The largest companies of Australia greatly impact the country’s economy and the dynamism of the region and beyond. Here are the thirty largest companies in the Australian Securities Exchange detailed with their activities, logos and useful links.
In Australia, companies are publicly incorporated as public limited companies to get publicly listed in the Australian Securities Exchange – ASX. Even though they have to comply with the regulations of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, getting listed allows companies to gain access to capital from investors in exchange for a stake in the company’s stock.
The S&P/ASX 200 Index
To easily grasp the fluctuations of the Australian economy and its stock market, the stocks of 200 companies are aggregated in the S&P/ASX 200 Index, which is widely considered as the benchmark index of Australia. It represents around 82% of the total market capitalization on the Australian Securities Exchange.
The real-time quotation of the ASX 200 index can be followed with convenient graphical tools from a number of sources, including Google Finance, Yahoo Finance, Bloomberg, etc.
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List of the 30 largest companies of the ASX by market capitalization
To help you learn more about Australian corporations, the 30 largest companies in the Australian Securities Exchange, and the ASX 200 index, are listed hereafter. Each company is presented with information on its sector, operations, market capitalization, a direct link to its website, logo and stock symbol.
Companies are ranked by market capitalization in Australian Dollars as of the effective close of Thursday, August 1, 2019.
Quick links to the 30 largest publicly listed companies in the Australian Securities Exchange
To facilitate your browsing in this long list, here are quick links to go directly to the details of any of the top 30 ASX companies.
Sector: Real Estate
Dexus is a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) investing in, developing, managing and trading Australian real estate. Primarily involved in office and industrial properties, Dexus also manages real estate properties across Australia for third parties.
Website: dexus.com – Market Cap.: A$ 14.4 Billion – Stock Symbol: DXS
Ramsay Health Care is a private healthcare company operating in Australia, France, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong. Ramsay Health Care is especially involved in primary care to highly complex surgery, as well as mental health care and rehabilitation.
Website: ramsayhealth.com – Market Cap.: A$ 14.7 Billion – Stock Symbol: RHC
Sector: Oil & Gas
Santos Ltd., standing for South Australia Northern Territory Oil Search, is an independent oil and gas producer. Particularly involved in the extraction of domestic gas in Australia, Santos Ltd also distributes gas across the country. It is also engaged in oil and gas exploration and production ventures in Australia, in the Timor Gap, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, India, Bangladesh, Egypt, Vietnam and Kyrgyzstan, as well as the export of liquid natural gas to Japan.
Website: santos.com – Market Cap.: A$ 15.1 Billion – Stock Symbol: STO
South32 is a multinational diversified mining and metals company. Created from BHP Billiton (former name of BHP Group), South32 produces bauxite, alumina, aluminium, energy and metallurgical coal, manganese, nickel, silver, lead and zinc. It operates in Australia, Southern Africa and South America.
Website: south32.net – Market Cap.: A$ 15.7 Billion – Stock Symbol: S32
QBE Insurance Group Limited is a global insurance company. Tracing its origins to 1886, QBE Insurance Group operates in general insurance and reinsurance services in Australia, North America, Europe and Asia Pacific region.
Website: qbe.com – Market Cap.: A$ 16.4 Billion – Stock Symbol: QBE
Amcor Limited is a multinational packaging company operating in more than 40 countries. It is engaged in the development and production of flexible packaging, rigid containers, speciality cartons, closures and services, and other products.
Website: amcor.com – Market Cap.: A$ 17.1 Billion – Stock Symbol: AMC
Sector: Financial Services
The Australian Securities Exchange, often abbreviated as ASX, is the primary stock exchange in Australia. It operates the trading of securities on the market, including company shares, futures and derivatives, and traded funds, and also works as a clearing house and payments system facilitator.
Website: asx.com.au – Market Cap.: A$ 17.2 Billion – Stock Symbol: ASX
Suncorp Group Limited is a finance, insurance, and banking corporation. Founded in 1902, Suncorp is one of the largest general insurance company of Australia, also operating a mid-size bank. It has operations in both Australia and New Zealand.
