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Companies that endure over the long run tend to nurture growth on a daily basis. They develop goals and then implement strategies to achieve those goals. They take the time to sit back and evaluate how they are doing along the way and where they need to make modifications and improvements. With this in mind, we looked for stocks in the oil and gas sector that have EPS growth projections of over 25% for the next five years. At this pace, companies allow themselves ample time to realize those projections. Additionally, all of the stocks have received recent ratings of "Buy" or better. To learn more about these companies, review the summaries and graphs below.

EPS growth (earnings per share growth) illustrates the growth of earnings per share over time. The five-year expected EPS growth rate is a long term annual growth estimate, where the growth projections are made by analysts, the company or other credible sources.

We first looked for oil and gas stocks. We then screened for businesses that have expected earnings per share growth of more than 25 percent for the next five years (five-year projected EPS growth rate>25%). From here, we then looked for companies that analysts rate as "Buy" or "Strong Buy" (mean recommendation < 3). We did not screen out any market caps.

Do you think these stocks are worth more than their current valuations? Use this list as a starting-off point for your own analysis.

1) Enduro Royalty Trust (NYSE:NDRO)

SectorBasic Materials
IndustryIndependent Oil & Gas
Market Cap$611.82M

NDRO stock chart

Key Metrics

5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate71.70%
Analysts' Rating2.50
Short Interest0.15%

Enduro Royalty Trust focuses on acquiring and owning a net profits interest representing the right to receive an 80% of the net profits from the sale of oil and natural gas production from certain properties located in the states of Texas, Louisiana, and New Mexico held by Enduro Resource Partners LLC. The company was founded in 2011 and is based in Austin, Texas. Enduro Royalty Trust is a subsidiary of Enduro Resource Partners LLC.

2) Gastar Exploration, Ltd. (NYSEMKT:GST)

SectorBasic Materials
IndustryIndependent Oil & Gas
Market Cap$108.47M

GST stock chart

Key Metrics

5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate53.70%
Analysts' Rating2.30
Short Interest5.43%

Gastar Exploration Ltd., an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of natural gas and oil in the United States. It focuses on the unconventional reserves, such as shale resource plays. As of December 31, 2011, the company had interests in the Marcellus Shale assets in West Virginia and Pennsylvania of approximately 43,400 gross acres; approximately 63,000 gross acres in Preston, Tucker, Pocahontas, Randolph, and Pendleton counties in West Virginia; and leases covering approximately 41,100 gross acres in the Bossier play in the Hilltop area of east Texas in Leon and Robertson counties. It also owned an average non-operated working interest on approximately 35,900 gross acres in the Powder River basin of Wyoming and Montana, as well as had proved undeveloped reserves of totaled 41.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent. Gastar Exploration Ltd. was founded in 1987 and is based in Houston, Texas.

3) Berry Petroleum Co. (BRY)

SectorBasic Materials
IndustryIndependent Oil & Gas
Market Cap$2.07B

BRY stock chart

Key Metrics

5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate29.00%
Analysts' Rating2.30
Short Interest9.27%

Berry Petroleum Company, an independent energy company, engages in the acquisition, exploitation, exploration, production, and development of crude oil and natural gas in the United States. Its principal reserves and producing properties are located in California, Texas, Utah, and Colorado. As of December 31, 2011, the company had working interests in 2,867 net productive oil wells and 282 net productive natural gas wells; and proved undeveloped reserves of 130.1 million barrels of oil equivalent. It sells its crude oil and gas to marketing companies or refiners. The company is also involved in the generation and sale of electricity to public utilities. Berry Petroleum Company was founded in 1909 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

*Company profiles were sourced from Google Finance and Yahoo Finance. Financial data was sourced from Finviz on 08/29/2012.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

Business relationship disclosure: This article was prepared for ZetaKap Media by one of our full-time analysts. We did not receive compensation for this article (other than from Seeking Alpha), and we have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

Source: 3 Analyst-Backed Oil & Gas Stocks With Growth On The Horizon