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Absence of analyst’s insight noticed

by Clytie Bunyan Published: November 15, 2009
It’s fair to say this year’s Oklahoma Inc. was put together with one notable omission: input from local analyst Bob Rader.

For several years, Rader’s voice helped explain the Standard & Poors’ rankings of many companies in Oklahoma Inc. He loved being a contributor to our regular coverage and especially liked being part of the analytical mix for the annual financial section.

The former senior vice president at Capital West Securities in Oklahoma City died July 15. Rader loved what he did, loved a chance to review numbers, explain what they mean or could mean. He was almost professorial in helping reporters get through the malaise of financial documents. We appreciated that.

I’m not sure whether the company leaders realize how much of a cheerleader he was for their success.

Ranking Oklahoma Inc.
Historically, to be ranked, companies must have reported their financial information with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarter ending June 30. They also had to have been publicly traded by Aug. 20.

But four companies — Double Eagle Holdings, Ltd., Greystone Logistics Inc., Osage Bancshares Inc. and Semgroup Energy Partners — were ranked based on first quarter information, the most recent data available when Capital IQ did the computations.

Capital IQ, the analyst, is a Standard & Poors company.

The list uses three main areas — earnings per share, revenues and total return based on stock price and the reinvestment of dividends. Companies with the best average score rose. Percent change in earnings per share was the tie-breaker for companies that had identical overall ranking scores.

The bottom line: our ranking criteria measures and rewards performance, not size.

by Clytie Bunyan
Director of Business and Lifestyles
Clytie Bunyan joined The Oklahoman in 1989 as a Metro desk reporter. She later moved to the Business desk to cover real estate and presided over extensive coverage in the 1990s about the then-uncertain future of the Skirvin Hotel. She also has...
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