November 17, 2010

Ruger Named One of Forbes "America's 100 Best Small Companies

( -- Forbes magazine has named Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. (NYSE: RGR) one of "America’s 100 Best Small Companies" in 2010. The list appeared in the November 8th issue of Forbes.

"We are proud to be recognized by Forbes as one of America’s 100 Best Small Companies," said Ruger CEO Michael Fifer. "We owe a great deal of thanks to our loyal customers and dedicated employees for contributing to our success. Because of our innovative product introductions and continuously improving American manufacturing, we have seen our sales growth and earnings per share improve significantly over the last four years."

The Forbes list of 100 Best Small Companies in America only considers companies that have been 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 per share. Forbes also factored in the stock performance of each company compared with that of its peers. The rankings are based on earnings growth, sales growth and return on equity in the past 12 months and over five years. During the past five years, Ruger saw earnings growth of 470%; sales growth of 86%; and annual return on equity increase from 4% to 34%.

"Ruger’s award winning products include the LCP .380 Auto Pistol, the LCR .38 Special +P Revolver, and the SR9c Compact 9mm Pistol. All of Ruger’s rugged and reliable firearms are made in America in manufacturing facilities in Newport, NH and Prescott, AZ.

Comments (3)

Canovack - I agree, especially with regard to their revolvers. Of course they are good - they hired a MARINE Commandant back in the '80's! ;)

Posted by: PVB | November 19, 2010 10:41 AM    Report this comment

Response to canovack:

"Robust" is the word for Ruger revolvers. My Dad bought me a .22 Single Six which I've had 30 years. Dad was a tool & die maker before earning his mechanical engineering degree & license, and he was no easy sell for sure. Same built-like-the-pyramids design goes for the 10/22 - bored from a .44 cal stock.

Posted by: blue88 | November 18, 2010 9:11 PM    Report this comment

While Ruger firearms aren't everybody's favorites due to individual tastes, likes, and dislikes, one pretty much has to concede that the company has done very well since its beginnings back in the 1950s. Ruger has provided quality products over a wide spectrum that meets just about any functional requirement, be it personal defense, tactical employment, hunting, and other sport shooting pursuits. One of the things that has always struck me as a sort of high praise for Ruger handguns, is that some manufacturers of ammunition have printed messages on their boxes that tell the purchaser that a particular load in a particular caliber is suitable for use only in Ruger firearms. That sort of tells us that Ruger revolvers, in particular, are very robust, and they should provide for a lot of shooting over a long life.

Posted by: canovack | November 18, 2010 3:23 PM    Report this comment

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