6 spinoff successes

Sometimes the best way to unlock shareholder value is to create new companies. Here's a look at six Fortune 500 spinoffs and how they've performed since going solo.

Phillips 66
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Fortune 500 rank: 4

Refiner ConocoPhillips spun off its downstream assets to form Phillips 66 last April. The new company posted healthy profits as crude oil prices dropped and refiners' margins increased, with earnings of $5.4 billion in 2012 vs. $3.6 billion in 2011. The solid performance allowed Phillips 66 to return $400 million of capital to shareholders in 2012 through dividends and share purchases. The company recently announced plans to form a master limited partnership of its midstream and chemical segments, with an IPO expected later in 2013.

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated May 06 2013 12:46 PM ET
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