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July/August 2004, HISPANIC BUSINESS Magazine

Paul A. Eisenstein

As the U.S. economy accelerated last year, so, too, did business for Hispanic-owned companies, propelling this year's Hispanic Business Fastest-Growing 100 directory to five-year highs in total revenue, productivity, and job growth.

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For 2003, total revenue for the Fastest-Growing 100 surged to $7.01 billion, up 39 percent from $5.03 billion in 2003. While comprising just 20 percent of all firms on the Hispanic Business 500 directory of the largest U.S. Hispanic-owned companies, total revenues of the Fastest-Growing 100 accounted for more than 26 percent of the HB500's record total revenues of $26.3 billion last year.

As a whole, the Fastest-Growing 100 companies maintained an average growth rate of more than 500 percent from 1999 to 2003, with a compounded annual growth rate of 67.2 percent. During those same five years, the U.S. economy posted average annual growth of 2.8 percent.

THE 100: STATISTICAL COMPOSITE OF THE TYPICAL COMPANY
Five-year sales growth 362.05%
Company age 13.6 years
Number of employees in 1999 100
Number of employees in 2003 286
Revenues in 1999 $15.17 million
Revenues in 2003 $70.09 million
Per-employee productivity in 1999 $151,532
Per-employee productivity in 2003 $245,129
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More than 75 percent of companies in this year's directory are in the service and construction sectors. And in a sign of the growing maturity of the U.S. Hispanic economy, mid-size companies defined as firms with annual revenues of $5 million to $50 million make up nearly 70 percent of all companies on the directory.

The clear winner in job growth was Virginia, where nearly a dozen Hispanic-owned companies added more than 5,000 jobs from 1999 to 2003 an increase of 184 percent, to 7,759. Among companies driving that growth was MVM Inc., a security and staffing company that operates in the U.S. and abroad. Amid increased security concerns in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, MVM Inc. has grown from 1,788 workers in 1999 to 4,858 in 2003.

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