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The top 100 Companies awards acknowledge those listed companies that have earned the most for their shareholders.

The share price performance of every company listed on the JSE – which forms the basis http://medicine20.org/ of this research – is calculated using a hypothetical initial investment of R10 000 in each share over a period of five years, from October 1 2009 to September 30 2014.

The winner is the company that earns the most for shareholders over that period, after taking into account normal and special dividends and bonus shares reinvested.

Where there is an unbundling, the proceeds from the unbundled company are treated as a special dividend.

Apart from being an accurate measurement of shareholder fortunes, the share price plus the amount of income returned to shareholders is an indicator of the soundness of a company’s operations – if one accepts that share price performance is generally an accurate barometer…

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