Industry: health care
Cardinal Health provides medical products and pharmaceuticals to hospitals, pharmacies, clinics laboratories and physician offices worldwide.
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|Book value of equity per share||$24.26||15.3%||4%||1.6%|
|BV including aggregate dividends||24%||9.7%||8.2%|
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A company creates wealth for its long-term shareholders in 2 main ways - through dividend payments and through the accumulation of retained earnings. This graph shows the accumulation of per-share equity of long-term shareholders (green bars), which consists of the retained earnings plus all capital invested in the company, and the cumulative dividends the company has paid over time per share of its stock (blue bars).
In the words of Warren Buffett: "We're looking for... businesses earning good returns on equity while employing little or no debt."
Return on equity is a key metric of financial performance, indicating a company's ability to generate earnings using shareholder capital. Over time, ROE is one of the major determinants of the rate at which a company creates shareholder wealth. The average ROE for large U.S. companies is 12%, and many investors use it as a threshold for attractive investments.
Companies can boost ROE by increasing leverage, which reduces the safety of the investment. Therefore, it is useful to look at the return on assets (ROA), which measures a company's earning power regardless of its capital structure. A widening gap between ROE and ROA may be a warning sign that should be thoroughly investigated.
Earnings per share is a popular metric used to value a company (using P/E ratio); growth in EPS is often used to judge company growth potential. However, many investors believe that EPS is an inferior metric to ROE, because it ignores the amount of capital the company used to generate earnings.
Free cash flow shows how much cash a company generates from operations, above and beyond what is required to maintain or expand its productive assets. This cash can be returned to investors, or spent by management on growing the company or paying back its debts.
Balance sheets of many companies contain intangible assets such as goodwill, trademarks, patents, etc. Many investors consider intangibles more difficult to value than physical assets. If intangible assets had been valued incorrectly, they must be impaired, resulting in a loss charged against shareholder equity. This chart demonstrates the potential loss to shareholder equity from such impairments.
Companies often use debt financing to increase their return on equity. However, as the amount of debt financing increases relative to the amount of equity financing, the company becomes more sensitive to down turns and other negative events. As a result, many investors use the ratio of debt to equity as a measure of a company's financial risk, and avoid companies that have this ratio above 1.
This chart shows shareholder equity as a percentage of total assets, allowing investors to judge the overall leverage. Companies with a higher proportion of equity can be viewed as safer investments. This metric is particularly important for highly leveraged institutions, such as banks, where it must be at least 4% according to government regulations.
The ratio of current assets to current liabilities is known as the current ratio. This metric is a quick measure of the company's ability to pay its short-term obligations. A current ratio below 1 is a warning sign that should be investigated, especially for companies that cannot count on adequate cash flow from operations.
This chart shows the cumulative dilution of investor ownership in a company over time. Dilution reduces an investor's participation in the future earnings. Dilution increases when a company issues new shares, and decreases when a company buys its shares back. Many investors avoid companies with large chronic dilution.
analysis provides insight into factors affecting the Return On Equity of a company.
The DuPont equation decomposes ROE as follows:
ROE = (Net margin) * (Asset turnover) * (Asset to equity ratio)
Net margin indicates operating efficiency, Asset turnover measures the total asset use efficiency, and the Asset to equity ratio is a measure of financial leverage.
The dividend payout ratio tells investors what percentage of earnings a company returns to shareholders, and what percentage it retains and reinvests. This ratio represents a major capital allocation decision by the company, and can be used to judge management rationality. Rational management should pay out all earnings that cannot be productively reinvested. Therefore, a low dividend payout ratio for a profitable company with a low growth potential may be a warning sign.
Many investors use the P/B ratio as a quick way of judging company valuation. Value investors - followers of Graham and Dodd - specifically seek out companies with low P/B ratios. However, investors should be careful not to make investment decisions on this metric alone, without considering a company's earning and growth potential, since a low P/B ratio can be a sign of a bleak future for the business.
P/E ratio is a popular way of making a quick judgment of a company valuation. Value investors - followers of Graham and Dodd - often seek solid companies with low P/E ratios as investment opportunities. However, P/E ratio represents an oversimplified approach to business valuation, and can often lead to incorrect investment decisions.
