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A profitable company is able to offer high returns to its investors even after meeting all its operating and non-operating costs. In this context, we have used a financial ratio to measure the company's profitability position. Profitability analysis is used here to differentiate a profitable company over a loss-making one.
The best accounting tool to understand a company's profitability position is ratio analysis. 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.
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 7,887 stocks to only 12.
Here are five of the 12 stocks that qualified the screen:
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ: SBLK ) is a shipping company. It has an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 19.5%.
Helix Energy Solutions Group (NYSE: HLX ) is an offshore energy services company. It has an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 47.7%.
Rush Enterprises (NASDAQ: RUSHA ) is an integrated retailer of commercial vehicles. Its average four-quarter positive earnings surprise is 34.5%.
Cleveland-Cliffs (NYSE: CLF ) is an iron ore mining company. It has an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 66.7%.
SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ: SIVB ) is a diversified financial services company. It has an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 15.9%.
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