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54. First Financial Bancorp
Rank: 54 (Previous rank: N.A.)
CEO: Claude Davis
Address: 201 E. Fourth St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Cincinnati-based bank holding company acquired two small regional banks last year.

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  $ millions
(past 4 qtrs.)
% growth
(3 yr. annual rate)
Growth rank
Revenues** 729.6 26 60
Net income** 250.5
Total return 4 74
Earnings per share 70 30
Share price  
As of 8/4/10 $17.10
Beat the S&P 500* Yes
P/E (current fiscal year est.) 17
Industry rank Company Fastest-Growing
rank
Revenues
($ millions)
1 International Assets Holding 19 34,682.7
2 Life Partners Holdings 20 113.0
3 Credit Acceptance 53 396.0
4 First Financial Bancorp 54 729.6
5 Stifel Financial 65 1,194.9
6 MasterCard 73 5,250.7
7 EZCORP 87 673.9
8 Southside Bancshares 90 195.7
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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