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Chicago, IL – June 15, 2022 – Stocks in this week’s article are Valero Energy Corp. (
VLO Quick Quote VLO - Free Report) , Encore Wire Corp. ( WIRE Quick Quote WIRE - Free Report) , Tecnoglass Inc. ( TGLS Quick Quote TGLS - Free Report) and Cumulus Media Inc. ( CMLS Quick Quote CMLS - Free Report) . 4 Stocks with Solid Net Profit Margins to Enhance YOur Returns
Investors eye businesses that generate profits on a regular basis. In order to gauge the extent of profits, there is no better metric than net profit margin.
A higher net margin underlines a company's efficiency in translating sales into actual profits. Moreover, this metric lends an insight into how well a company is run and the headwinds weighing on it.
Valero Energy Corp., Encore Wire Corp., Tecnoglass Inc.and Cumulus Media Inc.boast solid net profit margins. Net Profit Margin = Net profit/Sales * 100.
In simple terms, net profit is the amount a company retains after deducting all costs, interest, depreciation, taxes and other expenses. In fact, the net profit margin can turn out to be a potent point of reference to gauge the strength of a company's operations and its cost-control measures.
Also, higher net profit is essential for rewarding stakeholders. Further, strength in the metric attracts investors and draws well-skilled employees, who eventually enhance business value.
Moreover, a higher net profit margin compared with its peers provides the company with a competitive edge.
Pros and Cons
Net profit margin helps investors gain clarity on a company's business model in terms of pricing policy, cost structure and manufacturing efficiency. Hence, a strong net profit margin is preferred by all classes of investors.
However, net profit margin as an investment criterion has its share of pitfalls. The metric varies widely from industry to industry. While net income is a key metric for investment measurement in traditional industries, it is not that important for technology companies.
In addition, the difference in accounting treatment of various items — especially non-cash expenses like depreciation and stock-based compensation — makes comparison a daunting task.
Furthermore, for companies preferring to grow with debt instead of equity funding, higher interest expenses usually weigh on net profit. In such cases, the measure is rendered ineffective while analyzing a company's performance.
Here we discuss our four picks from the 62 stocks that qualified the screen:
Valero Energyis the largest independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products in the United States. The company sports a Zacks Rank of 1 at present and has a VGM Score of A.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Valero Energy's 2022 earnings has been revised upward to $16.68 from $14.30 in the past seven days. VLO surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in the trailing four quarters, the average beat being 84.3%.
Encore Wireis a low-cost manufacturer of copper electrical building wire and cable. The company is a significant supplier of both residential wire for interior electrical wiring in homes, apartments and manufactured housing, as well as building wire for electrical distribution in commercial and industrial buildings. Encore Wire sports a Zacks Rank of 1, at present, and has a VGM Score of A.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Encore Wire's 2022 earnings has been revised upward to $19.18 per share from $10.74 in the past 60 days. WIRE surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in the trailing four quarters, the average surprise being 323.9%.
Tecnoglassis engaged in manufacturing and selling architectural glass and windows and aluminum products for the residential and commercial construction industries. At present, the stock sports a Zacks Rank #1 and a VGM Score of A.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.24 for Tecnoglass' current-year earnings has moved 12 cents north in the past 60 days. TGLS surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in the trailing four quarters, the average surprise being 28.3%.
Cumulus Mediais a radio broadcasting company. It owns and operates radio stations, which provide local programs, music, sports, entertainment, news and advertising solutions. The company currently carries a Zacks Rank of 1 and has a VGM Score of A.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Cumulus Media's 2022 earnings has been revised upward to $2.05 per share from $1.87 in the past 60 days. CMLS surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate thrice in the trailing four quarters while missing the same on one occasion, the average surprise being 108.1%.
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