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Microsoft

IT’S EASY TO LOOK at Microsoft and see the warts. Annual sales growth has slowed to single digits, and upstarts are moving ahead in new, vibrant markets such as search. But give Microsoft its due: The company continues to crank out huge profits via its twin monopolies, the Windows operating system and the Office productivity suite. And long-running efforts, such as its server software business and Xbox game console, are contributing to financial results in meaningful ways. With its next version of Windows due out early next year, Microsoft seems poised for a new round of earnings growth. Wall Street is expecting 12% a year.

Company Info

2005 Rank

42

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COMPANY INFO

MSFT

Market Value
$ Million

279,018.1

Total Return
$ Million
(1-yr.) 8.1
(3-yr.) 29.5
2005 Sales
$ Billion

41.4

Sales Growth
$ Million
(1-yr.) 7
(3-yr.) 10.5
Long-Term Growth Est. %

12.0

Net income
$ Million

13,057.0

Net Income Growth
$ Million
(1-yr.) 31
(3-yr.) 18.0
Net Margin %*

31.6

Return on Inv. Capital (%)*

29.5

Share Price
12-Mo. Hi/Lo

28/24

P/E Ratio

22

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

Steven A. Ballmer

Steven A. Ballmer, 50

CEO since 2000




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