Profitability analysis is one of the best ways to evaluate the prospects of a company. It is used in detecting a profitable company over a loss-making one. A company with a high level of sales surplus can not only meet all its operating and non-operating costs, but also make more profits.
In this context, it may be wise to invest in shares of a company with a high level of profitability as it normally ensures high returns. As a result, the simplest and most transparent way of checking a company’s profitability is by using accounting ratios. There are a variety of profitability ratios, from which we have selected net income ratio here as it is the most useful and simplest profitability metric.
Net Income Ratio
There are a variety of profit ratios like gross income ratio, operating income ratio, pretax profit margin and net income ratio, which can be used to find out a company’s profit generating abilities. But net income ratio is widely accepted as the most conservative of the above-mentioned ratios.
Net income in simple words is total earnings a company makes after deducting all the expenses from its sales revenues. Net income ratio or net profit margin is a ratio of a company’s net income and sales revenues. A high net income ratio shows that the company is able to effectively manage all its business activities, including production, administration, selling, etc.
Net income ratio is one of our key screening parameters. However, to find out the sure winners, we have added a few additional criteria to arrive at an efficient 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 7,032 stocks to only five.
Here are the five stocks that qualified the screen:
Ally Financial Inc. ( ALLY Quick Quote ALLY - Free Report) is a provider of digital financial products and services to consumer, commercial, and corporate customers primarily in the United States and Canada. Its 12-month net profit margin is 12.2%. Meridian Bioscience, Inc. is a developer, manufacturer and distributor of diagnostic test kits primarily for gastrointestinal and respiratory infectious diseases, and elevated blood lead levels. Its 12-month net profit margin is 18.2%. Ameris Bancorp ( ABCB Quick Quote ABCB - Free Report) is the bank holding company for Ameris Bank. Its 12-month net profit margin is 20.2%. Lakeland Industries, Inc. ( LAKE Quick Quote LAKE - Free Report) is a manufacturer of industrial protective clothing and accessories for the industrial and public protective clothing market. Its 12-month net profit margin is 18.9%. Mueller Industries, Inc. ( MLI Quick Quote MLI - Free Report) is a manufacturer and seller of copper, brass, aluminum, and plastic products. Its 12-month net profit margin is 5.8%.
You can sign up now for your 2-week free trial to the Research Wizard and start using this screen in your own trading. Further, you can also create your own strategies and test them first before taking the investment plunge. The Research Wizard is a great place to begin. It's easy to use. Everything is in plain language. And it's very intuitive. Start your Research Wizard trial today. And the next time you read an economic report, open up the Research Wizard, plug your finds in, and see what gems come out.
. Click here to sign up for a free trial to the Research Wizard today Disclosure: Officers, directors and/or employees of Zacks Investment Research may own or have sold short securities and/or hold long and/or short positions in options that are mentioned in this material. An affiliated investment advisory firm may own or have sold short securities and/or hold long and/or short positions in options that are mentioned in this material. Disclosure: Performance information for Zacks’ portfolios and strategies are available at: https://www.zacks.com/performance .