3M is a diversified technology company with a global presence in the following businesses: industrial and transportation; health care; display and graphics; consumer and office; safety, security and protection services; and electro and communications. 3M is among the leading manufacturers of products for many of the markets it serves. Most 3M products involve expertise in product development, manufacturing and marketing, and are subject to competition from products manufactured and sold by other technologically oriented companies.
At December 31, 2006, the Company employed 75,333 people, with 34,553 employed in the United States and 40,780 employed internationally.
The company is growing at around 7-8% year over year but is facing tough comparisons this year compared to last with lower EPS this year compared to last. This is one of the reasons the stock is down. The analysts are expecting flat to slight growth this year compared to the previous year. Next year is expected to be somewhat better with a growth of about 10-12%.
Let us briefly take a look at the revenues by geographic region and growth by geographic region. The revenues by geographic region look as follows:
US - 38.6%
Asia Pacific - 27.3%
Europe - 25%
Latin America and Canada - 9.1%
The EPS has grown at around 9% for the past ten years. The top line growth is more abysmal at around 4.5% per year for the past ten years. The operating profit has increased at the rate of 6%.
In the same period, the number of outstanding shares has declined by about 8%. One can expect the total number of shares to decline slowly in the upcoming years. The cash flow from operations continues to be strong - growing at around 10% per year. The debt has also increased in 2006 compared to 2005. The dividend has grown at around 8% per year for the past five years. One can expect this ratio to continue in the upcoming years.