09 Apr '12, 7am

Traits of Good Companies

Traits of Good Companies by OT83 on April 8, 2012 ”Stocks do well or poorly in the future because the businesses behind them do well or poorly – nothing more, and nothing less.” [Some famous investor said this phrase, you know who? I hope you know :)] Cheap Valuation – P/B, P/E, discount to NAV etc Business Economic Moats – high barrier to entry, unique product(s) or service(s) such that the company will always be needed and still be around for decades Growth - sustainable consistent growth Profitability - ROE, ROA, increasing FCF NOT net profit only, net profit margin Financial Health (net cash or little debt, unless company got high earning powers to offset)- see gearing, debt to equity, quick/current ratio, interest coverage ratio Dividend – 2-3% p.a. with <40% dividend payout ratio. History of increasing dividend payout ratio over the years as business grow Risks – thi...

Full article: http://thefinance.sg/2012/04/08/traits-of-good-companies-2/

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