This excerpt taken from the URI DEF 14A filed May 1, 2006.
The following performance graph compares the cumulative total return of the common stock of the Company to the cumulative total return of (i) the Standard & Poors 500 Index and (ii) the Deutsche Bank Global Rental Services Index (excluding the Company) (the Peer Index) for the period from December 31, 2000 to December 31, 2005.
In accordance with SEC disclosure rules, the comparison in the graph assumes the investment of $100 in our common stock and the two indices on December 31, 2000, and the reinvestment of all dividends. Effective this year, the Company selected the Deutsche Bank Global Rental Services Index (the Global Index) as its published industry index instead of the Deutsche Bank U.S. Equipment Rental Index (the U.S. Index) used in prior years because the compiler of the U.S. Index revised such index to include non-U.S. companies due to the delisting of one of the three component companies in the U.S. Index and the intervening bankruptcy of one of the other three component companies in the U.S. Index (with the third component company being the Company). Accordingly, the U.S. Index, if it continued to exist, would include only one company other than the Company and a $100 investment in such companys stock on December 31, 2000 would have been worth less than $5.00 by December 31, 2005. We believe the Global Index is the most relevant comparative index for the Company.
The Global Index consists of the following peer rental companies (excluding the Company): Ashtead Group plc, Aggreko plc, Mobile Mini, Inc., McGrath Rentcorp, and NES Rentals Holdings. The returns of each company have been weighted annually for their respective stock market capitalizations in computing the Standard & Poors 500 Index. The returns of each company have not been weighted annually for their respective stock market capitalizations in computing the Global Index.