Website: suncorpgroup.com.au – Market Cap.: A$ 17.5 Billion – Stock Symbol: SUN
Sydney Airport Holdings is a holding company that owns the Sydney Airport. It operates and manages the airport through the Sydney Airport Corporation.
Website: sydneyairport.com.au – Market Cap.: A$ 18.9 Billion – Stock Symbol: SYD
Coles Group Limited is engaged in the operation of multiple retail chains. Previously bought by Westfarmers Limited, Coles Group was relisted independently, operating Coles Supermarkets, Coles Express, Coles liquor division and owning half of FlyBuys.
Website: colesgroup.com.au – Market Cap.: A$ 18.9 Billion – Stock Symbol: COL
Aristocrat Leisure Limited is a company specialized in the manufacture of gambling machines. Primarily producing slot machines, it also develops computerized gambling systems and card game simulations, electronic table games and linked jackpot systems. Besides Australia, Aristocrat Leisure has opened marketing and development offices in South Africa, Russia and the United States.
Website: aristocrat.com – Market Cap.: A$ 19.6 Billion – Stock Symbol: ALL
Insurance Australia Group, also known as IAG, is a multinational insurance company. It is the parent organization holding many well-known insurance brands in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Website: iag.com.au – Market Cap.: A$ 19.9 Billion – Stock Symbol: IAG
Brambles Limited is the parent of Brambles group, a supply-chain logistics company, specialized in container pooling and associated services. Operating in more than 60 countries through the CHEP and IFCO brands, Brambles is engaged in outsourced management of pallets and containers and reusable plastic crates.
Website: brambles.com – Market Cap.: A$ 20.8 Billion – Stock Symbol: BXB
Sector: Real Estate
Scentre Group is a company developing and managing shopping centres and retail destinations. Operating the Westfield brand across Australia and New Zealand, Scentre Group is operating through the development, design, construction, funds/asset management, property management, leasing, and marketing activities for its centres.
Website: scentregroup.com – Market Cap.: A$ 21.2 Billion – Stock Symbol: SCG
Fortescue Metals Group Ltd, also referred to as FMG, is one of the largest producers of iron ore in the world. Fortescue Metals Group operates iron ore mines throughout Australia and ore transports including trains and ore carrying ships. It is now engaged in exploration for diversification in gold, copper and lithium.
Website: fmgl.com.au – Market Cap.: A$ 25.6 Billion – Stock Symbol: FMG
Sector: Real Estate
Goodman Limited, also known as Goodman Group, is a commercial and industrial real estate development company. It is engaged in the management and development of commercial and industrial property including warehouses, large scale logistics facilities, business and office parks in 17 countries.
Website: goodman.com – Market Cap.: A$ 26.9 Billion – Stock Symbol: GMG
Newcrest Mining Limited is a mining company and one of the world’s largest producers of gold. It is involved in the exploration, development, mining and sale of gold and copper, operating in Australia, Canada, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Canada.
Website: newcrest.com.au – Market Cap.: A$ 27.3 Billion – Stock Symbol: NCM
Sector: Oil & Gas
Woodside Petroleum is a petroleum exploration and production company. It operates in Australia, Canada, United States, Senegal, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Myanmar, Cameroon, Gabon, Morocco and Ireland. In Australia, Woodside is also involved in a number of liquefied natural gas projects.
Website: woodside.com.au – Market Cap.: A$ 32.5 Billion – Stock Symbol: WPL
Rio Tinto Limited is the Australian arm of the Anglo-Australian multinational metals and mining corporation that is also listed on the London Stock Exchange and a top constituent of the FTSE index. Founded in 1873, Rio Tinto has evolved to become a leader in the extraction of minerals, especially aluminium, iron ore, copper, uranium and diamonds, and developed operations in refining, particularly for bauxite and iron ore. With a global presence, Rio Tinto is primarily operating in Australia and Canada.
