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Komag

(NasdaqNM: KOMG)

USA

The dominant provider of the thin-film disks that go inside disk drives, Komag has made the most of the booming demand for data storage capacity. Sales ballooned 59% in 2005, to $754 million. Since Komag revamped operations to slash costs, the stock has risen from $2.50 in mid-2002 to $42. Now the company is focused on aluminum-based media that can store far more gigabytes than existing glass-based disks.

Company Info

2005 Rank

Not Ranked

Sales*
($ Millions)

754.2

Sales Growth
(over prev. year)

59 %

Profits*
($ Millions)

133.3

Return on Equity

28.9 %

Total Return on Sales (12-mo.)

44.0

Share Price
As of 5/31/06

41.53

CURRENT
MARKET INFO

NasdaqNM: KOMG

No. of Employees

6,141

Industry Computers & Peripherals
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*Trailing 12 months
Stock price data as of 5/31/06
DATA: Standard & Poor's Compustat

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Company Snapshot

Komag engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of thin-film media (disks) for incorporation into hard disk drives. These drives are used to record, store, retrieve, and protect digital information in personal computers, high-end server (enterprise) storage systems, communications infrastructure, and consumer electronics appliances. It also offers single-sided disks, aluminum substrate disks, plated disks, textured disks, and polished disks. The company's products offer a range of coercivities, glide height capabilities, and other parameters to meet specific customer requirements. Komag sells its products to original equipment manufacturers in the disk drive market worldwide. Komag was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in San Jose, Calif.


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Thian Hoo Tan

Thian Hoo Tan, 56

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Total Compensation

$1,841,308

Value of Options

$3,549,961

University of Malaya - BS, University of Malaya - MS

Thian Hoo Tan serves as a director of Komag and has been chief executive officer since 1999. Tan served as chairman of Komag from January, 2002, to August, 2004. Tan joined Komag in 1989, and started Komag's first San Jose (Calif.) manufacturing facility in 1989, Penang operations in 1993, and Sarawak operations in 1996. Tan returned to the U.S. and assumed the position of senior vice-president, worldwide operations, from 1996. Before joining Komag, Tan was vice-president of operations at HMT. Tan holds bachelor's and master's degrees in physics from the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur.



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