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 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: No matter whether good market or bad, stocks with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) have a proven history of outperformance. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Trailing 12-Month Sales and Net Income Growth Higher than X Industry: Stocks that have witnessed higher-than-industry sales and net income growth in the past 12 months are well positioned to perform well.
Trailing 12-Month Net Income Ratio Higher than X Industry: High net income ratio indicates a company’s solid profitability.
Percentage Rating Strong Buy greater than 70: This indicates that 70% of the current broker recommendations for the stock are Strong Buy.
These few parameters narrowed down the universe of over 6,862 stocks to only 10.
Here are five of the 10 stocks that qualified the screen:
B2Gold Corp. (BTG - Free Report) is engaged in exploration and development of mineral properties for gold deposits. Its 12-month net profit margin is 1.8%.
Burlington Stores, Inc. (BURL - Free Report) is an off-price retailer of high-quality, branded apparel. Its 12-month net profit margin is 6.1%.
FibroGen, Inc. (FGEN - Free Report) is a biopharmaceutical company. Its 12-month net profit margin is 13.9%.
Matrix Service Company (MTRX - Free Report) is engaged in designing, building and maintenance of infrastructure related to North America's energy and industrial markets. Its 12-month net profit margin is 2%.
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (GLDD - Free Report) is a provider of dredging services in the United States. Its 12-month net profit margin is 3.9%.
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