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Here's how Pfizer stacks up to Schering-Plough, Merck, and Warner-Lambert. All numbers are from fiscal 1998, available in each company's 10-K filing.

And yes, this is based on the corrected version of the spreadsheet :)

Pfizer's only short-coming is its Flow Ratio. If the company can reduce its accounts receivables and inventory, this will be a first tier company.


Financial Analysis    Company Being Evaluated                   Competitor #1   Competitor #2  Competitor #3

Pfizer Schering-Plough Merck Warner Lambert
Current Period Year-ago PeriodYear-over-Year Current Period Current Period Current Period
FY 1998 FY 1997 Growth FY 1998 FY 1998 FY 1998
Income Statement . . .
Sales 13,544 11,055 22.5% 8,077 26,898 10,214
Cost of Goods S 2,094 1,776 17.9% 1,601 13,925 2,629
Net Income 3,351 2,213 51.4% 1,756 5,248 1,254
Shares Outstand 1,315 1,303 0.9%

Balance Sheet . . .
Cash & Equivale 3,929 1,589 147.3% 1,259 3,356 911
Current Assets 9,931 7,442 33.4% 3,958 10,229 4,102
Short-term Debt 2,729 2,251 21.2% 558 624 256
Current Liabili 7,192 4,994 44.0% 3,032 6,069 3,230
Long-term Debt 527 725 -27.3% 4 3,221 1,260
1 1 1Competitors
Margins & Ratios . . .
Gross Margins 84.5% 83.9% 0.6 80.2% 48.2% 74.3% 67.6%
Net Margins 24.7% 20.0% 4.7 21.7% 19.5% 12.3% 17.8%
Cash-to-Debt 1.21 0.53 126.0% 2.24 0.87 0.60 0.93
Net Cash 673.0 -1387.0 N/A 697.0 -489.0 -605.0 -132.3
Fool Flow Ratio 1.34 2.13 -37.0% 1.09 1.26 1.07 1.14


Ranking Rule Makers

1) Brand Points (0-1) 3) Financial Dire Points (0-3)
Familiarity 1 Sales Growth 3
Openness 1 Gross Margins 3
Optimism 1 Net Margins 3
Legitimacy 1 Shares Outstandin 2
Inevitability 1 Cash-to-Debt 2
Solitariness 0 Fool Flow Ratio 3
Humor 1 Expansion Potenti 3
Subtotal 6 Subtotal 19

2) Financial Loca Points (0-2) 4) Monopoly Statu Points (0-4)
Mass Market Habit 1 Gross Margins 4
Gross Margins 2 Net Margins 4
Net Margins 2 Net Cash 4
Cash-to-Debt 1 Fool Flow Ratio 0
Fool Flow Ratio 0 Convenience 2
Your Interest 2 Subtotal 14
Subtotal 8
5) Your Enjoyment 1

Total Score = 48 Second Tier

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