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UnitedHealth Group

UNITEDHEALTH Group already serves an astonishing 65 million Americans with its health plans and other services. Now a push into serving the elderly could make it the biggest provider in Medicare’s new prescription program in 2006. Its formula for success over the past 15 years: maintain a diverse mix of businesses, and make smart acquisitions. Even if gains from employersponsored plans slow, UnitedHealth’s push into faster-growing niches such as discount health-care cards may boost profits. Earnings for the Minnetonka (Minn.) company are expected to jump about $1 billion, to $4 billion, in 2006.

Company Info

2005 Rank

5

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COMPANY INFO

UNH

Market Value
$ Million

79,076.3

Total Return
$ Million
(1-yr.) 27.8
(3-yr.) 181.3
2005 Sales
$ Billion

45.4

Sales Growth
$ Million
(1-yr.) 22
(3-yr.) 22.6
Long-Term Growth Est. %

17.0

Net income
$ Million

3,300.0

Net Income Growth
$ Million
(1-yr.) 28
(3-yr.) 35.3
Net Margin %*

7.3

Return on Inv. Capital (%)*

15.3

Share Price
12-Mo. Hi/Lo

65/44

P/E Ratio

23

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

Dr. William W. McGuire

Dr. William W. McGuire, 57

CEO since 1991




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