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8. Pegasystems
Pegasystems
Rank: 8 (Previous rank: 19)
CEO: Alan Trefler
Address: 101 Main St.
Cambridge, MA 02142-1590
Pegasystems provides business management software for large organizations, focusing on financial services, insurance and healthcare. The company counts HSBC, Aetna and Allstate among its more than 100 clients and boasts ten consecutive quarters of record revenues.

In April, Pegasystems acquired Chordiant Software, swelling its offerings of products that help companies streamline business practices, manage relationships with customers and boost productivity. Pegasystems jumped 11 spots on our list this year, up from No. 19 in 2009, while producing three-year annualized earnings-per-share growth of 110%.--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** 276.7 28 56
Net income** 27.4 ó ó
Total return ó 44 6
Earnings per share ó 110 13
Share price  
As of 8/4/10 $30.80
Beat the S&P 500* Yes
P/E (current fiscal year est.) 36
Industry: Technology
Industry rank Company Fastest-Growing
rank
Revenues
($ millions)
1 Ebix 3 108.6
2 salesforce.com 4 1,377.5
3 Pegasystems 8 276.7
4 Priceline.Com 11 2,460.5
5 Sohu.com 12 529.0
6 Apple 18 51,123.0
7 NetScout Systems 24 260.3
8 AsiaInfo Holdings 26 261.8
9 Research In Motion 33 14,953.2
10 Multi-Fineline Electronix 35 757.3
11 Cognizant Technology Solutions 37 3,492.5
12 ANSYS 39 536.6
13 FLIR Systems 43 1,162.4
14 Sapient 45 709.1
15 China Information Security Technology 50 111.3
16 Synaptics 57 484.5
17 F5 Networks 64 730.6
18 Dolby Laboratories 66 799.8
19 Open Text 76 875.4
20 Sina 77 369.8
21 GeoEye 84 306.3
22 NCI 88 478.9
23 ManTech International 97 2,158.3
24 MetroPCS Communications 100 3,655.7
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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