Efficiency level measures a company’s capability to transform available input into output and is often considered an important parameter for gauging a company’s potential to make profits. Notably, a company with a favorable efficiency level is expected to provide stellar returns as it is believed to be positively correlated with price performance. However, at times, it becomes difficult to measure the efficiency level of a company. This is the reason why one must consider popular efficiency ratios while selecting stocks. These efficiency ratios are:
Inventory Turnover: The ratio of 12-month cost of goods sold (COGS) to a four-quarter average inventory is considered one of the most popular efficiency ratios. It indicates a company’s ability to maintain a suitable inventory position. While a high value indicates that the company has a relatively low level of inventory compared to COGS, a low value indicates that the company is facing declining sales, which resulted in excess inventory. Receivables Turnover: This is the ratio of 12-month sales to four-quarter average receivables. It shows a company’s potential to extend its credit and collect debt in terms of that credit. A high receivables turnover ratio or the “accounts receivable turnover ratio” or “debtor’s turnover ratio” is desirable as it shows that the company is capable of collecting its accounts receivables or that it has quality customers. Operating Margin: This efficiency measure is the ratio of operating income over the past 12 months to sales over the same period. It measures a company’s ability to control operating expenses. Hence, a high value of the ratio may indicate that the company manages its operating expenses more efficiently than its peers. Asset Utilization: This ratio indicates a company’s capability to convert assets into output and is thus a widely known measure of efficiency level. It is calculated by dividing total sales over the past 12 months by the last four-quarter average of total assets. Like the above ratios, high asset utilization may indicate that a company is efficient. The Winning Strategy
In addition to the above-mentioned ratios, we have added a favorable Zacks Rank — Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) — to the screen with an objective to make this strategy more profitable. You can see
the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here. Operating Margin, Asset Utilization, Inventory Turnover and Receivables Turnover greater than industry average.
(Values of these ratios higher than industry averages may indicate that the efficiency level of the company is higher than its peers.)
The use of these few criteria narrowed down the universe of more than 7,906 stocks to 16.
Here are the top five stocks that made it through the screen:
Liquidity Services, Inc. ( LQDT Quick Quote LQDT - Free Report) employs innovative e-commerce marketplace solutions to manage, value and sell inventory and equipment for business and government clients. It has an average four-quarter earnings surprise of 300%. AGCO Corporation ( AGCO Quick Quote AGCO - Free Report) is a leading manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and related replacement parts.It has an average four-quarter earnings surprise of 434.5%. BCB Bancorp, Inc. ( BCBP Quick Quote BCBP - Free Report) provides banking products and services to businesses and individuals in the United States.It has an average four-quarter earnings surprise of 75.5%. Vista Outdoor Inc. ( VSTO Quick Quote VSTO - Free Report) develops, manufacture and distribute optics, accessories and eyewear.It has an average four-quarter earnings surprise of 63.5%. Cooper Tire & Rubber Company ( CTB Quick Quote CTB - Free Report) manufactures, markets and sells tires of a wide range of vehicles, including truck and bus radials ("TBR"), and motorcycles.It has an average four-quarter earnings surprise of 106.8%.
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