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3. Ebix
Ebix
Rank: 3 (Previous rank: 4)
CEO: Robin Raina
Address: 5 Concourse Pkwy.
Atlanta, GA 30328-7104
This IT consulting and outsourcing concern serves more than 100 insurance industry clients in some 50 countries. Areas of expertise include running online exchanges for insurance policies and annuities, claims processing and building custom software solutions. How fast is Ebix growing? The company posted $12.4 million in profits for the first quarter of this year -- roughly what it earned in all of 2007.

Last year, Ebix acquired three companies, including software firm E-Z Data, which has expanded business opportunities in Asia, Africa and Latin America. That's not it for Ebix's global ambitions: It plans to open new insurance exchanges -- its main source of revenue -- in Brazil, Russia, India, and China.--D.M.

What kind of businesses do you think are primed to grow in a sluggish economy?
  $ millions
(past 4 qtrs.)
% growth
(3 yr. annual rate)
Growth rank
Revenues** 108.6 51 15
Net income** 42.9
Total return 52 3
Earnings per share 72 27
Share price  
As of 8/4/10 $17.24
Beat the S&P 500* Yes
P/E (current fiscal year est.) 14
Industry: Technology
Industry rank Company Fastest-Growing
rank
Revenues
($ millions)
1 Ebix 3 108.6
2 salesforce.com 4 1,377.5
3 Pegasystems 8 276.7
4 Priceline.Com 11 2,460.5
5 Sohu.com 12 529.0
6 Apple 18 51,123.0
7 NetScout Systems 24 260.3
8 AsiaInfo Holdings 26 261.8
9 Research In Motion 33 14,953.2
10 Multi-Fineline Electronix 35 757.3
11 Cognizant Technology Solutions 37 3,492.5
12 ANSYS 39 536.6
13 FLIR Systems 43 1,162.4
14 Sapient 45 709.1
15 China Information Security Technology 50 111.3
16 Synaptics 57 484.5
17 F5 Networks 64 730.6
18 Dolby Laboratories 66 799.8
19 Open Text 76 875.4
20 Sina 77 369.8
21 GeoEye 84 306.3
22 NCI 88 478.9
23 ManTech International 97 2,158.3
24 MetroPCS Communications 100 3,655.7
From the September 6, 2010 issue.
Notes:
* Through June 30, 2010. The S&P 500 returned -9.81% annually over the same period.
** Through the quarter ended on or before April 30, 2010.
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