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15. Fuel Systems Solutions
Fuel Systems Solutions
Rank: 15 (Previous rank: N.A.)
CEO: Mariano Costamagna
Address: 780 3rd Ave.
New York, NY 10017
Fuel Systems Solutions produces alternative-fuel components and systems that allow buses, trucks and heavy equipment to run on clean fuels like propane and natural gas. The New York-based company, through subsidiaries IMPCO Technologies and BRC, sells its products to distributors, automakers, and industrial equipment manufacturers in over 70 countries.

Profits for last year more than doubled compared with 2008, as Fuel Systems Solutions capitalized on Italian government incentives to promote cleaner fuels; the incentives expired in March. Meanwhile, in the U.S., Fuel Systems Solutions is producing EPA-certified dual-propane and gasoline fuel systems for the North America car market.

--R.O.

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** 533.9 29 52
Net income** 70.8 ó ó
Total return ó 16 37
Earnings per share ó 181 4
Share price  
As of 8/4/10 $29.55
Beat the S&P 500* Yes
P/E (current fiscal year est.) 13
Industry: Industrial
Industry rank Company Fastest-Growing
rank
Revenues
($ 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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