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Alberto Abaterusso
Alberto Abaterusso
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A Trio of Stocks Growing Earnings Fast

Their 5-year EPS growth rates beat the S&P 500

June 15, 2020 | About:

The S&P 500’s annual earnings per share increased about 7.2% every year over the past five years through Dec. 31, 2019. Its share price, which was around $3,041.31 at close on June 12, has gained more than 45% over the past five years through June 12.

Thus, investors may want to take a look at Royal Philips NV (NYSE:PHG), Spire Inc (NYSE:SR) and Unitil Corp (NYSE:UTL), as these companies have grown their earnings per share (EPS) without non-recurring items (NRI) by an annual rate of more than 7.2% over the past five years.

Royal Philips NV

The Dutch global health diagnostics and research company saw its trailing 12-month EPS without NRI grow by a yearly average of 53% over the past five full fiscal years.

The stock price traded at $45.22 per share at close on Friday for a market capitalization of $40.55 billion and a price-earnings ratio of 34.66 compared to the industry median of 39.78.

Wall Street sell-side analysts recommend an overweight rating and have set an average share price target of $49.48 for this stock.

GuruFocus assigned a positive rating of 5 out of 10 for both the company’s financial strength and its profitability.

Spire Inc

The St. Louis, Missouri-based regulated distributor of natural gas to people and businesses in the U.S. saw its trailing 12-month EPS without NRI increase by 9% on average every year over the past five full fiscal years.

The stock price traded at $67.63 per share at close on Friday for a market capitalization of $3.47 billion and a price-earnings ratio of 23 compared to the industry median of 16.43.

Wall Street sell-side analysts recommend a hold rating and have produced an average target share price of $75.88 for this stock.

GuruFocus assigned the company a low financial strength rating of 3 out of 10 and a positive profitability rating of 6 out of 10.

Unitil Corp

The Hampton, New Hampshire-based electricity and natural gas distributor saw its trailing 12-month EPS without NRI grow by a yearly average of 9.2% over the past five full fiscal years.

The stock price traded at $48.16 per share at close on Friday for a market capitalization of $720.44 million and a price-earnings ratio of 21.79 compared to the industry median of 16.43.

Wall Street sell-side analysts recommend a hold rating and have established an average target share price of $57 for this stock.

GuruFocus assigned a low financial strength rating of 3 out of 10 to the company and a positive profitability rating of 6 out of 10.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any securities mentioned in this article.

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Alberto Abaterusso
I am a contributor at GuruFocus. I primarily write about gold, silver and precious metals mining industries. My articles have also been widely linked by popular sites, including MarketWatch, Financial Times, 24hGold, Investopedia, Financial.org, CNBS, MSN Money, Zachs, Reuters and others. I hold a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Università degli Studi di Bari (Italy), Aldo Moro. I am based in The Netherlands.

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