11 Highly Profitable, High Growth Stocks

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Compiled by Luis Gonzalez: The following is a list of high growth stocks, based on projected earnings per share growth over the next five years. All of the stocks mentioned below have projected EPS growth rates higher than 20% over the next five years.

In addition, all of these stocks are more profitable than their competitors, when comparing 5-year average gross profit margins and net profit margins.

We're not going to go into detailed analysis for each company. The goal here is to give you a starting point for your own analysis.

Profitability and industry comps sourced from Reuters, short float and performance data sourced from Finviz.

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1. American Public Education, Inc. (APEI): Business Services Industry. Market cap of $646.92M. Sales have grown by 45.16% over the past 5 years, EPS is projected to grow by 24.0% over the next 5 years. 5-year average gross margin at 58.67% vs. industry average at 55.8%. 5-year average net profit margin at 13.4% vs. industry average at 9.19%. Short float at 8.42%, which implies a short ratio of 6.51 days. The stock has lost -4.91% over the last year.

2. Baidu, Inc. (BIDU): Internet Information Providers Industry. Market cap of $36.9B. Sales have grown by 106.85% over the past 5 years, EPS is projected to grow by 56.17% over the next 5 years. 5-year average gross margin at 64.18% vs. industry average at 43.65%. 5-year average net profit margin at 33.25% vs. industry average at 16.74%. Short float at 2.99%, which implies a short ratio of 0.81 days. The stock has gained 141.02% over the last year.

3. Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (CMTL): Communication Equipment Industry. Market cap of $776.04M. Sales have grown by 20.38% over the past 5 years, EPS is projected to grow by 35.0% over the next 5 years. 5-year average gross margin at 40.21% vs. industry average at 31.53%. 5-year average net profit margin at 10.69% vs. industry average at 5.52%. Short float at 7.81%, which implies a short ratio of 6.53 days. The stock has lost -24.39% over the last year.

4. Deckers Outdoor Corp. (DECK): Apparel Footwear & Accessories Industry. Market cap of $3.06B. Sales have grown by 30.51% over the past 5 years, EPS is projected to grow by 24.33% over the next 5 years. 5-year average gross margin at 45.06% vs. industry average at 42.11%. 5-year average net profit margin at 12.65% vs. industry average at 5.28%. Short float at 13.65%, which implies a short ratio of 2.85 days. The stock has gained 114.65% over the last year.

5. DG FastChannel, Inc. (DGIT): Business Services Industry. Market cap of $835.06M. Sales have grown by 28.93% over the past 5 years, EPS is projected to grow by 22.0% over the next 5 years. 5-year average gross margin at 54.4% vs. industry average at 24.9%. 5-year average net profit margin at 7.92% vs. industry average at 2.51%. Short float at 6.82%, which implies a short ratio of 4.99 days. The stock has gained 7.72% over the last year.

6. New Oriental Education & Technology Group (EDU): Education & Training Services Industry. Market cap of $4.04B. Sales have grown by 34.75% over the past 5 years, EPS is projected to grow by 26.78% over the next 5 years. 5-year average gross margin at 61.16% vs. industry average at 55.8%. 5-year average net profit margin at 19.83% vs. industry average at 9.19%. Short float at 3.42%, which implies a short ratio of 4.38 days. The stock has gained 33.36% over the last year.

7. HMS Holdings Corp. (HMSY): Business Services Industry. Market cap of $1.78B. Sales have grown by 35.36% over the past 5 years, EPS is projected to grow by 24.46% over the next 5 years. 5-year average gross margin at 73.48% vs. industry average at 47.7%. 5-year average net profit margin at 11.24% vs. industry average at 4.65%. Short float at 6.36%, which implies a short ratio of 9.14 days. The stock has gained 29.71% over the last year.

8. Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (ISRG): Medical Appliances & Equipment Industry. Market cap of $11.09B. Sales have grown by 49.95% over the past 5 years, EPS is projected to grow by 24.65% over the next 5 years. 5-year average gross margin at 69.93% vs. industry average at 47.12%. 5-year average net profit margin at 23.9% vs. industry average at 5.74%. Short float at 6.95%, which implies a short ratio of 4.66 days. The stock has lost -7.79% over the last year.

9. Lululemon Athletica Inc. (LULU): Apparel Clothing Industry. Market cap of $5.17B. Sales have grown by 61.87% over the past 5 years, EPS is projected to grow by 28.18% over the next 5 years. 5-year average gross margin at 50.88% vs. industry average at 40.37%. 5-year average net profit margin at 10.72% vs. industry average at 6.2%. Short float at 18.77%, which implies a short ratio of 5.16 days. The stock has gained 125.4% over the last year.

10. Research In Motion Limited (RIMM): Diversified Communication Services Industry. Market cap of $33.15B. Sales have grown by 61.75% over the past 5 years, EPS is projected to grow by 22.68% over the next 5 years. 5-year average gross margin at 59.39% vs. industry average at 31.53%. 5-year average net profit margin at 36.76% vs. industry average at 5.52%. Short float at 6.15%, which implies a short ratio of 2.1 days. The stock has gained 0.49% over the last year.

11. WebMD Health Corp. (WBMD): Internet Information Providers Industry. Market cap of $3.18B. Sales have grown by 26.73% over the past 5 years, EPS is projected to grow by 25.0% over the next 5 years. 5-year average gross margin at 62.29% vs. industry average at 43.65%. 5-year average net profit margin at 35.98% vs. industry average at 16.74%. Short float at 3.41%, which implies a short ratio of 6.26 days. The stock has gained 36.6% over the last year.



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