A company with strong profitability provides attractive returns to its investors even after meeting all its business-related costs and expenses. If a profitable company has weak fundamentals, it will get reflected in the performance of its stock. However, multiple studies have shown that investing in shares of highly profitable companies generally results attractive returns.
Here we have used the concept of accounting ratios to evaluate a company’s profitability. There are a variety of profitability ratios, from which we have chosen the most common and successful profitability metric to determine the bottom-line performance of a company.
Net Income Ratio
Net income ratio gives us the exact profitability 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 effectiveness to pay for its operating and non-operating expenses from its revenue. A higher net income ratio usually implies a company’s ability to generate ample revenue and successfully manage all its business functions.
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 7,856 stocks to only 13.
Here are five of the 13 stocks that qualified the screen:
Broadcom Limited (AVGO - Free Report) is a global developer of a range of semiconductor devices. It has an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 4.5%.
Orbotech Ltd. (ORBK - Free Report) is a provider of yield-enhancing and process-enabling solutions with an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 1.4%.
Triton International Limited (TRTN - Free Report) is involved in the acquisition, leasing, re-leasing and sale of various intermodal containers. It has an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 3.9%.
Malibu Boats, Inc. (MBUU - Free Report) is a designer, manufacturer, distributor, marketer and seller of recreational powerboats. It has an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 13.8%.
MasTec, Inc. (MTZ - Free Report) is an infrastructure construction company with an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 28.1%.
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