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Walter Schloss' Cheap Stocks Screen

March 19, 2013 | About:

John Huber at BaseHitInvesting.com has written an excellent review of Walter Schloss’ investing philosophy. Mr. Schloss is a student of Ben Graham and never had a college degree. He made 21% a year for nearly five decades by buying cheap stocks. His screen can be summarized as the following:

1. Buy understandable businesses

2. Buy cheap stocks. He likes to buy stocks at around book value.

3. Buy stocks that have little to no debt.

4. Buy stocks that are at new lows (preferably 2-3 year lows).

We have created a Walther Schloss Cheap Stock Screen with our All-In-One Screener, which has more than 120 filters. The criteria we set are:

1. Fundamental Tab: Interest coverage > 10

2. Altman Z-score > 2.99

3. Valuation Tab: Price-to-tangible-book ratio< 1

4. Historical Valuation Tab: Stock price is at maximum 25% above the three-year low.

While Walter Schloss did not use the Altman Z-score in his research, we use the combination of interest coverage and Altman Z-score to satisfy the requirement of “stocks that have little to no debt.” An Altman Z-score of higher than 2.99 indicates that the company is financially sound. This is the screenshot of the Walter Schloss Cheap Stock Screen.


The screen generated 55 stocks. Many of them do not have debt but traded at close to three-year lows. Most of the stocks are small caps. Only three out of the 55 stocks have the market cap of more than $1 billion.

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Rating: 2.0/5 (21 votes)



John Huber
John Huber premium member - 8 years ago
Thanks for the screen. As I mentioned in my article, Schloss is one of my favorite investors to study. His methodical approach to investing is great, and it's possible to reverse engineer his processes. I like the screen you put together. It's a great start to view some stocks that might be interesting to consider.

I replicated a similar screen and something worth noting is how many of the stocks have well known problems. However, those are the types of stocks that Schloss owned. On balance, the more stocks are hated, the more likely they are to be mispriced.

TFC premium member - 7 years ago
Schloss used Tangible book so should your screener
Augustabound - 7 years ago    Report SPAM
From the OP;

3. Valuation Tab: Price-to-tangible-book ratio< 1

Newhigh premium member - 5 years ago

When this article was written three years aog, there were 55 results for US exchanges. When I checked today there were 90 US stocks on the list.

I am a premium plus international member and was also able to check all international markets, which showed 580 stocks of which 179 had zero debt, as of 31 March 2016

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