Zacks.com featured highlights Stride, Herc Holdings, ONEOK and Cigna
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Chicago, IL – February 3, 2023 – Stocks in this week’s article are Stride, Inc. LRN, Herc Holdings Inc. HRI, ONEOK, Inc. OKE and Cigna Corp. CI.
Add These 4 Stocks with Amazing Interest Coverage Ratios
Given the current scenario, investors should gauge the changing market dynamics and accordingly chalk out a sturdy investment strategy. You can simply arrive at a decision to buy or sell a particular stock by looking at its sales and earnings numbers. But such a strategy does not always warrant superior returns when the market is facing myriad issues. A critical analysis of the company’s financial background is always required for a better investment decision.
Well, a company should be sound enough to meet its financial obligations. This can be judged with coverage ratios — the higher these are the more efficient an enterprise will be in meeting its financial obligations. Here we have discussed one such ratio called the interest coverage ratio.
Interest Coverage Ratio = Earnings before Interest & Taxes (EBIT) divided by Interest Expense.
Stride, Inc., Herc Holdings Inc., ONEOK, Inc. and Cigna Corp. are four stocks with an impressive interest coverage ratio.
Why Interest Coverage Ratio?
The interest coverage ratio is used to determine how effectively a company can pay the interest charged on its debt.
Debt, which is crucial for most companies to finance operations, comes at a cost called interest. Interest expense has a direct bearing on the profits of a company. The company’s creditworthiness depends on how effectively it meets its interest obligations. Therefore, the interest coverage ratio is one of the important criteria to factor in before making any investment decision.
The interest coverage ratio suggests the number of times interest could be paid from earnings and also gauges the margin of safety a firm carries for paying interest.
An interest coverage ratio lower than 1.0 implies that the company is unable to fulfill its interest obligations and could default on repaying debt. A company that is capable of generating earnings well above its interest expense can withstand financial hardship. Definitely, one should also track the company’s past performance to determine whether the interest coverage ratio has improved or worsened over a period of time.
Here are four picks out of the 14 stocks that qualified the screening:
Stride, a technology-based education company, sports a Zacks Rank #1 and a VGM Score of A. The expected EPS growth rate for three-five years is 20%. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Stride’s current financial year sales suggests growth of 6.2% from the year-ago period. LRN delivered an earnings surprise of 11.2% in the last reported quarter. The stock has jumped 22.8% in the past year.
Herc Holdings, which operates as an equipment rental supplier in the United States and internationally, carries a Zacks Rank #2 and has a VGM Score of A. The expected EPS growth rate for three-five years is 20.6%.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Herc Holdings’ current financial year sales and EPS suggests growth of 31.5% and 50.8%, respectively, from the year-ago period. HRI has declined 2.7% in the past year.
ONEOK, which is engaged in gathering, processing, storage, and transportation of natural gas in the United States, carries a Zacks Rank #2 and has a VGM Score of A. The expected EPS growth rate for three-five years is 8.7%.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for ONEOK’s current financial year sales and EPS suggests growth of 38.8% and 13.1%, respectively, from the year-ago period. ONEOK has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 1.8%, on average. The stock has risen 9.9% in the past year.
Cigna, which provides insurance and related products and services in the United States, carries a Zacks Rank #2 and a VGM Score of A. The expected EPS growth rate for three-five years is 11.3%.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Cigna’s current financial year sales and EPS suggests growth of 3.6% and 13%, respectively, from the year-ago period. Cigna has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 9.8%, on average. The stock has advanced 44% in the past year.
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