Untitled
Previous | Next

Back to BW50
Home Page >>

The BusinessWeek 50 Ranking

29

Merrill Lynch

MERRILL LYNCH has got its mojo back. Once slowed by bloated costs, the firm is building a presence in everything from wealth management advice to energy trading and private equity. Merrill’s global markets and investment banking net revenues rose 25% in 2005. Under O’Neal, Merrill’s net profits have tripled, to $5 billion, and its stock price has risen 47%since 2002. It will book an aftertax gain of about $1 billion in exchange for combining its asset management business with BlackRock Inc. O’Neal isn’t signaling his next move, but Street talk is that he may try to buy a regional retail broker or bank.

Company Info

2005 Rank

188

GET MORE
COMPANY INFO

MER

Market Value
$ Million

70,693.6

Total Return
$ Million
(1-yr.) 33.6
(3-yr.) 135.1
2005 Sales
$ Billion

47.8

Sales Growth
$ Million
(1-yr.) 46
(3-yr.) 19.1
Long-Term Growth Est. %

12.1

Net income
$ Million

5,116.0

Net Income Growth
$ Million
(1-yr.) 15
(3-yr.) 25.6
Net Margin %*

10.7

Return on Inv. Capital (%)*

3.4

Share Price
12-Mo. Hi/Lo

78/52

P/E Ratio

15

Industry Diversified Financials
CORPORATE WEB SITE
More in S&P 500 Companies Scoreboard >
*Trailing 12 months
Company data as of 2/28/06 provided by Standard & Poor's Compustat

E. Stanley O'Neal

E. Stanley O'Neal, 54

CEO since 2002


PHOTO BY Diane Bondaref/Bloomberg News


More BW Stories on Merrill Lynch