Agenus: Pioneering Immunotherapy to Cure Cancer

Our immune system can do wonders for our body, in fact, recent studies have concluded that it has the capacity to combat and cure cancer. It is in this scientific breakthrough that Agenus leverages their product offerings.

Agenus is a biotechnology company headquartered in Lexington, Massachusetts. The company develops various adjuvants, patient-specific anti-cancer vaccines and checkpoint modulators (CPMs). These developments are created on the foundation of immunotherapy, which includes immuno-oncology. The creation of these CPMs has yielded positive patient effects and unprecedented clinical benefits. Together with their immunotherapies, the company is also best known for pioneering heat shock protein-based cancer vaccines.

It was Pramod K. Srivastava and Garo H. Armen, who founded the business in 1994. Back then, the company was traded as Atingenics, Inc. The rapid development of novel therapeutics related to cancer has been strongly attributed to the company’s strategic acquisitions. Two of the most significant acquisitions it has made happened in 2000 with Aronex Pharmaceutical and Aquila Biopharmaceuticals.

AMERCO: North America’s Largest Do-It-Yourself Moving Services

From its humble beginnings of covered wagons, AMERCO’s do-it-yourself moving household services have evolved into trailers under the brand name U-Haul. For 70 years now, the company has celebrated its excellent customer service and the difference it has made in the history of America, which gave birth to an industry.

Today, AMERCO is not just about the U-Haul trailers that it operates. The company has evolved into a multi-faceted business that has 3 principal business segments. These units market their products under 4 brand names, namely Oxford Life Insurance Company, RepWest, U-Haul and AMERCO Real Estate Company. Except for U-Haul, the other three businesses are engaged in providing the market insurance coverage. The Property and Casualty Insurance segment of the business is represented by RepWest. The company provides underwriting services for loss adjusting and claims handling. This segment also provides their customers damage waivers for moving and towing and as well as cargo protection. The Oxford Life Insurance Company is AMERCO’s Life Insurance segment, which provides health and life insurance to the senior market. Both U-Haul and AMERCO Real Estate Company, are engaged in transportation and storage services. The two subsidiaries comprise the rental and leasing units of the business. As of March 2014, the company has over 98,000 trailers, 37,000 towing devices and more than 127,000 trucks that are operational. They also own and operate more than 42.1 million square feet of rentable storage space, which is composed of more than 467,000 rentable rooms and about 1,220 self-storage locations.

U-Haul to date is considered as North America’s largest do-it-yourself moving and storage operator. The vision of founders Sam Shoen and his wife, Anna Mary Carty Shoen, has not only helped shape an industry in America but has also created a multi-billion venture with a market cap of more than $4.96 billion.

Vantiv Inc.: A Payment rocessing and Technology Solutions Business

By general transaction purpose volume, Vantiv, Inc. is considered to be the third largest U.S. merchant transaction acquirer and the largest PIN Debit U.S. acquirer. The business is registered as a payment processing and technology solutions company.

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, the company offers its products and services to both merchants and financial institutions regardless of size. It is not just within the United States that the business conducts its trade as it also has operations in 8 other countries. There are more than 400,000 merchants and 12,000 automated teller machines (ATMs) that it supports. On an annual basis, it processes more than 16.9 billion transactions that amount to more than $611 billion.

Publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange, Vantiv’s core products include loyalty programs, compliance, fraud and data security, debit, credit, check, prepaid, payment terminals and gateways, mobile services and advisory services. The company was once known as Fifth Third Processing Solutions before changing its corporate name to Vantiv, Inc. in 2011.

Verisk Analytics: Managing Risk and Helping Businesses Grow

The information collected and analyzed by Verisk Analytics is crucial to the success of managing risk and standardizing procedures of various businesses in a wide range of industry. Through the services provided by the company, businesses are given a stronger understanding of all the risks of their processes and manage it for growth and development.

This American information services firm holds its headquarters in Jersey City, New Jersey. Their risk assessment services remain to be invaluable in the field of healthcare, government, property/casualty insurance, human resources and financial services. While they maintain strong focus on these industries, they also extend their services to several other interests. Since the company’s inception in 1971, it has helped companies better understand their exposure to risk and manage the issue.

