The Boston Globe Unveils the Best Performing
Massachusetts Companies in Annual Globe 100
TJX Cos. Named Top Company; For the First Time in 22 Years, Only 82 Companies Make The Globe’s
May 17, 2010 10:57 AM Eastern Daylight Time
BOSTON--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The Boston Globe’s annual Globe 100 magazine, an exclusive ranking
of the best performing public companies based in Massachusetts, will be published tomorrow in The Boston Globe
and on Boston.com. Framingham-based apparel giant TJX Cos. received top honors for its 2009 financial
This year’s 52-page Globe 100 vividly illustrates the effects of the worst economic downturn since the Great
Depression. For the first time in 22 years, fewer than 100 companies qualified for the list. Due to the effects of the
recession only 82 companies are in the Globe 100, which requires two consecutive years of profitable performance.
TJX Cos., whose retail stores include TJ Maxx and Marshalls, claimed the number one ranking and, in the process,
set a record: 21 appearances on the Globe 100 since the list was first published in 1989. In 2009, TJX successfully
outmaneuvered the recession and increased profits by 29% by expanding into the downturn, adding stores in the
U.S. and abroad, and capitalizing on consumer demand for inexpensive apparel.
The top five companies included businesses from the state’s world-renowned technology, life sciences and biotech,
and finance industries. They were Raytheon (#2); VisaPrint LTD (#3), Biogen Idec (#4), and Hanover Insurance
Group (#5), which boasted a one-year profit gain of 805 percent.
“In these challenging times, all 82 companies that earned places on The Globe 100 deserve special congratulations,”
said Ms. Leung. “These companies displayed the foresight necessary to be successful in a very difficult economic
climate. The 2009 recession challenged every business in our state. The list reflects the absolute best of
Massachusetts business -- from biotech and technology to retail and finance."
As part of the Globe 100, business editor Shirley Leung conducted an economic roundtable exclusively featuring
female top executives from Massachusetts companies: Agnes Bundy Scanlan, chief regulatory officer at TD Bank;
Joanna Lau, the founder and chief executive of Lau Technologies; and Stephanie Sonnabend, chief executive of
Sonesta International Hotels Corp. In a no-holds-barred exchange, these high-powered executives reveal the
dynamics of the economic turnaround, the challenges that still face all Massachusetts companies, and the special
challenge of ensuring true diversity in the boardrooms of the state’s most significant businesses.
This year’s Globe 100 Magazine also celebrates Massachusetts companies that have made the “Century Club” –
those that have survived and thrived for at least 100 years. In addition, the Globe looks at the companies with the
most creative and effective green initiatives, as well as the can’t-miss, must-have gadgets necessary for every road
The Globe 100 Web site (boston.com/globe100) features all of the magazine’s coverage, along with exclusive video
from inside the best companies, interactive photo galleries and charts, and multimedia presentations.
About the Globe 100 ranking methodology
The Globe 100 ranks Massachusetts-based public companies based on financial data from the four quarters ending
closest to December 31, 2009, and for corresponding quarters a year earlier. To be eligible, the company must be
traded publicly for the entire 2009 calendar year on the New York Stock Exchange, the Nasdaq or the American
Stock Exchange and report revenue and profit for both 2008 and 2009. Companies are ranked on four criteria:
return on average equity, one-year percentage change in revenue, one-year percentage change in profit margin and
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