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19. Cardinal Health
Cardinal Health
Financials: Latest Results
Rank: 19 (Previous rank: 17)
CEO: George S. Barrett
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In a business where big players claw away at each other's ultra-slim operating margins, drug distributor Cardinal Health sharpened its nails with two strategic acquisitions last year.

In China, one of the world's fastest growing health care markets, Cardinal paid $470 million for Zuellig Pharma China, the country's largest pharmaceutical importer. In the U.S., it bought Kinray from billionaire Stewart Rahr for $1.3 billion, which will add some 2,000 higher-margin independent pharmacies to Cardinal's distribution channel.

A new, three-year $750 million stock repurchase plan should also give a boost to the company's shares. --P.N.

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Key financials $ millions % change
from 2009
Revenues 98,601.9 -1.0
Profits 642.2 -44.2
Assets 19,990.2
Stockholders' equity 5,276.1
Market value (3/25/2011) 14,451.7
Profits as % of  
Revenues 0.7
Assets 3.2
Stockholders' equity 12.2
Earnings per share  
2010 $ 1.77
% change from 2009 -44.3
2000-2010 annual growth rate % 1.1
Total return to investors %
2010 21.4
2000-2010 annual rate -1.5
Rank Company 500
($ millions)
1 McKesson 15 108,702.0
2 Cardinal Health 19 98,601.9
3 AmerisourceBergen 27 77,954.0
4 Owens & Minor 295 8,123.6
5 Henry Schein 317 7,526.8
Issue date: May 23, 2011
Spun off CareFusion (2010 rank: 524), Aug. 31, 2009.
Figures are for fiscal year ended June 30, 2010.
Includes revenue from discontinued operations of Martindale only.
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