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Company: Intuitive Surgical (ISRG)

Levered Free Cash Flow = 521.88M

Brief Overview

  1. 5 year sales growth rate = 31%
  2. 5 year EPS growth rate = 37%
  3. Percentage Held by Insiders = 1.15
  4. Short Ratio = 4.8%
  5. Relative Strength 52 weeks = 92
  6. Cash Flow 5-year Average = 6.72
  7. Profit Margin = 28.67%
  8. Operating Margin = 39.68%
  9. Quarterly Revenue Growth = 27.6%
  10. Quarterly Earnings Growth = 37.8%
  11. Operating Cash Flow = 738.70M
  12. Beta = 1.28
  13. Percentage Held by Institutions = 88.1%

Growth

  1. Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 495
  2. Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 382
  3. Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = 233
  4. Net Income Reported Quarterly ($mil) = 144
  5. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = 756
  6. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 613
  7. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = 431
  8. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2011 = 13.89
  9. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2010 = 10.75
  10. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2009 = 7.3
  11. Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 1757
  12. Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 1413
  13. Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 1052
  14. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2007 = 3.7
  15. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2008 = 5.12
  16. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 6.23
  17. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 9.47
  18. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 12.32

Performance

  1. Next 3-5 Year Estimate EPS Growth rate = 19.54
  2. ROE 5 Year Average = 18.8
  3. Current Ratio = 4.58
  4. Current Ratio 5 Year Average = 4.67
  5. Quick Ratio = 4.22
  6. Cash Ratio = 3.3

Company: MFA Financial (MFA)

Brief overview

  1. 5 year EPS growth rate = 77%
  2. 5 year sales growth = 13%
  3. Short ratio = 4.4%
  4. Quarterly earnings growth = 3.00%
  5. Quarterly revenue growth = 2.2%
  6. Profit Margins = 90.9%
  7. Operating margins = 90.8%
  8. Beta = 0.19
  9. Operating cash flow = $352M

Growth

  1. Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 316
  2. Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 270
  3. Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = 268
  4. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = 507
  5. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 456
  6. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = 522
  7. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2011 = 1.07
  8. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2010 = 1.01
  9. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2009 = 1
  10. Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 508
  11. Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 453
  12. Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 539
  13. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2007 = 0.24
  14. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2008 = 0.21
  15. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 0.94
  16. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 0.86
  17. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 0.97

Dividend history

  1. Dividend Yield = 11.40
  2. Dividend Yield 5 Year Average =12.20
  3. Dividend 5 year Growth = 32

Dividend sustainability

  1. Payout Ratio = 1.16
  2. Payout Ratio 5 Year Average = 2.48

Performance

  1. Next 3-5 Year Estimate EPS Growth rate = 4
  2. ROE 5 Year Average = 8.31
  3. Current Ratio = 9.83
  4. Current Ratio 5 Year Average = 21.76
  5. Quick Ratio = 9.83
  6. Cash Ratio = 8.9
  7. Interest Coverage = 3.10

Company: Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (FCX)

Basic overview

  1. Levered free cash flow = $4.00 billion
  2. Quarterly earnings growth = - 49%
  3. Quarterly revenue growth = - 19%
  4. Beta = 2.29
  5. Operating margins= 40.1%
  6. Profit margins= 19.3%
  7. Operating cash flow = 5.06 billion
  8. Long term debt to equity ratio = 0.35
  9. Cash Flow 5 -year Average = 5.17
  10. 5 year sales growth rate = 14.32%
  11. Operating cash flow = 5.06B

Growth

  1. Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 4560
  2. Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 4336
  3. Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = 2749
  4. Net Income Reported Quarterly ($mil) = 764
  5. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = 10152
  6. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 10010
  7. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = 7416
  8. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2011 = 5.95
  9. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2010 = 5.77
  10. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2009 = 4.4
  11. Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 20880
  12. Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 18982
  13. Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 15040
  14. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2007 = 4.94
  15. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2008 = 3.43
  16. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 2.96
  17. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 4.64
  18. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 4.84

