For Immediate Release
Chicago, IL – July 9, 2018 - Stocks in this week’s article include: Turtle Beach Corp. (HEAR - Free Report) , PetroChina Company Ltd. (PTR - Free Report) , SunCoke Energy, Inc. (SXC - Free Report) , OMV Aktiengesellschaft (OMV AG) (OMVJF - Free Report) and Luxfer Holdings PLC (LXFR - Free Report) .
Screen of the Week of Zacks Investment Research:
Bet on These 5 Stocks with Significant Net Profit Margin
Investors flock to a business that reports profits on a regular basis. In order to gauge the extent of profit, there is no better metric than net profit margin.
A proper analysis of the same reveals how efficiently a company is run. A higher net margin reflects the company’s efficiency at converting sales into actual profit.
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, net profit margin can turn out to be a potent point of reference to gauge the strength of a company’s operations and cost-control measures.
Also, higher net profit is essential for rewarding stakeholders. Net margin helps investors judge the risk involved in an investment. Creditors also view it as crucial to determining a company’s ability to pay off debts.
Moreover, a higher net profit margin compared to its peers lends the company 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 own 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.
Moreover, the difference in accounting treatment of various items — especially non-cash expenses like depreciation and stock-based compensation — makes comparison a daunting task.
Further, 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 to analyze a company’s performance.
And that's what we're screening for today…
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