The Top 20 winners - Three strong threads and a bit of luck
The celebrity CEO may be history, as The Economist declared last month, but there is always room for the super-successful company. But identifying those companies has become a difficult task. It always takes a bit of luck to hit the big time. That ticket was handed to platinum companies last year, as the price of the metal outshone all else. Four of our best 20 companies this year are in platinum.
Apart from the Top 20 we name as our winners, all the eligible companies are ranked by IRR in the Top Performers table, which includes five-year compound EPS growth.
FM's Top Company: Impala Platinum
From grief to growth - that's the ground Impala Platinum has covered over the past decade, transforming itself from a perennial "also-ran" to the FM's top-performing company. Implats is the second-largest producer of platinum in the world, refining about 1,2m oz of the metal annually.
Word from the editor - quality shines through
Being at the top could be seen as a greater accolade than ever in such a difficult year. Last year stands out as the year the world changed. A new age of terrorism and the so-called war on terror had arrived and companies everywhere were shaken. Spectacular collapses put company reporting under the spotlight.
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A year of smoke and mirrors
It's a great time to be in the export business. The tumbling rand may have sent inflation shock-waves through the economy, pole-axed sentiment and given rise to a commission of inquiry, but it has been good news for anyone selling their wares in hard-currency markets.