Website: riotinto.com – Market Cap.: A$ 36.7 Billion – Stock Symbol: RIO
Transurban Group, more simply know as Transurban, is a toll-road operating company. Transurban designs, builds and manages urban toll road networks in Australia, the United States and Canada. It is also engaged in the research and development of new toll payment systems and transport technology.
Website: transurban.com – Market Cap.: A$ 41.6 Billion – Stock Symbol: TCL
Macquarie Group Limited is a multinational independent investment bank and financial services company. Employing more than 14,000 staff in 25 countries, Macquarie is the world’s largest infrastructure asset manager and top-ranked mergers and acquisitions advisor in Australia’s. It also manages more than A$ 495 billion in assets.
Website: macquarie.com – Market Cap.: A$ 43.8 Billion – Stock Symbol: MQG
Wesfarmers Limited is a conglomerate with predominant interests in Australian and New Zealand retail, chemicals, fertilizers, coal mining and industrial and safety products. Founded as co-operative in 1914, Westfarmers Limited has become the largest employer in Australia with more than 220,000 employees.
Website: wesfarmers.com.au – Market Cap.: A$ 44.4 Billion – Stock Symbol: WES
Woolworths Group Limited is a retail company operating supermarkets (with the Woolworths and Countdown brands in Australia and New Zealand respectively), liquor retailing (as BWS and Dan Murphy’s in Australia), hotels and pubs (under the Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group), and discount department stores (under the Big W brand in Australia).
Website: woolworthsgroup.com.au – Market Cap.: A$ 44.8 Billion – Stock Symbol: WOW
Telstra Corporation Limited, simply known as Telstra, the largest telecommunications company in Australia. It builds and operates telecommunications networks and markets products and services for voice, mobile, internet access and pay-television.
Website: telstra.com.au – Market Cap.: A$ 47.2 Billion – Stock Symbol: TLS
The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, commonly called ANZ, is a multinational bank. The third-largest bank in Australia by market capitalization, ANZ is the largest bank in New Zealand, and it is also present in 34 other nations.
Website: anz.com.au – Market Cap.: A$ 79.1 Billion – Stock Symbol: ANZ
National Australia Bank, commonly known and branded as NAB, is a multinational bank. Heavily present in Australia through business and personal banking, direct banking through the internet and financial services, NAB is also very present in New Zealand and in other countries of Asia.
Website: nab.com.au – Market Cap.: A$ 82.2 Billion – Stock Symbol: NAB
Westpac Banking Corporation, commonly known as Westpac, is a bank and provider of financial services. Founded in 1817, Westpac now gathers more than 14 million customers in five divisions: consumer banking, commercial and business banking, wealth management, institutional banking and Westpac New Zealand.
Website: westpac.com.au – Market Cap.: A$ 100 Billion – Stock Symbol: WBC
Sector: Health Care
CSL Limited is a biotechnology company providing products to treat and prevent serious human medical conditions. CSL is involved in the research, development, manufacturing, and marketing of a wide range of products including blood plasma derivatives, vaccines, antivenom, and cell culture reagents for medical and genetic research and manufacturing applications.
Website: csl.com – Market Cap.: A$ 104 Billion – Stock Symbol: CSL
BHP Group Limited is the Australian part of the Anglo-Australian multinational mining, metals and petroleum corporation that is also listed on the London Stock Exchange and a top constituent of the FTSE index. BHP is involved in the exploration, production and processing of minerals, especially coal, iron ore, copper and manganese ore, and the exploration, production and refining of hydrocarbons.
Website: bhp.com – Market Cap.: A$ 120.1 Billion – Stock Symbol: BHP
Founded in 1911, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, abbreviated CBA or CommBank, is a multinational bank providing services in retail, business and institutional banking, funds management, superannuation, insurance, investment and brokerage services. It operates across Australia, and abroad in New Zealand, Asia, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Website: commbank.com.au – Market Cap.: A$ 145.7 Billion – Stock Symbol: CBA
Here are the 30 largest public companies of Australia. Do you think they are worth their market capitalization? Are their stocks a good investment right now? Do they have too much economic power… and maybe political power too?
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