Through the consolidation of several state, regional and national rating bureaus, the company’s Insurance Services Office (ISO) got created in the same year of the company’s inception. Together with several other units, this flagship ISO help property/casualty insurance industry by defining, measuring and managing risk. These subsidiaries also provide data, software and various information services that are helpful to reinsurers and property/casualty insurers. These services are also utilized by insurance associations, insurance agents and brokers, government agencies and the risk-management divisions of multiple industries.

The risk management services of the company cover rating-integrity tools, actuarial services, data and statistical services, underwriting information and standardized insurance policy programs.

The growth of the company is strongly attributed to the acquisitions it has made. Since 2000, there were about 30 businesses that the company purchased. These buy-offs allowed the company to broaden its offerings as they penetrate other industries. The diversified offerings of the business also resulted in the growth of its revenue. The business today is capable of generating more than $1.53 billion in annualized revenue.

Listed on the NASDAQ stock market, Verisk Analytics is considered as one of the 100 largest nonfinancial securities in the list. It is also part of the NASDAQ 100 Index and a component of the Russell 1000.

Six Flags Entertainment Corp: A Premiere Theme Park Company

The name Six Flags Entertainment Corporation came from the first property that the business founded, the Six Flags Over Texas. The company is known as one the world’s largest amusement park corporations basing it on the number of properties it owns.

Headquartered in Grand Prairie, Texas, the company maintains and operates about 18 properties in Mexico, the United States and in Canada. These properties include family entertainment centers, water parks, theme parks and thrill parks. In addition to being the largest in number of properties, the company is also known as the 5th most popular based on number of visits. During their 2009 fiscal year, the company was able to set a record of entertaining more than 23.9 million guests.

The company started its operations in 1962. From a single theme park, they were able to expand their offerings. There were several properties that the company has divested even before it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Today, the business generates more than $1.013 billion in annual revenue.

Realogy: A Global Franchiser of Real Estate Brokerage

The principles of the Fair Housing Act is strongly supported by Realogy, an American business that provides relocation and real estate services. This publicly traded company helps families realize their dreams of owning their own houses. Since its inception in 2006, the company has made a difference to the lives of deserving individuals and to the community as a whole.

Realogy owns and franchises real estate brands and brokerages around the world. Headquartered in Madison, New Jersey, the business has a presence in 104 countries and has over 13,500 offices across the globe and over 251,000 independent sales associates. The business is considered as a global leader in real estate franchising. They are also the largest business in the industry of residential real estate brokerage in the United States and holds a leading position in outsourced employee relocation services. In addition, the company also has a substantial stake in the market of providing title and settlement services.

The venture is a franchisor of some of the world’s renowned brand names in real estate brokerages. These companies include, Coldwell Banker, Century 21 Real Estate, LLC, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, ERA and Sotheby’s International Realty. The business also owns and operates the largest operator of residential real estate brokerages in America, the NRT LLC. Their relocation services are handled by its subsidiary, the Cartus Corporation while their title and settlement services are offered by their Title Resource Group.

Every day, Realogy is making a difference to the lives of people who avail of their products and services. It has provided families with better abodes. It has helped households be together through its relocation programs and has modified the real estate industry through its world class service and unique services.

Since 2012, the company has become a publicly traded company with common stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange, under the symbol RLGY.

Owens-Illinois: World’s Leading Glass Manufacturer

When Owens-Illinois acquired BSN Glasspack in 2004, the company became the largest manufacturer of glass containers in the Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America and South America. The business is also one of the world’s leading manufacturers of packaging products.

