BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- The safest investments are companies that can grow in any economy -- boom or bust. The following five are expected to increase revenue and profit by at least 12% in the coming year.
5. Lincoln Educational Services ( LINC) provides career education. The numbers: Third-quarter profit more than doubled to $14 million, or 50 cents a share, as revenue grew 48% to $148 million. Lincoln's operating margin stretched from 10% to 16%. The company has an admirable financial position, with $38 million of cash and $37 million of debt. The stock: Lincoln increased 18% during the past year, less than major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 13, a discount to diversified consumer services peers. Lincoln doesn't pay dividends.