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Here's the Rule Maker ranking for the Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO) versus the three top competitors listed by Hoover's: Time Warner, Gannett, and New York Times. WPC scores a 38, but this is a company in transition. I wouldn't be surprised to see the company rank higher in the years ahead.


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

Washington Post Time Warner Gannett New York Times
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 2,110 1,956 7.9% 14,582 5,121 2,937
Cost of Goods S 1,139 1,020 11.7% 8,210 2,594 1,462
Net Income 416 281 48.4% (372) 1,000 279
Shares Outstand 10 11 -5.6%

Balance Sheet . . .
Cash & Equivale 87 25 254.7% 442 66 36
Current Assets 405 312 29.8% 5,449 906 522
Short-term Debt 58 296 -80.3% 19 8 2
Current Liabili 389 609 -36.1% 4,618 728 628
Long-term Debt 407 12 3319.3% 12,397 1,307 514
1 1 1Competitors
Margins & Ratios . . .
Gross Margins 46.0% 47.9% -1.8 43.7% 49.3% 50.2% 47.8%
Net Margins 19.7% 14.3% 5.4 -2.6% 19.5% 9.5% 8.8%
Cash-to-Debt 0.19 0.08 135.0% 0.04 0.05 0.07 0.04
Net Cash -378.4 -283.8 N/A -11974.0 -1248.5 -479.6 -4567.4
Fool Flow Ratio 0.96 0.92 4.5% 1.09 1.17 0.78 1.01



Ranking Rule Makers

1) Brand Points (0-1) 3) Financial Dire Points (0-3)
Familiarity 1 Sales Growth 1
Openness 1 Gross Margins 1
Optimism 1 Net Margins 3
Legitimacy 1 Shares Outstandin 3
Inevitability 0 Cash-to-Debt 2
Solitariness 0 Fool Flow Ratio 0
Humor 1 Expansion Potenti 1
Subtotal 5 Subtotal 11

2) Financial Loca Points (0-2) 4) Monopoly Statu Points (0-4)
Mass Market Habit 2 Gross Margins 0
Gross Margins 1 Net Margins 4
Net Margins 2 Net Cash 4
Cash-to-Debt 0 Fool Flow Ratio 2
Fool Flow Ratio 2 Convenience 2
Your Interest 2 Subtotal 12
Subtotal 9
5) Your Enjoyment 1

Total Score = 38 Third Tier
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