The verdict seems to be in. Crackerjack EMC Investor Relations guy, Erik Wolf, did some further investigating into the best performing tech stocks of the last 20 years.
He looked at all NYSE Listed large-cap (defined as 10B+) tech companies, as classified by Thomson Financial who have been public for at least 20 years and charted the results. See the chart above.
That's EMC on the top in the dark blue (again showing over 16,000% return), followed by Texas Instruments in light blue, ADP in red, HP in green, IBM in yellow, Kyocera Corp in burgundy, and Motorola in light green.
Erik also pulled all traded tech companies (inclusive of NASDAQ) with a market cap of $10+B who have been trading for at least 20 years. Again EMC came out on top.
Here's the list of companies who qualified:
I'm getting in a bell-ringing mood! I was up on the NYSE bridge to ring that closing bell in 1995 for the first time. This was in tandem with a software launch, which we held at the NYSE. The first time is always special.
We did another bell ring in 1999 or 2000 celebrating a networked storage launch. That was the most fun one. We dressed hundreds of folks up like Superman (or Storageman, really) ... because the top Storage company was coming to the party to unite the information nation (in our world, this is information that travels in little packets on the Internet and in BIG chunks on bullet-proof networks inside companies). Though the Supermen were my idea and I worked with the great folks at the Exchange to make it happen, I didn't join for that ring. I was across town presenting EMC's story to investors at the Salomon Smith Barney Conference. I have a great photo of a bunch of Supermen carrying Richard Grasso, former Chairman of the Exchange on their shoulders as they walk the Floor on my bulletin board.
The next ring was the "Stock of the Decade" ring. That's on my bulletin board, too. That ring was to celebrate EMC's achievement as the best performing stock of a decade on the NYSE -- we had the best performance of any stock over 10 years in the 217 year history of the Exchange. We opted to ring the opening bell on that one ... symbolizing, of course, that we were just getting going (we were SO RIGHT!). Best factoid about that ring was that we bumped Rudy Giuliani to do it. (Remind me to tell that story later ... it is a GREAT one).
Our most recent ring was to celebrate our 15th anniversary for being a listed stock. Thus, my lack of sleep the other night with thoughts of opportunity lost. This is our 20th year of being listed. We're the best performing tech stock of that duration ... and I like ringing that bell! :)
Congrats to everyone EMC for such an accomplishment!!
If anyone crunches some numbers and comes up with another result, please share. We might have missed something. As shared in my prior post, even coming close to this AMAZING accomplishment in the land of tech is something to be hugely proud of.
Cheers to the folks at EMC and to our customers who have put their faith in us all these years!