If I asked you to cook up the ideal company, what would you say? No, no, I'm not asking you to tick off your favorite members of the Fortune 500 or some up-and-comer small cap that you've just found. I want you to think about the ingredients you'd give a company if you could dream it right into existence.

Would it be in a particular industry? Would it be services- or product-based? Would it have fat profit margins, or would it make its money by doing a huge volume?

We could spend all day going over the details of this magnifique stock market dish, but I would guess that there is at least one ingredient that we'd all add liberally to our creation -- growth. All those other details are great, but how interesting can a business be if it's stagnating and lacks avenues for expansion?

Turning back to reality, I have dug up a handful of companies that actually exist, and which are expected to post significant growth in the years to come. These companies may not all be the picture of perfection, but I've also consulted the 140,000 members of the Motley Fool's CAPS community to get an idea of which are our best bets.


Long-Term Growth

Price-to-Earnings Ratio

CAPS Rating
(out of 5)

Vimpel-Communications (NYSE:VIP)












Texas Instruments (NYSE:TXN)












Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM)




Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's), Yahoo! Finance, and CAPS; as of Oct. 9.

While these aren't meant to be formal recommendations, they could be a great place to kick off further research. In fact, let's dig in a bit further on Vimpel-Communications.

Fueling the growth
An investment in even one of the premier U.S. telecom providers, like Verizon (NYSE:VZ), may elicit yawns from many investors. Sure, Verizon is stable and it pays a significant dividend, but "massive growth" isn't exactly the watchword for that $82 billion hulk.

So what makes Russia's No. 2 mobile operator so exciting? It's the market, silly! The U.S. market is a highly developed one and promises relatively low subscriber growth and intense competition among giant telecom providers. Russia, on the other hand, is the "R" in that good old BRIC acronym -- a badge that denotes the promise of substantial economic growth. And for telecom providers, countrywide economic growth tends to be the golden ticket.

Though the worldwide recession and the bursting of the oil bubble have hit Russia hard, the numbers on this country have looked pretty promising. A country of 140 million people, Russia has an estimated GDP of more than $2.2 trillion and saw GDP growth of 5.6% in 2008. And the 8.7% growth in mobile subscribers in Russia in 2008 suggests that the economic growth is giving a boost to telecom providers.

But as much promise as Russia holds, the country's government is seen as highly unpredictable and often very unkind to businesses that rub it the wrong way. In fact, many investors would likely prefer to sleep naked in the Siberian tundra than try to invest in Russia.

Perfection or poser?
While I would shy away from calling any stock perfect, VimpelCom gets as close to perfect as the CAPS community allows. With more than 1,274 outperform ratings against just 36 underperforms, the stock has garnered a perfect five-star rating from CAPS.

CAPS member jonconnery became a VimpelCom fan back in February, citing the expected growth in Russia:

Russia has a low base to grow from....Moves up will be more dramatic and lasting than in the US or UK, where we are witnessing the Fall of the Anglo American Empire..... BRIC still applies and their economic growth in the years ahead will accelerate.

I've already given VimpelCom's stock a thumbs-up in my CAPS portfolio, so now I want to know what you think. Share your thoughts in the comments section below or, better still, head over to CAPS and share your opinion with the entire CAPS community.

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