School is ending. Final grades are arriving. What better time to grade 24 of the largest publicly traded companies based in the Tampa Bay market? Here's the report card listed by market value. The grades are based not only on financial performance and stock price, but quality of corporate culture, success in taking risks and a track record of growth.
Raymond James Financial, St. Petersburg ($6.8 billion): A Thank a big acquisition, rising stock market.
TECO Energy, Tampa ($3.7 billion): B+ Settlement to freeze rates and trim layoffs should green-light purchase of New Mexico Gas Co.
Jabil Circuit, St. Petersburg ($3.7 billion): B Suffered rare loss of $38.7 million in last quarter.
WellCare Health Plans, Tampa ($3.2 billion): B Stock's rising, but a past CEO just got sentenced to prison for cheating a Medicaid program.
HSN, St. Petersburg ($2.9 billion): B Picking up sales speed after blip from bad weather, slip in Garnet Hill brand women's apparel.
Bloomin' Brands, Tampa ($2.7 billion): B+ Sales droop at Carrabba's, Bonefish but outpacing most competitors.
Tech Data, Clearwater ($2.4 billion): B+ Shares up sharply from a year ago, when overseas accounting problem emerged (now resolved).
Masonite, Tampa ($1.5 billion): C- Doormaker slammed with $16 million loss in latest quarter.
Walter Investment Management, Tampa ($1 billion): C Stock far below $45 12-month high, caught up in mortgage servicing industry headaches.
Sykes Enterprises, Tampa ($854 million): B Shrinking number of its call center jobs globally by 1,200 this year.
Kforce, Tampa ($700 million): B+ Stock up steadily over year as temp staffing keeps gaining industry fans.
Cott Corp., Tampa ($671 million): C- A bad time to be in shrinking business of making private label soft drinks.
HCI Group, Tampa ($440 million): B Hot shot insurance stock peaked in January at near $54, now near $38.
United Insurance Holdings, St. Petersburg ($365 million): A- Stock rockets from $6 to $18, now expanding.
Quality Distribution, Tampa ($358 million): B Steady single-digit growth.
MarineMax, Clearwater ($352 million): C+ Will boating ever regain mass appeal?
Nicholas Financial, Clearwater ($178 million): Incomplete. Announced deal to sell company hits a snag.
Odyssey Marine Exploration, Tampa ($123 million): C- Bludgeoned by short sellers, stock price nears $1.50.
Superior Uniform Group, Seminole ($102 million): B+ 2013 acquisition fires growth in uniform sales.
Health Insurance Innovations, Tampa ($53 million): B Six-year business showing signs of sales momentum.
Magnegas, Tarpon Springs ($38 million): C Biomass fuel firm traded as low as 40 cents a share in January. Now $1.26.
Cryo-Cell, Oldsmar ($26 million): C Chief scientific officer Linda Kelley just left. Lots of competition out there.
Paradise Inc., Plant City ($16 million): B Candied fruit maker a longtime survivor.
Unilens Vision, Largo ($11 million): B Tiny maker of contact lenses managing to report steady profit.
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