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26. Valero Energy
Valero Energy
Rank: 26 (Previous rank: 10)
CEO: William R. Klesse
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Valero's operating margins got hammered in the past year due to weak consumer demand for oil and gas, high inventory, and price discounting -- trends Valero chief Bill Klesse expects to continue well into 2010. No wonder Valero stock is off 75% from its 2007 high.

One bright spot: ethanol. In the past year, Valero purchased a number of ethanol plants just before ethanol margins turned for the better. The Texas-based company now operates ten ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of 1.1 billion gallons per year, making it one of the biggest ethanol producers in the country. --P.N.

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Key financials $ millions % change
from 2008
Revenues 70,035.0 -40.8
Profits -1,982.0 N.A.
Assets 35,629.0
Stockholders' equity 14,725.0
Market value (3/26/2010) 11,138.0
Profits as % of  
Revenues -2.8
Assets -5.6
Stockholders' equity -13.5
Earnings per share  
2009 $ -3.67
% change from 2008 N.A.
1999-2009 annual growth rate % N.A.
Total return to investors %
2009 -19.9
1999-2009 annual rate 14.3
Rank Company 500
($ millions)
1 Exxon Mobil 2 284,650.0
2 Chevron 3 163,527.0
3 ConocoPhillips 6 139,515.0
4 Valero Energy 26 70,035.0
5 Marathon Oil 41 49,403.0
6 Sunoco 78 29,630.0
7 Hess 79 29,569.0
8 Murphy Oil 125 19,138.0
9 Tesoro 139 16,589.0
10 Western Refining 330 6,807.4
11 Holly 431 4,834.3
12 Frontier Oil 488 4,237.2
Issue date: May 3, 2010.
Revenues: Excise taxes have been deducted.
Revenues: Includes revenues from discontinued operations.
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1 Valero Way
San Antonio, TX 78249
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