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This year's Fastest-Growing Companies marks the 19th running of the list.

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To qualify, a company-domestic or foreign-must be trading on a major U.S. stock exchange; report data in U.S. dollars; file quarterly reports with the SEC; have a minimum market capitalization of $250 million and a stock price of at least $5 on June 30, 2015; and have been trading continuously since June 30, 2012. Companies must have revenue and net income for the four quarters ended on or before April 30, 2015, of at least $50 million and $10 million, respectively; and have posted an annualized growth in revenue and earnings per share of at least 15% annually over the three years ended on or before April 30, 2015.

Companies that meet these criteria are ranked by revenue growth rate; EPS growth rate; and three-year annualized total return for the period ended June 30, 2015. (To compute the revenue and EPS growth rates, Fortune uses a trailing four quarters log linear least square regression fit.)

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Excluded are real estate investment trusts, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, business development companies, closed end investment firms, companies about to be acquired, and companies that lost money in the quarter ended on or before April 30, 2015. In addition, Fortune excludes companies that have announced intentions to restate previously reported financial data, if these errors appear to have a significant impact. Also, Fortune excludes companies that lost money in the quarter ended May 31 or June 30, if the loss represents a deterioration in business conditions. The data are provided by Zacks Investment Research. The data checking process was aided by information provided by S&P Capital IQ, Hoover’s, FactSet Research Systems, and Morningstar Document Research.

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This year's Fastest-Growing Companies marks the 19th running of the list. In our annual list of public companies with the most stellar three-year profit, revenue, and stock growth, Facebook makes its first appearance.

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Facebook

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
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Advertising, including for videos, boosted Facebook’s results—its first appearance on this list. Once seen as having no profit model, it earned $2.9 billion last year.

Facebook also made our Change the World list, click here to see.

Read more: Mobile advertising makes Facebook one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S.

Company Information

Location Menlo Park, CA
Industry Internet Services & Retailing
Sector Technology
Fortune 500 Rank 242
Fortune 500 Profile http://fortune.com/fortune500/facebook-242/
Current Streak 1
Years on List 1
CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Website http://www.facebook.com

Revenue, Net Income

$ millions
Revenue Past Four Quarters 13507
Net Income Past Four Quarters 2810

Growth Rates

%
EPS 3 yr Annual Growth Rate 105%
Rev 3 yr Annual Growth Rate 51%
Total Return 3 yr Annual Rate 40%
Beat S&P 3 yr Total Return?

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EPS Growth Rank 13
Revenue Growth Rank 8
Total Return Rank 56
Fortune's Take On Facebook
  • Facebook Users Have Raised $1 Billion on the Site Since 2015
    The year the tech giant introduced the donate button.
  • Microsoft To Buy the Chatbot Startup XOXCO
    The startup once specialized in building chatbots for Microsoft rival Slack.
  • Advertisers Are Giving People With 1,000 Instagram Followers Endorsement Deals
    Some of the 'nanoinfluencers' aren't even old enough for day jobs.
  • Facebook Went Down for a Brief Period Around the World Monday Afternoon
    The social media site was down for people across the globe, but particularly in northeastern U.S. and southern Brazil.
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