Can McKesson Produce Big Returns?

Investor Chuck Akre recently shared his secret to stock success with a group of Fools: He simply looks for 100-baggers. After we politely snickered, Chuck explained that while he hasn't actually found a 100-bagger yet, he does believe that companies that can compound shareholder capital at high rates have the best chance of generating phenomenal returns over the long haul.

As you'll see below, health-care company McKesson (NYSE: MCK  ) generates incredible returns on equity (ROE). While we don't know whether it could be a 100-bagger over time, we can use the DuPont ROE formula to learn how McKesson generates those incredible returns on equity.

Company

ROE

Net Margin

Asset Turnover

Leverage

McKesson

19.4%

1.2%

4.12

4.04

Henry Schein (Nasdaq: HSIC  )

15%

4.6%

1.75

1.85

Cerner (Nasdaq: CERN  )

13.7%

12.2%

0.84

1.35

Source: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's.

With higher asset turnover and leverage than Henry Schein and Cerner, McKesson clearly outshines the competition. The DuPont formula, broken out in the table above, shows that McKesson uses its production advantage -- high asset turnover and reasonable leverage -- to generate very attractive returns on equity for shareholders.

The Foolish bottom line
I thought Chuck was a little crazy to pursue only 100-baggers. Then again, perhaps he's crazy like a fox. If a company like McKesson can generate incredible returns on equity over time, the market likely will pay higher and higher prices for a piece of its greatness. True, we might have to settle for a two- or three-bagger, instead of a 100-bagger ... but maybe that was Chuck's point all along.

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Million Dollar Portfolio associate advisor David Meier does not own shares of any of the companies mentioned. McKesson is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. The Fool has a disclosure policy.


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