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Following is a list of 24 small cap companies for which sell-side consensus EPS expectations for the current quarter have increased by over 10% in the last month with at least two sell side analysts increasing their estimates.

Ticker

Company Name

Consensus EPS Current Qtr 1m %ch (%)

No. of analyst increasing their estimates

CWCO

CONSOLIDATED WATER

10

2

ADES

ADA-ES INC

16.99

2

ZAGG

ZAGG INC

21.88

3

HWCC

HOUSTON WIRE & CABLE

13.79

4

STRL

STERLING CONSTRUCTION

16

3

TRAD

TRADESTATION GROUP

16.13

2

OTCPK:CAST

CHINACAST EDUCATION

14.38

2

WRES

WARREN RESOURCES

27.78

4

MAIN

MAIN STREET CAPITAL

16.09

2

BODY

BODY CENTRAL

65.56

5

EGY

VAALCO ENERGY

16.67

2

OTC:KITD

KIT DIGITAL INC

333.33

2

DEPO

DEPOMED INC

100

3

ES

ENERGYSOLUTIONS

90

2

EPOC

EPOCRATES INC

40

2

REXX

REX ENERGY CORP

26.32

4

PRIM

PRIMORIS SERVICE

20.88

3

IBKR

INTERACTIVE BROK

12.2

3

DK

DELEK US HOLDING

40.72

3

GIII

G-III APPAREL GR

83.33

2

MOD

MODINE MFG CO

14.81

2

ZUMZ

ZUMIEZ

175

10

ATPG

ATP OIL & GAS

159.18

2

LNN

LINDSAY

17.18

4

Here are some of the specifics about these companies, including a brief description of their business, growth rates (top line and bottom line) and valuation:

Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. develops and operates seawater desalination plants, and water distribution systems. The Company operates in three segments: retail water operations, bulk water operations and services operations. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 0.49 and next year is 0.62. According to the consensus estimates, its top line is expected to grow 4.94% current year and 15.3% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 16.89. Out of 2 analysts covering the company, 1 is positive and has a buy recommendation and 1 has a hold rating.

ADA-ES, Inc. develops and implements environmental technology and provides specialty chemicals that enable coal-fueled power plants to meet emissions regulations, enhance existing air pollution control equipment. The Company has a wholly owned subsidiary called ADA Environmental Solutions, LLC and a 50% interest in Clean Coal Solutions, LLC (Clean Coal). Its EPS forecast for the current year is -0.71 and next year is 0.67. According to the consensus estimates, its top line is expected to grow 58.72% current year and 52.28% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 32.75. Out of 6 analysts covering the company, 4 are positive and have buy recommendations and 2 have hold ratings.

ZAGG Incorporated designs, manufactures and distributes protective coverings, audio accessories and power solutions for consumer electronic and hand-held devices under the brand names invisibleSHIELD, ZAGGaudio, and ZAGGskins. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 0.5 and next year is 0.63. According to the consensus estimates, its top line is expected to grow 31.62% current year and 18.86% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 13.29. All 5 analysts covering the company are positive and have buy recommendations.

Houston Wire & Cable Company is a distributor of specialty wire and cable and related services to the United States electrical distribution market. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 0.78 and next year is 0.96. According to the consensus estimates, its top line is expected to grow 24.81% current year and 7.41% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 15.25. Out of 5 analysts covering the company, 3 are positive and have buy recommendations and 2 have hold ratings.

Sterling Construction Company, Inc. is a heavy civil construction company that specializes in the building, reconstruction and repair of transportation and water infrastructure. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 0.94 and next year is 1.16. According to the consensus estimates, its top line is expected to grow 8.82% current year and 7.44% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 13.91. Out of 7 analysts covering the company, 3 are positive and have buy recommendations and 4 have hold ratings.

