To arrive at the Fab 50, Forbes starts with a pool of 1,744 publicly traded companies that have at least $2 billion in annual revenue and have been listed for at least a year.
It then knocks out companies that are losing money or whose revenue is less than it was five years ago.
Next it toss out companies carrying long-term debt that's equal to more than half their total capital, or that have more than 50% state ownership. The goal is to highlight well-run entrepreneurial outfits.
Companies that are more than 50%-owned by listed parents are also culled.
Finally Forbes run the remaining contenders through a battery of more than a dozen financial measures.
The goal is an honor roll of high-performing blue chips, the region's best of the best.
Herewith is the extraction from the full list, the Southeast Asian entrepreneurial companies who did well in this field:
1. BATU KAWAN (MALAYSIA)
2. PRESS METAL ALUMINIUM HOLDINGS (MALAYSIA)
3. MOBILE WORLD INVESTMENT (VIETNAM)
Source : Forbes