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Baker Hughes

ECCENTRIC billionaire Howard Hughes is long gone, but the Houston company that issued his first dividend check is still drilling away. Earnings leapt 66% last year at Baker Hughes, which is a leading supplier of drill bits, welllogging tools, and other equipment for finding and producing oil and gas. Results have been buoyed by a ramp-up in capital spending by oil companies. With eight technology centers around the globe and over 2,200 engineers, Baker Hughes continues to search for ways to keep profits pumping even if oil prices slide. New products generated about a quarter of last year’s sales.

Company Info

2005 Rank

163

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COMPANY INFO

BHI

Market Value
$ Million

23,225.3

Total Return
$ Million
(1-yr.) 45.0
(3-yr.) 126.7
2005 Sales
$ Billion

7.2

Sales Growth
$ Million
(1-yr.) 18
(3-yr.) 13.8
Long-Term Growth Est. %

17.5

Net income
$ Million

874.4

Net Income Growth
$ Million
(1-yr.) 66
(3-yr.) 66.4
Net Margin %*

12.2

Return on Inv. Capital (%)*

15.1

Share Price
12-Mo. Hi/Lo

78/42

P/E Ratio

27

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

Chad C. Deaton

Chad C. Deaton, 53

CEO since 2004




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