Retracting from record-highs witnessed during the first half of the month, the U.S. equity markets saw a sudden downturn as fears of a potential pandemic triggered by the outbreak of a newly identified coronavirus originating from Wuhan, China, took center stage. With the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting the first case of the contagious disease in the country, the markets remained apprehensive about possible repercussions. However, positive housing data, largely driven by low interest rates, a healthy job market and solid consumer spending helped investors shrug off the worries with markets reverting back to normalcy.
As investors employ a wait-and-see approach in a classic example of “backing and filling” in the market, they can benefit from ‘cash cow’ stocks that garner higher returns. However, singling out cash-rich stocks alone do not make for a solid investment proposition unless these are backed by attractive efficiency ratios, like return on equity (ROE). A high ROE ensures that the company is reinvesting its cash at a high rate of return.
ROE = Net Income/Shareholders’ Equity
ROE helps investors distinguish profit-generating companies from profit burners and is useful in determining the financial health of a company. In other words, this financial metric enables investors to identify stocks that diligently deploy cash for higher returns.
Moreover, ROE is often used to compare the profitability of a company with other firms in the industry — the higher, the better. It measures how well a company is multiplying its profits without investing new equity capital and portrays management’s efficiency in rewarding shareholders with attractive risk-adjusted returns.
In order to shortlist stocks that are cash rich with high ROE, we have added Cash Flow greater than $1 billion and ROE greater than X-Industry as our primary screening parameters. In addition, we have taken a few other criteria into consideration to arrive at a winning strategy.
Price/Cash Flow lesser than X-Industry: This metric measures how much investors pay for $1 of free cash flow. A lower ratio indicates that investors need to pay less for a better cash flow-generating stock.
Return on Assets (ROA) greater than X-Industry: This metric determines how much profit a company earns for every dollar of asset, which includes cash, accounts receivable, property, equipment, inventory and furniture. The higher the ROA, the better it is for the company.
5-Year EPS Historical Growth greater than X-Industry: This criterion indicates that continued earnings momentum has translated into solid cash strength.
Zacks Rank less than or equal to 2: Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy) stocks are known to outperform irrespective of the market environment.
Here are five of the 18 stocks that qualified the screen:
ViacomCBS Inc. VIAC: Based in New York, NY, ViacomCBS is a leading media and entertainment firm operating primarily in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. This Zacks #2 Ranked company delivered a trailing four-quarter average positive earnings surprise of 1.1%. It has a long-term earnings growth projection of 11.6%.
Sony Corporation SNE: Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Sony designs, manufactures and sells several consumer and industrial electronic equipment. The company’s product roster comprises audio and video equipment, televisions, displays, semiconductors, electronic components, gaming consoles, computers and computer peripherals and telecommunication equipment. The company has a long-term earnings growth projection of 7.7%. It delivered a trailing four-quarter average positive earnings surprise of 86.9%. Currently, it sports a Zacks Rank #1. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Sysco Corporation SYY: Headquartered in Houston, TX, Sysco markets and distributes a range of food and related products primarily to the foodservice or food-away-from-home industry. This Zacks #2 Ranked firm delivered a trailing four-quarter average positive earnings surprise of 5.2%. It has a long-term earnings growth projection of 9.9%.
CBRE Group, Inc. CBRE: Headquartered in Los Angeles, CBRE Group is a commercial real estate services and investment firm, offering a wide range of services to tenants, owners, lenders and investors in office, retail, industrial, multi-family and other types of commercial real estates in all major metropolitan areas across the globe. It came up with a trailing four-quarter average positive earnings surprise of 11.5%. The company has a long-term earnings growth expectation of 11%. At present, CBRE Group holds a Zacks Rank of 2.
Delta Air Lines, Inc. DAL: Based in Atlanta, GA, Delta Air Lines is a leading provider of scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo throughout the United States and around the world. Delta offers service to more than 300 destinations in 50 countries across the globe, operating a fleet of more than 700 aircraft and serving nearly 200 million customers annually. This Zacks #2 Ranked firm delivered a trailing four-quarter average positive earnings surprise of 8.2%. It has a long-term earnings growth projection of 14%.
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