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Using profitability analysis, we can evaluate a company’s ability to provide satisfactory returns to its investors even after meeting all its business-related costs and expenses. This analysis makes a profitable company a preferred choice over loss-making ones.

The most successful way to identify a company’s profitability is by using ratio analysis. There are four important profitability ratios — gross income ratio, operating income ratio, pre-tax profit margin and net income ratio. Here, we have selected the most transparent and commonly used profitability ratio – net income ratio.

Net Income Ratio

Net income ratio gives us the exact profit level of a company. It reflects the percentage of net income to total sales revenue. Using net income ratio, one can determine a company’s capability to bear all its operating and non-operating expenses from its sales revenue. A higher net income ratio usually implies a company’s ability to generate ample sales revenue and successfully manage all its business functions.

Screening Parameters

Net income ratio is not the only indicator of future winners. So, we have added a few more criteria to arrive at a winning strategy.

Zacks Rank equal to #1: Only Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stocks are allowed. With the Zacks Rank proving itself to be one of the best rating systems out there, this is a great way to start things off. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

12-Month Trailing Sales and Net Income Growth Higher than X Industry: Stocks that possess higher sales and net income growth in the last 12 months showcase better financial performance.

12-Month Trailing Net Income Ratio Higher than X Industry: High net income ratio indicates a company’s solid profitability.

% Rating Strong Buy greater than 70%: This indicates that 70% of the analysts covering these stocks are optimistic.

These few parameters narrowed down the universe of over 7,869 stocks to only 12.

Here are five of the 12 stocks that qualified the screen:

Stamps.com Inc. (STMP - Free Report) provides internet-based mailing and shipping solutions in the U.S. It has an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 30.6%.

SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (SEDG - Free Report) designs, develops and sells direct current optimized inverter systems for solar photovoltaic installations. It has an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 21.7%.

Ferrari N.V. (RACE - Free Report) designs, engineers, produces and sells luxury performance sports cars. It has an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 27.9%.

Columbus McKinnon Corporation (CMCO - Free Report) designs, manufactures and markets rigging tools, actuators, hoists, cranes and digital power control systems. It has an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 10.7%.

Range Resources Corporation (RRC - Free Report) operates as an independent natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and oil company. It has an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 51.8%.

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