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Companies strive to produce value for shareholders, but many fail to do so. In this perceptive analysis, professionals at the Boston Consulting Group uncover some common characteristics of firms that excel at “value creation.” These leading companies have attained their status based on achieving consistent and exceptional total shareholder returns; that is, they exceed investor expectations and transform their businesses, year after year. While it’s a formidable task, companies can actively better their odds for success. getAbstract recommends this enlightening study to corporate executives and others interested in raising shareholder value.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the most successful firms achieve consistently high shareholder returns and
  • How defining an “investment thesis” can help companies plot their strategies.

About the Authors

Gerry Hansell et al. are professionals with the Boston Consulting Group.



A study of the world’s 200 largest companies operating in 28 industries over the years 2011 to 2015 reveals how the top 10 “value creators” succeed at consistently increasing value for shareholders. The metric for gauging their accomplishment is average annual total shareholder return – that is, share price appreciation plus dividends. The top performers – led by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Allergan and Gilead Sciences – delivered average yearly returns of at least 34.7% for the study period.

A well-planned road map to success and active portfolio management are critical...

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