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The Times 100: CALIFORNIA'S TOP COMPANIES

Great Expectations

May 06, 1997

Companies ranked by analysts' mean estimates of average annualized earnings growth over the next three to five years.

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Projected Years of Last annualized positive quarterly earn. earn/ earn/ No. of Rank Company growth share share analysts 1 Heartport Inc. 100% 0 -$0.45 7 2 Sangstat Medical Corp 69 0 -0.27 8 3 Yahoo! Inc. 65 0 0.01 10 4 Forte Software Inc. 55 0 0.12 5 5 Arterial Vascular Engineering 50 2 0.15 5 6 Clarify Inc. 50 1 0.13 5 7 Red Brick Sys. Inc. 50 2 -0.56 7 8 Xylan Corp. 50 0 0.11 6 9 CardioThoracic Sys. 48 0 -0.35 7 10 MetaTools Inc. 48 0 -1 5 11 Netscape Communics. 48 0 0.1 20 12 Arbor Software Corp. 47 2 0.13 8 13 CNET Inc. 45 0 -0.29 5 14 NEetcom On-Line Comm. Svcs 45 0 -0.99 14 15 Remedy Corp. 45 5 0.16 6 16 CKS Group Inc. 45 6 0.06 5 17 Scopus Technology 44 5 0.13 5 18 McAfee Assocs. Inc. 44 6 0.29 5 19 Ascend Communics. 43 4 0.27 21 20 Rational Softw. Corp. 43 0 -0.34 7 21 PeopleSoft Inc. 42 7 0 18 22 Biopsys Medical Inc. 42 0 0.05 8 23 Dura Pharmaceuticals 41 1 0.19 12 24 AirTouch Communics. 41 4 0.03 20 25 Cylink Corp. 40 0 0.03 6

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Source: First Call Corp.

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Great Expectations

Although the future is always hard to predict, this list ranks companies by projected annualized earnings per share growth rate over the next three to five years. First Call Corp. gathers this data by surveying analysts. This list shows only companies that have at least five analysts tracking them. The figures, therefore, represent a mean of all the opinions.

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