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			Palm					msft	nok	<Fill in Name>	
			Current Period	Year-ago Period	Year-over-Year  Current Period	Current Period	Current Period	
			1999(6 mo)	1998(6 mo)	Growth		<Date>	<Date>	<Date>	
Income Statement . . .								
  Sales			258,555 	147,233 	75.6%		5,384 		5,223 		
  Cost of Goods Sold	148,018 	84,289 		75.6%		712 		3,282 		
  Net Income		12,862  	8,117 		58.5%		2,191 		662 		
  Shares Outstanding	532,000 	532,000 	0.0%					
								
Balance Sheet . . .								
  Cash & Equivalents	29,568 		478 		6085.8%		18,902,000 	3,455,000 		
  Current Assets	224,308 	130,229 	72.2%		21,963,000 	9,963,000 		
  Short-term Debt	190 		668 		-71.6%		0 		469,000 		
  Current Liabilities	220,543 	117,547 	87.6%		8,332,000 	6,059,000 		
  Long-term Debt	395 		682 		-42.1%		980,000 	285,000 		
					1	1	0	Competitors' Average
Margins & Ratios . . .								
  Gross Margins		42.8%		42.8%		0.0		86.8%		37.2%		62.0%
  Net Margins		5.0%		5.5%		-0.5		40.7%		12.7%		26.7%
  Cash-to-Debt		50.54		0.35		14174.9%	19.29		4.58		12.89
  Net Cash		28983.0		-872.0		N/A		17922000.0	2701000.0	10311500.0
  Fool Flow Ratio	0.88		1.11		-20.4%		0.37		1.16		0.77
	
								
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Ranking Rule Makers								
								
1) Brand	Points (0-1)			3) Financial Direction	Points (0-3)		
Familiarity	1				Sales Growth		3		
Openness	1				Gross Margins		3		
Optimism	1				Net Margins		2		
Legitimacy	1				Shares Outstanding	2		
Inevitability	0				Cash-to-Debt		2		
Solitariness	0				Fool Flow Ratio		3		
Humor		1				Expansion Potential	3		
  Subtotal	5				  Subtotal		18		
							
2) Financial Location	Points (0-2)		4) Monopoly Status	Points (0-4)	
Mass Market Habit	1			Gross Margins	0	
Gross Margins		1			Net Margins	0	
Net Margins		0			Net Cash	0	
Cash-to-Debt		2			Fool Flow Ratio	0	
Fool Flow Ratio		2			Convenience	2	
Your Interest		2			  Subtotal	2	
  Subtotal		8						
					5) Your  Enjoyment	1	
							
	  Total Score	34	Third Tier				
Notes:	
Palm's main competition is Windows CE. Whether nok
should be included is debatable, but palm gets killed
in monopoly whether nok is included or not.

Palm had a Cash King margin of 13.9%
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Spammer,

In looking over your post, I noticed a couple of problems:

One, you need to use a consistent unit of measure throughtout all the financial fields on the ranker. For example, it looks like you were using units of millions for MSFT's and NOK's income statement data, but then switched to thousands for everything else. This switch may really skew the calculations, and thus affect the overall integrity of the analysis.

Two, you need to use consistent time periods for both the target company and the competitors. For example, if you are using six month data for Palm, then you should use the comparable six month data for both MSFT and NOK.

Hope this helps.

the LanceMan
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>> One, you need to use a consistent unit of measure throughtout all the financial fields on the ranker. For example, it looks like you were using units of millions for MSFT's and NOK's income statement data, but then switched to thousands for everything else. This switch may really skew the calculations, and thus affect the overall integrity of the analysis. <<

I should have used thousands throughout the analysis, it was really late when I did it. but it didn't skew the results, since I used thousands for the balance sheet for both competitors. Only margins are calculated from competitor income statements.

>> Two, you need to use consistent time periods for both the target company and the competitors. For example, if you are using six month data for Palm, then you should use the comparable six month data for both MSFT and NOK. <<

I switched from 6 months to 3 months and forgot to change it at the top. It was 3 AM here (I was hoping that rm analysis would put me to sleep).
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I think that you should include Psion (PON.L) as a competitor rather than NOK. Given that its a UK listed company getting the figures will be fun but PON.L is the only direct competitor and also has links with Nokia etc. via Symbian

Although Microsoft is a competitor, Windows CE is not yet anything close to a success - in fact Palm and Psion between them have (figure quoted from memory) at least two thirds of the organizer market.

DD
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