3 High-Growth Small Caps With Good Profitability

Includes: CEVA, GEOS, SBUX
by: Kapitall

Interested in the small-cap sector? Small-cap companies tend to have greater volatility and more company risk as the firm establishes itself and its product. However these names offer diversification for large-cap names.

We ran a screen on the small-cap sector (stocks with market caps below $1 billion) for high-growth names, with five-year projected EPS growth above 20%. We then screened these names for those with impressive profitability, beating their industry averages on gross, operating and pretax margins by at least 5% each.

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Do you think these names will live up to their high growth expectations? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

List sorted by difference between gross margin and industry average, which indicates superior profitability.

1. CEVA Inc. (NASDAQ:CEVA): Engages in designing and licensing silicon intellectual property (SIP) for handsets, portable multimedia and consumer electronics markets. Market cap at $513.15M. Price at $21.50. Five-year projected EPS growth at 29.14%. TTM gross margin at 94.93% vs. industry average at 59.54%. TTM operating margin at 30.81% vs. industry average at 23.28%. TTM pretax margin at 35.64% vs. industry average at 22.22%.

2. Teavana Holdings, Inc. Common S (TEA): Operates as a specialty retailer of loose-leaf teas, teawares and other tea-related merchandise. Market cap at $748.54M. Price at $19.35. Five-year projected EPS growth at 31.67%. TTM gross margin at 63.77% vs. industry average at 37.85%. TTM operating margin at 18.79% vs. industry average at 10.17%. TTM pretax margin at 17.8% vs. industry average at 9.37%.

3. OYO Geospace Corp. (OYOG): Engages in designing and manufacturing instruments and equipment used in the acquisition and processing of seismic data; and in the characterization and monitoring of producing oil and gas reservoirs. Market cap at $666.94M. Price at $105.50. Five-year projected EPS growth at 37.00%. TTM gross margin at 47.97% vs. industry average at 34.18%. TTM operating margin at 26.12% vs. industry average at 17.91%.TTM pretax margin at 26.34% vs. industry average at 13.4%.

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

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