At times, it becomes difficult to measure the efficiency level of a company. This is why one must consider popular efficiency ratios while selecting stocks. 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. The following are the efficiency ratios:
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. 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. 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. 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. 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 27.
Here are the top three stocks that made it through the screen:
Sanderson Farms is a poultry processing company. The company operates 11 hatcheries, nine feed mills and 12 processing plants, and one prepared chicken plant. It has an average four-quarter earnings surprise of 496.3%. Oxford Industries ( OXM Quick Quote OXM - Free Report) is an apparel company that designs, sources, markets and distributes products bearing the trademarks of its owned and licensed brands. It has an average four-quarter earnings surprise of 96.7%. Hilton Grand Vacations ( HGV Quick Quote HGV - Free Report) is engaged in the hospitality business. It markets and operates vacation ownership resorts. It has an average four-quarter earnings surprise of 411.1%.
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