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There are tens if not hundreds of options in deciding how to look at a company’s profitability. One interesting option is comparing a company’s profitability margins to industry peers. Companies with higher margins are keeping a greater percentage of sales as profits, and they also have more control over their cost structure.

Using this tool, we ran a screen on high-growth stocks, with five-year projected EPS growth above 20% for those with the greatest profitability, beating their industry peers on gross, operating and pretax margins.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the top six stocks mentioned below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.‬

We also created a price-weighted index of the stocks mentioned below and monitored the performance of the list relative to the S&P 500 index over the last month. To access a complete analysis of this list's recent performance, click here.

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Do you think these stocks will meet their high growth estimates? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

List sorted by difference between gross margin and industry average.

1. CARBO Ceramics Inc. (NYSE:CRR): Manufactures and supplies ceramic proppants primarily used in the hydraulic fracturing of natural gas and oil wells in the United States and internationally. Market cap of $3.26B. Analyst projected EPS growth over the next 5 years at 35.0%. TTM gross margin at 47.06% vs. industry gross margin at 34.57%. TTM operating margin at 31.01% vs. industry operating margin at 18.03%. TTM pretax margin at 30.50% vs. industry pretax margin at 16.09%. It has been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 7.7% over the last week. Yet the stock has had a good month, gaining 22.36%.

2. OYO Geospace Corp. (OYOG): Engages in designing and manufacturing instruments and equipments used in the acquisition and processing of seismic data and in the characterization and monitoring of producing oil and gas reservoirs. Market cap of $523.62M. Analyst projected EPS growth over the next 5 years at 37.0%. TTM gross margin at 46.93% vs. industry gross margin at 34.48%. TTM operating margin at 25.97% vs. industry operating margin at 18.01%. TTM pretax margin at 26.04% vs. industry pretax margin at 16.06%. The stock has had a good month, gaining 17.41%.

3. EZchip Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ:EZCH): Engages in the development and marketing of Ethernet network processors for networking equipment. Market cap of $807.45M. Analyst projected EPS growth over the next 5 years at 36.97%. TTM gross margin at 77.72% vs. industry gross margin at 60.34%. TTM operating margin at 33.61% vs. industry operating margin at 25.27%. TTM pretax margin at 35.83% vs. industry pretax margin at 24.52%. The stock has performed poorly over the last month, losing 15.01%.

4. Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS): Develops and operates various integrated resort properties primarily in the United States, Macau and Singapore. Market cap of $29.90B. Analyst projected EPS growth over the next 5 years at 53.13%. TTM gross margin at 47.99% vs. industry gross margin at 37.29%. TTM operating margin at 25.02% vs. industry operating margin at 19.67%. TTM pretax margin at 21.67% vs. industry pretax margin at 18.10%. It has been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 8.83% over the last week.

5. Pacific Capital Bancorp (NASDAQ:PCBC): Provides a range of commercial and consumer banking services to households, professionals and businesses primarily in the central coast of California. Market cap of $826.37M. Analyst projected EPS growth over the next 5 years at 46.50%. TTM gross margin at 85.23% vs. industry gross margin at 72.40%. TTM operating margin at 47.68% vs. industry operating margin at 39.32%. TTM pretax margin at 24.48% vs. industry pretax margin at 23.59%. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 15.02% (equivalent to 21.76 days of average volume). The stock has lost 7.% over the last year.

6. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (NASDAQ:GMCR): Engages in the specialty coffee and coffee maker business. Market cap of $8.18B. Analyst projected EPS growth over the next 5 years at 37.15%. TTM gross margin at 38.41% vs. industry gross margin at 33.18%. TTM operating margin at 14.61% vs. industry operating margin at 12.12%. TTM pretax margin at 11.42% vs. industry pretax margin at 9.62%. The stock has performed poorly over the last month, losing 22.02%.

7. Harman International Industries Inc. (NYSE:HAR): Engages in the development, manufacture and marketing of audio products and electronic systems primarily in the United States, Germany and other parts of Europe. Market cap of $2.70B. Analyst projected EPS growth over the next 5 years at 31.0%. TTM gross margin at 29.70% vs. industry gross margin at 27.37%. TTM operating margin at 5.83% vs. industry operating margin at 5.81%. TTM pretax margin at 4.73% vs. industry pretax margin at 3.36%. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.15). It has been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 7.02% over the last week.

*Profitability data sourced from Fidelity, all other data sourced from Finviz.

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