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The Indiana Business 100: uncovering good economic news in the results of the state's top public and private companies.

EAGER FOR SOME GOOD Hoosier economic news? You'll find it in the pages that follow

Displayed on those pages are statistics by the hundreds detailing the health of 100 leading Indiana companies--50 of them publicly traded and 50 privately owned. The story in the numbers is one of growth, in both revenues and profitability

Public companies, of course, offer the most detailed glimpse, as their results are by definition open to public scrutiny. The 50 largest Indiana public companies collectively charted significant growth between 2002 and 2003.

Combined revenues for this top 50 were. $80.7 billion, up an impressive $10.1 billion or 14.3 percent over 2002. Even more important was the change in profitability. Our top 50 companies collectively lost a lot of money in 2002--nearly $2 billion. But in 2003 they were substantially back in the black, reporting profits totaling just over $8 billion. These 50 companies' net income rose from an average loss of $39.3 million to a $160.1 million profit in one year.

It's a little harder to draw conclusions from our list of the top private companies. These businesses are under no obligation to share their revenue figures with us at all, and many of those that do choose to round their sales figures a bit. But it still is possible to get some idea of the economic temperature, and the story among Indiana's largest private companies also seems to be one of growth, albeit a bit slower.

Revenues of this group of 50 totaled $26.5 billion in 2003. That's up about 3 percent from the year before when the same companies shared with us revenue figures totaling $25.8 billion.

Given the performance of Indiana's public companies, it's not surprising to learn that their CEOs as a group enjoyed a healthy raise last year. The state's 50 highest-paid CEOs of public companies saw their pay grow by an average of 15.9 percent, taking into account bonuses but not including stock options and long-term pay Average salary and bonus for these 50 elites cracked seven figures last year; the average of $1.1 million was up from $925,958 the year before.

Add in stock options and the CEO paycheck growth is even more dramatic. This group of executives gained a lot more by exercising stock options last year than they did the year before--S22.5 million collectively, compared with $10.9 million. In 2003, 16 of our top 50 exercised options, while in 2002 only 10 did.

But this time around the biggest boost came in the long-term compensation column, though the reason for this is somewhat of an anomaly. Of the $82.7 million increase in total compensation--salary, bonus, options and long-term compensation--tallied by our top 50 last year, roughly half can be attributed to Anthem chief Larry Glasscock, whose numbers included a lucrative long-term compensation deal worth $42.5 million.
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Title Annotation:Special Feature
Comment:The Indiana Business 100: uncovering good economic news in the results of the state's top public and private companies.(Special Feature)
Author:Kaelble, Steve
Publication:Indiana Business Magazine
Geographic Code:1U3IN
Date:Jun 1, 2004
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