Dividend history

  1. Dividend Yield = 3.5
  2. Dividend Yield 5 Year Average = 3.10
  3. Dividend 5 year Growth = 5.07

Dividend sustainability

  1. Payout Ratio = 0.37
  2. Payout Ratio 5 Year Average = 0.11

Performance

  1. Next 3-5 Year Estimate EPS Growth rate = 6.9
  2. ROE 5 Year Average = 32.34
  3. Return on Investment = 22
  4. Debt/Total Cap 5 Year Average = 31.21
  5. Current Ratio = 3.5
  6. Current Ratio 5 Year Average = 2.33
  7. Quick Ratio = 2.00
  8. Cash Ratio = 1.71
  9. Interest Coverage = 24.2
  10. Retention rate = 63%
  11. 5 year capital spending rate = 11.8%

Company : Akamai Tech (AKAM)

Levered Free Cash Flow = 284.35M

Brief Overview

  1. 5 year sales growth rate 17.2%
  2. 5 year EPS growth rate = 17.5%
  3. Percentage Held by Insiders = 2.96
  4. Number of Institutional Sellers 12 Weeks = 4
  5. Long term debt to equity ratio = 0.00
  6. Short Ratio = 1.8
  7. Relative Strength 52 weeks = 63
  8. Cash Flow 5-year Average = 1.75
  9. Profit Margin = 16.1%
  10. Operating Margin = 30.05%
  11. Quarterly Revenue Growth = 15.8%
  12. Quarterly Earnings Growth = -14.6%
  13. Operating Cash Flow = 456 million
  14. Beta = 0.77
  15. Percentage Held by Institutions = 82.7%
  16. Short Percentage of Float = 4%

Growth

  1. Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 201
  2. Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 171
  3. Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = 146
  4. Net Income Reported Quarterly ($mil) = 43
  5. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = 475
  6. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 408
  7. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = 363
  8. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2011 = 2.16
  9. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2010 = 1.85
  10. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2009 = 2.2
  11. Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 1159
  12. Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 1024
  13. Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 860
  14. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2007 = 1.07
  15. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2002 = 1.34
  16. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 1.35
  17. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 1.01
  18. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 1.17

Performance

  1. Next 3-5 Year Estimate EPS Growth rate = 14.79
  2. ROE 5 Year Average 12/2011 = 13.45
  3. Current Ratio = 4.58
  4. Current Ratio 5 Year Average = 5.68
  5. Quick Ratio = 7.56
  6. Cash Ratio = 6.14

Company: National Oilwell Varco (NOV)

Levered Free Cash Flow = 1.50B

Brief Overview

  1. Percentage Held by Insiders = 0.23
  2. 5 year sales growth = 10.72%
  3. 5 year EPS growth = 8.7%
  4. Short Ratio = 1.2
  5. Relative Strength 52 weeks = 43
  6. Cash Flow 5-year Average = 4.71
  7. Profit Margin = 13.87%
  8. Operating Margin = 20.27%
  9. Quarterly Revenue Growth = 36.8%
  10. Quarterly Earnings Growth = 48.9%
  11. Operating Cash Flow = 2.10B
  12. Beta = 2.05
  13. Percentage Held by Institutions = 92.4%
  14. Short Percentage of Float = 1.2%

Growth

  1. Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 1994
  2. Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 1667
  3. Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = 1469
  4. Net Income Reported Quarterly ($mil) = 606
  5. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = 3517
  6. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 2954
  7. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = 2751
  8. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2011 = 6.08
  9. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2010 = 5.28
  10. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2009 = 5.05
  11. Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 14658
  12. Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 12156
  13. Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 12712
  14. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2007 = 3.76
  15. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2008 = 5.17
  16. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 3.89
  17. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 4.09
  18. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 4.77

Dividend history

  1. Dividend Yield = 0.70
  2. Dividend Yield 5 Year Average = 0.32

Dividend sustainability

  1. Payout Ratio = 0.09
  2. Payout Ratio 5 Year Average = 0.05

Performance

  1. ROE 5 Year Average = 15.18
  2. Current Ratio = 2.36
  3. Current Ratio 5 Year Average = 2.14
  4. Quick Ratio = 1.49
  5. Cash Ratio = 0.88
  6. Interest Coverage Quarterly = 110.13

Conclusion

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