Competitive Strategy

According to Peter Theil, the goal of strategy is to avoid profit destroying competition. Choose any profitable publicly traded corporation (as a reasonable guideline, a company is likely profitable if its ROIC is generally above 8%). Approximate your chosen company’s 4 year average ROIC, market share, operating margin and ROE. Do the best you can to just approximate these numbers – mainly the goal is to feel comfortable concluding this company has what Peter Thiel would describe as a monopoly. Briefly explain what the company’s “moats” are – or what insulates the company from profit destroying competition. As a general guideline, your response should be 250-450 words – no penalty for more or less.