A company is expected to enjoy a high level of profitability when it can offer strong returns after all its operating and non-operating costs. The best possible way to evaluate the profitability position of a company is to use financial ratios. In this context, ratio analysis is used to differentiate a profitable company from a loss-making one.
Generally, there are four key profitability ratios — gross income ratio, operating income ratio, pre-tax profit margin and net income ratio. Here, we have used the most effective and frequently used profitability ratio — net income ratio.
Net Income Ratio
Net income ratio gives us the exact profit level of a company. It reflects the percentage of net income to total sales revenues. Using net income ratio, one can determine a company’s capability to meet operating and non-operating expenses with its sales revenues. A higher net income ratio usually implies a company’s ability to generate ample sales revenues and successfully manage all business functions.
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: Only Zacks Rank #1 (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. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
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.
12-Month Trailing Net Income Ratio Higher than X Industry: High net income ratio indicates a company’s solid profitability.
% Rating Strong Buy greater than 70%: This indicates that 70% of the analysts covering these stocks are optimistic.
These few parameters narrowed down the universe of over 7,671 stocks to only 11.
Here are five of the 11 stocks that qualified the screen:
WNS (Holdings) Limited WNS is a business process management company. Its average four-quarter positive earnings surprise is 19.2%.
Attunity Ltd. ATTU is a seller of data integration and Big Data management software solutions. Its average four-quarter positive earnings surprise is more than 100%.
Middlesex Water Company MSEX is an operator of regulated water utility and wastewater systems. Its average four-quarter positive earnings surprise is 16.9%.
STAAR Surgical Company STAA is a seller of implantable lenses for the eye, and delivery systems to deliver the lenses into the eye. Its average four-quarter positive earnings surprise is more than 100%.
Materialise NV MTLS is a provider of additive manufacturing software and 3D printing services. Its average four-quarter positive earnings surprise is 87.5%.
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