Hot Growth

Sizzling Companies to Watch

Tech's Hot Growth Companies 2006

Tech Hot Growth 50

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This year's ranking makes it clear that there's plenty of growth remaining in the industry



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Endo is seeking to immunize itself from the slowing growth of its Lidoderm pain patch


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Hot Growth Profiles

The 100 companies on BusinessWeek's list may not be big, but they're agile and fiercely competitive. Many have sniffed out niches no one else thought of. Some have only a little marketing experience. Quite a few are catering to aging baby boomers. And each year, they're creating 60% of the net new jobs



American Science
& Engineering

Its X-Ray Vision Uncovers the
Naked Truth

A three-year turnaround transformed an also-ran into a hot supplier of gear for scanning cargo, cars, and luggage



Under Armour

Perspiration Inspiration

How footballer Kevin A. Plank built a better undershirt and an athletic apparel powerhouse



Netflix

The Mail-Order
Movie House That Clobbered Blockbuster

The online DVD-rental service is on its way to becoming the next billion-dollar dot-com. Next up: Buying distribution rights to indie films



PetMed Express

Cheaper Penicillin for Your Ailing Pooch

Online or by phone, PetMed's low-cost approach to pet care has catapulted it to No. 27 on BW's Hot Growth list



Vaalco Energy

This Wildcatter Feels Right at Home in Gabon

A former New York stockbroker turned oilman has taken Vaalco Energy from hard times to good times



Hot Growth Class of 2004

They may not sound hot, but they're staying on top




From Awesome to Awful

The 2004 Winners...

TWO-YEAR TOTAL RETURN*
Quality Systems 232.0
ANSYS 205.0
Cognizant Tech Solutions 194.1
Alliance Resource Partners 136.5
Corporate Executive Board 110.3
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers 109.5
Conn's 105.8
Healthways 102.5
Urban Outfitters 101.0
Central European Distribution 100.6

...And the Losers

TWO-YEAR TOTAL RETURN*
Navarre -55.9
Corinthian Colleges -51.3
Universal Technical Institute -44.6
JetBlue Airways -44.4
Bradley Pharmaceuticals -43.4
Career Education -42.4
Multimedia Games -38.0
Hot Topic -33.4
Fossil -33.3
Tuesday Morning -32.1



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Tech's Hot Growth Leaders

1 Amkor Technology (AMKR)
2 Apple Computer (AAPL)
3 AT&T (T)
4 GOOGLE (GOOG)
5 Gilead Sciences (GILD)
INTERACTIVE TABLE

Global Hot Growth Leaders

Asia Hot GrowthAsia's Hot Growth Companies

Backed by a flood of capital, the region's smartest startups are expanding their scope. Here are the pace-setters from around the region

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Europe Hot GrowthEurope's Hot Growth Companies

These fast-growing companies are boosting economies, creating jobs, and transforming societies

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Hot Growth 100 Winners

Sales Growth*

argon st 107.1%
headwaters 99.8
vaalco energy 98.9
nutrisystem 94.4
ceradyne 84.7

Profit Growth*

Palomar Medical Technologies 600.1%
hurco 496.6
programmer's paradise 372.7
american science & engineering 324.1
w&t offshore 298.4

Return on Capital*

volcom 63.1%
navteq 52.7
blue nile 39.1
alliance resource partners 37.8
memc electronic materials 37.7

The Growth Areas

The 100 companies on our list come from all parts of the economy, but at any particular moment certain hot sectors dominate:

Industry 2006 list 2003 list
Software & Services 15 6
Capital Goods 14 4
Energy 14 4
Technology Hardware & Equipment 11 2
Retailing 10 17
Commercial Services & Supplies 8 10
Health-Care Equipment & Services 8 24
Semiconductors 5 2
Consumer Durables & Apparel 3 9
Materials 3 4
Pharmaceuticals, Biotech & Life Sciences 3 3
Household & Personal Products 2 2

Data: Standard & Poor's Compustat, BusinessWeek



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