Listed as one of the Fortune 500 companies, Owens-Illinois 1929. In 2005, the business changed its name to O-I while still maintaining its Owens-Illinois name legally. The company was once known as a manufacturer of glass television screens in the 1970s until the mid 1990s. This venture was made possible through its partnership with Nippon Electric Glass. The glass packaging products produced by the company are used for food, beverages, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

As of, Owens-Illinois has over 1,900 patents worldwide. They operate through their 77 plants in 21 countries and launches more than 600 new product solutions yearly. During their 2013 fiscal year, the company has reported sales of more than $7.0 billion. Headquarters of the business is located in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Monsanto Corp: Changing the Face of Agriculture

The genetically engineered seed and herbicide glyphosate produced by Monsanto Corporation are marketed under the Roundup brand. The business is registered as an American multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology company. The products manufactured by the company support farmers in all corners of the world.

Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, the company is considered to be one of the first few companies to do genetic modification of a plant cell. This scientific breakthrough was done in partnership with three academic teams in 1983. They also pioneered the application of the business model of the biotechnology industry in the world of agriculture. They used the techniques developed by Genentech, which primarily revolves around the investment of company resources on research and development. With this model, they are empowering farmers to create more yield from their land while conserving resources such as water and energy.

Among the products they market globally is their leading seed brands that include crops like vegetables, fruits, cotton, corn, oilseeds and several others. Most of these products are genetically engineered and thus do not require much tending and does not consume a lot of resources to grow. Through their partnerships with several companies, they are able to license their seed and trait technologies, thereby increasing access to their products and services.

Through their Roundup product line, they are able to market their glyphosate herbicides, which aim to kill weeds and other pests. With these offerings they are able to protect the yield of farmers and reduce their farming costs. Monsanto continues to invest in their research and development to create products that are value adding to the farming industry.

Since its inception in 1901, the business has made a huge difference in the lives of farmers and the entire economy of every country they touch. Today, the business not only supports these hard working farmers, they also made their products available to garden professionals and retail consumers.

Kosmos Energy: An Independent Oil and Gas Company

The Jubilee oil field is one of the famous oil fields located in the Atlantic Ocean. Together with Tullow Oil, this oil basin was discovered by Kosmos Energy, an American international oil company based in Dallas, Texas.

This oil rich area is just one of the several locations that the company has stumbled upon while doing their oil exploration and production. The main focus of the company is the unexplored regions in the Atlantic Margin. Kosmos is best known for their expertise in the region and their proven technical knowledge in striking a balance between risk and returns. They have partnered with giant companies in their exploration and has unearthed some of the world’s most productive oil basins.

Kosmos Energy has operations and offices in Suriname, Ghana, Ireland, Bermudas and in Morocco. They have remained at the forefront in the oil and gas exploration and discovery industry since its inception in 2003.

Leggett & Platt: A Global Manufacturer of Engineered Products and Components

The engineered products and components that are manufactured by Leggett & Platt are used in various industries, including retail, aerospace, automotive, corporate and home furnishing industries. Based in Carthage, Missouri, the company is a major component of the S&P 500 and the Russell 1000 Index. The business remains to be a global partner with a presence in 18 countries.

Since its founding in 1883, the company has flourished in the market and is now a billion dollar venture with annualized revenue of more than $3.74 billion. They have over 19,000 employees that are stationed in their 130 manufacturing facilities around the world. The company has over 19 business units with 4 major segments, namely residential furnishings, commercial fixturing & components, industrial materials and specialized products. They have strong ties and relationships with the biggest businesses in the United States.

Leggett & Platt is best known for introducing to the market the L&P bedspring which got patented in 1885. This innovation was the brainchild of founders J.P Leggett and C.B. Platt. Leggett was an inventor with several breakthroughs patented to his credit. Their partnership has flourished from the horse-drawn wagon that they used to market their product in nearby regions. For years, the partners went about conducting their business this way until their company got incorporated in 1901. From the good night’s sleep they have given, the company has expanded their offerings to cater to a broader market.

Today, the company offers a wide range of components used in various furnitures including beds, chair for offices, chairs for the automotive seat manufacturers, lumbar systems, van interiors and wire forming equipment. The business got inducted to the Fortune 500 companies in 1985 and in 1998 became one of the largest companies listed in Fortune 500 across all industries.

The business is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol LEG. Prior to trading on this exchange, the company was listed on the NASDAQ.

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