Five of the Fastest Growing Small-Cap Stocks
In order to find fast growing small-cap stocks that the market may be overlooking, I ran a simple scan. The metrics used were stocks that were rated "buy or better" by the majority of analysts following them, sales and EPS growth of over 20% for the last 5 years, and anticipated EPS growth this year and next year of over 20%. The scan also dictated that the companies have market caps between $50 million and $300 million. The scan turned up 12 names. Benzinga highlights five of these names below.
Craft Brew Alliance (NASDAQ: BREW) - This company appears to be a very attractive, fast-growing, small-cap stock. Over the last 5 years, BREW shares have risen around 187%. While the stock is down a little better than 15% over the last 52-weeks, it is up 30% in 2012. The long-term chart continues to look compelling and BREW trades at a reasonable valuation - roughly 14X trailing earnings. Craft Brew Alliance, Inc., formerly Craft Brewers Alliance, Inc., is an independent brewing company, whose present operations reflect the merger of Pacific Northwest craft brewers, Widmer Brothers Brewing Company and Redhook Ale Brewery (Redhook). At current levels, BREW has a market cap of $147 million.
ClickSoftware Technologies (NASDAQ: CKSW) - This is another company with a very nice looking long-term chart. Over the last 5 years, the stock is up around 159%. Over the last year, however, CKSW has lost a little better than 3%, including more than 7% in 2012. Shares have fallen from a high of nearly $13 at the beginning of April to the current price of $8.83. This Israeli company is a provider of software products and solutions for workforce management and optimization for the service sector. At current levels, CKSW is yielding a very healthy 3.62%.
CPI Aerostructures (AMEX:CVU) - Like the previous two companies, CVU has a nice looking long-term chart and is actually trading at multi-year highs. Over the last 5 years, the stock has climbed around 106%. At current levels, CVU has a market capitalization of $103 million. Shares trade at a trailing P/E of 12.90 and a forward P/E of 7.57. CPI Aerostructures, Inc. is engaged in the contract production of structural aircraft parts principally for the United States Air Force and other branches of the United States armed forces, either as a prime contractor or as a subcontractor to other defense prime contractors.
Oplink Communications (NASDAQ: OPLK) - Over the very long-term, this stock has done alright for shareholders, returning around 59% over the last 10 years. In the near-term, OPLK has been trending down and has lost 26% over the last 52-weeks and 19% in 2012. As recently as February, however, shares traded above $18.00 compared to the current price of $13.32. At current levels, the company has a market cap of $253 million. Oplink Communications, Inc. (Oplink) designs, manufactures and sells optical networking components and subsystems.
Rubicon Technology (NASDAQ: RBCN) - This stock has been exceptionally volatile since its 2007 IPO. Shares have traded above $30.00 as recently as 2010 compared to the current price of $8.90. The 52-week high in the name is $23.55 compared to a 52-week low of $8.20. With the stock trading so close to a new 52-week low, there could be some upside in shares if the company can regain its previous luster. During the financial crisis, RBCN traded as low as $3.00 and change, before hitting highs above $30.00 in 2010. Rubicon Technology, Inc. is an electronic materials provider that develops, manufactures and sells monocrystalline sapphire and other crystalline products for light-emitting diodes (LEDs), radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs), blue laser diodes, optoelectronics and other optical applications.
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