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Dec 31, 2013 10:47AM ● By Anonymous
Ten Local Publicly Traded Companies to Keep an Eye On

The Container Store (TCS)

The Coppell-based specialty store and organization solutions retail chain is structuring its business the right way. The company reported an average of 20% annual growth every year its been in operation, posting $706.8 million in revenue for 2013. For the past 14 years, the Container Store has made Fortune’s list of “100 Best Places to Work in America.” The company priced its initial public offering in March due to future public and private transactions that are expected to take place.

Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group (DFRG)

Southlake’s own Del holding company, develops, owns and operates three contemporary restaurants. In February, the company operated 34 restaurants in 19 states, with each of its restaurant concepts offering steaks, chops and fresh seafood. The company ranked in the top 100 on Forbes’ “America’s Best Small Companies.” Del Frisco’s latest quarterly results posted $60.4 million in revenue, up 19% from $50.7 million. In December, the company announced the pricing of its secondary public offering.

ExxonMobil (XOM)

This American multinational gas and oil corporation is headquartered in Irving and is a product child of the merger of Exxon and Mobil. Exxon Mobil holds is the world’s third largest company by revenue and is also the second largest publicly traded company by market capitalization. In 2013, Forbes Global 2000 ranked the company No. 5 globally. In the first three months of 2013, the company posted $108.4 billion in revenue. ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson was ranked No. 2 by Fortune 500 after he announced the company’s work with Russia’s OAO Rosneft in assessing massive reserve of shale oil in Western Siberia.

American Airlines Group (AAL)

The publicly traded Fort Worth airline holding company has had a busy few years. The US Airways and AMR Corporation merger formed American Airlines Group in 2013, creating the world’s largest airline. The company posted roughly $40 billion in operating revenue and plans to take delivery of 607 new aircrafts in the New Year. The integration of American Airlines and US Airways into a single operating certificate will be completed by 2015. The creation of the world’s largest airline will provide shareholders the chance to claim stake in both companies in the future.

GameStop (GME)

The Grapevine-based video game and entertainment software retailer operates 6,700 stores globally. Recently, the company has posted impressive mobile sales, expanding to $55.1 million in it’s the latest quarterly results, up 121.4%. GameStop’s financial results are supported by the continued growth of emerging businesses, driving a 130 basis point improvement in gross margin rates. As new games and the launch of the PS4 and Xbox One, the gaming leader is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the new, innovative products coming to market.

AT&T (T)

The largest provider of telecommunications provides broadband subscription television services. AT&T is the third-largest company in Texas and the largest company in Dallas. In May, AT&T is the 21st largest company in the world by market and the 13rh largest non-oil company. Recently, the company announced its expansion into Latin America through a collaboration with America Movil. AT&T reported $32.2 billion in revenues, up 2.2% compared to the previous year. Specifically wireless revenues were up 5.1% from the most recent quarter.

Fluor Corp. (FLR)

A professional services company providing special project management services is ranked No.1 on the Fortune 500 list of industries. The Irving-based company has received many prestigious awards and rankings, including one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere magazine. The company reported $170 million for net earnings, up from $145 million, despite headwinds in the mining and metal businesses. Currently, Fluor is creating LNG projects for the early stages of an upcoming multi-year oil and gas investment cycle.

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (DPS)

The leading producer of flavored beverages in North America is fueled by more than 50 brands, with six of the top ten non-cola soft drinks. Additionally 13 of the 14 top Dr. Pepper Snapple Group brands are No. 1 and No. 2 in its flavor categories. The company reported a 5% increase in operating profit up to $18 million due to ongoing productivity improvements. Going forward, the company plans to invest in its brands for the expected long-term success.

Pier 1 Imports (PIR)

An imported home furnishing and décor retailer operates more than 1,000 stores in U.S., Canada and Mexico. The Fort Worth headquartered company currently has sales of $418 million. In October, the company announced a new $200 million share repurchase program. Pier 1 Imports posted an impressive 41% increase in gross profit sales due to solid online sales during the period. The company continues to focus on promoting its e-Commerce enabled website.

D.R. Horton (DHI)

The largest residential homebuilder in the U.S. sold nearly 19,000 homes and posted a profit of $956 million in the 12 months that ended Sept. 30. Since 2002, D.R. Horton is ranked as the largest homebuilder by units closed in the U.S. and is headquartered in Fort Worth. The company employs 3,000 workers and builds single-family units in 71 markets throughout 26 states. D.R. Horton’s income increased to $202.8 million, or 104% for the latest quarterly report. Additionally, home sales increased to 21.9% as the housing recovery continues to improve.