Stock Screen: Cherry-Picking the World's Best Companies

Here are 10 companies based in countries ranging from South Africa to Mexico that are global growth titans

To arrive at its list of Global Champions 2009, global consulting firm A.T. Kearney culled from the 2,500 largest companies that operate internationally. In the firm's second annual ranking of the global elite, A. T. Kearney again measured five-year sales growth, as well as "value creation"—the rise in company's market capitalization less any increase in its capital.

BusinessWeek ran a screen on the 40 companies at the top of A.T. Kearney's ranking. (The consultancy expanded its annual list from 25 companies for BusinessWeek.) We screened for growth measures and a valuation measure. On the growth front, we calculated the median one-year and five-year earnings-per-share growth for the group (as of 2009's second quarter) and eliminated those that didn't fall in the top half.

Then, we looked at the current price-to-earnings ratio for the MSCI World index— 26—and only kept companies with p-e ratios below that number.

The result: Ten companies based in countries ranging from South Africa to Mexico, and operating in industries as far afield as engineering and apparel.

Company Ticker Country Industry Price-Earnings Ratio* 5-Year EPS Growth** 1-Year EPS Growth**
Bilfinger Berger GBFG.HA Germany Engineering & Contracting 7 237% 808%
World Fuel Services INT U.S. Oil & Gas Services 11 548% 31%
Saipem SPMI.MI Italy Engineering & Contracting 11 339% 5%
Telefonica TEF Spain Telecommunications 12 166% -4%
Fluor FLR U.S. Engineering & Contracting 13 242% 61%
MTN Group MTNJ.F South Africa Telecommunications 14 129% 22%
America Movil AMX Mexico Telecommunications 15 666% 35%
Fresenius Medical FMS Germany Medical Devices & Services 18 111% 4%
Inditex ITX.F Spain Apparel 21 116% 0%
Anheuser-Busch Inbev BUD Belgium Beverages 25 213% -11%
MSCI Index       26  
*As of Sept. 25          
**As of Q2 2009; calculated using currency of origin        
Data: Bloomberg          
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