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A Trio of Stocks Growing Earnings Fast

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

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Alberto Abaterusso
Jun 15, 2020
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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 (

PHG, Financial), Spire Inc (SR, Financial) and Unitil Corp (UTL, Financial), 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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