America's Best Small Companies

100 Best Small Companies

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Values calculated October 2011
Rank Company Sales Sales Growth Earnings per Share Growth Return on Equity
1 Questcor Pharmaceuticals

Questcor Pharmaceuticals

$143 M 62% 36% 34%
2 American Public Education

American Public Education

$224 M 50% 72% 31%
3 IEC Electronics

IEC Electronics

$126 M 39% 103% 36%
4 Grand Canyon Education

Grand Canyon Education

$404 M 51% 362% 27%
5 SolarWinds

SolarWinds

$171 M 42% 21% 67%
6 IPG Photonics

IPG Photonics

$403 M 21% 29% 16%
7 LSB Industries

LSB Industries

$724 M 8% 31% 38%
8 Interactive Intelligence

Interactive Intelligence

$192 M 20% 23% 31%
9 Allegiant Travel

Allegiant Travel

$715 M 36% 57% 19%
10 KapStone Paper & Packaging

KapStone Paper & Packaging

$829 M 42% 130% 16%
11 Winmark

Winmark

$47 M 10% 33% 28%
12 Medifast

Medifast

$283 M 41% 44% 22%
13 Rue21

Rue21

$700 M 28% 32% 62%
14 Quality Systems

Quality Systems

$371 M 24% 18% 34%
15 NVE

NVE

$32 M 20% 44% 24%
16 Synaptics

Synaptics

$599 M 26% 48% 21%
17 FutureFuel

FutureFuel

$250 M 59% 61% 9%
18 Atwood Oceanics

Atwood Oceanics

$628 M 30% 53% 25%
19 Masimo

Masimo

$429 M 26% 40% 42%
20 NIC

NIC

$172 M 22% 17% 19%
21 Sturm, Ruger

Sturm, Ruger

$278 M 12% 133% 17%
22 Virtusa Corp

Virtusa Corp

$228 M 19% 54% 14%
23 CommVault Systems

CommVault Systems

$340 M 23% 19% 32%
24 Buckle

Buckle

$999 M 15% 23% 30%
25 II-VI

II-VI

$503 M 15% 30% 17%
26 Sirona Dental Systems

Sirona Dental Systems

$878 M 51% 55% 7%
27 Syntel

Syntel

$588 M 18% 30% 36%
28 Hittite Microwave

Hittite Microwave

$266 M 20% 20% 26%
29 Balchem

Balchem

$281 M 26% 24% 19%
30 Wright Express

Wright Express

$462 M 8% 37% 36%
31 Air Methods

Air Methods

$580 M 16% 23% 18%
32 Lindsay

Lindsay

$450 M 16% 30% 13%
33 Strayer Education

Strayer Education

$655 M 24% 25% 48%
34 Cirrus Logic

Cirrus Logic

$380 M 11% 24% 18%
35 HMS Holdings

HMS Holdings

$339 M 38% 41% 12%
36 Rackspace Hosting

Rackspace Hosting

$892 M 41% 21% 14%
37 Capella Education

Capella Education

$437 M 23% 33% 22%
38 Neutral Tandem

Neutral Tandem

$242 M 48% 71% 14%
39 Middleby

Middleby

$778 M 18% 13% 33%
40 True Religion Apparel

True Religion Apparel

$396 M 30% 20% 33%
41 Coffee Holding

Coffee Holding

$122 M 15% 26% 8%
42 Royal Gold

Royal Gold

$216 M 47% 12% 5%
43 Industrial Services of America

Industrial Services of America

$347 M 29% 36% 24%
44 AZZ

AZZ

$433 M 14% 29% 20%
45 ExlService Holdings

ExlService Holdings

$296 M 27% 21% 12%
46 Bio-Reference Laboratories

Bio-Reference Laboratories

$534 M 23% 25% 18%
47 Boston Beer

Boston Beer

$476 M 14% 21% 19%
48 Ensign Group

Ensign Group

$631 M 17% 13% 26%
49 Raven Industries

Raven Industries

$348 M 8% 9% 27%
50 iRobot

iRobot

$423 M 21% 27% 7%
