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FedEx

THE RISE OF FAX and e-mail should have spelled doom for FedEx, which made its name in the ’70s and ’80s delivering critical documents for customers. It didn’t. Realizing that the trend toward just-intime manufacturing created new opportunities for carriers that could “absolutely, positively” guarantee delivery down to the hour, FedEx persuaded Corporate America to view its jets and trucks as mobile warehouses. The sales pitch worked, and now FedEx is thriving as never before. Sales have topped $30 billion, while profits increased 21% last year. Since 2004, shares have risen more than 50%.

Company Info

2005 Rank

39

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COMPANY INFO

FDX

Market Value
$ Million

32,588.3

Total Return
$ Million
(1-yr.) 10.1
(3-yr.) 110.7
2005 Sales
$ Billion

30.9

Sales Growth
$ Million
(1-yr.) 13
(3-yr.) 13.4
Long-Term Growth Est. %

15.0

Net income
$ Million

1,575.0

Net Income Growth
$ Million
(1-yr.) 21
(3-yr.) 33.5
Net Margin %*

5.1

Return on Inv. Capital (%)*

12.5

Share Price
12-Mo. Hi/Lo

109/77

P/E Ratio

21

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

Frederick W. Smith

Frederick W. Smith, 61

CEO since 1971


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