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Intuitive Surgical Cuts a Colossal Check: Fool by Numbers

On Oct. 18, robotic surgery pioneer Intuitive Surgical (Nasdaq: ISRG  ) released third-quarter earnings for the period ended Sept. 30, 2007.

  • The company sold 63 new robotic surgery systems during the quarter, including 17 outside the country. That's up from 46 systems sold a year ago, bringing the installed base up to 719 units across the globe.
  • Intuitive is rapidly building a strong balance sheet, with no debt to speak of and a hefty cash position. Inventories are growing, but not nearly as fast as sales -- demand for its machines appears higher than the available supply.
  • Intuitive Surgical is one of the top performers on our Motley Fool Rule Breakers scorecard, right next to other market thumpers like online jeweler Blue Nile (Nasdaq: NILE  ) and OLED pioneer Universal Display (Nasdaq: PANL  ) . See the rest of the gang with a free 30-day trial pass to our early adopter money maker.

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The balance sheet reflects the company's health.

Cash flow highlights
Free cash flow is a Fool's best friend. The company didn't let it out to play today, but Intuitive's full 10-Q statement tends to follow the earnings report within days. Stay tuned.

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