How The Companies Stack Up
The Corporations, By Performance
(FORTUNE Magazine) – The profit all-stars are a diverse group, ranging from auto parts to garbage, from energy (of course) to convenience stores. THE BOTTOM LINE: There's gold ready to be dug out all over the U.S. economy.
Given robust world economic growth and soaring fossil-fuel prices, it's no surprise that U.S. energy companies had a year to remember in 2005; they predominate among both revenue and profit leaders.
GROWTH IN PROFITS
GROWTH IN REVENUES 1 YEAR
Most profitable companies The U.S. loves the new and trendy, but it is mostly familiar blue chips that have done best this year.
RETURN ON REVENUES
RETURN ON SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Most bang for the buck (or body) The money managers at TIAA-CREF bring in more money per person than any other nonenergy company.
REVENUES PER DOLLAR OF ASSETS
REVENUES PER DOLLAR OF EQUITY
REVENUES PER EMPLOYEE
Biggest companies Does age matter? Among the most valuable companies, it seems to: Most have been around for at least 50 years.
BY MARKET VALUE
Best investments The big surprise here--American Airlines (AMR) turned in a great performance in a bad-news industry.
TOTAL RETURN TO SHAREHOLDERS