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FORTUNE’s latest list of the fastest-growing publicly traded companies is out, and there are several mortgage-related firms — mostly banks — that made the cut this year.

At the top of the ranking for all industries was Rolling Hills Estates, California-based Natural Health Trends, a multilevel marketer of beauty products and nutritional supplements.

The rankings factor in the revenue-growth rate, earnings-per-share growth rate and the annualized total return for the three years ended June 30, 2016, according to FORTUNE.

LendingTree was No. 10 on the list — making it the highest-ranking mortgage-related company.
The Charlotte, North Carolina-based business had EPS three-year growth of 40 percent and a total three-year return of 73 percent.

Next was Banc of California, which was No. 26. Located in Irvine, California, the commercial bank had a total three-year return of 14 percent.

No. 31 on the overall list was Hilltop Holdings Inc., parent
of PrimeLending, where mortgage originations during the first-nine months of this year came to nearly $12 billion. The EPS three-year growth rate was 51 percent. It was the first time on the list for Hilltop.

“At the heart of our success are our employees,” Hilltop Holdings Co-Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman Alan B. White stated in an accompanying announcement. “Their talent and hard work create the culture of service excellence that exists across our family of companies.”

Assured Guaranty
LTD was No. 36 on FORTUNE’s list. Among the business lines at the Hamilton, Bermuda-based company is insuring structured-finance obligations. EPS three-year growth at Assured was 79 percent.

In the 52nd position was CU Bancorp. The
Los Angeles-based commercial bank had 44 percent three-year EPS growth.

Pine Bluff, Arkansas-based Simmons First National landed in the 59th spot with a 34 percent revenue three-year growth rate.

No. 61 Stonegate Bank in Pompano Beach, Florida,
had a 33 percent three-year revenue growth rate.

KB Home was
No. 65 on FORTUNE’s ranking with EPS three-year growth of 140 percent. Los Angeles-based KB previously reported that it it sold 3,083 home loans for $796 million to Nationstar Mortgage LLC in the nine months ended Aug. 31.

Other mortgage-related entities to make the list of the 100 fastest-growing firms was No. 69 Bank of the Ozarks, No. 71 BNC Bancorp, No. 76 Ameris Bancorp, No. 78 Home Bancshares, No. 80 HFF and No. 94 Eagle Bancorp.

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