First share screener

“A great company is not a great investment if you pay too much for the stock.” – Benjamin Graham

I love cheap stocks, and if the company is also good, that’s even better. Once I finished valuing Berkshire Hathaway, I needed to find companies to research next, so I decided to use a share screener to search for companies that fulfill my three main biases:

  1. I hate debt;
  2. I like dividends;
  3. I love discounts.

The Financial Times has a great equity screener available on their website which lets you use dozens of criteria such as country, sector & industry, and equity attributes like valuation multiples, growth rates, management effectiveness, financial strength, margins, growth, price and others (you can even use predefined Warren Buffett and Benjamin Graham screens):

https://markets.ft.com/data/equities?expandedScreener=true

I selected only the following three equity attributes (to match my biases):

  1. Total debt to capital: less than 25%;
  2. Dividend yield: greater than 5%;
  3. Price to cash flow: less than 5 (for a cash flow yield of 20% per year).

Besides the above criteria, I also selected specific countries to invest in, simply because my Investment ISA is with TD Direct and their platform only allows me to buy shares from the following:

  • Europe: Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom;
  • Americas: Canada, United States;
  • Asia-Pacific: Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore.

This screen returned a list of 50 companies, and I will be posting my thoughts on each company’s latest annual report for the next few months.

Stay tuned.

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