WHAT CAN YOU SAY about a year that placed your company at the top of its industry on the Globe 100, and made it the 13th best-performing Massachusetts public company in 2011?
If you’re the boss at Eaton Vance Corp., it was a mixed bag.
“I think about our performance last year as being decent, but not stellar,’’ said Thomas E. Faust Jr., Eaton Vance’s chief executive.
It was good enough to come out far ahead of the pack. In 2011 - a tough year for financial firms - the Boston-based mutual fund company had $1.2 billion in revenue, up 7 percent from the previous year. It also had $225 million in net income in 2011, up 36 percent despite the choppy market environment.
Still, Eaton Vance did not meet an important annual goal: to grow assets by 10 percent. Instead, the firm grew by 2 percent, and now has $197 billion in total assets.
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