TradeStation Group, Inc. is a trading technology company. The Company operates through two operating subsidiaries: TradeStation Securities, Inc. (TradeStation Securities), which is an online broker-dealer and futures commission merchant, and TradeStation Technologies, Inc. (TradeStation Technologies), which is a trading technology company. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 0.16 and next year is 0.29. According to the consensus estimates, its top line is expected to grow 4.34% current year and 10.27% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 25.58. Out of 7 analysts covering the company, 1 is positive and has buy recommendations, 2 have sell recommendations and 4 have hold ratings.

ChinaCast Education Corporation is a post-secondary education and e-Learning services provider in People's Republic of China. The Company provides post-secondary degree and diploma programs through its two universities in China: The Foreign Trade and Business College of Chongqing Normal University and the Lijiang College of Guangxi Normal University. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 0.61 and next year is 0.7. According to the consensus estimates, its top line is expected to grow 22.46% current year and 9.56% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 8.75. All 4 analysts covering the company are positive and have buy recommendations.

Warren Resources, Inc. is an independent energy company engaged in the exploration and development of domestic onshore oil and gas reserves. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 0.24 and next year is 0.51. According to the consensus estimates, its top line is expected to grow 5.64% current year and 26.84% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 9.53. Out of 5 analysts covering the company, 2 have sell recommendations and 3 have hold ratings.

Main Street Capital Corporation is a principal investment firm focused on providing customized financing solutions to lower middle-market companies with annual revenues between $10 million and $100 million. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 1.43 and next year is 1.56. According to the consensus estimates, its top line is expected to grow 27.27% current year and 30.88% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 12.04. Out of 4 analysts covering the company, 1 is positive and has buy recommendation and 3 have hold ratings.

Body Central Corp. is a specialty retailer of young women's apparel and accessories operating retail stores in the South, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions of the United States. In addition, the Company operates a direct business through its e-commerce Website and Body Central catalog. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 1.12 and next year is 1.37. According to the consensus estimates, its top line is expected to grow 20.39% current year and 18.88% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 18.3. All 4 analysts covering the company are positive and have buy recommendations.

VAALCO Energy, Inc. is an independent energy company principally engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of crude oil and natural gas. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 0.73 and next year is 0.85. According to the consensus estimates, its top line is expected to grow 32.26% current year and 0% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 8.64. Out of 2 analysts covering the company, 1 is positive and has a buy recommendation and 1 has a hold rating.

KIT digital, Inc., through its operating subsidiaries, provides enterprise clients an end-to-end technology platform for managing Internet Protocol (IP)-based video assets across the browser, mobile device and Internet protocol television (IPTV) set-top box-enabled television set. It offers interface design, branding, strategic planning and technical integration services to complement its VX-branded software platform. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 0.28 and next year is 0.87. According to the consensus estimates, its top line is expected to grow 65.53% current year and 28.96% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 13.23. All 6 analysts covering the company are positive and have buy recommendations.

Depomed, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of differentiated products that are based on oral drug delivery technologies. It has developed two products, which have been approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and are marketed. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 0.84 and next year is 0.24. According to the consensus estimates, its top line is expected to grow 89.42% current year and decline 13.15% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 36.67. All 3 analysts covering the company are positive and have buy recommendations.

EnergySolutions, Inc. is a provider of specialized, technology-based nuclear services to government and commercial customers. The Company’s range of nuclear services includes engineering, in-plant support services, spent nuclear fuel management, decontamination and decommissioning (D&D), operation of nuclear reactors, logistics, transportation, processing and disposal. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 0.23 and next year is 0.35. According to the consensus estimates, its top line is expected to decline 0.87% current year and grow 0.99% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 15.95. Out of 7 analysts covering the company, 5 are positive and have buy recommendations and 2 have hold ratings.

Epocrates, Inc. is a provider of clinical information and decision support tools to healthcare professionals, as well as interactive information services to the healthcare industry. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 0.4 and next year is 0.67. According to the consensus estimates, its top line is expected to grow 19.26% current year and 25.08% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 32.43. Out of 5 analysts covering the company, 2 are positive and have buy recommendations and 3 have hold ratings.

