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    The Globe Top 100

    Publicly-held companies ranked by composite performance score. To be considered for The Globe Top 100, a company must have been publicly traded for all of 1998 and had 1998 revenue of at least $25 million and 1997 revenue of at least $10 million. The company must have reported a profit in both 1997 and 1998. Real estate investment trusts (REITS) and limited partnerships were excluded. Bank revenue was calculated by adding net interest income after loan loss provisions to total non-interest income.

    1999
    rank
    Company name Composite
    score
    1998
    return on
    average
    equity
    1-year
    change
    revenue
    1-year
    change
    in profit
    margin
    1998 total
    revenue
    (000)
    1 Keane Inc. 17.50 31.04% 52.26% 23.18% $1,076,198
    2 EMC Corp. 22.00 27.84% 35.26% 8.92% $3,973,735
    3 TJX Cos. 26.25 37.47% 7.58% 36.54% $7,949,101
    4 Cambridge Technology Partners Inc. 28.25 26.43% 39.63% 10.11% $612,041
    5 Biogen Inc. 30.00 22.10% 35.37% 14.91% $557,587
    6 DeWolfe Cos. 31.00 27.09% 31.29% 130.14% $135,420
    7 DM Management Co. 31.25 17.37% 61.39% 33.53% $218,730
    8 Concord Communications Inc. 34.75 22.63% 101.74% 3335.34% $39,481
    9 Summit Technology Inc. 35.75 35.26% 15.05% 3755.55% $91,641
    10 State Street Corp. 36.25 20.25% 18.58% -3.24% $2,725,000
    11 EG&G Corp. 36.25 28.02% -3.62% 245.36% $1,407,896
    12 Alpha Industries Inc. 36.25 27.45% 14.97% 1045.12% $123,924
    13 Carematrix Inc. 36.50 15.47% 100.73% 37.22% $146,919
    14 Affiliated Managers Group 39.00 8.91% 150.29% 521.34% $238,494
    15 Raytheon Co. 39.50 8.12% 41.52% 15.85% $19,350,000
    16 Fleet Financial Group Inc. 40.25 17.97% 10.43% 2.76% $6,636,000
    17 BJ's Wholesale Club Inc. 40.25 17.57% 10.07% 8.87% $3,552,181
    18 SLI Inc. 40.50 17.21% 105.53% -18.51% $773,068
    19 Concentra Managed Care Inc. 40.75 10.08% 24.88% 80.05% $616,780
    20 Watts Industries Inc. 42.25 14.34% 23.59% 10.46% $733,862
    21 New England Business Service Inc. 43.00 23.23% 47.74% -31.23% $438,484
    22 Maxwell Shoe Co. 43.25 19.65% 16.73% 17.84% $165,499
    23 Boston Acoustics Inc. 43.25 52.20% 56.84% -7.97% $109,816
    24 Perini Corp. 43.50 25.48% -21.79% 177.33% $1,035,900
    25 Instron Corp. 43.50 15.71% 17.58% 36.03% $183,029
    26 Kronos Inc. 44.00 18.47% 18.54% 13.50% $211,011
    27 Object Design Inc. 44.50 15.17% 31.93% 356.96% $62,358
    28 Staples Inc. 44.75 13.47% 24.27% -11.16% $7,123,189
    29 Cabot Corp. 45.00 18.74% -2.81% 27.36% $1,626,100
    30 Mac-Gray Corp. 45.00 12.63% 30.84% 96.25% $137,177
    31 Sipex Corp. 45.00 24.70% 28.02% 16.95% $65,557
    32 Security Dynamics Technologies Inc. 45.50 13.27% 21.83% 41.62% $171,334
    33 Courier Corp. 45.50 16.84% 14.23% 51.11% $155,586
    34 American Science & Engineering Inc. 45.50 27.31% 58.32% 4.31% $50,829
    35 Tech/Ops Sevcon Inc. 47.25 35.22% 15.32% 53.45% $32,474
    36 Talbots Inc. 47.50 9.18% 8.39% 479.46% $1,142,246
    37 Genzyme Corp. 47.75 9.42% 12.74% 57.31% $673,277
    38 Lifeline Systems Inc. 48.25 18.14% 13.07% 130.37% $64,410
    39 BankBoston Corp. 50.00 17.12% 10.21% -16.22% $4,179,000
    40 Steinway Musical Instruments 50.50 19.88% 5.54% 15.16% $293,251
    41 Peoples Bancshares Inc. 51.50 24.07% 28.66% 18.16% $31,408
    42 Parametric Technology Corp. 51.75 17.26% -11.27% 31.26% $1,009,219
    43 Oak Industries Inc. 52.00 14.27% 10.65% 13.67% $347,866
    44 BEC Energy 52.50 15.97% -8.75% 23.82% $1,622,972
    45 Wyman-Gordon Co. 53.00 19.06% 15.14% -39.21% $812,028
