Profitability Ranking of Broker/Dealers Among the Second Hundred Largest Banking Companies
 Based on return on equity and growth in per-share earnings* — Fiscal 1996-2000

    5-Yr Av 5-Yr 5-Yr EPS 5-Yr 5-Yr
5-Yr   ROAE ROAE Gr Rate EPS Gr Total
Rank Company (%) Rank (%) Rank Score
1 Southwest Securities Group, Dallas+ 20.89 2 72.0 1 3
2 Jefferies Group, Los Angeles 21.14 1 17.5 3 4
3 A.G. Edwards, St. Louis++ 19.44 3 25.5 2 5

*After extraordinary items and on a fully diluted basis
Excludes companies for which no EPS was available in 1996, 1997, 1998 or 1999
Where score is equal, company with higher ROAE receives the superior ranking
+ Fiscal year ended June 30, 2000; ++ Feb. 29, 2000
Source: Raw data was supplied by SNL Securities

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