- Companies must have achieved a market cap of at least $250 million as of March 2012.
- During the last four quarters, companies must have achieved “average” or “conservative” AGR scores. While companies were rewarded with higher scores for effective, transparent behaviors, their scores were penalized for unusual or excessive executive compensation, high levels of management turnover, substantial insider trading relative to their corporate peers, or high levels of short-term executive compensation.
- Companies did not amend filings or become the subject of enforcement actions from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
- Companies had to rank highly in GMI’s Equity Risk Ranking, which indicates a positive forecast for equity returns.
- Companies also needed to demonstrate a minimal likelihood of financial distress, as measured by GMI’s Bankruptcy Risk model.
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