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38. Compass Minerals International
Rank: 38 (Previous rank: N.A.)
CEO: Angelo C. Brisimitzakis
Address: 9900 W. 109th St.
Overland Park, KS 66210-1436
Mineral producer benefited from high salt prices in 2009, despite a mild winter that cut into sales of de-icing products.

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  $ millions
(past 4 qtrs.)
% growth
(3 yr. annual rate)
Growth rank
Revenues** 1,011.6 16 96
Net income** 161.2
Total return 30 15
Earnings per share 56 39
Share price  
As of 8/4/10 $72.50
Beat the S&P 500* Yes
P/E (current fiscal year est.) 14
Industry: Industrial
Industry rank Company Fastest-Growing
rank
Revenues
($ millions)
1 KapStone Paper and Packaging 5 668.4
2 Bucyrus International 9 2,653.6
3 Fuel Systems Solutions 15 533.9
4 China Automotive Systems 23 295.1
5 Valassis Communications 36 2,243.1
6 Compass Minerals International 38 1,011.6
7 Olin 40 1,492.9
8 LKQ 48 2,140.6
9 Vistaprint 52 640.9
10 Coinstar 61 1,256.1
11 Sturm Ruger & Co 67 275.7
12 M & F Worldwide 68 1,807.0
13 Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile 70 1,504.5
14 Fluor 80 21,111.3
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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