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5 Profitable Stocks to Boost Returns Using Net Income Ratio

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Investors always look for companies with a high level of profitability regardless of the market condition. In this context, profitability analysis is used to identify a profitable company over a loss-making one. Profitability analysis is the best tool to measure the ability of a company to offer sturdy returns to investors even after meeting all its operating and non-operating costs.

Here, we have used the concept of accounting ratios to evaluate a company’s profitability. There are several profitability ratios, from which we have chosen the most successful and frequently used profitability metric to determine the bottom-line performance of a company.

Net Income Ratio

Net income ratio gives us the exact profitability level of a company. It reflects the percentage of net income to total sales revenues. Using net income ratio, one can determine a company’s effectiveness to meet operating and non-operating expenses from revenues. A higher net income ratio usually implies a company’s ability to generate ample revenues and successfully manage all business functions.

Screening Parameters

Net income ratio is not the only indicator of future winners. So we have added a few more criteria to arrive at a winning strategy.

Zacks Rank Equal to #1: No matter whether the market is good or bad, stocks with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) have a proven history of outperformance. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Trailing 12-Month Sales and Net Income Growth Higher than X Industry: Stocks that have witnessed higher-than-industry sales and net income growth in the past 12 months are positioned to perform well.

Trailing 12-Month Net Income Ratio Higher than X Industry: High net income ratio indicates a company’s solid profitability.

Percentage Rating Strong Buy greater than 70: This indicates that 70% of the current broker recommendations for the stock are Strong Buy.

These few parameters have narrowed down the universe of more than 6,858 stocks to only 17.

Here are five of the 17 stocks that qualified the screen:

Ameris Bancorp (ABCB - Free Report) is the bank holding company for Ameris Bank. Its 12-month net profit margin is 20.2%.

Nautilus, Inc. (NLS - Free Report) is a designer and developer of cardio and strength fitness products, and related accessories for consumer as well as commercial use. Its 12-month net profit margin is 7.4%.

Turtle Beach Corporation (HEAR - Free Report) is an audio technology company. Its 12-month net profit margin is 13%.

Merchants Bancorp (MBIN - Free Report) is a diversified bank holding company in the United States. Its 12-month net profit margin is 40.1%.

Flagstar Bancorp, Inc. (FBC - Free Report) is a savings and loan holding company for Flagstar Bank. Its 12-month net profit margin is 22.4%.

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