Information for The Globe 100 was collected and analyzed by Compustat, a product of Standard & Poor's Institutional Market Services. Criteria for rankings were developed by The Boston Globe.
Compustat gathered information on 400 Massachusetts-based companies who's stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ, the New York Stock Exchange, or the American Stock Exchange. Real Estate investment trusts, royalty trusts, limited partnerships, and closed-end funds were excluded. Compustat collects its data from Securities and Exchange Commission filings, commercial news services and corporate and government reports.
A company's rankings are derived from financial data for the four quarters ending closest to Dec. 31, 2000, and for corresponding quarters a year earlier.
Revenue for banks is calculated by adding net interest income after loan-loss provisions to total non-interest income.
Net income, or profit, equals net income from continuing operations, before extraordinary or non-recuring items, as filed on the company's income statement. Net income reflects income available to common shareholders. If a company includes special charges, such as merger costs, in its pretax figures, the numbers will not be considered extraordinary and will be included in net income. (This occurs most often in pooling of interests.)
Profit margin is determined by dividing net income by revenue. The one-year charge is profit margin is calculated by computing percentage change in profit margin between 1999 and 2000. Return on shareholders' equity is determined by dividing 2000 net income by the average of 1999 and 2000 common shareholders' equity.
All stock prices have been adjusted for splits.
To be ranked in any of The Globe 100 charts a company must have its headquarters in Massachusetts and must have 2000 and 1999 revenue of at least $10 million.
To be considered for The Globe 100 composite score ranking, the following additional criteria apply: a company must have been public for all of 2000, reported 2000 revenue of at least $25 million, reported positive net income in both 1999 and 2000, not reported a negative common shareholders' equity for two years, and have a long-term debt-to-equity ratio less than 4:1.
To be considered for The Growth 50, a company must have been public in both 1999 and 2000. Companies are ranked by a composite score of a two-year average annual sales growth rate. They must have had sales of at least $10 million in 1999 and a net income of at least $1 million in 1999.
For all stock market charts, the company could have gone public any time during 2000. Market value is as of March 31, 2001. To be considered for the Market Value 1000, a company's stock must have traded on March 31, 2001. at $1 or more a share.
The Top 50 Employers are Massachusetts-based public companies ranked by total worldwide work force.
The 335 companies researched were broken into 11 sectors: banking, biotechnology, consumer goods, electronics, financial services, health care, manufacturing/industrial, retail/restaurant/entertainment, services, technology, and telecommunications.