Latin America’s Best Performing Companies
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6th October 2014

Four companies from Brazil, Mexico and Chile are the best performers in the first ranking released by Latin Trade.
By Santiago Gutierrez
Investors use many metrics to determine corporate performance.There is an easy way to approach this issue, taking those companies that most increased their revenues over a certain period – which is the best guarantee of bring increased and sustainable returns to investors. One could alsoadd-in a risk factor, ranking, for example those firms whose stock price had the lowest volatility over the period.
Latin Trade’s partner Economatica provided us with candidates to find the best performers within publicly traded companies in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Argentina and Peru. The Brazilian information vendor selected a group of large firms (with revenues over $200 million,)with low variance in their returns (their share price posted a volatility indicator less than 25%).
Latin Trade split the resulting list into three categories. Category 1 comprised the largest companies of the group, with June-2014 revenues greater than $10 billion. Category 2 was composed of companies with revenues between $1 and $7 billion, and category 3 of companies with revenues in the range of $200 million to $1 billion.
With this classification, Retailer Pão de Açúcar CBD was the best performer of Category 1. Its revenues had a composite annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23%, between June 2009 and June 2014. It was the highest among this group, which also displayed a …

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