Entrepreneurial Companies Stock Index Developed by Babson Professor Shulman

Oct 08, 2010, 15:38 ET from Babson College

BABSON PARK, Mass., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A stock Index of Global Entrepreneurs, a new investment tool based on the entrepreneurial characteristics of business managers at more than 400 of the best-managed, publicly-traded, entrepreneurial companies in the world, has been developed by Babson College Professor Joel Shulman.

"The new Index hinges on a proprietary set of 15 characteristics deemed to make a company entrepreneurial," says Shulman. "It has a 5-year track record and has significantly outperformed peer benchmarks. Global Entrepreneurs have generated an annualized rate of return over 13% for the past 5 years including the worst bear market since the Great Depression."

15 Attributes That Define Entrepreneurial From Non-Entrepreneurial Companies

1. Organic growth opportunities

2. Above average ownership stake among key stakeholders

3. Low SG&A

4. Above average return on invested capital

5. Sustainable growth

6. Manageable debt

7. Active strategic alliances/partnerships/licensing

8. Aligned executive compensation packages

9. Low executive turnover

10. Transparent governance

11. Long duration of key managers

12. Low or no dividends

13. Family involvement

14. High EBITDA Margin %

15. Other significant stakeholder relationship

Shulman and faculty researchers at Babson College found that organizations focused on entrepreneurial culture, organic growth, and aligned compensation trump corporate bureaucracy on a regular basis.

The Index of Global Entrepreneurs is published daily by S&P, displayed on Bloomberg as EsharesG. There are 6 other subgroups of Entrepreneurs shown on Bloomberg with the following tickers:

-Global Entrepreneurs (EsharesG)

-US Large Cap Entrepreneurs (EsharesL)

-US Mid Cap Entrepreneurs (EsharesM)

-US Small Cap "Entrepreneurs (EsharesS)

-International Entrepreneurs (EsharesI)

-Emerging Market Entrepreneurs (EsharesE)

The Index of Global Entrepreneurs is featured in the Fall 2010 issue of The Journal of Index Investing.  To access the article, A New Investment Style: Featuring an Index of Entrepreneurial Companies, visit: http://www.iijournals.com/doi/abs/10.3905/jii.2010.1.2.107

Dr. Shulman discusses the Index in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioEDEQ2z_RU&feature=player_embedded

Dr. Shulman, an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a Certified Management Accountant, and a Certified Cash Manager. He directs the Shulman CFA Review Program which provides training for investment professionals throughout the world. He is author or coauthor of numerous academic articles and books including Encyclopedia of Business, Leasing for Profit, Alternatives to Conventional Financing, Planning Cash Flow, How to Effectively Manage Corporate Cash, A Manager's Guide to Financial Analysis, The Job of Corporate Controller, and How to Manage and Evaluate Capital Expenditures. Dr. Shulman has consulted for small entrepreneurial firms and large corporations, including Coldwell Banker, Ford Motor Company, Freddie Mac, K Mart, Merrill Lynch, Salomon Brothers, Sears, and UNISYS. He is also an active consultant for the World Bank, assisting with the development of capital markets in Central Asia and republics of the former Soviet Union.

Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., is recognized internationally as a leader in entrepreneurial management education. Babson grants BS degrees through its innovative undergraduate program, and grants MBA and custom MS and MBA degrees through the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. Babson Executive Education offers executive development programs to experienced managers worldwide. For information, visit www.babson.edu.

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