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Humana, Tempur Sealy selected Kentucky Public Company of the Year

Jun 17th, 2015

BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL EDITORS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Humana, Tempur Sealy are recognized as co-Grand Award winners for Kentucky Public Company of the Year

iBook release profiles Kentucky’s best performing public companies 

 LOUISVILLE, Ky.  (June 17, 2015) –  Lexington-based Tempur Sealy International, Inc. (NYSE: TPX) and the Louisville healthcare insurer Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) won honors as Kentucky’s best performing public companies in ceremonies held at the 2015 INVESTKentucky Equity Conference. 

Tempur Sealy, an international bedding manufacturer and marketer, and Humana, a wellness and healthcare company, tied for the top rating based on performance criteria developed by a special selection committee. Texas Roadhouse, Inc. (NASDAQ: TXRH) and Papa Johns International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) were recognized as finalists for the award. 

“It’s an honor to be included in this group of iconic Kentucky companies, and an even greater honor to be named a co-winner,” said Tempur Sealy International, Inc. Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Dale Williams. “We appreciate the thorough research that INVESTKentucky did as part of the process, and on behalf of our more than 400 Kentucky-based team members and more than 6,500 employees worldwide, we are thankful for the recognition.” 

“We at Humana are honored to be recognized as a co-recipient of this meaningful award,” said Humana Chief Financial Officer Brian Kane. “We deeply appreciate the support of the investment community and want to thank INVESTKentucky for all it does to bring together investors and Kentucky’s public companies.”

An iBook has been released that features the Kentucky Company of the Year Grand Winners and Finalists and details about the 2015 INVESTKentucky Equity Conference.   The iBook is available as a free download from the Apple iBooks Store from any iPad or Mac, or after June 30, from iPhones running IOS 8.4. To download the iBook, developed jointly by Score Publishing and Mozaic Investor Relations, visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/investky-2015/id989917042?ls=1&mt=11

Representatives from the CFA Society Louisville and the Louisville chapter of Financial Executives International comprised the selection committee which approved and applied the selection criteria to determine the winners and finalists.  Included were accounting and market performance metrics such as return on assets, return on equity, revenue growth, total shareholder return and change in market value for a two-year period.

The committee asked each company to provide information about strategy, philanthropy and employment to determine a winner in the event of a tie, but decided for the inaugural award that the winning companies deserved to be recognized based on quantitative rankings rather than qualitative measures.

The four companies were presented awards at a ceremony held at the INVESTKentucky Equity Conference (www.investky.com), a biennial event which provides professional investors and analysts the opportunity to interact with top Kentucky public company executives. Texas Roadhouse and Papa John’s received Finalist Awards.

"We appreciate the recognition by InvestKentucky and are honored to be a part of the inaugural group of finalists," said Tonya Robinson, Senior Director of Investor Relations and Financial Reporting at Texas Roadhouse, Inc.  "Our continued success is driven by the dedication of our employees to serving our guests with a smile and exceeding their expectations each and every visit."  

Said Lance Tucker, Senior Vice President and CFO of Papa John’s: “We’re proud to be part of this group of distinguished Kentucky public companies recognized for our performance. We work to build upon our success by continually challenging ourselves to improve customer experience each and every day." 

INVESTKentucky Chairman Terry McWilliams added, “We’re proud to recognize and honor these top performing Kentucky public companies which provide so many opportunities while they serve consumers in the United States as well as internationally.”  

Details about the Grand Winners and Finalists: 

Grand Award Winners

Humana Inc.(NYSE: HUM). Humana is a leading health and well-being company focused on making it easy for people to achieve their best health with clinical excellence through coordinated care. Headquarters: Louisville. 2014 revenues: $48.50 billion. 2014 net income: $1.15 billion. Kentucky employment: 13,400 (24% of total employment).

 Tempur Sealy International, Inc. (NYSE: TPX). As the world’s largest bedding provider, Tempur Sealy develops, manufactures and markets mattresses, foundations, pillows and other products. The Company’s brand portfolio includes many of the most highly recognized brands in the industry, including Tempur®, Tempur-Pedic®, Sealy®, Sealy Posturepedic®, OptimumTM and Stearns & Foster®. Headquarters: Lexington. 2014 revenues: $2.99 billion. 2014 net income: $108.9 million. Kentucky employment: 411 (6% of total).

Second Runner Up/Finalist 

Texas Roadhouse, Inc. (NASDAQ: TXRH). Texas Roadhouse is a full service, casual dining restaurant chain, offering an assortment of specially seasoned and aged steaks and a selection of ribs, fish, seafood, chicken, pork, vegetable plates and other items. The Company operates over 450 restaurants in 49 states and 4 foreign countries. Headquarters: Louisville. 2014 revenues: $1.58 billion. 2014 net income: $87.0 million. Kentucky employment: 1,870 (5% of total). 

Third Runner Up/Finalist

Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA). Papa John's is the world's third largest pizza delivery company. For 13 of the past 15 years, consumers have rated Papa John's No. 1 in customer satisfaction among all national pizza chains in the American Customer Satisfaction Index. Headquarters: Louisville. 2014 revenues: $1.60 billion. 2014 net income: $73.3 million. Kentucky employment: 1,556 (13% of total).

 Hilliard Lyons, the region's premier investment banking firm, was Title Sponsor for INVESTKentucky (www.investky.com). Professional services firms Crowe Horwath LLP and Frost Brown Todd LLC were Platinum sponsors, joined by a number of Gold sponsors. The CFA Society, FEI and Mozaic IR were organizing partners. 

 

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Contacts: 

Terry McWilliams, Chairman, INVESTKentucky, 502.410.2113, terrym@mozaicir.com.  

Selection Committee Chair: Louis Lemos, 502.400.6017, l.lemos@firstkytrust.com

FEI-Louisville - Bill Ferko, president elect, 502-645-3414, wgferko@bellsouth.net

CFA Society Louisville - http://www.cfasociety.org/louisville

 

Keywords: #InvestKY, #BestKYCompanies. Social: facebook.com/INVESTEVENTS Twitter: @invest_confs 

 

Photos: 

  • Texas Roadhouse - Tonya Robinson is presented Finalist Award by CFA Society Louisville VP Keith Ragland. Photo download. 
  • Papa John’s International - CFO Lance Tucker (holding award) and COO Steve Ritchie receive the Finalist Award from Bill Ferko, incoming president, Financial Executives International-Louisville chapter, and CFA Society Louisville VP Keith Ragland. Photo download
  • Tempur Sealy International - CFO and EVP Dale Williams (right) accepts Grand Award from FEI-Louisville Incoming President Bill Ferko.  Photo download
  • Humana Inc. - Company of the Year Grand Award trophy. (B&W and Color Downloads). 

 INVESTKentucky logo download and Kentucky Company of the Year logo download.