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Second-Quarter 2015 Corporate Buyback Scorecard; 1–50

The table below ranks the 284 companies in the S&P 500 that bought back at least 4 percent of their shares from June 30, 2013, through June 30, 2015. 1-50.


The table below ranks the 284 companies in the S&P 500 that bought back at least 4 percent of their shares from June 30, 2013, through June 30, 2015. The companies are ranked according to their return on investment from these repurchases. As calculated by Fortuna Advisors, a New York City-based consultancy that compiled the data for Institutional Investor, buyback ROI measures the overall rate of return of buybacks, based on the internal rate of return of the cash flows associated with them. Buyback strategy tracks the performance of the underlying stock in terms of annualized total shareholder return. Once Fortuna determines buyback ROI and buyback strategy, buyback effectiveness can then be calculated as simply the difference between the two, determined as compounded return.

How the S&P 500 Stack Up
as Stock Repurchasers
Company Industry Market
$ Total
$ Total
/ Market Cap
Buyback ROI
1Darden RestaurantsConsumer Services8,941 503 5.618.137.862.7
2Humana Healthcare Equipment and Services 28,650 1,559 5.455.04.962.6
3AmerisourceBergen Corp.Healthcare Equipment and Services 23,361 1,637
4Southwest Airlines Co.Transportation 22,114 1,824 8.270.8-8.157.0
5The Kroger Co.Food and Staples Retailing 35,219 2,284 6.548.25.456.2
6AnthemHealthcare Equipment and Services 43,421 4,964 11.448.6


55.57Edwards Lifesciences Corp.Healthcare Equipment and Services 15,319 7314.838.112.355.18Tesoro Corp. Energy 10,621 4684.426.820.252.49Cigna Corp.Healthcare Equipment and Services41,693 2,8746.943.25.050.310Red Hat Software and Services13,9315954.325.619.049.511Apple Technology Hardware and Equipment 722,577 71,910'Reilly Automotive Retailing 22,822 1,873 Healthcare Equipment and Services44,5092,3305.241.15.348.514CarMax Retailing13,8171,2188.825.318.248.115Walgreens Boots AllianceFood and Staples Retailing 92,103 1,347 1.535.86.945.116HCA HoldingsHealthcare Equipment and Services37,5873,1908.543.90.344.417UnitedHealth Group Healthcare Equipment and Services 116,132 6,797 5.940.13.044.318Equifax Commercial and Professional Services 11,554 4964.328.910.943.019Expedia Retailing 13,949 7505.433.36.742.220Broadcom Corp.Semiconductors and Semiconductor Equipment 30,772 1,365 4.419.917.641.121Hasbro Consumer Durables and Apparel 9,310 5566.029.18.940.622Biogen Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology and Life Sciences 95,019 1,2881.437.02.340.223Starbucks Corp.Consumer Services 80,401 1,680 & PlattConsumer Durables and Apparel 6,708 3515.224.112.539.725Lowe's Cos. Retailing 62,462 8,217 Corp.Commercial and Professional Services 9,677 9239.539.1-0.638.327Altera Corp.Semiconductors and Semiconductor Equipment 15,4809205.921.513.838.328Dr Pepper Snapple GroupFood, Beverage and Tobacco 13,9779256.630.55.737.929The Walt Disney Co.Media 193,668 10,743 5.533.52.937.430The Sherwin-Williams Co.Materials25,6282,70510.626.78.337.231CVS Health Corp.Food and Staples Retailing 118,200 10,163 8.634.81.436.632Delphi Automotive Automobiles and Components 24,569 1,783 7.337.0-1.335.333Northrop Grumman Corp.Capital Goods 30,740 6,034 19.646.6-7.935.034McGraw Hill FinancialDiversified Financials 27,493 1,114 4.141.7-4.834.935Marriott InternationalConsumer Services 20,454 2,953 14.439.4-3.234.936Eli Lilly and Co.Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology and Life Sciences 88,552 1,736 2.022.410.134.737The Home DepotRetailing 144,355 14,285 9.924.76.833.138Ross Stores Retailing 20,114 1,281 6.426.65.133.139FiservSoftware and Services 19,613 1,789 9.135.4-1.932.840Moody's Corp.Diversified Financials 21,830 2,474 11.335.0-2.032.241Intuit Software and Services 27,779 2,844 Durables and Apparel 92,870 5,162 5.629.91.632.043AutoZoneRetailing 20,589 2,500 Corp.Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology and Life Sciences 91,795 5,8696.437.8-4.731.345The Western Union Co.Software and Services 10,497 8938.519.49.530.746Valero Energy Corp.Energy 31,840 2,427 7.627.31.429.147Ball Corp.Materials9,6766166.427.90.829.048Cardinal HealthHealthcare Equipment and Services 27,674 1,709 6.241.7-9.128.849Altria Group Food, Beverage and Tobacco 96,184 1,132 BlizzardSoftware and Services 17,581 5,830 33.230.3-1.927.9Source: Fortuna Advisors Analysis using data from the Capital IQ database. Financial Data from June 2013 to June 2015. Includes the 488 members of the current S&P 500 that were public for the full period. Market Capitalization as of: 06/30/2015. Companies included here if $ Total Buyback / Market Capitalization is greater than 4% or if $ Total Buyback is greater than $1 billion.

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