Michael’s opinion: I’m concerned about selling our economical champions and hidden champions to Chinese investors. I think this will backfire in the long run. But in comparison to the UK, France, and Italy our industrial and political leaders seem to share this assessment.
Graphic: by WEF
Michaels Meinung: Die Kenntnis über Netzwerkstrukturen, seien es persönliche oder unternehmerische, sind für Entscheidungsprozesse in der Politik von größter Wichtigkeit. MdP wird daher großen Wert darauf legen, diese Beziehungsgeflechte in einer Sammlung mehr und mehr darzustellen. Diese Sammlung wird eigene Recherchen aber auch bereits durchgeführte Investigationen enthalten. So stay tuned.
Today’s data visualization from Ishtyaq Habib shows the top 100 biggest companies by market value and uses circles to represent both the revenue and profit for each company.
It’s that Apple is unparalleled in its ability to make money. In fact, Apple’s 2016 profit of $45 billion is far bigger than any other company, including Berkshire Hathaway ($24 billion), JPMorgan Chase ($24 billion), Wells Fargo ($22 billion), Alphabet ($19 billion), Samsung ($19 billion), Toyota ($17 billion), Johnson & Johnson ($16 billion), or Walmart ($14 billion).
The only companies that can compare with Apple were Chinese banks like ICBC, Agricultural Bank of China, or China Construction Bank, but in many ways, these state-owned enterprises are on an entirely different playing field, anyways.
Also impressive: Apple’s profits are bigger than the revenues of massive companies like Coca-Cola ($41.5 billion) or Facebook ($27.6 billion).
Unfortunately, not every company can make a 21% profit margin on $217 billion of revenue like Apple.
Other organizations need to rely on razor-thin margins and volume to make things work. Walmart only brought in $14 billion of profit off of a whopping $485 billion of revenue – a margin of just 2.8%. Meanwhile, fast-growing Amazon was in a similar boat with margins of 1.7%, largely provided by its wildly successful AWS service.
Lastly, it is also worth noting that some on the list did not make a margin at all. These are mostly companies that are suffering from the challenges of down cycles in natural resources. Chevron and mining giant Glencore, for example, were two of the Top 100 Companies that both lost money in 2016, while BP essentially broke even.