For Immediate Release
Chicago, IL – May 25, 2023 – Stocks in this week’s article are Stride, Inc. (
LRN Quick Quote LRN - Free Report) , BellRing Brands, Inc. ( BRBR Quick Quote BRBR - Free Report) , Linde plc ( LIN Quick Quote LIN - Free Report) and AMETEK, Inc. ( AME Quick Quote AME - Free Report) . Scoop Up These 4 Stocks with Amazing Interest Coverage Ratios
An ill-informed investor can lose cash if he wagers on a stock only on the basis of the numbers flashing on a real-time stock screen. A critical analysis of the company’s financial background is always required for a better investment decision, especially at a time when the stock market is juggling myriad issues, such as soaring inflation, supply chain bottlenecks and a hawkish monetary policy.
Often, investors evaluate a company’s performance by simply looking at its sales and earnings, which sometimes do not reveal the real picture. To be more precise, they do not tell whether a company’s fundamentals are sound enough to meet its financial obligations. Here, the coverage ratio comes into play — the higher the metric, the more efficient an enterprise will be in meeting its financial obligations.
Why Interest Coverage Ratio?
The interest coverage ratio is used to determine how effectively a company can pay interest charges on its debt.
Debt, which is crucial to financing operations for the majority of companies, comes at a cost called interest. Interest expense has a direct bearing on the profitability of a company. The company’s creditworthiness depends on how effectively it meets its interest obligations. Therefore, Interest Coverage Ratio is one of the important criteria to factor in before making any investment decision.
Interest Coverage Ratio = Earnings before Interest & Taxes (EBIT) divided by Interest Expense.
Interest Coverage Ratio suggests how many times the interest could be paid from earnings and gauges the margin of safety a firm has for paying interest.
An interest coverage ratio lower than one suggests that the company is unable to fulfill its interest obligations and could default on repaying debt. A company capable of generating earnings well above its interest expense can withstand financial hardships. One should also track the company’s past performance to determine whether the interest coverage ratio has improved or worsened over a period of time.
Stride, Inc., BellRing Brands, Inc., Linde plc and AMETEK, Inc. boast of impressive interest coverage ratios.
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Stride, a technology-based education company, sports a Zacks Rank #1 and has a VGM Score of A. The expected EPS growth rate for three-five years is 20%. You can see . the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Stride’s current financial year sales and EPS suggests growth of 7.8% and 11.9%, respectively, from the year-ago period. LRN delivered an earnings surprise of 20.4% in the last reported quarter. The stock has jumped 4.5% in the past year.
BellRing Brands, which provides various nutrition products, carries a Zacks Rank #2 and has a VGM Score of B. The expected EPS growth rate for three-five years is 13.6%.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for BellRing Brands’ current financial year sales and EPS suggests growth of 19.5% and 9.5%, respectively, from the year-ago period. BellRing Brands has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 11.7%, on average. The stock has rallied 39.1% in the past year.
Linde, which operates as an industrial gas company, carries a Zacks Rank #2 and has a VGM Score of B. The expected EPS growth rate for three-five years is 10%.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Linde’s current financial year sales and EPS suggests growth of 2.6% and 12.2%, respectively, from the year-ago period. Linde has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 6.9%, on average. The stock has gained 12.1% in the past year.
AMETEK, which manufactures and sells electronic instruments and electromechanical devices, carries a Zacks Rank #2 and has a VGM Score of B. The expected EPS growth rate for three-five years is 9%.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for AMETEK’s current financial year sales and EPS suggests growth of 8.1% and 7.6%, respectively, from the year-ago period. AMETEK has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 5.5%, on average. The stock has risen 23.7% in the past year.
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