Coach CEO Lew Frankfurt Named Top S&P 500 Wealth Creator in 2012

       Coach CEO Lew Frankfurt Named Top S&P 500 Wealth Creator in 2012

Top 50 CEOs delivered average return of 93.5% over three year period

PR Newswire

GREENWICH, Conn., Dec. 14, 2012

GREENWICH, Conn., Dec. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Chief Executive magazine has
released its 5th annual Wealth Creation Index and CEO Lew Frankfurt of leather
goods maker Coach topped all S&P 500 peers to take the top spot.

Among the best wealth creators were household company names like Philip
Morris, Discover and T. Rowe Price. They were joined by lesser-known but
exceptional performers including Fastenal, ONEOK, Cameron International and
Alexion Pharmaceuticals. Bottom performers included included Citigroup,
Archer Daniels Midland and Chesapeake Energy.

The ranking shows who has created the most value for shareholders from July
2009 through June 2012. S&P 500 CEOs who had been in their jobs for at least
three years were eligible, excluding those who run REITs. For the full story,
complete rankings and methodology, please visit


Rank Company                 CEO
1    Coach                   Lew Frankfort
2    Philip Morris           Louis C. Camilleri
3    Fastenal                Willard D. Oberton
4    ONEOK                   John W. Gibson, Jr.
5    Cameron International   Jack B. Moore
6    Alexion Pharmaceuticals Leonard Bell, M.D.
7    Discover                David W. Nelms
8    T. Rowe Price           James A.C. Kennedy
9    National Oilwell Varco  Pete Miller
10   W.W. Grainger           James T. Ryan

Created in collaboration with Great Numbers! and the Applied Finance Group
(AFG), the ranking is based on four factors:

1.How good a company was at making real money (operating cash flow in excess
    of its risk-adjusted cost of capital).
2.Its prospects for continuing to make real money.
3.Its wise use of capital.
4.How highly the market values the company's assets.

As validation of the ranking method, the authors calculated the 3-year average
Total Shareholder Return (share-price return percentage plus dividends) for
the top 50 companies. It was 93.5% (up from 68.5% in last year's ranking).
This compares to the bottom 50 companies' average 3-year TSR of -21.1% (down
from -9.3% last year). The S&P 500's average 3-year TSR was +50.8% this year,
dramatically up from 19% last year.

Drew Morris, CEO of Great Numbers! and the article's lead author said, "In
creating and publishing these rankings, we're trying to help companies realize
their upside potential in two important ways: first, by increasing awareness
of exactly how to manage for wealth creation and, second, by suggesting a
measure—AFG's economic margin—that all companies can use for creating value."

"CEOs are hired to create wealth for their shareholders as well as value for
their customers and employees," says J.P. Donlon, Chief Executive magazine's
Editor-in-Chief. "Chief Executive created the Wealth Creators Index to measure
just how well—or how poorly—some CEOs are performing their jobs."

About Chief Executive Group

Chief Executive Group elevates the effectiveness of CEOs and the enterprises
they lead. The Group produces the award-winning Chief Executive magazine
(published since 1977), website, and hosts exclusive events
for CEOs to network, learn and share ideas with peers. The Group also
publishes proprietary research which gives CEOs insights through data and
trends that better help them lead their organizations.

About Great Numbers!

Great Numbers! helps executives uncover the most powerful upside elements
available to their business and mold them into a prosperity design—a blueprint
for delivering that upside.

About The Applied Finance Group

AFG is an independent equity research advisory firm specializing in
performance and valuation measurement using Economic Margin, which they've

J.P. Donlon

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