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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.


Netflix 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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Netflix Business Description

Netflix logo
Address
100 Winchester Circle, Los Gatos, CA, USA, 95032
Netflix's primary business is a streaming video on demand service now available in almost every country worldwide except China. Netflix delivers original and third-party digital video content to PCs, Internet-connected TVs, and consumer electronic devices, including tablets, video game consoles, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast. In 2011, Netflix introduced DVD-only plans and separated the combined streaming and DVD plans, making it necessary for subscribers who want both to have separate plans.
Executives
Lee Dicus Marian officer: Chief Marketing Officer 526 WEST 111TH STREET APARTMENT 3C NEW YORK NY 10025
Hoag Jay C director 250 MIDDLEFIELD ROAD MENLO PARK CA 94025
Ezama Meabe Sergio officer: Chief Talent Officer 59 HILLSIDE ROAD GREENWICH CT 06830
Masiyiwa Strive director 265 FRANKLIN STREET BOSTON MA 02110
Saint John Bozoma officer: Chief Marketing Officer 9255 SUNSET BLVD 2ND FLOOR LOS ANGELES CA 90069
Neumann Spencer Adam officer: Chief Financial Officer SIERRA INCOME CORPORATION 375 PARK AVE., SUITE 3304 NEW YORK NY 10152
Whetstone Rachel officer: Chief Communications Officer 185 TUSCALOOSA AVENUE ATHERTON CA 94027
Dopfner Mathias director C/O TIME WARNER INC. ONE TIME WARNER CENTER NEW YORK NY 10019
Rice Susan E director 100 WINCHESTER CIRCLE LOS GATOS CA 95032
Belmer Rodolphe director 100 WINCHESTER CIRCLE LOS GATOS CA 95032
Neal Jessica officer: Chief Talent Officer 100 WINCHESTER CIRCLE LOS GATOS CA 95032
Friedland Jonathan officer: Chief Communications Officer C/O NETFLIX, INC., 100 WINCHESTER CIRCLE LOS GATOS CA 95032
Wells David B officer: CFO C/O NETFLIX, INC. 100 WINCHESTER CIRCLE LOS GATOS CA 95130
Bennett Kelly officer: Chief Marketing Officer 100 WINCHESTER CIRCLE LOS GATOS CA 95032
Sweeney Anne M director C/O 100 WINCHESTER CIRCLE LOS GATOS CA 95032

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