Revenue Doesn't Equal Profits at Publicly Traded Companies

by Gwen Moritz  on Monday, Jun. 24, 2013 12:00 am  

(Upscale retailer Dillard’s, by contrast, had a profit margin of just more than 5 percent. A smidgen of its $6.6 billion in revenue and $336 million in profit came from the construction work done by its wholly owned subsidiary, CDI Contractors of Little Rock.)

Still, Wal-Mart’s $17 billion in profit represents 85 percent of the profit earned by Arkansas’ 18 publicly traded companies — even though a record six of them were also among the Fortune 500 this year.

Those include the four usuals: Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale (No. 93), Murphy Oil Corp. of El Dorado (No. 104) and Dillard’s (No. 378). But for the first time, Windstream, thanks to a major acquisition, and J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell eased in at No. 414 and No. 486 respectively.

Those six also happen to be the top six largest Arkansas public companies as ranked by profit, although not in the same order because the profit margins vary from less than 2 percent at Tyson to 10.5 percent at J.B. Hunt.



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