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Here is my first post.  Pfizer calculates out to be 51 or Tier #1 based on the financial data.  The Flow Ratio is 0.59 or much lower than its competitors.  I have also evaluated the other major drug companies as well.  Their posts will follow.


I am very impressed at all the posts and hard work generated by so many persons following this web site.  Post 5066 which summarizes posting through Jan 4, 2000 is excellant.  Keep it up.

Joe
Columbus Ohio


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Financial AnalysiCompany Being Evaluated                        Competitor #1   Competitor #2  Competitor #3

                   Pfizer-PFE                                  Sch Plough-SGP    Warner-WLA      Merck-MRK
                 Current Period Year-ago PeriodYear-over-Year  Current Period  Current Period Current Period
                   Q3 99,9 mo     Q3 98,9 mo      Growth         Q3 99,9 mo      Q2 99,6 mo     Q3 99,9 mo
Income Statement . . .
  Sales                  11,697          9,678     20.9%                 6,873          6,156         23,750
  Cost of Goods S         1,832          1,401     30.8%                 1,342            828         12,890
  Net Income              2,225          2,717    -18.1%                 1,604            109          4,317
  Shares Outstand         3,912          3,950     -1.0%

Balance Sheet . . .
  Cash & Equivale         4,908          3,929     24.9%                 1,665          1,300          3,779
  Current Assets         11,484          9,931     15.6%                 4,790          5,001         11,015
  Short-term Debt           281            150     87.3%                   695            196          1,601
  Current Liabili        11,484          9,931     15.6%                 3,310          3,248          7,670
  Long-term Debt          1,541          1,756    -12.2%                 1,010          1,636          3,214
                                                                              1              1              1Competitors
Margins & Ratios . . .
  Gross Margins            84.3%          85.5%    -1.2                   80.5%          86.5%          45.7%      70.9%
  Net Margins              19.0%          28.1%    -9.1                   23.3%           1.8%          18.2%      14.4%
  Cash-to-Debt              2.69           2.06    30.7%                   0.98           0.71           0.78       0.81
  Net Cash                3086.0         2023.0    52.5%                  -40.0         -532.0        -1036.0     -536.0
  Fool Flow Ratio           0.59           0.61    -4.3%                   1.20           1.21           1.19       1.20


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Ranking Rule Makers

1) Brand          Points (0-1)                                3) Financial Dire Points (0-3)
Familiarity                    1                              Sales Growth                   3
Openness                       1                              Gross Margins                  1
Optimism                       1                              Net Margins                    0
Legitimacy                     1                              Shares Outstandin              3
Inevitability                  1                              Cash-to-Debt                   2
Solitariness                   1                              Fool Flow Ratio                1
Humor                          1                              Expansion Potenti              3
  Subtotal                     7                                Subtotal                    13

2) Financial Loca Points (0-2)                                4) Monopoly Statu Points (0-4)
Mass Market Habit              2                              Gross Margins                  4
Gross Margins                  2                              Net Margins                    2
Net Margins                    2                              Net Cash                       4
Cash-to-Debt                   2                              Fool Flow Ratio                4
Fool Flow Ratio                2                              Convenience                    4
Your Interest                  2                                Subtotal                    18
  Subtotal                    12
                                                              5) Your  Enjoymen              1

                   Total Score               51  TopTier!


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