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Now in its second year, InDaily’s index of South Australia’s top 100 companies – to be revealed next week – has taken a deeper approach to analysing the performance of our best businesses.

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New Index partner, local financial services firm Taylor Collison, has gone beyond the previous revenue measure used to rank companies, to take into account the profitability and market capitalisation of each business.

Taylor Collison director Scott Dolling says the company wanted to take a more in-depth look at business performance.

“With Taylor Collison becoming involved this year, we wanted to take a deeper dive into the data and perform some additional analysis on the companies in the index,” he said.

“The methodology used this year to build the index is based on a market capitalisation amount for each nominee with the list indexed by the size of this value. With listed entities, market capitalisation was calculated using the active market for the shares on the ASX. With unlisted entities, market capitalisation value was estimated by using industry margin benchmarking, along with an unlisted price to earnings multiple consistently applied to provide the most meaningful and comparable method when ranking the index.”

Companies were considered eligible for the list if they had a South Australian head office, with an Adelaide share registry, or SA operated, founded and majority-owned by South Australians. Qualifying companies could not be government-run, agencies of government or a registered charity.

A sneak peak at the data – to be published in full in InDaily next Thursday and announced at a lunch at the Convention Centre – shows some revealing statistics about local business.

Dolling says the top 100 will include 30 listed and 70 unlisted entities.

“Half of the index had revenues of more than $100 million and the majority of the index featured companies with above $15 million in revenue, demonstrating the depth of South Australia leading companies,” he says.

The leading sectors won’t be a surprise, but a new focus on fast growing sectors and companies will reveal the future of South Australia’s economy.

New prizes introduced this year will cover:

The SA Business Index event will host 600 business leaders. Premier Jay Weatherill will deliver a performance review of the Investment Attraction Agency since it was created a year ago, and a panel will discuss and dissect the state of business in South Australia.

Limited tickets are still available – there’s a link to booking details below.

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