On January 27, 1994, shareholders of Cardinal and Whitmire approved and adopted the Agreement and Plan of Reorganization dated October 11, 1993 (the "Reorganization Agreement"), pursuant to which Cardinal Merger Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cardinal, was merged with and into Whitmire effective February 7, 1994. In the merger, which was accounted for as a pooling of interests, holders of outstanding Whitmire stock at the Effective Time received an aggregate of approximately 5,442,000 Cardinal common shares, without par value ("Common Shares"), and approximately 1,488,000 shares of Cardinal's newly authorized Class b common shares, without par value ("Class B Shares"), in exchange for all of the previously outstanding stock of Whitmire.
The Company has completed two additional business combinations since the Whitmire Merger. On July 1, 1994, the Company purchased Humiston-Keeling, Inc., a Calumet City, Illinois based drug wholesaler serving customers located primarily in the upper midwest region of the Unites States. On July 18, 1994, the Company completed its merger with Behrens Inc., a Waco, Texas based drug wholesaler serving customers located primarily in Texas and adjoining states.
Effective November 13, 1995, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company was merged with and into Medicine Shoppe. The Medicine Shoppe merger was accounted for as a pooling-of-interests business combination. The Company issued 6,425,717 Common Shares to Medicine Shoppe shareholders.
Effective May 7, 1996, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company was merged with and into Pyxis (the "Pyxis Merger"). The Pyxis Merger was accounted for as a pooling-of-interests business combination, and the Company issued approximately 15,076,000 Common Shares to Pyxis shareholders.
On August 7, 1998, the Company completed a merger transaction with Scherer. The Scherer Merger was accounted for as a pooling of interests. The Company issued approximately 34.2 million Common Shares to Scherer stockholders and Scherer's outstanding stock options were converted into options to purchase approximately 3.5 million Common Shares.
On September 10, 1999 the Company completed a merger transaction with Automatic Liquid Packaging, Inc., a Woodstock, Illinois-based custom manufacturer of sterile liquid pharmaceuticals and other healthcare products. In the Merger, the Company issued approximately 5.8 million Common Shares to Automatic Liquid Packaging stockholders.
On February 14, 2001, the Company completed a merger transaction with Bindley ("Bindley Merger") which was accounted for as a pooling of interests. In the Bindley Merger, the Company issued approximately 23.1 million Common Shares to Bindley stockholders and Bindley's outstanding stock options were converted into options to purchase approximately 5.1 million Common Shares.
On May 6, 2004, the Company was notified that the pending SEC informal inquiry had been converted into a formal investigation. On June 21, 2004, as part of the SECs formal investigation, the Company received an SEC subpoena that included a request for the production of documents relating to revenue classification, and the methods used for such classification, in the Companys Pharmaceutical Distribution business as either Operating Revenue or Bulk Deliveries to Customer Warehouses and Other. In addition, the Company learned that the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York had also commenced an inquiry that the Company understands relates to this same subject. On October 12, 2004, the Company received a subpoena from the SEC requesting the production of documents relating to compensation information for specific current and former employees and officers of the Company. The Company was notified in April 2005 that certain current and former employees and directors received subpoenas from the SEC requesting the production of documents. The subject matter of these requests is consistent with the subject matter of the subpoenas that the Company had previously received from the SEC. In connection with the SECs informal inquiry, the Companys Audit Committee commenced its own internal review in April 2004, assisted by independent counsel. This internal review was prompted by documents contained in the production to the SEC that raised issues as to certain accounting and financial reporting matters, including, but not limited to, the establishment and adjustment of certain reserves and their impact on the Companys quarterly earnings. The Audit Committee and its independent counsel also have reviewed the revenue classification issue that is the subject of the SECs June 21, 2004 subpoena and other matters identified in the course of the Audit Committees internal review. During September and October 2004, the Audit Committee reached certain conclusions with respect to findings from its internal review. In connection with the Audit Committees conclusions reached in September and October 2004, the Company made certain reclassification and restatement adjustments to its fiscal 2004 and prior historical consolidated financial statements. The Audit Committees conclusions were disclosed, and the reclassification and restatement adjustments were reflected, in the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2004 and subsequent public reports filed by the Company.
On August 31, 2009, we separated the clinical and medical products businesses from our other businesses through a pro rata distribution to shareholders of 81% of the then outstanding common stock of a wholly-owned subsidiary, CareFusion Corporation. Holders of record of Cardinal Health common shares as of the close of business on August 25, 2009 were entitled to receive 0.5 share of CareFusion common stock for each Cardinal Health common share that was held on such date.