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  • Previous Rank101
  • Revenues ($M)31,821
  • Revenue Percent Change3.1%
  • Profits ($M)4,956
  • Profits Percent Change6.4%
  • Market Value (as of March 31, 2015)104,796

The industrial-products maker, which makes Post-Its and Scotch Tape, last year reported higher sales for all business segments it serves and across almost all geographies, with Latin America/Canada the lone laggard. Though a lot of 3M’s brands are well known, the company also invests heavily in research and development, which it believes is a major driver of sales and profit growth. R&D expenses totaled $1.77 billion last year.

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Company Info

Inge G. Thulin
Household Products
HQ Location
St. Paul, MN
Years on List21

Key Financials (last fiscal year)

$ millions% change
Revenues ($M)31,8213.1%
Profits ($M)4,9566.4%
Total Stockholder Equity13,109-
Market Value (as of March 31, 2015)104,796-

Profit Ratios

Profit as % of Revenues15.6%
Profits as % of Assets15.8%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity37.8%

Earnings Per Share (last fiscal year)

Earnings Per Share ($)7.49
EPS % Change (from 2013)11.5%
EPS % Change (5 year annual rate)10.6%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)7.2%

Total Return

Total Return to Investors (2014)20%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)17.6%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)9.9%