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A Trio of Small Caps Growing Earnings Fast

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Growth-focused investors may be interested in the following small-cap stocks, as these companies saw their trailing 12-month earnings per share without non-recurring items improve tremendously on a year-over-year basis. Wall Street sell-side analysts also expect these stocks will continue to grow their bottom lines over the next five years, which has led them to recommend positive ratings.


Glu Mobile

The first company investors may be interested in is Glu Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ:GLUU), a San Francisco-based developer of electronic gaming and multimedia for smartphones and tablet devices. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.44 billion.

Glu Mobile's trailing 12-month earnings per share without NRI was $0.00 as of the most recent quarter, which ended on March 30, improving impressively from a loss of 4 cents as of the comparable quarter of 2019.

Wall Street sell-side analysts predict that the company's earnings will continue to improve, reaching about 34 cents this year and 45 cents in 2021. Also, it is expected to rise by 15% every year over the next five years.

As of June, the stock has one strong buy recommendation rating, three buy recommendation ratings and two hold recommendation ratings on Wall Street.

The share price ($9.49 as of June 26) has jumped 34% in the past year, determining a 52-week range of $3.98 to $11.28.

The company's top fund holder is BlackRock with 10.98% of shares outstanding, followed by Vanguard Group with 7.21% and Philippe Laffont with 2.88%.

TPI Composites

The second company investors may be interested in is TPI Composites Inc. (NASDAQ:TPIC), a Scottsdale, Arizona-based producer and seller of composite wind blades and related manufacturing systems to original equipment manufacturers worldwide. The stock has a market capitalization of $773.32 million.

TPI Composites improved its bottom line remarkably as its trailing 12-month loss was only 11 cents per share as of the first quarter of 2020, versus a loss of 44 cents per share as of the comparable quarter of the prior year.

Wall Street analysts predict that the company's bottom line will switch to a net profit of 39 cents per share this year (up 186.7% from 2019) and report a net profit of $1.56 per share in 2020 (up 300% year over year). Also, TPI Composites' earnings are expected to grow by 50% every year over the next five years.

As of June, analysts issued one strong buy recommendation rating, five buy recommendation ratings and one hold recommendation rating for this stock.

The share price ($21.93 as of June 26) has fallen by 12.75% in the past year, determining a 52-week range of $9.19 to $31.18.

With 8.19% of shares outstanding, BlackRock is the company's top fund holder, followed by Vanguard Group with 4.43% and Handelsbanken Fonder AB with 4.29%.

NuStar Energy

The third company investors may be interested in is NuStar Energy LP (NYSE:NS), a San Antonio, Texas-based oil and gas midstream operator. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.53 billion.

NuStar Energy LP reported an impressive improvement in its bottom line as its trailing 12-month net loss was only $1.03 per share as of the first quarter of 2020, compared to a net loss of $6.6 per share as of the first quarter of 2019.

Wall Street sell-side analysts predict that NuStar Energy's bottom line will improve further over the coming years. The company is expected to report a smaller net loss of 37 cents per share this year (up 83.91% from 2019) and then switch to a net profit of 76 cents per share in 2021 (up 305.40% from 2020). Furthermore, the bottom line is anticipated to increase by 13.6% every year over the next five years.

As of June, two analysts recommend a buy rating and seven analysts recommend a hold rating for this stock.

NuStar Energy's share price ($14.01 as of June 26) has fallen 49.2% in the past year for a 52-week range of $4.98 to $30.06.

With 11.65% of shares outstanding, ALPS ADVISORS INC is the company's top fund holder, followed by Invesco Ltd. with 9.5% and TORTOISE CAPITAL ADVISORS, L.L.C. with 5.66%.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any securities mentioned.

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