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What is Predictability Rank?


GuruFocus recently conducted a back test study of Warren Buffett's strategy "buy good companies at fair prices" for the years 1998-2008. We focused on the companies that Warren Buffett likes, which are the companies that have predictable and proven earnings. For details, go to: GuruFocus Research: What worked in the market from 1998-2008? Part I: Introduction of Predictability Rank.

From this study we have developed the concept of Predictability Rank of businesses. We have found strong correlations between the Predictability of Businesses and the long term return of stocks, as shown in this table.

Predictability Rank

5-Star

4.5-Star

4 -Star

3.5-Star

3 -Star

2.5-Star

2 -Star

1-Star (non-predictable)

Average among all

Average Annualized Gain (Jan. 1998- Aug. 2008)

12.1%

10.6%

9.8%

9.3%

8.2%

7.3%

6.0%

1.1%

3.1%

% that are in loss with 10-year holding period

3%

10%

8%

9%

11%

18%

16%

45%

37%


We can clearly see that companies with higher Predictability Rank had much better stock performances. The possibility of losing money with long term holding period is also greatly reduced.

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Symbol Company Predictability 10-Y EBITDA Growth Rate (%) 5-Y EBITDA Growth Rate (%) 12-M EBITDA Growth Rate (%) Market Cap ($mil) P/E PE/5-Y EBITDA Growth Rate Price DCF DCEarning Yield
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  • Currently 5/5
Business Predictability Rank: 5-Star
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 5-Star stocks: 12.1% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 3%.
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Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
98.20 74.3015.1076506.51039.600.53218.21110.5043.300.00
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  • 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%.
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Top Ranked Predictable Companies
79.30 7.7020.0022310.788142.1018.4524.07-58.207.300.70
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  • Currently 4.5/5
Business Predictability Rank: 4.5-Star
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 4.5-Star stocks: 10.6% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 10%.
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Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
64.50 50.3013.60601960.27015.800.31100.53219.50176.201.80
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  • Currently 2.5/5
Business Predictability Rank: 2.5-Star
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 2.5-Star stocks: 7.3% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 18%.
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Top Ranked Predictable Companies
60.80 23.2016.5011516.40615.900.6988.58181.90160.501.95
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  • 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%.
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Top Ranked Predictable Companies
56.20 41.1012.30983.66210.000.2450.6610.50145.504.07
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  • Currently 4/5
Business Predictability Rank: 4-Star
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 4-Star stocks: 9.8% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 8%.
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Top Ranked Predictable Companies
54.70 47.7033.7066701.94431.300.661271.781226.401138.700.00
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  • Currently 3.5/5
Business Predictability Rank: 3.5-Star
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 3.5-Star stocks: 9.3% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 9%.
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Top Ranked Predictable Companies
53.40 66.2017.6019073.27131.800.48117.4331.20105.600.64
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  • Currently 5/5
Business Predictability Rank: 5-Star
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 5-Star stocks: 12.1% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 3%.
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Top Ranked Predictable Companies
44.70 52.6033.0028131.609141.502.69468.154.5066.600.00
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  • Currently 3.5/5
Business Predictability Rank: 3.5-Star (On Watch)
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 3.5-Star stocks: 9.3% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 9%.
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Top Ranked Predictable Companies
42.20 38.50-178.901687.7446.000.1612.9825.1017.700.22
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  • Currently 3.5/5
Business Predictability Rank: 3.5-Star (On Watch)
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 3.5-Star stocks: 9.3% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 9%.
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Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
42.20 38.50-178.901794.3665.800.151.382.501.800.27
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  • Currently 4/5
Business Predictability Rank: 4-Star
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 4-Star stocks: 9.8% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 8%.
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Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
41.90 61.30218.003042.0514.600.080.000.000.006.15
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  • Currently 3/5
Business Predictability Rank: 3-Star
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 3-Star stocks: 8.2% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 11%.
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Top Ranked Predictable Companies
41.40 16.8016.1011739.93980.004.76220.70-11.7021.400.00
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  • Currently 5/5
Business Predictability Rank: 5-Star
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 5-Star stocks: 12.1% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 3%.
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Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
41.30 44.7042.309711.21634.500.7746.8247.0038.700.00
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only
  • Currently 3/5
Business Predictability Rank: 3-Star (On Watch)
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 3-Star stocks: 8.2% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 11%.
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Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
40.10 4.30-36.501720.46015.103.5143.20-9.6022.501.16
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only
