Top 4 Stocks in the Catalog & Mail Order Houses Industry with the Highest EPS
On this first day of May, here are the top catalog & mail order houses stocks on the NYSE and the NASDAQ in terms of earnings per share.
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Liberty InteractiveCompany: Liberty Interactive (NASDAQ: LINTA)
Trailing twelve-month EPS: $2.78
Trailing twelve-month operating margin: 11.74%
Overview: Liberty Interactive Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in video and on-line commerce businesses in North America, Europe, and Asia. The company markets and sells various consumer products through live televised shopping programs and via its Websites and other interactive media. It also operates on-line commerce Websites offering sports gear and clothing for outdoor and active individuals in various categories; sports nutrition, body building, and fitness products; costumes, accessories, décor, party supplies, and invitations; and perishable goods, including flowers, fruits, and desserts, as well as upscale personalized gifts. In addition, it operates travel research platforms, tripadvisor.com and daodao.com, which aggregate reviews and opinions from its community of travelers about destinations, accommodations, restaurants, and activities worldwide through its flagship TripAdvisor brand. The company was formerly known as Liberty Media Corporation and changed its name to Liberty Interactive Corporation in September 2011. Liberty Interactive Corporation was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado. (via Businessweek).
eBayCompany: eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY)
Trailing twelve-month EPS: $2.06
Trailing twelve-month revenue: $11.54 billion
Overview: eBay Inc. provides online platforms, tools, and services to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. Its Marketplaces segment operates ecommerce platform eBay.com; vertical shopping sites, such as StubHub, Fashion, Motors, and Half.com; and classifieds Websites, including Den Blå Avis, BilBasen, Gumtree, Kijiji, LoQUo, Marktplaats.nl, mobile.de, Alamaula, eBay Anuncios, eBay Kleinanzeigen, and eBay Annunci, as well as provides advertising services. This segment also provides RedLaser to facilitate mobile commerce; Milo to enable search for goods at local retailers; WHI to offer an ecatalog of motor parts and accessories; and Hunch to improve search and merchandising based on customers' needs and tastes. The company’s Payments segment offers payment and settlement services for consumers and merchants on and off eBay Websites and other merchant Websites. This segment operates PayPal, which enables individuals and businesses to send and receive payments online and through mobile devices; Bill Me Later that enables the United States merchants to offer, the United States consumers to obtain, credit at the point of sale for ecommerce and mobile transactions; Zong, which allows users with mobile phones to purchase digital goods and have the transactions charged to their phone bill; and BillSAFE that enables customers pay for purchases upon receipt of an invoice. Its GSI segment offers an ecommerce services suite for enterprise clients that operate in general merchandise categories, including apparel, sporting goods, toys and baby, health and beauty, and home; and marketing services comprising digital agency, enterprise email marketing, mobile advertising, affiliate marketing, online advertisement retargeting, and in-depth analytics services. The company also operates an open platform for merchants and developers. eBay Inc. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in San Jose, California. (via Businessweek).
Stamps.comCompany: Stamps.com (NASDAQ: STMP)
Trailing twelve-month EPS: $1.83
Trailing twelve-month ROA: 12.89%
Overview: Stamps.com Inc. provides Internet-based postage solutions. The company offers solutions to mail and ship various mail pieces, including postcards, envelopes, flats, and packages. Its products and services include the United States Postal Service (USPS)-approved PC Postage service that enables users to print electronic stamps directly onto envelopes, plain paper, or labels using personal computer, printer, and Internet connection; PC postage integration services, including electronic postage for transactions to partners who manage the front-end process; and PhotoStamps, a patented form of postage, which allows consumers to turn digital photos, designs, or images into valid United States postage. The company also sells NetStamps labels, shipping labels, other mailing labels, postage printers, scales, and other mailing and shipping-focused office supplies through its mailing and shipping supplies store. In addition, it offers Stamps.com branded insurance enabling users to insure their mail or packages. Stamps.com Inc. serves individuals, small businesses, home offices, medium-size businesses, and large enterprises. The company was formerly known as StampMaster, Inc. and changed its name to Stamps.com Inc. in December 1998. Stamps.com Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in El Segundo, California. (via Businessweek).
Liquidity ServicesCompany: Liquidity Services (NASDAQ: LQDT)
Trailing twelve-month EPS: $1.39
Total cash in Q1 2013: $45.89 million
Overview: Liquidity Services Inc. operates an online auction marketplace for wholesale, surplus, and salvage assets primarily in the U.S. and Europe. The Washington-based company organizes products by industry, such as consumer electronics, general merchandise, apparel, scientific equipment, and aerospace parts and equipment, with some 500 categories in all. Its marketplaces provide professional buyers access to a supply of wholesale, surplus, and salvage assets, along with digital images, detailed product description, product manifest, relevant transaction history regarding the seller, shipping weights, product dimensions, and estimated shipping costs. The company runs liquidation.com for corporations and selected federal government agencies; govliquidation.com for selected government agencies; and liquibiz.com for European-based corporations and government agencies. It also operates a wholesale industry portal, goWholesale.com, that connects advertisers with buyers seeking products for resale and related business services. The company offers a suite of integrated sales, marketing, merchandising, fulfillment, payment collection, dispute mediation, and logistics services. The company was founded in 1999 as Liquidation.com. (via Businessweek).