The hopes surrounding Donald Trump's pro-growth agenda, including tax cut, deregulation and infrastructure spending, have been almost extinguished with the sudden implementation of a ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. The trade and healthcare proposals are expected to add to the uncertainty in the market that seemed to be in cruise control.
Amid such an equivocal scenario, investors are often on the lookout for 'cash cow' stocks that will enable them to rake in higher returns.
However, singling out cash-rich stocks alone does not make for a solid investment proposition unless they 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 between profit-generating companies from profit burners and is useful for 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 increasing its profits without investing new equity capital in the business and portrays management efficiency in rewarding shareholders with attractive risk-adjusted returns.
Parameters Used for Screening
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 less than X-Industry: This metric measures how much investors pay for one dollar 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:
Broadcom LimitedAVGO : Based in Singapore, Broadcom Limited is a premier designer, developer and global supplier of a broad range of analog semiconductor devices as well as digital, mixed-signal and optoelectronics components and subsystems. This Zacks Rank #1 stock has a trailing four-quarter average earnings surprise of 6.4% and long-term earnings growth expectation of 13.6%.
General Motors CompanyGM : Detroit, MI-based General Motors is a leading global automotive manufacturer. The company filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code on Jun 1, 2009. Pursuant to this, the New GM was formed by acquiring most of the assets and assuming certain liabilities of the Old GM as well as some of its direct and indirect subsidiaries. The company has a trailing four-quarter average earnings surprise of 19.7% and long-term earnings growth expectation of 9.4%. General Motors carries a Zacks Rank #2.
Braskem S.A.BAK : Braskem is the leading thermoplastic resins (polyethylene, polypropylene and PVC) producer in the Americas and the largest producer of polypropylene in the U.S. This Zacks Rank #1 stock has a trailing four-quarter average earnings surprise of 107.8%. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here .
Campbell Soup CompanyCPB : Based in Camden, NJ, Campbell is a worldwide manufacturer and marketer of high-quality, branded convenience food products. The stock has modest long-term earnings growth expectation of 5.6%. Campbell carries a Zacks Rank #2.
Celanese CorporationCE : TX-based Celanese is a global hybrid chemical company that produces chemical substances and materials. This Zacks Rank #2 stock has a trailing four-quarter average earnings surprise of 7.1% and long-term earnings growth projection of 8.8%.
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