Chart Industries Inc. has a market cap of $1.29 billion; its shares were traded at around $45.12 with a P/E ratio of 54.36 and P/S ratio of 2.33. Hedge Fund Gurus that owns GTLS: Steven Cohen of SAC Capital Advisors, George Soros of Soros Fund Management LLC. Mutual Fund and Other Gurus that owns GTLS: Chuck Royce of Royce& Associates.
Highlight of Business Operations:The aggregate market value of the voting common equity held by non-affiliates computed by reference to the price of $15.58 per share at which the common equity was last sold, as of the last business day of the registrants most recently completed second fiscal quarter, was $440,266,729.
We have attained this position by capitalizing on our low-cost global manufacturing footprint, technical expertise and know-how, broad product offering, reputation for quality, and by focusing on attractive, growing markets. We have an established sales and customer support presence across the globe and low cost manufacturing operations in the United States, Central Europe and China. For the years ended December 31, 2010, 2009, and 2008, we generated sales of $555.5 million, $597.5 million, and $753.1 million, respectively.
Our air cooled heat exchangers are used in multiple markets to cool fluids to allow for further processing or to provide condensing of fluids, including hydrocarbon, petrochemical, natural gas processing, and power generation. Our compact Core-in-Kettle® heat exchangers are designed to replace shell-and-tube exchangers, offering significantly more heat transfer surface per unit volume and greatly improving the efficiency of chillers, vaporizers, reboilers and condensers in hydrocarbon applications including ethylene, propylene and LNG. Brazed aluminum and air cooled heat exchangers are engineered to the customers requirements and range in price from $20,000 to $2.5 million or more depending on the scope and complexity of the project.
We are a leading designer and fabricator of cold boxes. Cold boxes are highly engineered systems used to significantly reduce the temperature of gas mixtures to the point where component gases liquefy and can be separated and purified for further use in multiple industrial, scientific and commercial applications. In the hydrocarbon processing market, our cold box systems are used in natural gas processing and in the petrochemical industry. In the industrial gas market, cold boxes are used to separate air into its major atmospheric components, including nitrogen, oxygen and argon, where the gases are used in a diverse range of applications such as metal production and heat treating, enhanced oil and gas production, coal gasification, chemical and oil refining, the quick-freezing of food, wastewater treatment and industrial welding. The construction of a cold box generally consists of one or more brazed aluminum heat exchangers and other equipment packaged in a box consisting of a structural metal frame encasing a complex system of piping, valves and instrumentation. Cold boxes, which are designed and fabricated to order, sell in the price range of $1 million to $20 million, with the majority of cold boxes priced between $1 million and $5 million.
We are a leader in the design and manufacturing of highly engineered hydrocarbon process systems specifically for those markets requiring cryogenic processing technology. These Concept-to-Reality process systems incorporate many of Charts core products, including brazed aluminum heat exchangers, Core-in-Kettles®, cold boxes, vessels, pipe work and air cooled heat exchangers. These systems, which are custom engineered and manufactured to order, typically sell in the price range of $5 million to over $100 million, depending on the scope and complexity of the project, with the majority of the systems priced between $5 million and $25 million.
The dollar amount of our backlog as of December 31, 2010, 2009 and 2008 was $236.4 million, $185.1 million and $398.8 million, respectively. Backlog is comprised of the portion of firm signed purchase orders or other written contractual commitments received from customers that we have not recognized as revenue under the percentage of completion method or based upon shipment. Backlog can be significantly affected by the
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