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Warren Buffett said many times that the companies he likes are:

1. Simple businesses that he understands
2. that have predictable and proven earnings and
3. with economic moat
4. those can be bought at a reasonable price.

It is hard to quantify "simple businesses that he (Buffett) understands", so we will focus on the other three characteristics instead. In GuruFocus Research: What worked in the market from 1998-2008? Part I: Introduction of Predictability Rank, we will show that the businesses that have predictable and proven earnings are usually also simple businesses that an average person could understand.

GuruFocus conducted a back test study of Warren Buffett's strategy of "buying good companies at fair prices" for the years from 1998-2008.


Illumina Predictability Rank Calculation

In our database there are 2403 stocks that have been traded from Jan. 2, 1998 to Aug. 31, 2008. We have the complete 10-year financial data and trading prices of these companies for this period. We rank the predictability of these companies based on the consistency of their revenue per share and EBITDA (earning before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) per share over the past ten fiscal years, and study the correlation between the stock performances and the predictability of the business.

Our study may be subject to these biases and assumptions:

Dividend yields are not counted for investment returns
Effects of price changes due to spin-offs may not be fully adjusted
Study is subjected to survivorship bias due to de-listing, bankruptcy, LBO, M&A, etc.

The correlation between business predictability and investment returns of a company is showed below.

Correlation Between Business Predictability and Investment Returns

PredictablesNon-PredictableAll stocks
Total Number of stocks57018332403
Total Lost Money61830891
Total Lost More Than 50%18412430
Total Lost More Than 90%48690
Average Gain260.6%100.0%138.1%
Median Gain150.0%13.0%39.0%
Maximum Gain2852.0%11483.0%11483.0%
Maximum Loss-100.0%-100.0%-100.0%
Annualized Average Gain12.7%6.7%8.4%
Annualized Median Gain8.9%1.1%3.1%


















For the 570 predictable companies, we have seen strong correlation between the predictability of businesses and the stock performances over the past 10 years, regardless of the valuation of business at 1998. Accordingly, we have ranked the business predictability from 5-star to 1-star, as shown in this table.

Predictability Rank5-Star4.5-Star4-Star3.5-Star3-Star2.5-Star2-Star1-Star (non-predictable)Average among all
% Out of All 2403 Stocks 3.3% 2.9% 3.7% 3.3% 3.3% 3.7% 3.3% 76.3% 100%
% that are in Loss (10y) 3% 10% 8% 9% 11% 18% 16% 45% 37%
Average Gain (10y) 364.6% 330.9% 278.0% 235.1% 243.5% 227.8% 154.8% 100.0% 138.1%
Median Gain (10y) 238.5% 193.5% 171.0% 159.0% 132.5% 113.5% 87.0% 13.0% 39.0%
Maximum Gainer 2228.0% 2547.0% 2452.0% 2852.0% 2432.0% 1892.0% 1807.0% 11483.0% 11483.0%
Maximum Loser -82.0% -53.0% -67.0% -100.0% -83.0% -100.0% -78.0% -100.0% -100.0%
Annualized Average Gain 15.4% 14.6% 13.2% 12.0% 12.2% 11.7% 9.1% 6.7% 8.4%
Annualized Median Gain 12.1% 10.6% 9.8% 9.3% 8.2% 7.3% 6.0% 1.1% 3.1%
















For detailed information about each predictability rank, please go to GuruFocus Research: What worked in the market from 1998-2008? Part I: Introduction of Predictability Rank

Also read:

Part II: What worked in the market from 1998-2008? Part II: Role of Valuations
Part III: Intrinsic Value, Discounted Cash Flow and Margin of Safety

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Illumina Business Description

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5200 Illumina Way, San Diego, CA, USA, 92122
Illumina provides tools and services to analyze genetic material with life science and clinical lab applications. The company generates revenue from sequencing tools and dedicated consumables (76% of 2020 sales). Illumina's high-throughput technology enables whole genome sequencing in humans and other large organisms. Its lower throughput tools enable applications that require smaller data outputs, such as viral and cancer tumor screening. Illumina also sells microarrays (9% of sales) that enable lower-cost, focused genetic screening with primarily consumer and agricultural applications. Services account for 16% of sales and include basic maintenance services, clinical lab applications (such as noninvasive prenatal, oncology, and rare-disease screening), and whole genome sequencing.
Executives
Flatley Jay T director 9885 TOWNE CENTRE DR SAN DIEGO CA 92121
Tousi Susan H officer: SVP Product Development 5200 ILLUMINA WAY SAN DIEGO CA 92122
Reeves Kathryne Gambrell officer: SVP, Chief Marketing Officer 5200 ILLUMINA WAY SAN DIEGO CA 92122
Goswami Joydeep officer: SVP Corp Business Development SUMITOMO FUDOSAN MITA TWIN BLDG EAST WING 4-2-8 SHIBAURA MINATO-KU TOKYO M0 1080023
Dadswell Charles officer: SVP & General Counsel 5200 ILLUMINA WAY SAN DIEGO CA 92122
Desouza Francis A director, officer: President and CEO 350 ELLIS STREET MOUNTAIN VIEW CA 94043
Van Oene Mark officer: SVP Chief Commercial Officer 5200 ILLUMINA WAY SAN DIEGO CA 92122
Ragusa Robert P officer: SVP, Global Quality & Ops PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> Ownership Information: RAGUSA ROBERT P a.header:link {color: #3b4fae; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;} a.header:visited {color: #3b4fae; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;} a.header:hover {color: #191970;}
Mcginnis Karen K officer: VP, Chief Accounting Officer INSIGHT ENTERPRISES INC 1305 WEST AUTO DRIVE TEMPE AZ 85284
Hoyt Aimee L officer: SVP, Chief People Officer 5200 ILLUMINA WAY SAN DIEGO CA 92122
Ronaghi Mostafa officer: SVP, Entrepreneurial Devlopmt 9885 TOWNE CENTRE DRIVE SAN DIEGO CA 92121
Aravanis Alexander officer: SVP, Chief Technology Officer 5200 ILLUMINA WAY SAN DIEGO CA 92122
Siegel Susan E director 3000 SAND HILL ROAD BLDG 3 STE 290 MENLO PARK CA 94025
Thompson John Wendell director C/O MICROSOFT CORPORATION ONE MICROSOFT WAY REDMOND WA 98053
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