The Best (And Worst) Channel Stocks Of 2013


CEO: Tim McGrath

Dec. 31, 2012: $11.50
Dec. 31, 2013: $24.85
Change: +116.1%

PC Connection recorded the biggest stock price gain in 2013 among the publicly held solution providers and distributors on our list, more than doubling its share value during the year.

PC Connection, No. 25 on the CRN 2013 Solution Provider 500 list, reported sales of $1.64 billion for the nine months ended Sept. 30, a 2.5 percent gain over the same three-quarter period in 2012. Net income for the period was $25.8 million, up 6.8 percent year-over-year.

Because of the Merrimack, N.H.-based company's robust sales growth and cash flow, PC Connection's board in December approved a special dividend for shareholders of 40 cents per share.