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Data: Dependence on Overseas Revenue
Thursday, July 5, 2018

Now that the United States is sailing into a trade war with, well, everyone, Calcbench decided to commemorate Trade War Day (forever to be celebrated on July 6, you know) with a look at which U.S. filers get the most revenue from international sources.

The research is fairly easy. Just visit our Multi-Company page and search for “Domestic Revenue” in the Standardized Metrics field; or venture to our Segments, Rollforwards, and Breakouts page to search for geographic segment reporting there.

We identified 257 companies among the S&P 500 that reported both total and domestic revenues; and we then assumed the difference between the two must equal international revenue. (After all, revenue can only come from the U.S. or somewhere else, and by definition “somewhere else” must be international.)

Then we divided international revenues into total revenue, to see which companies received a large portion of total revenue from overseas business.

For all 257 companies together, international revenue accounted for 59.3 percent of all revenue: $5.17 trillion overseas revenue, out of $8.72 trillion in total.

That’s not surprising; companies that break out domestic revenue are doing so for a reason, and usually the reason is that they also do a lot of international business. So naturally we should expect a lot of international revenue from this group.

Which ones counted on international revenue the most? Here are the top 50.

Firm Total Revenue International Percent of Total
Newmont Mining Corp /DE/ $7,348 98.8%
Skyworks Solutions, Inc. $3,651 98.0%
Qualcomm Inc/DE $22,291 97.7%
Broadcom Ltd $17,636 92.8%
Applied Materials Inc /DE $14,537 89.9%
TechnipFMC plc $15,057 89.8%
Ipg Photonics Corp $1,409 88.3%
Texas Instruments Inc $14,961 87.3%
Booking Holdings Inc. $12,681 87.2%
Nvidia Corp $9,714 86.9%
Micron Technology Inc $20,322 86.4%
Qorvo, Inc. $2,974 82.4%
Intel Corp $62,761 80.0%
Colgate Palmolive Co $15,454 79.8%
Borgwarner Inc $9,799 76.7%
Avery Dennison Corp $6,614 76.4%
Mondelez International, Inc. $25,896 75.8%
Fmc Corp $2,879 75.4%
BAKER HUGHES a GE Co LLC $17,259 74.8%
International Flavors & Fragrances Inc $3,399 74.6%
Advanced Micro Devices Inc $5,329 74.4%
Devon Energy Corp/DE $13,949 73.1%
Albemarle Corp $3,072 72.6%
Amphenol Corp /DE/ $7,011 71.8%
Waters Corp /DE/ $2,309 71.0%
Aflac Inc $21,667 71.0%
Agilent Technologies Inc $4,472 70.6%
Coca Cola Co $35,410 70.0%
Aes Corp $10,530 69.3%
TE Connectivity Ltd. $13,113 69.0%
Schlumberger Limited/NV $30,440 68.8%
Exxon Mobil Corp $244,363 66.4%
DowDuPont Inc. $62,484 66.1%
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co $28,871 65.7%
DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc. $3,993 65.5%
Mettler Toledo International Inc/ $2,725 65.3%
Mcdonalds Corp $22,820 64.9%
Air Products & Chemicals Inc /DE/ $8,188 64.7%
Abbott Laboratories $27,390 64.7%
Apache Corp $6,423 64.6%
Autodesk Inc $2,057 64.0%
Mosaic Co $7,409 63.8%
Apple Inc $229,234 63.2%
Perkinelmer Inc $2,257 62.9%
Hp Inc $52,056 62.9%
Danaher Corp /DE/ $18,330 62.7%
Aptiv PLC $12,884 62.6%
International Business Machines Corp $79,139 62.4%
National Oilwell Varco Inc $7,304 62.2%
General Electric Co $122,092 62.1%

Any of these companies therefore could feel a squeeze from the Trump Administration’s trade war. That said, they could also benefit from a weaker dollar — and let’s not forget, the U.S. dollar was rather weak for the first half of 2018.

Weaker dollar means more U.S. goods are more affordable to overseas customers. (Yay!) Retaliatory tariffs imposed by other countries, however, make U.S. goods more expensive. (Boo!)

Which force will prevail by the end of 2018? We can only speculate, although the Fed raising interest rates this year makes the dollar stronger, not weaker.

All That Said…

We should remember that the majority of U.S. corporate revenue happens within our borders (more than 70 percent of U.S. GDP stems from domestic economic activity, according to the World Bank), where the weaker dollar and retaliatory tariffs won’t have any effect.

The Trump Administration’s import tariffs can have an effect, since they are a tax hike that drives up the cost of materials, even for goods only sold in the United States. Calcbench has been following that issue, too.

Meanwhile — happy Trade War Day! If you’re a company with lots of international revenue, be sure to duck as the acrimonious tweets fly.


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