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The following is a list of management teams that have been more efficient than their competitors over the past five years, based on the return on assets, return on equity and return on invested capital ratios. Additionally, all of these stocks are approaching their 52-week highs, suggesting that these stocks have some upward momentum.

Do you think the management track records of these companies will continue to support these rallies? Full details below.

Management data and industry comps sourced from Reuters, short float and performance data sourced from Finviz.

1. Procter & Gamble Co. (PG): Personal Products Industry. Market cap of $183.9B. 5-year average return on assets at 7.92% vs. industry average at 0.85%. 5-year average return on investments at 10.06% vs. industry average at 1.14%. 5-year return on equity at 17.07% vs. industry average at 1.69%. Short float at 0.93%, which implies a short ratio of 2.44 days. The stock has gained 7.46% over the last year.

2. Herman Miller Inc. (MLHR): Business Equipment Industry. Market cap of $1.44B. 5-year average return on assets at 13.17% vs. industry average at 3.07%. 5-year average return on investments at 22.24% vs. industry average at 5.10%. 5-year return on equity at 105.88% vs. industry average at 6.94%. Short float at 6.89%, which implies a short ratio of 12.01 days. The stock has gained 55.1% over the last year.

3. Accenture plc (ACN): Management Services Industry. Market cap of $35.17B. 5-year average return on assets at 16.76% vs. industry average at 6.10%. 5-year average return on investments at 44.99% vs. industry average at 10.46%. 5-year return on equity at 62.75% vs. industry average at 12.86%. Short float at 0.77%, which implies a short ratio of 1.19 days. The stock has gained 22.52% over the last year.

4. Village Super Market Inc. (VLGEA): Grocery Stores Industry. Market cap of $449.5M. 5-year average return on assets at 7.46% vs. industry average at 1.56%. 5-year average return on investments at 10.26% vs. industry average at 2.47%. 5-year return on equity at 13.02% vs. industry average at 5.84%. Short float at 2.2%, which implies a short ratio of 12.15 days. The stock has gained 35.93% over the last year.

5. Rentrak Corporation (RENT): Movie Production, Theaters Industry. Market cap of $325.73M. 5-year average return on assets at 7.27% vs. industry average at 1.99%. 5-year average return on investments at 9.52% vs. industry average at 2.45%. 5-year return on equity at 10.01% vs. industry average at 3.39%. Short float at 4.58%, which implies a short ratio of 15.38 days. The stock has gained 63.03% over the last year.

6. Hawkins Inc. (HWKN): Synthetics Industry. Market cap of $486.38M. 5-year average return on assets at 12.80% vs. industry average at 3.81%. 5-year average return on investments at 15.94% vs. industry average at 5.38%. 5-year return on equity at 16.36% vs. industry average at 6.90%. Short float at 6.77%, which implies a short ratio of 15.03 days. The stock has gained 124.64% over the last year.

7. Saul Centers Inc. (BFS): REIT Industry. Market cap of $863.02M. 5-year average return on assets at 5.83% vs. industry average at 2.37%. 5-year average return on investments at 6.24% vs. industry average at 2.78%. 5-year return on equity at 76.02% vs. industry average at 4.64%. Short float at 1.33%, which implies a short ratio of 3.81 days. The stock has gained 56.14% over the last year.

8. CR Bard Inc. (BCR): Medical Instruments & Supplies Industry. Market cap of $8.89B. 5-year average return on assets at 16.01% vs. industry average at 5.71%. 5-year average return on investments at 18.91% vs. industry average at 8.05%. 5-year return on equity at 21.75% vs. industry average at 12.83%. Short float at 4.34%, which implies a short ratio of 6.35 days. The stock has gained 13.51% over the last year.

9. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (WFMI): Grocery Stores Industry. Market cap of $8.73B. 5-year average return on assets at 5.82% vs. industry average at 2.05%. 5-year average return on investments at 7.36% vs. industry average at 3.58%. 5-year return on equity at 10.94% vs. industry average at 5.14%. Short float at 7.13%, which implies a short ratio of 4.48 days. The stock has gained 84.23% over the last year.

10. Emergent BioSolutions, Inc. (EBS): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $785.71M. 5-year average return on assets at 9.73% vs. industry average at 4.73%. 5-year average return on investments at 12.56% vs. industry average at 5.57%. 5-year return on equity at 16.17% vs. industry average at 7.28%. Short float at 4.39%, which implies a short ratio of 6.07 days. The stock has gained 80.46% over the last year.

11. Silgan Holdings Inc. (SLGN): Packaging & Containers Industry. Market cap of $2.78B. 5-year average return on assets at 6.17% vs. industry average at 3.72%. 5-year average return on investments at 7.97% vs. industry average at 4.63%. 5-year return on equity at 28.51% vs. industry average at 7.0%. Short float at 2.97%, which implies a short ratio of 3.41 days. The stock has gained 36% over the last year.

12. Sun Hydraulics Corp. (SNHY):
Industrial Equipment & Components Industry. Market cap of $617.97M. 5-year average return on assets at 16.08% vs. industry average at 7.0%. 5-year average return on investments at 18.03% vs. industry average at 10.26%. 5-year return on equity at 19.58% vs. industry average at 12.67%. Short float at 4.89%, which implies a short ratio of 16.82 days. The stock has gained 36.32% over the last year.

13. Express Scripts Inc. (ESRX): Management Services Industry. Market cap of $28.89B. 5-year average return on assets at 10.58% vs. industry average at 7.85%. 5-year average return on investments at 19.91% vs. industry average at 8.24%. 5-year return on equity at 45.73% vs. industry average at 23.72%. Short float at 2.07%, which implies a short ratio of 2.85 days. The stock has gained 28.9% over the last year.

14. Agilent Technologies Inc. (A): Scientific & Technical Instruments Industry. Market cap of $14.03B. 5-year average return on assets at 6.52% vs. industry average at 4.54%. 5-year average return on investments at 8.32% vs. industry average at 6.26%. 5-year return on equity at 21.58% vs. industry average at 4.75%. Short float at 1.39%, which implies a short ratio of 1.46 days. The stock has gained 36.18% over the last year.

15. Hibbett Sports, Inc. (HIBB): Sporting Goods Stores Industry. Market cap of $1.11B. 5-year average return on assets at 14.91% vs. industry average at 8.85%. 5-year average return on investments at 21.74% vs. industry average at 13.15%. 5-year return on equity at 24.50% vs. industry average at 15.09%. Short float at 18.92%, which implies a short ratio of 12.75 days. The stock has gained 90.4% over the last year.

Source: 15 Top Management Teams Hitting New Highs