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Wednesday, 6 August 2003
August 6, 2003 Zimmer Holdings, Inc. (ZMH)
The market started off lower, then the bulls stepped in...will it hold? Anyhow, all of these GREAT companies are showing up on our screens.

I do not own any shares of Zimmer but my wife owns I believe 8 shares that are the result of a spinoff of Zimmer from Bristol Myers Squibb. Currently, Zimmer is trading at $49.79 up $2.49 or 5.26% on the day.

According to CNN.Money, Zimmer Holdings, Inc. (ZMH) "...is engaged in the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of orthopaedic reconstructive implants and fracture management products, including artificial knees, hips and other joints."

On July 23, 2003, Zimmer reported (per NYTimes on the Web) 2nd quarter results: Net sales increased 19% (14% adjusted for currency fluctuations) to $411 million. Net earnings increased 35% to $89.0 million, and diluted earnings per share increased 32% to $.45 vs. $.34 in 2002.

Morningstar.com shows a beautiful series of bar graphs representing annual revenues increasing from $861 million in 1998, $939 million in 1999, $1.04 billion in 2000, $1.17 billion in 2001, $1.37 billion in 2002 and $1.44 billion in the trailing twelve months.

This corporation is spinning off lots of free cash: $203 million in 2000, $117 million 2001, $187 million in 2002, and $232 million in the trailing twelve months.

The assets and liabilities look nice too with $33.4 million of cash and $541.3 million of other current assets balanced by $342.7 million of current liabilities and $93.4 million of long-term liabilities.

This is a large company with a market cap of $9.29 billion with 196.5 million shares outstanding with 195.8 million of them that float. There is no dividend, there are 5.84 million shares out short representing 3.0% of the float and 4.19 days of average trading.

Overall, this company looks like an excellent investment quite worthy of your consideration. Perhaps a conservative investment based on its size but the bottom line looks excellent and it fits our criteria!

Bob


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