St. Louis’ Fortune 1,000 Headquarters

by Tim Alexander and Bailey Tripp | Jul 14, 2016

The Fortune 1,000 is an annual ranking of publicly-traded companies sorted by their revenues. Eighteen Fortune 1,000 companies are headquartered in St. Louis – nine of which are among the top 500. The regional group of Fortune 500 companies remains unchanged since the 2014 ranking, but there have been some remarkable shifts in their standing this year. Listed below are the 18 St. Louis headquarters, their Fortune ranking and their revenue.
 

Company

Rank

Revenue (Billions)

Express Scripts Holding

22

$101.8

Centene

124

$22.8

Emerson Electric

128

$22.3

Monsanto

189

$15.0

Reinsurance Group of America

271

$10.4

Jones Financial

382

$6.7

Graybar Electric

423

$6.1

Ameren

425

$6.1

Peabody Energy

458

$5.6

Post Holdings

535

$4.7

Olin

761

$2.9

Panera Bread

797

$2.7

Caleres

824

$2.6

Arch Coal

826

$2.6

Edgewell Personal Care

856

$2.4

Stifel Financial

872

$2.4

Belden

887

$2.3

Spire

980

$2.0

 

Centene was the biggest mover on the list, jumping 62 spots in the ranking from 186 in 2015 to 124 in 2016 partially due to their $6.3 billion acquisition of Health Net. Express Scripts retained its position at number 22 and remains the highest-ranking St. Louis headquarters on the list.

Turmoil in the energy markets has negatively affected some regional headquarters, such as SunEdison, Arch Coal and Peabody Energy. Although SunEdison and Arch Coal no longer qualify for the Fortune list, Peabody remains in the top 500. Sigma-Aldrich is no longer on the list due to its acquisition by Merck. Energizer split into two companies: Energizer and Edgewell Personal Care. This brought a new headquarters to St. Louis, which ranks at 856; however, Energizer’s revenues ranked below the cutoff point. Spire, formerly the Laclede Group, rejoined the Fortune ranking after its acquisition of EnergySouth earlier this year.

The Fortune 1,000 list alone does not encompass all the large headquarters in the region. Many businesses do not qualify for the list because they are privately owned, such as Enterprise Rent-A-Car and World Wide Technology, or are nonprofits like BJC HealthCare. These headquarters are major sources of economic activity in the region which bring in similar revenues compared to local companies ranked on the Fortune list.

The Fortune 1,000 list fluctuates due to the ever-changing business landscape. Despite this, St. Louis headquarters consistently rank high and continue to grow. These standings document St. Louis’ long-term viability as a headquarters location for some of the nation’s largest and most innovative companies.