The Shock Of The Old

This year's top 100 small companies to watch include a startling number of outfits that measure their years in centuries


The Class of 2005: The Awesome and the Awful

The varied track record of the companies on our Hot Growth list from two years ago


Kinetic Concepts: High-Tech Healing


Huron Consulting Group: From The Ashes Of Andersen


Liquidity Services: Sell It Again, Sam


Smith & Wesson: A Gunmaker Loaded With Offshoots


Vasco Data Security: Online Banking's Security Guard


Online Extra: Interactive Scoreboard: Hot Growth Companies


Online Extra: Slide Show: The Hottest of the Hot Growth 100

This fascinating group of small companies is tearing up the charts





Reviewing the Gang

The 2005 Winners...

...and Losers

Two-Yr. Total Return* Two-Yr. Total Return*
Hansen Natural 439.2% Movie Gallery -86.5%
Ceradyne 196.3 Design Within Reach -59.4
Meridian Bioscience 174.4 Trex -49.3
Cognizant Technology Solutions 112.8 Cogent -37.6
TALX 111.9 Avid Technology -32.8
NETGEAR 108.4 Marine Products -30.3
Armor Holdings 104.2 EFJ -27.0
Cascade 101.2 Finish Line -25.8
Bio-Reference Laboratories 94.0 SRA International -25.2
Diodes 89.1 Cooper Cos. -24.2

The Winners by Three Measures

Sales Growth*
Arena Resources 158.3%
Penn Virginia Resource Partners 133.2
Heelys 104.1
TGC Industries 98.0
Flotek Industries 93.9
Profit Growth*
Gulfmark Offshore 507.1%
Grey Wolf 421.8
Houston Wire & Cable 386.7
Gulfport Energy 308.1
Applix 247.4
Return on Capital**
Bare Escentuals 63.3%
Alliance Resource Partners 50.0
ITT Educational Services 36.2
Mannatech 36.1
Applix 35.5

*Average annual for the past three years.
**Three-year average
Data: Standard & Poor's Compustat

 


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:

Number of companies on 2007 list 2004 list
Energy 17 5
Capital Goods 13 4
Retailing 10 16
Software & Services 10 6
Materials 7 3
Health-Care Equipment & Services 6 19
Consumer Durables & Apparel 6 9
Technology Hardware & Equipment 6 5
Commercial Services & Supplies 5 10
Semiconductors & Chip Equipment 5 0
Pharmaceuticals, Biotech & Life Sciences 4 6
Consumer Services 3 6
Household & Personal Products 3 4
Diversified Financials 2 0
Transportation 2 1
Media 1 1

Data: Standard & Poor's Compustat, BusinessWeek


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