Investors aim to invest in companies that have high profitability level irrespective of the current market scenario. In this respect, profitability analysis can be used to detect a profitable company from a loss-making one. Profitability analysis is the best way to evaluate a company’s ability to provide healthy gains to its investors even after meeting all its business-related expenses.
Here, we have used the concept of accounting ratios to evaluate a company’s profitability. There is a variety of profitability ratios, from which we have chosen the most successful and frequently used profitability metric to determine the bottom-line performance of a company.
Net Income Ratio
Net income ratio gives us the exact profitability 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 effectiveness to meet operating and non-operating expenses from revenues.
A higher net income ratio usually implies a company’s ability to generate ample 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 7,731 stocks to only 12.
Here are five of the 12 stocks that qualified the screen:
CNX Midstream Partners (NYSE:CNXM) is an operator of natural gas gathering and other midstream energy assets. Its average four-quarter positive earnings surprise is 0.6%.
Radcom (NASDAQ:RDCM) is a provider of service assurance and customer experience management solutions. Its average four-quarter positive earnings surprise is more than 100%.
BioLife Solutions (NASDAQ:BLFS) is a developer of patented tissue hypothermic storage and cryopreservation freeze media products. Its average four-quarter positive earnings surprise is 35.1%.
Momo Inc. (NASDAQ:MOMO) is an operator of a mobile-based social networking platform. It has an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 17.2%.
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (NASDAQ:AAWW) is a provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services globally. It has an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 22.9%.
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