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What is Joel Greenblatt Magic Formula?


Joel Greenblatt is Background A widely respected hedge-fund manager. Joel Greenblatt, started as a value purist but was influenced by Warren Buffett's view about growth being part of the value equation. He founded Gotham Capital, a fund which apparently returned over 40% annualized from 1985 to 2005. By 1995, it had returned all money to its outside investors. He has authored two books, "You Can Be a Stock Market Genius" and New York Times bestsellier, "The Little Book That Beats the Market," and is also adjunct professor at Columbia University Business School. Greenblatt espouses MFI as a do-it-yourself version of the approach he has used while amassing his investment track record. With the "Little Book," Greenblatt wanted to write a book his children could read and learn from. The main point Greenblatt makes is that investors should buy good companies at bargain prices.

Magic Formula Investing uses return on capital and earnings yield as its inputs. Return on capital is seen as the best determinant of whether a business is a good one or not. Companies that can earn a high ROC over time generally have a special advantage that keeps competition from destroying it (e.g., name recognition, a new product that is hard to duplicate or a unique business model).

Earnings yield is the metric that shows whether a company is cheap or not. Greenblatt says that stock prices of a firm can experience "wild" swings even as the value of the company stays relatively constant giving investors opportunities to buy low and sell high.

Calculation/Definition of the Magic Formula:

1. Define minimum Market Capitalization that meets your liquidity needs. Greenblatt used a market capitalization floor of $50 million, but advised that you can set the minimum as high as $5 billion.
2. Sector Filter: Due to their unique financial structures, all stocks in the financial and utility sectors are excluded. Calculate Earnings Yield = EBIT / enterprise value.
3. Calculate Return on Capital = EBIT / (Net fixed assets + working capital)
4. EY Rank: Rank the stocks in descending order based on Earnings Yield and assign a rank number to each.
5. ROC Rank: Rank the same stocks in descending order based on Return on Capital and assign a rank number to each.
6. Add the rankings and select stocks that have the lowest combined ranking score. So a company that is ranked 358nd best in terms of ROC and 122rd highest in EY would gets a better combined ranking (i.e., 470) than a company that is ranked 1st in ROIC but only 950th best in EY (i.e., 951).

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Symbol Company Predictability Market Cap ($mil) Earnings Yield (%) Return on Capital (%) 10-Y EBITDA Growth Rate (%) 5-Y EBITDA Growth Rate (%) P/E Yield (%) Rank
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only 543.0123435.2057.970.00 0.0031.200.77150
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only 23.21996.2058.130.00 21.001.200.00184
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only
  • Currently 1/5
Business Predictability Rank: 1-Star
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 1-Star stocks: 1.1% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 45%.
Read more:
What is Predictability Rank?
Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
38.699106.4058.190.00 0.003.600.00179
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only 3.634310021.4060.800.00 23.800.100.00138
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only
  • Currently 1/5
Business Predictability Rank: 1-Star (On Watch)
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 1-Star stocks: 1.1% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 45%.
Read more:
What is Predictability Rank?
Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
14.67266.2062.064.50 2.2011.900.00182
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only 333.900909.1062.320.00 -8.2011.200.70146
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only
  • Currently 1/5
Business Predictability Rank: 1-Star
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 1-Star stocks: 1.1% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 45%.
Read more:
What is Predictability Rank?
Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
51.844972.8062.430.00 0.0012.800.00144
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only
  • Currently 1/5
Business Predictability Rank: 1-Star
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 1-Star stocks: 1.1% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 45%.
Read more:
What is Predictability Rank?
Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
328.17248.1062.450.00 0.006.100.00192
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only 75.65041.7065.520.00 -12.8013.802.23189
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only 96.74054.9067.040.00 0.0012.300.00174
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only
  • Currently 1/5
Business Predictability Rank: 1-Star (On Watch)
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 1-Star stocks: 1.1% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 45%.
Read more:
What is Predictability Rank?
Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
59.3001428.6069.50-0.80 34.106.005.60125
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only 257.65634.1069.920.00 0.008.702.28198
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only
  • Currently 1/5
Business Predictability Rank: 1-Star
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 1-Star stocks: 1.1% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 45%.
Read more:
What is Predictability Rank?
Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
89.59249.0071.991.80 14.500.702.40173
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only 17.883639.0073.750.00 -7.102.300.00124
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only 2536.90063.7073.990.00 14.207.600.00154
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only
  • Currently 1/5
Business Predictability Rank: 1-Star
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 1-Star stocks: 1.1% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 45%.
Read more:
What is Predictability Rank?
Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
267.50094.3077.670.00 0.0013.500.00137
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only
  • Currently 1/5
Business Predictability Rank: 1-Star (On Watch)
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 1-Star stocks: 1.1% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 45%.
Read more:
What is Predictability Rank?
Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
71.161476.2080.30-1.30 25.1012.300.00116
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only 462.68031.1080.360.00 0.006.1010.18183
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only 767.08042.4081.250.00 11.1026.700.00156
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only 7430.40035.0082.600.00 0.003.503.03167
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only 14740.00035.0082.600.00 0.003.502.76168
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only 576.15554.1087.950.00 27.107.401.11135
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only
  • Currently 1/5
Business Predictability Rank: 1-Star (On Watch)
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 1-Star stocks: 1.1% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 45%.
Read more:
What is Predictability Rank?
Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
126.21829.9091.04-1.10 46.8014.201.73149
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only 37.78537.9092.220.00 -31.802.800.00147
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only
  • Currently 2/5
Business Predictability Rank: 2-Star
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 2-Star stocks: 6% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 16%.
Read more:
What is Predictability Rank?
Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
4984.80083.3092.841.10 4.8020.202.54110
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only 134.8001000.0093.410.00 22.706.902.4087
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only
  • Currently 1/5
Business Predictability Rank: 1-Star (On Watch)
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 1-Star stocks: 1.1% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 45%.
Read more:
What is Predictability Rank?
Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
110.60638.2095.2413.20 29.402.8012.66141
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only
  • Currently 1/5
Business Predictability Rank: 1-Star
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 1-Star stocks: 1.1% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 45%.
Read more:
What is Predictability Rank?
Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
185.982111.10100.560.00 -19.202.203.95100
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only 26.96829.60101.200.00 63.508.000.00159
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only
  • Currently 1/5
Business Predictability Rank: 1-Star
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 1-Star stocks: 1.1% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 45%.
Read more:
What is Predictability Rank?
Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
46.05949.00104.710.50 15.5020.400.00106

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User Comments

Ashimkar
ReplyAshimkar - 2 months ago
Magic Formula stocks , when I read Greenblatt, never included financial , commodities and foreign stocks.

I see Royal Bank listed in Guru Focus' version of Magic Formula stocks. This is a Canadian bank. Can somebody explain how the financial stocks, that too foreign, ended up in this list?

I am more than happy to buy these outstanding Canadian banks but are they really Magic Formula stocks?
Marco42
ReplyMarco42 - 7 months ago
Steveoliveira@yahoo,
Marco42
ReplyMarco42 - 7 months ago
Good point Steveoliveira@yahoo. And why charge for something which is openly free by the person who developed the model, and who provides the results for free?
Steveoliveira@yahoo
ReplySteveoliveira@yahoo - 8 months ago
Why these stocks on the magic screener doesn't match with the ones that are shown in the magicformulainvesting site?



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