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17. Cardinal Health
Cardinal Health
Rank: 17 (Previous rank: 18)
CEO: George S. Barrett
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Even a company with ultra-slim margins can churn out a billion-dollar profit -- if it sells nearly $1 billion worth of stuff, that is.

Drug distributor Cardinal Health simplified itself in 2009 by spinning off its higher-end clinical and medical products group, now CareFusion. As a result, the company boosted its stock price and narrowed its focus. It also has a new CEO, drug-industry veteran George Barrett, who helped Cardinal move beyond embarrassing earnings re-statements in past years. --Adam Lashinsky

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Key financials $ millions % change
from 2008
Revenues 99,612.9 9.4
Profits 1,151.6 -11.5
Assets 25,118.8
Stockholders' equity 8,724.7
Market value (3/26/2010) 12,802.9
Profits as % of  
Revenues 1.2
Assets 4.6
Stockholders' equity 13.2
Earnings per share  
2009 $ 3.18
% change from 2008 -10.9
1999-2009 annual growth rate % 11.3
Total return to investors %
2009 32.4
1999-2009 annual rate 4.0
Rank Company 500
($ millions)
1 McKesson 14 106,632.0
2 Cardinal Health 17 99,612.9
3 AmerisourceBergen 24 71,789.0
4 Owens & Minor 283 8,037.6
5 Henry Schein 339 6,546.3
Issue date: May 3, 2010.
Figures are for fiscal year ended June 30, 2009.
Revenues: Includes revenues from discontinued operations.
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7000 Cardinal Place
Dublin, OH 43017
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