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WellPoint

WELLPOINT IS proof that there is life after a megamerger. Born in late 2004 of the union of two regional giants based in California and Indiana, Wellpoint is the nation’s biggest health insurer, with 34 million members. Last year it snapped up New York-based WellChoice, along with a small Wisconsin health plan. Wellpoint shareholders seem to think bigger is better, bidding up the stock 38% last year. Based in Indianapolis, the company is preparing to sign up as many as 2 million new members under the Medicare drug program in 2006. It is also reaching out to the uninsured with low-priced coverage.

Company Info

2005 Rank

35

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COMPANY INFO

WLP

Market Value
$ Million

50,714.0

Total Return
$ Million
(1-yr.) 25.8
(3-yr.) 157.6
2005 Sales
$ Billion

45.1

Sales Growth
$ Million
(1-yr.) 117
(3-yr.) 47.5
Long-Term Growth Est. %

15.0

Net income
$ Million

2,463.8

Net Income Growth
$ Million
(1-yr.) 157
(3-yr.) 60.3
Net Margin %*

5.5

Return on Inv. Capital (%)*

7.9

Share Price
12-Mo. Hi/Lo

80/58

P/E Ratio

19

Industry Health Care Equipment & Services
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*Trailing 12 months
Company data as of 2/28/06 provided by Standard & Poor's Compustat

Larry C. Glasscock

Larry C. Glasscock, 57

CEO since 1999


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