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3 of the Highest-Growth Stocks in the Market Today

By Beth McKenna – Jun 14, 2019 at 9:15PM

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Zoom Video, cannabis REIT Innovative Industrial, and ShockWave Medical are growing revenue like gangbusters.

Zoom Video Communications (ZM -3.98%), Innovative Industrial Properties (IIPR -1.55%), and ShockWave Medical (SWAV -1.15%) have taken a cue from Top Gun's Maverick, who famously proclaimed, "I feel the need... the need for speed." 

Indeed, these three diverse companies have been posting torrid revenue growth. Moreover, video-conferencing specialist Zoom, which just went public in April, and cannabis real estate investment trust (REIT) Innovative Industrial are also profitable.  In Zoom's case, it's on an adjusted basis in the most recently reported quarter. ShockWave -- also a 2019 initial public offering (IPO) -- isn't profitable but its technology looks mighty promising for both patients and investors.

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Before we dig in, here are some basic stats about these companies and their stocks. 


Market Cap

Year Founded/
Year Went Public

Dividend Yield

Forward P/E

YTD 2019 Return

2-Year Return

Zoom Video $27.3 billion 2011/
N/A N/A 179%* N/A
Innovative Industrial Properties $1.1 billion 2016/
2.1% 34.3 140%


ShockWave Medical $1.6 billion 2009/
N/A N/A 242** N/A

S&P 500


N/A 1.9% -- 16.2% 23.2%

Data sources: Yahoo! Finance and YCharts. P/E = price-to-earnings ratio. YTD = year to date. N/A = not applicable. *Since April 2019 IPO. **Since March 2019 IPO. Data as of June 14, 2019.  

Zoom Video

Zoom Video Communications, based in the Silicon Valley, is a unified communications-as-a-service (UCaaS) company whose platform "unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, group messaging, and a software-defined conference room solution," according to the company. It's the only one of our three fast growers that's led by its founder. This is a plus as research has shown that such companies tend to outperform in the stock market over the long term. 

Last week, in its first quarterly report since going public, Zoom delighted investors with its fiscal first-quarter 2020 results. Revenue soared 103%, to $122 million, GAAP earnings per share came in at breakeven, compared with a loss of $0.02 per share in the year-ago period, and earnings per share (EPS) adjusted for one-time items was $0.03, up from zero. For the full year, the company expects sales in the range of $535 million to $540 million and adjusted EPS of $0.02 to $0.03. 

On the earnings call, management said it pegs the company's total addressable market (TAM) by 2022 at $43 billion or more. That's 88 times Zoom's current annual revenue run rate. The company isn't likely to knock out all competitors -- Cisco Systems (Webex) and Microsoft (Skype) are top competitors in its core video-conferencing market -- but it doesn't need to in order to still have incredible growth potential.

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Innovative Industrial Properties

Innovative Industrial Properties (IIP) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on properties used for growing and processing cannabis. As of May 7, the San Diego-based company owned 19 fully leased properties in 11 states where medical marijuana is legal.

IIP stock offers investors a less risky way to invest in the volatile marijuana sector than buying the stocks of Canadian cannabis growers, most of which are unprofitable. The company's income stream is very predictable, due to its use of long-term, triple-net leases (tenants pay property taxes, insurance, and maintenance), with built-in annual rent increases. IIIP is not only profitable, but also pays a dividend, currently yielding 2.1%.

In the first quarter of 2019, IIP's revenue soared 146% year over year, to $6.6 million, earnings per share rocketed 267%, to $0.33, and adjusted funds from operations (AFFO) per share surged 135%, to $0.54. AFFO is a key profitability metric for REITs.

ShockWave's IVL device on a blue background.

Image source: ShockWave Medical.

ShockWave Medical

Silicon Valley-based ShockWave is pioneering the development and commercialization of intravascular lithotripsy (IVL) -- which uses sonic pressure waves -- to treat complex calcified cardiovascular disease. Lithotripsy has been used for several decades to break kidney stones, but using it to treat cardiovascular disease is novel.

As I wrote earlier this month:

ShockWave's M5, used to treat peripheral artery disease, is available in the U.S. and internationally. Its C2 Coronary IVL, targeted at coronary artery disease -- which is a bigger market -- is currently available in Europe. In the U.S., ShockWave hopes to gain C2 approval by the Food and Drug Administration in the first half of 2021. 

Last month, ShockWave released its first quarterly report as a public company. In the first quarter, revenue surged 450% year over year, to $7.3 million, and net loss widened 33%, to $12.8 million, or $1.37 per share. The top line crushed Wall Street's consensus estimate of $5.7 million, but the loss per share was wider than the $0.52 analysts were expecting. 

Guidance was the thing that likely most pleased investors, who sent shares soaring nearly 35% in the two days following the release. For the year, ShockWave expects revenue in the range of $33 million to $36 million, representing growth of 169% to 194% year over year. The Street had been been modeling for revenue of $31 million.

Potentially high reward, but higher risk, too 

Rapidly growing stocks with nosebleed valuations aren't for all investors, as they're bound to be quite volatile. However, for those with higher risk tolerances, the three stocks discussed are worth considering buying -- or at least putting on your watch list.

ShockWave is likely the riskiest of the trio because it's not profitable, while Innovative Industrial Properties is probably the least risky since it's a dividend payer that owns considerable physical assets.

Teresa Kersten, an employee of LinkedIn, a Microsoft subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool's board of directors. Beth McKenna has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Microsoft and Zoom Video Communications. The Motley Fool recommends Innovative Industrial Properties and ShockWave Medical. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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