For Immediate Release
Chicago, IL – November 8, 2019 - Stocks in this week’s article are North American Construction Group Ltd. (NOA - Free Report) , Enova International Inc. (ENVA - Free Report) , Progress Software Corp. (PRGS - Free Report) , SYNNEX Corporation (SNX - Free Report) , SP Plus Corporation (SP - Free Report) .
Grab These Stocks with Substantial Net Profit Margins
Net profit, also referred to as the bottom line, is one of the key tools that determines the financial health of an enterprise. The figure demonstrates a company’s ability to convert per dollar sales into profits.
A low profit margin indicates higher risks, implying that a drop in revenues might dent profits, pushing the company in the red (net loss).
Net Profit Margin = Net profit/Sales * 100.
In simple terms, net profit is the amount a company retains after deducting all costs, interest, depreciation, taxes and other expenses. In fact, net profit margin can turn out to be a potent point of reference to gauge the strength in a company operations and cost-control measures.
Also, higher net profit is essential for rewarding stakeholders. Further, strength in the metric not only attracts investors but also draws well-skilled employees that eventually add to the value of the business.
Moreover, a higher net profit margin compared to its peers gives the company a competitive edge.
Pros and Cons
Net profit margin helps investors gain clarity on a company’s business model in terms of pricing policy, cost structure and manufacturing efficiency. Hence, a strong net profit margin is preferred by all classes of investors.
However, net profit margin as an investment criterion has its own share of pitfalls. The metric varies widely from industry to industry. While net income is a key metric for investment measurement in traditional industries, it is not that important for technology companies.
Moreover, the difference in accounting treatment of various items — especially non-cash expenses like depreciation and stock-based compensation — makes comparison a daunting task.
Further, for companies preferring to grow with debt instead of equity funding, higher interest expenses usually weigh on net profit. In such cases, the measure is rendered ineffective while analyzing a company’s performance.
The Winning Strategy
A healthy net profit margin and solid EPS growth are the two most sought-after elements in a business model.
Apart from these, we have added a few criteria to ensure maximum returns from this strategy.
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