3 Phoenix businesses make ‘Forbes’ best small companies list








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Brandon Brown Reporter-Phoenix Business Journal

Nov 10, 2014, 9:26pm MST UPDATED: Nov 11, 2014, 7:31am MST

Forbes recognized three Phoenix public companies on its list of the ” America’s Best Small Companies 2014.”

The business publication listed Grand Canyon Education Inc. (Nasdaq: LOPE), as the seventh best small company, whileCavco Industries Inc. (Nasdaq: CVCO) came in at No. 13 and Inventure FoodsInc. (Nasdaq: SNAK) was 33rd.

Forbes ranked the 100 best small companies that had been publicly traded for at least a year, generated annual revenue between $5 million and $1 billion, and had a stock price no lower than $5 a share. The rankings were based on earnings growth, sales growth and return on equity in the past year and over five years. Stock performance over the last year also was factored into the ranking.

From Oct. 1, 2013, to Oct. 1, 2014, Grand Canyon’s sales were $641 million. The for-profit Christian university posted sales growth of 28 percent and earnings per share growth of 54 percent over the past five years.

Cavco brought in $539 million for the year ended Oct. 1. The factory-built home manufacturer reported earnings per share growth of 88 percent over the past five years, but only a 4 percent increase in return on equity for that period.

Inventure posted $253 million in sales for the past year. The specialty food marketer and manufacturer posted 14 percent sales growth, 19 percent growth in earnings per share and a 12 percent return on equity over the past five years.

Frederick, Maryland-based U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. topped the list.

Brandon covers retail, restaurants, hospitality/tourism as well aviation, small business and nonprofits.




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