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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.


Progressive 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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Progressive (NYSE:PGR) Business Description

Progressive logo
Traded in Other Exchanges
Address
6300 Wilson Mills Road, Mayfield Village, OH, USA, 44143
Progressive underwrites private and commercial auto insurance and specialty lines; it has over 20 million personal auto policies in force and is the fourth-largest auto insurer in the United States. Progressive markets its policies through independent insurance agencies in the U.S. and Canada and directly via the internet and telephone. Its premiums are split roughly equally between the agent and the direct channel. The company also offers commercial auto policies and entered homeowners insurance through an acquisition in 2015.
Executives
Pamela Craig director C/O ACCENTURE, 161 N CLARK STREET, CHICAGO IL 60601
Clawson William L. Ii officer: Chief Human Resources Officer C/O THE PROGRESSIVE CORPORATION, 6300 WILSON MILLS ROAD, MAYFIELD VILLAGE OH 44143
Remi Kent officer: Chief Marketing Officer 6300 WILSON MILLS ROAD, MAYFIELD VILLAGE OH 44143
Jonathan S. Bauer officer: Chief Investment Officer 6300 WILSON MILLS ROAD, MAYFIELD VILLAGE OH 44143
Mariann Wojtkun Marshall officer: Chief Accounting Officer C/O THE PROGRESSIVE CORPORATION, 6300 WILSON MILLS RD., MAYFIELD VILLAGE OH 44143
Jan E Tighe director C/O GOLDMAN SACHS & CO. LLC, 200 WEST STREET, NEW YORK NY 10282
Barbara R Snyder director 127 PUBLIC SQUARE, CLEVELAND OH 44114
Andrew J Quigg officer: Chief Strategy Officer C/O THE PROGRESSIVE CORPORATION, 6300 WILSON MILLS ROAD, MAYFIELD VILLAGE OH 44143
Philip Bleser director 8760 CLAY ROAD SUITE 100, HOUSTON TX 77494
Steven Broz officer: Chief Information Officer C/O THE PROGRESSIVE CORPORATION, 6300 WILSON MILLS ROAD, MAYFIELD VILLAGE OH 44143
Lori A Niederst officer: CRM President C/O THE PROGRESSIVE CORPORATION, 6300 WILSON MILLS ROAD, MAYFIELD VILLAGE OH 44143
Karen Bailo officer: Commercial Lines President 6300 WILSON MILLS ROAD, MAYFIELD VILLAGE OH 44143
Daniel P Mascaro officer: Vice Pres, Secretary and CLO C/O THE PROGRESSIVE CORPORATION, 6300 WILSON MILLS ROAD, MAYFIELD VILLAGE OH 44143
John Jo Murphy officer: Claims President C/O THE PROGRESSIVE CORPORATION, 6300 WILSON MILLS ROAD, MAYFIELD VILLAGE OH 44143
Patrick K Callahan officer: Personal Lines President C/O THE PROGRESSIVE CORPORATION, 6300 WILSON MILLS ROAD, MAYFIELD VILLAGE OH 44143

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