America’s 100 Best Small Companies

Medifast heads this year’s edition of Forbes magazine’s list of “America’s 100 Best Small Companies.” InterDigital and American Public Education follow up in second and third place, respectively.

Candidates for the list had to be publicly traded for at least a year, pull in annual revenue between $5 million and $1 billion, and boast a stock price no lower than $5 a share.

The rankings are based on earnings growth, sales growth and return on equity in the past 12 months and over five years; companies that are thinly traded and those with fuzzy accounting or major legal troubles were dropped. Forbes also factored in the stock performance of each company compared with that of its peers.

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