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Greenblatt magic formula investing Stock Screener

Use this stock screener to select MF stocks, based on our interpretation of Joel Greenblatt's "The little book that beats the market" in Europe, Switzerland, Scandinavia, the UK, the US, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia.

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Magic Formula investing is looking for good businesses selling at bargain prices. For this it uses 2 KPIs:

Return on Invested Capital (ROIC)
EBIT / (Net Working Capital + Net Fixed Assets) How efficiently have the assets been used to generate income?
Earning Yield
EBIT / Entreprise Value How cheap is the company?

Another more popular measure to check the cheapness of a stock is the P/E ratio. Greenblatt however likes to use a more stringent measure and uses entreprise value as this includes not only market capitalization but also other factors such as debt. Instead of earnings he likes to use the operational profit or EBIT.

The components of the Greenblatt Magic Formula are calculated as follows:

The trailing twelve months operating profit if available (if not then EBIT equals last year operating income).
Net Working Capital
Total Current Assets - Excess Cash - Total Current Liabilities if Total Current Assets exceeds Total Current Liabilities, otherwise it is zero
Excess Cash
If Total Current Assets are greater than 2 * Total Current Liabilities, then Excess Cash is determined to be the lesser of Cash And Short Term Investments or Total Current Assets - 2 * Total Current Liabilities, otherwise it is zero.
Net Fixed Assets
Total Assets - Total Current Assets - Total Intangible assets
Entreprise Value
Market Cap + Long-Term Debt + Minority Interest + Preferred Stock - Excess Cash


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Disclaimer :
We are in no way associated to Mr. Greenblatt or magicformulainvesting.com. We include this model inspired on his book purely for completeness but we do not recommend this strategy to anyone.