Biggest Trump Tax Cut Winners

Top ten high tax rate companies reporting little in foreign taxes

The following companies stand to benefit the most under a Donald Trump corporate tax cut. That’s because they pay very high corporate taxes, and they report few, if any, foreign tax payments. (Companies with a market cap below $500 million excluded.)

For more on this, please see my recent MarketWatch columns on Trump tax cuts. You can find them here and here.

Company Ticker Tax (%)
GMS GMS 50.0
Reynolds American RAI 49.0
Eros International Plc EROS 48.9
Centene CNC 48.6
Group 1 Automotive GPI 48.4
Regeneron REGN 48.1
Dunkin’ Brands DNKN 47.8
Humana HUM 47.5
The Ultimate Software ULTI 47.3
Tenet Healthcare THC 47.2
TriNet TNET 47.2
Source: S&P Global Market Intelligence, Michael Brush

Top ten high tax, low debt companies

The following are the top ten companies paying the highest corporate tax rates while having relatively low debt levels. One theory among investors like Larry Puglia at T. Rowe Price ($55 billion under management) holds that Washington may reduce deductions for interest payments, in addition to cutting the corporate tax rate.

If so, the companies that would benefit the most are those that pay a high corporate tax rate, but have relatively low debt levels. These are the top contenders. (Companies with a market cap below $500 million excluded.)

Name Ticker Tax rate (%)
Reynolds American RAI 49.0
Centene CNC 48.6
Regeneron REGN 48.1
Humana HUM 47.5
The Ultimate Software ULTI 47.3
TriNet TNET 47.2
The Trade Desk TTD 46.6
TASER International TASR 43.6
Resources Connection RECN 43.6
Aetna AET 43.5
Source: S&P Global Market Intelligence, Michael Brush

There are over 200 companies that pay such high taxes they are bound to benefit under Trump tax cuts. For more on high tax companies that may benefit from Trump tax cuts and regular updates on other investing themes, subscribe to my stock newsletter here.

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