Top Performers Based on Revenue Mergers and Acquisitions Affect Growth among Area's Leaders

By Lindeman, Teresa F | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), May 16, 2013 | Go to article overview

Top Performers Based on Revenue Mergers and Acquisitions Affect Growth among Area's Leaders


Lindeman, Teresa F, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Mergers and acquisitions are coming back into fashion, now that companies are starting to stand up from the recessionary crouch that helped them get through the financial meltdown. And the effects seem to be evident in the revenue changes seen in the most recent fiscal year.

The leader on this year's list ranking firms by revenue change was RTI International Metals, a titanium products company in Moon that credited a significant acquisition with helping push the company into the fast-growing market of making medical device components. Increased demand from energy market customers also helped push RTI to a 39.4 percent revenue increase.

Other businesses that have used acquisitions to grow recently include third place finisher Buffalo-based financial institution First Niagara, which posted a 22.7 percent revenue increase, and fourth place contender, Wilmerding-based rail and transit industries supplier Wabtec, which posted a 21.5 percent gain.

The company that landed in second place with a 28.5 percent revenue increase, Milwaukee mining equipment maker Joy Global Inc., has both done its own acquisitions and is the subject of speculation that it could be acquired. It's the circle of business life.

In fifth place with a 18.6 percent gain, Cranberry teen clothing retailer rue21 gave hope to those who used other methods to produce growth, in this case by opening new stores and expanding product lines. …

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