51 Opnet Technologies

Opnet Technologies

$157 M 13% 32% 5%
52 DG

DG

$256 M 38% 154% 6%
53 HealthStream

HealthStream

$74 M 20% 28% 14%
54 Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings

$682 M 24% 30% 16%
55 Dolby Laboratories

Dolby Laboratories

$940 M 23% 38% 20%
56 Ameresco

Ameresco

$683 M 18% 22% 21%
57 AboveNet

AboveNet

$444 M 14% 43% 24%
58 j2 Global Communications

j2 Global Communications

$291 M 12% 13% 24%
59 Ansys

Ansys

$627 M 28% 35% 10%
60 FactSet Research Systems

FactSet Research Systems

$727 M 12% 16% 30%
61 LHC Group

LHC Group

$657 M 33% 30% 20%
62 Preformed Line Products

Preformed Line Products

$397 M 10% 19% 12%
63 Portfolio Recovery Associates

Portfolio Recovery Associates

$423 M 19% 10% 18%
64 UFP Technologies

UFP Technologies

$127 M 6% 50% 18%
65 Multi-Color

Multi-Color

$365 M 14% 8% 14%
66 Informatica

Informatica

$720 M 18% 18% 17%
67 Steven Madden

Steven Madden

$720 M 9% 26% 20%
68 KMG Chemicals

KMG Chemicals

$255 M 33% 22% 14%
69 Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com

$354 M 16% 26% 7%
70 Morningstar

Morningstar

$604 M 18% 18% 18%
71 GeoResources

GeoResources

$112 M 73% 13% 12%
72 Team

Team

$545 M 14% 10% 17%
73 Iconix Brand Group

Iconix Brand Group

$366 M 56% 21% 11%
74 Alliance Fiber Optic Products

Alliance Fiber Optic Products

$45 M 13% 44% 7%
75 Carbo Ceramics

Carbo Ceramics

$539 M 12% 10% 15%
76 Tyler Technologies

Tyler Technologies

$296 M 12% 28% 16%
77 Heico

Heico

$725 M 16% 17% 11%
78 Exponent

Exponent

$267 M 10% 19% 15%
79 BJ's Restaurants

BJ's Restaurants

$559 M 23% 14% 6%
80 ICF International

ICF International

$799 M 31% 33% 15%
81 Volterra Semiconductor

Volterra Semiconductor

$153 M 21% 46% 14%
82 Heritage-Crystal Clean

Heritage-Crystal Clean

$123 M 13% 11% 21%
83 Hickory Tech

Hickory Tech

$164 M 11% 12% 27%
84 Dorman Products

Dorman Products

$498 M 10% 22% 13%
85 Rovi

Rovi

$633 M 48% 31% 6%
86 Liquidity Services

Liquidity Services

$330 M 24% 10% 13%
87 Zoll Medical

Zoll Medical

$492 M 16% 34% 7%
88 Chart Industries

Chart Industries

$662 M 6% 15% 14%
89 National Presto Industries

National Presto Industries

$463 M 19% 31% 15%
90 Altra Holdings

Altra Holdings

$585 M 5% 39% 10%
91 Hibbett Sporting Goods

Hibbett Sporting Goods

$697 M 8% 7% 24%
92 Emergent Biosolutions

Emergent Biosolutions

$284 M 16% 13% 16%
93 DreamWorks Animation

DreamWorks Animation

$791 M 13% 35% 13%
94 Hawkins

Hawkins

$312 M 18% 27% 17%
95 Atlantic Tele-Network

Atlantic Tele-Network

$782 M 34% 15% 16%
96 FEI

FEI

$747 M 8% 11% 7%
97 B&G Foods

B&G; Foods

$528 M 6% 11% 12%
98 Jos. A. Bank Clothiers

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers

$916 M 13% 18% 21%
99 Calavo Growers

Calavo Growers

$482 M 9% 36% 15%
100 Copart

Copart

$872 M 10% 10% 17%