Earnings per share or EPS is the company’s total profit or earnings divided by its shares outstanding. This is announced either for single quarter or for the full year (four quarters). EPS growth rate provides the amount of growth for investors.
This ratio is used to determine the multiplier in computing the company’s worth. A greater ratio returns a higher multiplier. The trend seen in this ratio can be used to find whether growth is steady , sporadic, accelerating or declining.
In this article, we looked for stocks that have maintained high EPS growth (above 25%) in the last 5 years. This growth rate is the mix of yearly growth rate of EPS prior to extraordinary items and discontinued operations over the last 5 years. We then searched for equities that range only 10% down from their 52-week highs.
Bristol Myers Squibb Co (NYSE:BMY) shares appeared 9.92% below their 52-week highs and have shown a high EPS growth of 28.37% in the last 5 years. The stock so far this year has fell -4.76% and is down -8.53% for the last five trades. BMY, a biopharmaceutical company, engages in the discovery, development, licensing, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of drugs.
UDR, Inc (NYSE:UDR) is an independent real estate investment trust. UDR, Inc has grown +6.58% this year and in the last five trades has moved down -2.98%. The stock’s price was just 6.02% below their 52-week highs and showed a high EPS growth of 154.44% over the past five years.
Brookfield Office Properties Inc (USA) (NYSE:BPO) was trading 8.99% below its 52-week best and its last 5-Year EPS growth stands at 80.61%. The stock has a year-to-date performance up +9.10% and a negative weekly performance at -0.77%. BPO is a publicly owned real estate investment firm.
Akamai Technologies, Inc (NASDAQ:AKAM) provides content delivery and cloud infrastructure services for accelerating and improving applications over the Internet in the United States and internationally.
Akamai Technologies, Inc shares are trading only 8.48% below the 52-week high and has displayed a high EPS growth of 25.74% in last 5 years. Its share price has grown +10.97% this year and is up 0.00% for the last five trades.
Dollar General Corp (NYSE:DG) floats only 8.03% below the 52-week top level and its EPS growth rate was 38.24% over prior 5 years.
The stock has a year-to-date performance up +25.28% and positive at 6.91% in last five trading sessions. DG operates as a discount retailer primarily in the southern, southwestern, midwestern, and eastern United States.