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Subject:  Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL) Date:  1/25/2004  10:49 AM
Author:  Solidago Number:  27961 of 46897

Looks like the Foolish Collective took a look at Sigma Aldrich Corp. last year, http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=19124646. I recently found this company on one of my screens and I decided to take a bit closer look. I like what I saw. Nice growth, good price and very shareholder friendly finances.

Here is my analysis:

SIGMA ALDRICH CORP (SIAL )
[Data from MSN]

1 Has the company performed well consistently?
Yes
ROE is increasing
					
Period ROE ROA ROIC
9/1/03 21.4% TTM
Dec-02 15.5% 9.2% 11.6%
Dec-01 16.9% 10.1% 12.7%
Dec-00 30.2% 23.0% 27.0%
Dec-99 13.9% 12.0% 13.6%


2 Has the company avoided excess debt?
Yes

			
Period LT Debt/Equity
9/1/03 0.18 Q
Dec-02 0.20
Dec-01 0.22
Dec-00 0.12
Dec-99 0.00
Dec-98 0.00

3 Can managers convert sales to profits?
Yes
Net profit remains about 10%.
			
Period Net Profit Margin
9/1/03 14.9% Q
Dec-02 10.8%
Dec-01 11.9%
Dec-00 29.2%
Dec-99 16.