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A company with high profitability is able to provide spectacular returns to its investors even after meeting all its operating and non-operating costs. A high profitability ratio signifies efficient management of a company’s business affairs. A profitable company with strong fundamentals is considered a great investment choice.

Here, we have used ratio analysis to evaluate the profitability of a company. There are four vital profitability ratios, which include gross income ratio, operating income ratio, pre-tax profit margin and net income ratio. From these, we have selected net income ratio, which is the most widely used and transparent profitability ratio.

Net Income Ratio

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

Screening Parameters

As net income ratio is not the only indicator of future winners, 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 7,850 stocks to only 12.

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

Malibu Boats, Inc. (MBUU - Free Report) is a designer, manufacturer, marketer, distributor and seller of sport boats. It has an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 6%.

Tencent Holdings Limited (TCEHY - Free Report) is an investment holding company. It has an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 8.7%.

Nutrisystem, Inc. (NTRI - Free Report) is a weight management products and services provider. It has an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 28.5%.

Weibo Corporation (WB - Free Report) is a social media platform operator. Its four-quarter average positive earnings surprise is 14.3%.

Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd. (NVMI - Free Report) is a designer, producer and seller of process control systems. It has an four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 21.7%.

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