  • Currently 3.5/5
Business Predictability Rank: 3.5-Star (On Watch)
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 3.5-Star stocks: 9.3% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 9%.
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Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
38.90 27.50-45.205432.69810.200.370.71-0.302.103.11
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only
  • Currently 3.5/5
Business Predictability Rank: 3.5-Star (On Watch)
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 3.5-Star stocks: 9.3% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 9%.
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Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
38.90 27.50-45.205031.98810.600.396.53-3.5021.303.07
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only
  • Currently 4/5
Business Predictability Rank: 4-Star (On Watch)
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 4-Star stocks: 9.8% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 8%.
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Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
38.70 15.60-8.20538.9879.300.6014.0638.4042.401.07
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only
  • Currently 4/5
Business Predictability Rank: 4-Star (On Watch)
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 4-Star stocks: 9.8% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 8%.
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Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
37.10 46.30-20.807749.95426.800.5883.6118.1089.100.57
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only
  • Currently 4/5
Business Predictability Rank: 4-Star (On Watch)
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 4-Star stocks: 9.8% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 8%.
Read more:
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Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
37.10 46.30-20.808073.44827.300.5987.1018.1089.100.57
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only
  • Currently 4/5
Business Predictability Rank: 4-Star (On Watch)
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 4-Star stocks: 9.8% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 8%.
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Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
36.90 9.90-74.202360.5620.000.0061.35-9.70-37.100.00
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only
  • Currently 4/5
Business Predictability Rank: 4-Star
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 4-Star stocks: 9.8% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 8%.
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Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
36.70 26.400.004274.36443.501.650.870.900.600.52
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only
  • Currently 2.5/5
Business Predictability Rank: 2.5-Star
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 2.5-Star stocks: 7.3% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 18%.
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Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
36.30 14.6015.706491.78010.100.699.54-7.1026.803.17
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only
  • Currently 2.5/5
Business Predictability Rank: 2.5-Star
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 2.5-Star stocks: 7.3% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 18%.
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Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
36.30 14.6015.706492.2579.900.6819.08-14.3053.803.45
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only
  • Currently 4.5/5
Business Predictability Rank: 4.5-Star
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 4.5-Star stocks: 10.6% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 10%.
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Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
36.20 27.7054.301920.4927.900.293.261.6011.604.39
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only
  • Currently 2.5/5
Business Predictability Rank: 2.5-Star (On Watch)
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 2.5-Star stocks: 7.3% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 18%.
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Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
34.90 6.10-141.2018.4990.000.000.980.00-5.900.00
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only
  • Currently 3/5
Business Predictability Rank: 3-Star
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 3-Star stocks: 8.2% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 11%.
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Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
34.00 62.800.00223.2820.000.003.03-18.80-23.100.00
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only
  • Currently 4/5
Business Predictability Rank: 4-Star (On Watch)
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 4-Star stocks: 9.8% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 8%.
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Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
34.00 19.10-3.806892.287138.807.273.90-0.202.000.75
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only
  • Currently 4/5
Business Predictability Rank: 4-Star (On Watch)
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 4-Star stocks: 9.8% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 8%.
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Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
34.00 19.10-3.807069.012138.807.271.00-0.200.500.98
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only
  • Currently 2.5/5
Business Predictability Rank: 2.5-Star
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 2.5-Star stocks: 7.3% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 18%.
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Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
33.70 11.005.902846.59836.403.318.27-12.101.800.00
Premium Member OnlyPremium Member Only
  • Currently 3/5
Business Predictability Rank: 3-Star
Back Testing Results:
Average gain of all 3-Star stocks: 8.2% per year.
% of Stocks that are in still loss if held for 10yrs: 11%.
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Performances of real portfolio
Top Ranked Predictable Companies
33.70 14.80104.0013589.97037.702.5511.701.008.300.12

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ReplySashali78 - 1 year ago
Would be really useful to have an option to add selected stocks to portfolio...



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