Google is the fifth and final company profiled as part of our in-depth "American Titans" series.
It is synonymous with search. It is both a noun and a verb. And, it has revolutionized the Internet. Google got its start as a 1996 research project by a pair of Stanford PhD students, Sergey Brin and Larry Page.
Two years later, it was incorporated in their friend's garage. And in 1999, Google received $25 million in funding from Silicon Valley venture capital firms. The company's 2004 IPO was amazingly successful, selling shares in a unique Dutch auction process; it gave Google a $23 billion market capitalization.
Google's stock hit $700 a share in October, 2007, the same month the Dow reached its all-time high (although Google trades on the Nasdaq).
The company has become much more than a search engine, introducing many new products, such as Google Maps, Google News, and Gmail. As part of its expansion, Google has acquired other businesses, including YouTube, DoubleClick, and most recently, AdMob (subject to regulatory approval).
What follows are some facts and figures about this "American Titan."
Stock Performance & Valuation
- Close on May 12, 2010: $505.39
- Median price target: $700 (Source: Thomson One)
- All time intraday high: $747.24 on November 7, 2007
- All time closing high: $741.79 on November 6, 2007
- P/E: 23.43
- Price / Book: 4.87x
- TEV / EBITDA (Latest Twelve Months): 15.44x
- YTD: -19%
- 1-Year: 27%
- 3-Year: 8%
- 5-Year: 121%
- 2009 Revenue: $17.5 billion of which 47.3% was domestic
- Latest Qtr: $5.1 billion (Q1 2010)
- Google beat revenue estimates for 6 of the past 8 quarters
- Forecast 2010 Revenue: $21.2 billion
- Revenue Growth (2009-10): 21%
- 2009 EPS: $23.20
- Google beat annual EPS estimates for 4 of the past 5 years
- Latest Qtr: $6.76 (Q1 2010)
- Beat quarterly EPS estimates for 7 of the past 8 quarters
- Forecast 2010 EPS: $27.817
- EPS Growth (2009-10): 18%
- Strong Buy: 13
- Buy: 16
- Hold: 4
- Sell: 0
- Underperform: 1
Three Highest Paid Executives
- Nikesh Arora
- President of Global Sales Operations & Business Development
- He is responsible for the business across 28 offices in Europe, Middle East, and Africa Operations with a team of over 2,500 people
- Mr. Arora joined Google in 2007 and is based in London
- Total Annual Compensation: $26.3M
- Patrick Pichette
- Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer and Senior Vice President
- Total Annual Compensation: $24.7M
- Robert Alan Eustace
- Senior Vice President of Engineering & Research
- Total Annual Compensation: $15.2
Source:CNBC Analytics, Capital IQ and Thomson Reuters
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