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Benjamin Graham Net Current Asset Value Screener


What are Benjamin Graham's Net Current Asset Value Bargains?

Update: We have created a monthly Net Current Asset Bargains newsletter to highlight the baingains we find.

In The Intelligent Investor, Benjamin Graham discussed the methods he used in his investment firm Graham_Newman. One is them is what he called Net-Current-Asset (Or “Bargain”) issues. He wrote:

The idea here was to acquire as many issues as possible at a cost for each of less than their book value in terms of net-current-assets alone – i.e., giving no value to the plant account and other assets. Our purchases were made typically at two-thirds or less of such stripped-down asset value. In most years we carried a wide diversification here – at least 100 different issues.

Graham’s “net current asset value” approach, apparently works very well. One research study, covering the years 1970 through 1983 showed that portfolios picked at the beginning of each year, and held for one year, returned 29.4 percent, on average, over the 13-year period, compared to 11.5 percent for the S&P 500 Index. Other studies of Graham’s strategy produced similar results.

Ben Graham loved these types of situations, defining the net-net value as:

Cash and short-term investments + (0.75 * accounts receivable) + (0.5 * inventory) - total liabilities

Graham looked for companies whose market values were less than two-thirds of that net-net value.

With this in mind, GuruFocus has created a Graham Net Current Asset Value screener to filter out the companies that meets the net-net value criteria. The rules are:

  • The stock prices are less than the net current asset value of the companies – Benjamin Graham
  • During the past 12 months, the companies generated positive operating cashflow.
  • The company has no meaningful debt compared to its cash position.
  • According to Benjamin Graham, some of these companies may well go under as economic conditions worsen, it is important to hold a diversified group of them.

The performance of the stocks can be seen in user portfolios, described in this article



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Symbol Company Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) Price Price/NCAV (%) Oprt. Cash Flow per share(12m) ($) Market Cap ($mil)
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only0.11$0.0872.70.007.500
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only0.08$0.06750.004.600
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only0.08$0.06750.0010.500
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only0.04$0.03750.000.674
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only0.20$0.1575-0.1047.500
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only0.04$0.03750.006.500
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only0.08$0.06750.007.500
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only0.04$0.03750.002.000
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only0.13$0.1076.90.009.000
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only3.91$3.0578-0.3023.600
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only0.10$0.08800.0072.400
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only2.66$2.1480.50.0034.400
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only0.26$0.2180.80.0055.000
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only0.16$0.1381.30.00150.400
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only0.48$0.3981.3-0.1042.300
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only20.11$16.50822.80293.000
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only3.62$2.9882.3-0.8056.200
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only0.23$0.1982.60.004.100
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only3.80$3.2084.20.00103.900
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only12.45$10.5084.31.70152.600
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only3.79$3.2084.4-0.90395.200
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only0.14$0.1285.70.0025.200
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only0.08$0.0787.50.004.700
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only0.17$0.1588.2-0.101.100
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only1.69$1.5088.80.0019.700
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only0.10$0.09900.002.000
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only17.72$16.13911.70148.500
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only2.27$2.0791.2-0.1056.200
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only1.18$1.0891.5-0.9025.300
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only4.12$3.79920.7010.400

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User Comments

Anaseem001
ReplyAnaseem001 - 4 years ago
FTAR (OTC) is also missing from the screen:

Market Cap: 15 million
Cash: 79 million
Total Liability: 12 Million

Thanks,

Asim
Anaseem001
ReplyAnaseem001 - 4 years ago
Hi GuruFocus-

Is there a reason why AVGG (OTC) is not showing up on the NCAV screen? Following is the information on AVGG:

Market Capital: 2.8 Million
Cash: 2.843 Million
Short Term Investments: 5.135 Million
Account Receivable: 5.667 Million
Total Liability: 5.610 Million


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