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Acadia Healthcare

From left to right. Steve Davidson, Chief Development Officer, Chris Howard, Executive Vice President Legal Counsel, Ron Fincher, Chief Operations Officer, Joey Jacobs, Chairman and CEO, Brent Turner, President and David Duckworth, Chief Financial Officer.
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Five acquisitions and 27 new facilities meant nine consecutive quarters of double-digit profit growth for this psychiatric and chemical dependency services provider.

Company Information

Location Franklin, TN
Industry Healthcare Services
Sector Health Care
Fortune 500 Rank -
Fortune 500 Profile -
Current Streak 1
Years on List 1
CEO Joey A. Jacobs
Website http://www.acadiahealthcare.com

Revenue, Net Income

$ millions
Revenue Past Four Quarters 1169
Net Income Past Four Quarters 85

Growth Rates

%
EPS 3 yr Annual Growth Rate 76%
Rev 3 yr Annual Growth Rate 61%
Total Return 3 yr Annual Rate 65%
Beat S&P 3 yr Total Return?

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EPS Growth Rank 26
Revenue Growth Rank 3
Total Return Rank 23
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