Most Florida companies gain on Fortune’s top firms list


Publix, AutoNation and Office Depot inched up the list of the country’s largest public companies by revenue.

Miami Herald Staff

Florida’s publicly held companies can mark a check in the “win’’box. Most moved up a few notches in Fortune’s annual ranking of the country’s largest public companies by revenue, released Monday. (The lower the number, the greater the value.)

Miami’s World Fuel Services Corp. was Florida’s biggest company, coming in at No. 71 based on total revenues of $41.5 billion for the current fiscal year. That represented a 6.7 percent revenue growth, knocking it up the ladder from No. 74 in 2013. It was the only Fortune 500 company that has grown faster than Apple.

Others on the winners list:

Lakeland-based Publix Super Markets, No. 104, up from No. 108 the previous year. Revenues grew by 5.2 percent to $29.14 billion.

Clearwater-based Tech Data Corp., No. 111, up from No. 119. Revenues grew by 5.8 percent to $26.8 billion.

St. Petersburg-based Jabil Circuit, No. 155, up from No. 163. Revenues grew 6.9 percent to $18.3 billion.

Fort Lauderdale-based AutoNation, No. 162, up from No. 177. Revenues grew 11.8 percent to $17.5 billion.

Boca Raton-based Office Depot, No. 248, up from No. 253. Revenues grew by 5.1 percent to $11.24 billion.

Tampa-based WellCare Health Plans, No. 294, up from No. 345. Revenues grew 28.6 percent to $9.5 billion.

Jacksonville-based Fidelity National Financial, No. 316 up from No. 353. Revenues grew 17 percent to $8.57 billion.

Orlando-based Darden Restaurants, No. 319, up from No. 328. Revenues grew 6.9 percent to $8.55 billion.

Boca-based Jarden Corp., No. 356 up from No. 383. Revenues grew 9.9 percent to $7.35 billion

Jacksonville’s Fidelity National Information Service, No. 426, up from No. 434. Revenues grew 3.1 percent to $6.07 billion.

Miami’s Lennar Corp., No. 431, up from No. 573. Revenues grew 44.6 percent to $5.93 billion.

St. Petersburg’s Raymond James Financials, No. 537, up from No. 601. Revenues grew 17.9 percent to $4.59 billion

Miami’s MasTec, No. 546, up from No. 606. Revenues grew 14.1 percent to $4.34 billion.

Sunrise-based Mednax rose from No. 998 to No. 928 on a revenue gain of 18.6 percent, to $2.15 billion.

Remaining relatively flat were Tampa’s Bloomin’ Brands, No. 590 for the second year in a row, despite a 3.5 percent revenue increase to $4.129 billion and Jacksonville-based CSX at No. 231, with a 2.3 percent increase in revenues to $12.92 billion. FPL parent NextEra Energy, of Juno Beach, dropped to No. 191 from No. 190, despite a 6.2 percent increase in revenues to $15.1 billion, and Miami-based Ryder System dropped from No. 404 to No. 406, despite a 2.6 percent increase in revenues to $6.4 billion.

Two other companies ranked notably more poorly this year than last. Melbourne-based Harris Corp. came in at No. 471, down from No. 429. Revenues declined 9.9 percent to $5.37 billion. And Fort Myers-based Chico’s FAS dropped from No. 792 to No. 815, gaining just 0.2 percent over 2013 revenues to $2.58 billion.

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