Magic Formula Stocks have a track-record of beating the market over time. When Greenblatt wrote about the magic formula investing process, he recommended going for stocks above $50 million in market capitalization. At VSG we run our screens with the minimum market cap at $30 million. Other than this, this screen exactly follows Greenblatt's magic formula.
This screen looks for large cap stocks between $2 billion and $5 billion in market capitalization with highest earnings yield and return on capital, as modified by Joel Greenblatt:
- Avoid Financials and Utilities
- Avoid ADRs
- Greenblatt Earnings Yield, pick from the highest
- Greenblatt ROC, pick from the highest
We have limited the results to the top 10 stocks. The stocks are ranked with 50% weight to Greenblatt Earnings Yield and 50% weight to Greenblatt ROC.
The Screen Results
Greenblatt Earnings Yield
Sally Beauty Holdings
Notes and Observations
The Magic Formula Screener is non-discretion based. This means you just pick the top stocks and buy them mechanically. If this is what you want to do, just use the stocks listed above. If you wish to add a little bit more discretion, you can run these stocks through an additional filter.
I have added all 9 stocks for further review. We used to own Tegna when it was Gannett and we made a nice profit then. Much has changed since then in the business and it will be nice to get back into the details.