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Could you provide an executive summary of what you were trying to convey? I have in interest in these companies and your input will be appreciated.

Sure. I noticed that Matt's post was a tough read as well. I accumulated quite a bit of data (FY 96, 97 and 98 as well as each quarter of 97-99. Here are the summarized numbers:

Pfizer

DSO high 81 days -- Q4 98 and Q2 99
DSO low 65 days -- Q4 97

DIO high 341 days -- Q2 99
DIO low 237 days -- Q4 97

DPO low 102 days -- Q4 97
DPO high 171 days -- Q2 97

CCC high 277 days -- Q2 99
CCC low 184 days -- FY 96

Warner-Lambert

DSO high 68 days -- Q1 97
DSO low 44 days -- Q4 98

DIO high 129 days -- Q3 98
DIO low 99 days -- FY 96

DPO low 90 days -- Q1 97
DPO high 226 days -- Q1 99

CCC high 86 days -- Q1 97
CCC low -60 days -- Q1 99

Schering-Plough

DSO high 45 days -- Q1 99
DSO low 31 days -- FY 98, Q4 98, Q3 98, Q3 97

DIO high 207 days -- Q3 97
DIO low 159 days -- Q2 98

DPO low 160 days -- Q2 97
DPO high 226 days -- Q2 98

CCC high 83 days -- Q2 97*
CCC low -5 days -- Q4 98, FY 98

* Seems to be an aberration as next highest is 54 days.

On a trend basis Pfizer is consistently higher than the others. It clearly is the weakest in this comparison.

Schering is the most consistent (notice the generally smaller ranges. WLA has shown the most improvement primarily due the the change in DPO.

Phil

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