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Have any companies embarked on growth phase after decades of low growth?

Mark Jr.

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Just wondering something lately, are there any notable examples of companies or businesses that embarked on a growth phase after already existing for 10 or 20 years without high growth?


The main one that comes to mind is I once read that after Sam Walton opened his first store, it took him 20 years to open his second location.


That is the other part I'm wondering, in cases where small, microcap or even nanocaps (or privately held) companies started growing after a long precursor of steady state or low growth, how many did so under the same CEO? Or in those cases, is a CEO change (or management change) always the catalyst?


Working on a particular thesis and looking for historical parallels.



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There are many cases. Just a few off the top of my head:


Very famous case Kimberly Clark.


Maybe the most obvious one on this board: Berkshire Hathaway


Coke in the 80s and 90s after stalling in the 70s.


Haven't looked at it but pretty sure 3M did too. What they're doing right now is much more growthy than mining.


Most of the cases I know happen because of a transformation of the company (3M and Kimberly Clark) or the arrival of a super CEO that reinvigorates the company.

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"Working on a particular thesis and looking for historical parallels."


these examples are all hindsight, of course.  curious what your thesis is...let us know if (after) you have acted on it


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