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Hi all,

Anheuser-Busch was an upper second tier company on the last ranker that I posted. Their score has now dropped way down to a 32, low third teir.

The biggest hit to AB's score seemed to come in the Financial Direction category and in Monopoly Status. They took on short term debt, and do not have a lot of sales growth. I wouldn't think that it would be easy for AB to grow sales fast, though, they are the world leader already.

I think that BUD is probably still a good investment, but it doesn't seem to be a Rule Maker.

Please feel free to double check all my numbers, I made changes last quarter too. :)

pikapp383

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

Anheuser-Busch - BUD Coors - RKY Philip Morris - MO <Fill in Name>
Current Period Year-ago PeriodYear-over-Year Current Period Current Period Current Period
12/31/99 12/31/98 Growth 12/26/99 12/31/99 <Date>
Income Statement . . .
Sales 11,704 11,246 4.1% 2,057 78,596
Cost of Goods S 7,254 7,163 1.3% 1,216 29,561
Net Income 1,402 1,233 13.7% 92 7,675
Shares Outstand 716 713 0.5%

Balance Sheet . . .
Cash & Equivale 152 225 -32.3% 277 5,100
Current Assets 1,601 1,640 -2.4% 613 20,895
Short-term Debt 242 0 Initiated Debt 0 2,242
Current Liabili 1,987 1,730 14.8% 393 18,017
Long-term Debt 4,881 4,719 3.4% 105 11,280
1 1 0Competitors
Margins & Ratios . . .
Gross Margins 38.0% 36.3% 1.7 40.9% 62.4% 51.6%
Net Margins 12.0% 11.0% 1.0 4.5% 9.8% 7.1%
Cash-to-Debt 0.03 0.05 -37.7% 2.64 0.38 0.39
Net Cash -4970.8 -4493.8 N/A 172.0 -8422.0 -4125.0
Fool Flow Ratio 0.83 0.82 1.5% 0.86 1.00 0.93


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Ranking Rule Makers

1) Brand Points (0-1) 3) Financial Dire Points (0-3)
Familiarity 1 Sales Growth 0
Openness 1 Gross Margins 3
Optimism 0 Net Margins 3
Legitimacy 1 Shares Outstandin 2
Inevitability 0 Cash-to-Debt 0
Solitariness 1 Fool Flow Ratio 0
Humor 1 Expansion Potenti 2
Subtotal 5 Subtotal 10

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

Total Score 32 Third Tier
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