Return on equity is an investor-favorite metric when it comes to cherry-picking quality stocks. But ROE doesn’t always tell the complete story and an investor might get fooled by picking stocks based on this number. Thus, taking a step beyond the basic ROE and analyzing it at an advanced level or applying the DuPont technique seems to be an intriguing idea.
Here is how DuPont breaks down ROE into its different components:
ROE = Net Income/Equity
Net Income / Equity = (Net Income / Sales) * (Sales / Assets) * (Assets / Equity)
ROE = Profit Margin * Asset Turnover Ratio * Equity Multiplier
Why Use DuPont?
The DuPont analysis allows investors to assess the elements that play a dominant role in any change in ROE. It can help investors to separate companies having higher margins from those having a high turnover. For example, high-end fashion brands generally survive on high margin as compared with retail goods, which rely on higher turnover.
In fact, it also focuses on the company’s leverage status. A lofty ROE could be due to the overuse of debt. If this is the case, the strength of a company can be uncertain if it has a high debt load.
So, an investor confined solely to a ROE perspective may be confused if he or she has to judge between two stocks of equal ratio. This is where DuPont analysis gets the upper hand while finding out the better stock.
Investors can simply do this analysis by taking a look at the company’s financials. However, looking at financial statements of each company separately can be a tedious task. Screening tools like Zacks Research Wizard can come to your rescue and help you shortlist the stocks that look impressive with a DuPont analysis.
• Profit Margin more than or equal to 3: As the name suggests, it is a measure of how profitably the business is running. Generally, it is the key contributor to ROE.
• Asset Turnover Ratio more than or equal to 2: It allows an investor to assess management’s efficiency in using assets to drive sales.
• Equity Multiplier between 1 and 3: It’s an indication of how much debt the company uses to finance its assets.
• Zacks Rank less than or equal to 2: Stocks having a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy) generally perform better than their peers in all types of market environment.
• Current Price more than $5: This screens out the low priced stocks. However, when looking for lower priced stocks, this criterion can be removed.
Here are five of nine stocks that made it through the screen:
Medifast MED: This American nutrition and weight loss company currently has a Zacks Rank #2. Medifast produces, distributes and sells weight loss and health-related products through websites, multi-level marketing, telemarketing, and franchised weight loss clinics. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
The average earnings surprise of MED for the past four quarters is 12.94%.
Sanderson Farms SAFM: Based in Mississippi, Sanderson Farms, Inc. is a poultry processing company that produces, processes, markets and distributes fresh and frozen chicken products. The stock carries a Zacks Rank #1.
The average earnings surprise of SAFM for the past four quarters is 60.49%.
MarineMax HZO: The Zacks Rank #1 company is the nation's largest recreational boat and yacht retailer.
The average earnings surprise of HZO for the past four quarters is 32.75%.
Global Industrial Company GIC: Global Industrial Company, through its operating subsidiaries, is a provider of industrial products principally in North America. It has a Zacks Rank #1.
The average earnings surprise of GIC for the past four quarters is 36.33%.
Boise Cascade BCC: The companyoperates as a wood products manufacturer and building materials distributor. It has a Zacks Rank #2.
The average earnings surprise of BCC for the past four quarters is 38.18%.
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