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Walt Disney Co. is Yahoo Finance Company of the Year

Leah Zanolla | Posted: Dec 21, 2013 | Updated: Oct 19, 2014 - 9:25:27 AM
The Walt Disney Co. was named Yahoo Finance 'Company of the Year.' Some of the qualities Yahoo was looking for were a good mix of "financial performance, shareholder friendliness, strategic focus, employee relations and customer loyalty." Yahoo was complimentary of the way the company "honored the past, delivered in the present and positioned for the future better than any other American company." They said Disney's "successful striking of this rare balance - while focusing on careful financial stewardship and great customer experiences" was what led them to this honor.

Though Disney's stock performances weren't the best among companies their size, they had consistent quality across the board in their company - in products, global reach and preparing for future growth.

Some of Disney's 2013 highlights that Yahoo touched on:

For the third straight year, profits and revenue were at an all-time high. Disney's shares have jumped 38% for the year and more than doubled over the past couple of years.

The company's box-office results were the best they'd ever seen. There were $4 billion in ticket sales before the winter holidays had even begun.

The theme parks have seen record attendance numbers.

The consumer-products division reached $1 billion in profit.

Disney cable networks were the top rated networks for children ages 2 through 11.

In a list of the 60 leading U.S. companies, Disney was number three. The list, Harris Interactive's Reputation Quotient survey, takes into account "product quality, trust, social responsibility and treatment of employees." Specifically mentioned was Disney offering full-time jobs with benefits to eligible part-time employees.

Disney owns six of the top ten app downloads for the Kindle.

Yahoo points out that these qualities are not an anomaly for 2013, but are more of a payoff of Bob Iger's strategies that he's been putting in place since becoming CEO in 2005.