Rex Energy Corporation is an independent oil and gas company operating in the Appalachian Basin and the Illinois Basin. In the Appalachian Basin, the Company is focused on the Marcellus Shale drilling projects. In the Illinois Basin, in addition to the developmental conventional oil drilling, Rex is focused on the implementation of improved oil recovery on the properties. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 0.19 and next year is 0.46. According to the consensus estimates, its top line is expected to grow 64.13% current year and 56.43% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 25.54. Out of 14 analysts covering the company, 11 are positive and have buy recommendations and 3 have hold ratings.

Primoris Services Corporation is a holding company of various subsidiaries, which form a diversified engineering and construction company providing a range of construction, fabrication, maintenance, replacement and engineering services to public utilities, petrochemical companies, energy companies, municipalities and other customers. The Company provides services in two business segments: Construction Services and Engineering. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 0.86 and next year is 0.9. According to the consensus estimates, its top line is expected to grow 27.66% current year and 0.07% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 12.58. Out of 6 analysts covering the company, 4 are positive and have buy recommendations and 2 have hold ratings.

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. is an automated global electronic market maker and broker specializing in routing orders and executing and processing trades in securities, futures, foreign exchange instruments, bonds and mutual funds on more than 80 electronic exchanges and trading venues worldwide. It operates in two segments: market making and electronic brokerage. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 0.95 and next year is 1.13. According to the consensus estimates, its top line is expected to grow 10.2% current year and 14.73% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 14.19. Out of 6 analysts covering the company, 1 is positive and has a buy recommendation, 1 has a sell recommendation and 4 have hold ratings.

Delek US Holdings, Inc. is a diversified energy business focused on petroleum refining, wholesale sales of refined products and retail marketing. The Company’s business consists of three operating segments: refining, marketing and retail. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 0.77 and next year is 0.71. According to the consensus estimates, its top line is expected to decline -25.94% current year and grow 1.55% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 18.72. Out of 8 analysts covering the company, 3 are positive and have buy recommendations, 1 has a sell recommendation and 4 have hold ratings.

G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. designs, manufactures and markets a range of outerwear, sportswear and dresses, including coats, jackets, pants and women’s suits. The Company sells its products under licensed brands, its own brands and private retail labels. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 3.25 and next year is 3.73. According to the consensus estimates, its top line is expected to grow 14.24% current year and 10.93% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 10.18. Out of 6 analysts covering the company, 5 are positive and have buy recommendations and 1 has a hold rating.

Modine Manufacturing Company specializes in thermal management systems and components, bringing heating and cooling technology and solutions to diversified global markets. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 0.56 and next year is 1.05. According to the consensus estimates, its top line is expected to grow 22.99% current year and 14.86% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 16.14. Out of 4 analysts covering the company, 3 are positive and have buy recommendations and 1 has a hold rating.

Zumiez Inc. is a mall-based specialty retailer of action sports related apparel, footwear, equipment and accessories operating under the Zumiez brand name. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 1.06 and next year is 1.27. According to the consensus estimates, its top line is expected to grow 13.42% current year and 12.72% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 21.52. Out of 21 analysts covering the company, 8 are positive and have buy recommendations, 1 has a sell recommendation and 12 have hold ratings.

ATP Oil & Gas Corporation is engaged in the acquisition, development and production of oil and natural gas properties in the Gulf of Mexico and the United Kingdom and Dutch Sectors of the North Sea (the North Sea). Its EPS forecast for the current year is -0.81 and next year is 2.25. According to the consensus estimates, its top line is expected to grow 63.23% current year and 44.98% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 7.8. Out of 7 analysts covering the company, 3 are positive and have buy recommendations, 2 have sell recommendations and 2 have hold ratings.

Lindsay Corporation is a designer and manufacturer of self-propelled center pivot and lateral move irrigation systems, which are used in the agricultural industry to increase or stabilize crop production, while conserving water, energy, and labor. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 2.65 and next year is 3.02. According to the consensus estimates, its top line is expected to grow 23.67% current year and 9.04% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 24.17. Out of 7 analysts covering the company, 2 have sell recommendations and 5 have hold ratings.



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Source: 24 Small Caps With an Upward Trend in Consensus EPS Expectations