decade of decline before Jobs rejoined. Our industry has no memory and most great companies fade away. Sometimes this happens surprisingly quickly once the process has begun. Tandem, still one of the best database machines ever made, was eaten by DEC. DEC was eaten by Compaq. Compaq was eaten by HP. IBM took over the personal computer leadership from Apple and subsequently also fell from the top through a long period of decline. IBM eventually sold the client computer business to Lenovo and IBM continues to struggle to find growth with 20 consecutive quarters of declining revenues. Google and Amazon didn’t yet exist back then, and Oracle was just getting started.

    Apple has done the impossible of hitting the top, losing touch with their customer base, and declining to near irrelevance before finding their way back to the top. Apple’s stock price has been high for years but the stock market gets excited (or depressed) in ways that are often disconnected from the success the company is actually achieving. To see how Apple was really doing, I looked up the world’s top 50 revenue producers to see where they stood: List of Largest Companies by Revenue.

    Four observations jumped out while scanning the list. Of course the first is that Apple is at #9 on this list after having had a brush with corporate death. They now bring in more revenue than all companies on the planet except 1 retail, 1 electric utility, 4 oil and gas, and 2 car companies. Incredible and it just about never happens that a company comes back after having nearly faded away.

    The second is that Walmart is still bringing in more revenue than any other company period. $482B. That’s ½ trillion dollars. Looking at the Gross Domestic Product of entire countries (all the finished goods and services produced by the country in a year), Walmart revenue when compared to country GDP would place just slightly behind Poland and well ahead of Belgium. A truly staggering number.

    The third observation from reading the top 50 corporate revenue list is that most of the exciting companies you read about aren’t even on the list and, ironically, most of their competitors are. Tesla is perhaps the best example. Tesla is in the press daily and there is no question they are having a massive impact on the automotive world. Tesla brings in a respectable $7B annually while 7 of the world’s automotive companies bring in more than $100B. Revenue is obviously a trailing indicator. I’m not convinced the stock price is much better but it’s amazing, at least to me, how much revenue is being brought in by companies that really haven’t been innovating for quite some time.

    A fourth observation is the massive amount of money spent on automobiles and related technology. 14 of the top 50 revenue producing companies in the world are from the automotive and oil and gas sectors. An extension of that observation is selling to consumers in general is always a huge opportunity. Even small profits times a very large multiplier can get impressively large.

    Apple is a real outlier in many respects. One of my greatest regrets in my professional life is I never got a chance to meet Steve Jobs.

  2. #2
    WHT-BR Top Member
    Data de Ingresso
    Dec 2010

    List of Largest Companies by Revenue

    This list comprises the world's largest public, state-owned, and private businesses by consolidated revenue as of April 2017 (revenue of 2016), according to Fortune's Global 500 tally. The list is limited to 50 companies, all of which have annual revenues exceeding $100 billion US. The most common industry is financial services, with nearly one quarter being classified as such.

    The availability and reliability of up-to-date information on prior state-owned companies is limited and varies from country to country; thus, this list may be incomplete. This list is shown in U.S. dollars, but many of the companies on it prepare their accounts in other currencies. The dollar value of their revenue may change substantially in a short period of time due to exchange rate fluctuations.

    Rank Name Industry Revenue (USD million) Employees
    1 Walmart Retail $485,870 2,300,000
    2 State Grid Electric utility $329,601 927,839
    3 China National Petroleum Oil and gas $299,271 1,589,508
    4 Sinopec Group Oil and gas $294,344 810,538
    5 Royal Dutch Shell Oil and gas $272,156 90,000
    6 Exxon Mobil Oil and gas $246,204 75,600
    7 Volkswagen Automotive $236,600 610,076
    8 Toyota Automotive $236,592 348,877
    9 Apple Consumer electronics $233,715 110,000
    10 BP Oil and gas $225,982 79,800
    11 Berkshire Hathaway Conglomerate $210,821 331,000
    12 McKesson Health care $192,487 68,000
    13 Samsung Electronics Conglomerate $177,440 319,000
    14 Glencore Commodities $170,497 102,388
    15 Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Financial services $167,227 466,346
    16 Daimler Automotive $165,800 284,015
    17 United Health Health care $157,107 200,000
    18 CVS Health Retail $153,290 199,000
    19 Exor Financial services $152,591 303,247
    20 General Motors Automotive $152,356 215,000
    21 Ford Motor Automotive $149,558 199,000
    22 China Construction Bank Financial services $147,910 369,183
    23 AT&T Telecommunications $146,801 281,450
    24 Total Oil and gas $143,421 96,019
    25 Foxconn Electronics $141,213 1,060,000
    26 General Electric Conglomerate $140,389 333,000
    27 China Construction Engineering Construction $140,159 241,474
    28 AmerisourceBergen Pharmaceuticals $135,962 17,000
    29 Agricultural Bank of China Financial services $133,419 508,726
    30 Verizon Telecommunications $131,620 177,700
    31 Chevron Oil and gas $131,118 61,500
    32 E·ON Electric utility $129,277 56,490
    33 AXA Financial services $129,250 98,279
    34 Allianz Financial services $122,948 142,459
    35 Bank of China Financial services $122,337 310,042
    36 Honda Automotive $121,624 208,399
    37 Japan Post Conglomerate $118,762 250,876
    38 Costco Retail $116,199 161,000
    39 BNP Paribas Financial services $111,531 181,551
    40 Fannie Mae Financial services $110,359 7,300
    41 Ping An Insurance Financial services $110,308 275,011
    42 Kroger Retail $109,830 431,000
    43 Société Générale Financial services $107,736 151,149
    44 Amazon Internet $107,006 230,800
    45 China Mobile Telecommunications $106,761 436,651
    46 SAIC Motor Automotive $106,684 92,780
    47 Walgreens Boots Alliance Pharmaceuticals $103,444 302,500
    48 HP Consumer electronics $103,355 287,000
    49 Assicurazioni Generali Financial services $102,567 76,191
    50 Cardinal Health Pharmaceuticals $102,531 34,500

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  4. #4
    WHT-BR Top Member
    Data de Ingresso
    Dec 2010
    .... that most of the exciting companies you read about aren’t even on the list and, ironically, most of their competitors are ... Tesla is in the press daily ... Tesla brings in a respectable $7B annually while 7 of the world’s automotive companies bring in more than $100B.
    Volkswagen 	$237
    Toyota 	        $237
    Daimler 	$166
    General Motors 	$153
    Ford Motor 	$150
    Honda		$122
    SAIC Motor	$107
    Hum trilhão, cento e setenta e dois bilhões de dólares.

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