Profitability analysis is one of the best ways to evaluate the prospects of a company. It is used in detecting a profitable company over a loss-making one. A company with a high level of sales surplus can not only meet all its operating and non-operating costs, but also make more profits.
In this context, it may be wise to invest in shares of a company with a high level of profitability as it normally ensures high returns. As a result, the simplest and most transparent way of checking a company’s profitability is by using accounting ratios. There are a variety of profitability ratios, from which we have selected net income ratio here as it is the most useful and simplest profitability metric.
Net Income Ratio
There are a variety of profit ratios like gross income ratio, operating income ratio, pretax profit margin and net income ratio, which can be used to find out a company’s profit generating abilities. But net income ratio is widely accepted as the most conservative of the above-mentioned ratios.
Net income in simple words is total earnings a company makes after deducting all the expenses from its sales revenue. Net income ratio or net profit margin is a ratio of a company’s net income and sales revenue. A high net income ratio shows that the company is able to effectively manage all its business activities, including production, administration, selling, etc.
Net income ratio is one of our key screening parameters. However, to find out the sure winners, we have added a few additional criteria to arrive at an efficient strategy.
Zacks Rank equal to #1: Only 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.
% Rating Strong Buy greater than 70%: This indicates that 70% of the analysts covering these stocks are optimistic.
12-Month Trailing Net Income Ratio Higher than X Industry: High net income ratio indicates a company’s solid profitability.
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.
These few parameters narrowed down the universe of over 7,878 stocks to only eight.
Here are five of the eight stocks that qualified the screen:
MCBC Holdings, Inc. (MCFT - Free Report) is a designer of sport boats and outboard boats in North America and globally. It has an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 18.4%.
Newpark Resources, Inc. (NR - Free Report) is a provider of products, rentals and services primarily to the oil and gas exploration and production industry. It has an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 36.9%.
Cigna Corporation (CI - Free Report) is a health services organization. It has an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 15.6%.
Weight Watchers International, Inc. (WTW - Free Report) is a global weight management services provider. Its average four-quarter positive earnings surprise is more than 100%.
Ligand Pharmaceuticals (LGND - Free Report) is a biopharmaceutical company. It has an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 59.5%.
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