The largest companies in 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 Friday, November 30, 2018.
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.
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$ 126.1 Billion – Stock Symbol: CBA
BHP Group Limited is the Australian part of the Anglo-Australian multinational mining, metals and petroleum corporation that is also listed in 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$ 98.6 Billion – Stock Symbol: BHP
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$ 89.2 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$ 80.4 Billion – Stock Symbol: CSL
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$ 76.9 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 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$ 67.4 Billion – Stock Symbol: NAB
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 adviser in Australia’s. It also manages more than A$ 495 billion in assets.
Website: macquarie.com – Market Cap.: A$ 38.9 Billion – Stock Symbol: MQG
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$ 38.1 Billion – Stock Symbol: WOW
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$ 35.8 Billion – Stock Symbol: WES
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$ 34.8 Billion – Stock Symbol: TLS
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$ 30.4 Billion – Stock Symbol: TCL
Sector: Oil & Gas
Woodside Petroleum is an Australian 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$ 29.1 Billion – Stock Symbol: WPL
Rio Tinto Limited is the Australian arm of the Anglo-Australian multinational metals and mining corporation that is also listed in 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$ 27.2 Billion – Stock Symbol: RIO
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$ 20.7 Billion – Stock Symbol: SCG
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$ 17.3 Billion – Stock Symbol: SUN
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$ 16.8 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$ 16.4 Billion – Stock Symbol: BXB
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$ 15.8 Billion – Stock Symbol: S32
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$ 15.6 Billion – Stock Symbol: COL
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$ 15.6 Billion – Stock Symbol: AMC
Origin Energy is an energy company involved in the exploration and production of natural gas, energy retailing and electricity generation. Origin Energy is also engaged in the development of renewable energy with wind farms, solar cells and geothermal power.
Website: originenergy.com.au – Market Cap.: A$ 11.4 Billion – Stock Symbol: ORG
Sector: Oil & Gas
Oil Search is a Papua New Guinean company engaged in oil and gas exploration and development. It operates all the country’s oil fields and is also involved in the exploration of gas fields and the production of liquefied natural gas. Founded in 1929, Oil Search now is responsible for a significant portion of Papua New Guinea’s GDP. It listed in both the Port Moresby and Australian stock exchanges, with some oil interests in Alaska (U.S.).
Website: oilsearch.com – Market Cap.: A$ 11.1 Billion – Stock Symbol: OSH
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$ 11 Billion – Stock Symbol: RHC
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$ 10.6 Billion – Stock Symbol: DXS
APA Group is a company that owns and operates natural gas and electricity assets throughout Australia. Besides managing 15,000 kilometres of natural gas pipelines across Australia, APA Group is also involved in gas storage facilities, gas-fired power stations and wind farms.
Website: apa.com.au – Market Cap.: A$ 10.4 Billion – Stock Symbol: APA
Sector: Real Estate
Vicinity Centres is a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) company owning and managing Australian shopping centres. Vicinity Centres manages shopping centres that it directly owns, but also operated on behalf of strategic partners or for co-owned properties.
Website: vicinity.com.au – Market Cap.: A$ 10.3 Billion – Stock Symbol: VCX
Sector: Distillers & Wineries
Treasury Wine Estates is a multinational winemaker and distributor. It is operating in grape growing and sourcing, winemaking and brand-led marketing for a wide array of wine brands from Australia, New Zealand, United States and Italy that it distributes globally.
Website: tweglobal.com – Market Cap.: A$ 10.2 Billion – Stock Symbol: TWE
Sector: Information Technology
Computershare Limited is a multinational transfer agent and investor services company. Operating in more than 20 countries, it provides stock registration and transfer services to companies listed on stock markets, technology services for stock exchanges, investor services for shareholders and employee share plan management.
Website: computershare.com – Market Cap.: A$ 9.9 Billion – Stock Symbol: CPU
Qantas Airways is the national carrier of Australia. Founded in 1920, Qantas is the largest airline in Australia by fleet size, number of international flights and number of international destinations.
Website: qantas.com – Market Cap.: A$ 9.8 Billion – Stock Symbol: QAN
Sector: Health Care
Cochlear Limited is a medical device company that designs, manufactures and supplies hearing implants. Distributing its products globally, Cochlear fights hearing loss through a range of products including sound processing implants, bone conduction implants, middle-ear implants and wireless accessories.
Website: cochlear.com – Market Cap.: A$ 9.8 Billion – Stock Symbol: COH
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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