    46 Xtra Corp. 53.00 14.96% 4.14% 20.28% $463,000
    47 Boston Private Financial Holdings 53.25 18.92% 28.81% 21.87% $31,388
    48 Gillette Co. 54.25 23.50% -0.06% -24.20% $10,056,000
    49 Lo-Jack Corp. 54.50 43.06% 11.90% -0.28% $80,826
    50 American Biltrite Inc. 56.00 14.90% 1.75% 22.79% $427,551
    51 Neiman-Marcus Group Inc. 57.25 14.58% 7.33% -11.53% $2,460,728
    52 MicroTouch Systems Inc. 57.50 11.91% 12.37% 30.04% $144,370
    53 Plymouth Rubber Cos. 58.00 19.39% 2.84% 41.18% $69,041
    54 Kollmorgen Corp. 58.50 30.06% 9.76% -31.88% $243,939
    55 Teradyne Inc. 59.00 10.40% 17.60% -31.95% $1,489,151
    56 UniFirst Corp. 59.00 14.06% 5.72% 7.60% $451,985
    57 Excel Switching Corp. 59.25 15.10% 38.92% -16.13% $123,258
    58 Forrester Research Inc. 59.50 16.05% 52.31% -11.49% $61,567
    59 Uno Restaurant Corp. 61.75 8.63% 7.87% 108.01% $195,055
    60 Andover Bancorp Inc. 61.75 15.24% 13.28% 16.22% $48,122
    61 Commonwealth Energy System Inc. 62.25 12.48% -5.92% 16.20% $980,115
    62 Geotel Communications Corp. 62.25 18.89% 141.00% -40.02% $44,852
    63 Houghton Mifflin Co. 63.00 12.75% 8.07% -15.24% $861,657
    64 Mestek Inc. 63.00 12.78% 3.22% 8.03% $338,344
    65 Commerce Group Inc. 63.25 14.24% 1.31% -1.01% $852,330
    66 UST Corp. 63.50 10.81% 11.06% -0.87% $298,880
    67 Sapient Corp. 64.00 11.61% 77.48% -37.42% $160,372
    68 The First Years Inc. 65.00 16.58% 9.96% -2.12% $132,716
    69 Litchfield Financial Corp. 65.75 13.17% 30.70% 2.34% $38,806
    70 PolyMedica Corp. 66.25 12.68% 55.53% -35.04% $95,831
    71 Sonesta International Hotels Corp. 66.25 6.02% 19.82% 26.75% $82,040
    72 Analogic Corp. 67.75 9.55% 10.20% -0.95% $298,750
    73 Thermo Fibertek Inc. 68.00 12.45% 3.25% 6.11% $247,426
    74 Parexel International Corp. 68.75 8.33% 25.30% -25.63% $325,148
    75 New England Electric System 69.25 11.47% -3.28% -10.70% $2,420,533
    76 Liberty Financial Cos. 69.50 10.08% -2.41% -1.49% $1,217,000
    77 Independent Bank Corp. 69.50 17.14% 2.57% 11.14% $63,308
    78 HPSC Inc. 69.50 5.43% 36.74% 28.91% $33,666
    79 Stride Rite Corp. 70.00 8.65% 4.59% 1.76% $539,413
    80 Thermo Electron Corp. 70.25 8.33% 8.69% -32.03% $3,867,596
    81 Century Bancorp Inc. 70.50 14.11% 15.75% 2.63% $34,293
    82 Allmerica Financial Corp. 71.25 8.31% 1.09% -4.86% $3,432,500
    83 MetroWest Bank 72.00 17.13% -7.02% 16.18% $25,740
    84 National Dentex Corp. 72.25 14.98% 7.81% -0.06% $63,817
    85 Chase Corp. 72.25 29.92% 7.16% -18.77% $46,634
    86 Thermo Power Corp. 73.00 4.45% 116.15% -60.51% $263,257
    87 Eastern Enterprises 73.75 9.86% -8.64% -0.50% $935,264
    88 Specialty Catalog Corp. 74.00 20.53% 12.40% -43.62% $48,884
    89 First Essex Bancorp Inc. 74.25 11.76% 13.80% 0.10% $46,373
    90 Boston Beer Inc. 75.25 10.34% -2.13% 7.13% $205,020
    91 Swank Inc. 75.25 12.62% 10.72% -31.76% $151,770
    92 UFP Technologies Inc. 75.75 10.97% 3.89% 21.08% $47,220
    93 Eastern Utilities Associates Inc. 79.00 9.29% -5.23% -3.52% $538,801
    94 Project Software & Development Inc. 79.00 8.48% 30.88% -53.66% $128,823
    95 Thermo Optek Corp. 79.50 10.92% -12.72% -6.86% $447,301
    96 Eaton Vance Corp. 79.75 5.06% 29.67% -81.61% $270,191
    97 Analog Devices Inc. 80.75 9.66% -4.41% -36.33% $1,213,280
    98 Davox Corp. 81.00 17.08% 6.46% -46.31% $88,948
    99 L.S. Starrett Co. 81.50 10.13% -5.13% -5.69% $247,742
    100 BTU International Inc. 82.25 6.57% 8.35% 13.19% $56,468
    Source: Nordby International Inc., Boulder, Co.


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