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5. KapStone Paper and Packaging
KapStone Paper and Packaging
Rank: 5 (Previous rank: N.A.)
CEO: Roger Warren Stone
Address: 1101 Skokie Blvd.
Northbrook, IL 60062-4124
KapStone produces more than 300 types of kraft paper, used to make fast food carry-out bags, grocery sacks, folding cartons, gift baskets, and even floors. The paper and packaging powerhouse boosted its client list from 100 to 400-plus companies with the 2008 acquisition of the kraft division of giant MeadWestvaco. (It had previously purchased the kraft group from International Paper.)

KapStone temporarily cut salaries and benefits in early 2009, as the poor economy depressed prices and demand for its industrial paper. But as demand picked up, the company raised prices and wrapped up a 26% sales gains for the year.--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** 668.4 103 5
Net income** 75.6
Total return 14 45
Earnings per share 116 11
Share price  
As of 8/4/10 $11.15
Beat the S&P 500* Yes
P/E (current fiscal year est.) 12
Industry: Industrial
Industry rank Company Fastest-Growing
($ 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.
* 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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