Return on equity is one of the most sought-after metrics used by investors. The metric enables investors to differentiate between a profit-churner and a profit-burner. It is a profitability ratio that measures the earnings that a company generates from its equity.
To shortlist these gems, one can look at the DuPont technique to analyze basic ROE at an advanced level. Here is how DuPont breaks down ROE into its different components:
ROE = Net Income/Equity
Net Income / Equity = (Net Income / Sales) * (Sales / Assets) * (Assets / Equity)
ROE = Profit Margin * Asset Turnover Ratio * Equity Multiplier
Inside the Strength of DuPont
The DuPont analysis allows investors to evaluate the elements that are the driving factors in any change in ROE. It can help investors to separate companies having higher margins from those having a high turnover. In fact, it also focuses on the company’s leverage status. A lofty ROE could be due to the overuse of debt. If this is the case, the strength of a company can be uncertain if it has a high debt load.
So, an investor relying solely on basic ROE may be confused if he or she has to judge between two stocks of equal ratio. This is where DuPont analysis wins while finding out the better stock.
Investors can simply do this analysis by taking a look at the company’s financials. However, looking at the financial statements of each company separately can be a tedious task. Screening tools like Zacks Research Wizard can come to your rescue and help you shortlist the stocks that look impressive with a DuPont analysis.
• Profit Margin more than or equal to 3: As the name suggests, it is a measure of how profitably the business is running. Generally, it is the key contributor to ROE.
• Asset Turnover Ratio more than or equal to 2: It allows an investor to assess management’s efficiency in using assets to drive sales.
• Equity Multiplier between 1 and 3: It’s an indication of how much debt the company uses to finance its assets.
• Zacks Rank less than or equal to 2: Stocks having a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy) generally perform better than their peers in all types of market environment.
• Current Price more than $5: This screens out the low priced stocks. However, when looking for lower priced stocks, this criterion can be removed.
Here are five of 14 stocks that made it through the screen:
Robert Half International Inc. (RHI): This Zacks Rank #2 company is one of the world’s largest specialized staffing firms. The stock belongs to a top-ranked Zacks industry (top 6%). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Caseys General Stores Inc. (CASY): Casey's General Stores, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiaries operate convenience stores under the names Casey's and Casey's General Store. The stock carries a Zacks Rank #1. It belongs to a top-ranked Zacks industry (top 1%).
Amedisys Inc. (AMED): The company is a leading provider of health care at home with a vision of becoming a premiere solution for patients. The stock hails from a top-ranked Zacks industry (top 27%).
Foot Locker Inc. (FL): The company is a leading global retailer of athletically inspired shoes and apparel. The stock carries a Zacks Rank #2 and belongs to a top-ranked Zacks industry (top 18%).
Comfort Systems USA Inc. (FIX): This is a provider of heating, ventilation and air conditioning installation and maintenance services. It has a Zacks Rank #1 and belongs to a top-ranked Zacks industry (top 25%).
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