Second, risk-factors are built from one-dimensional sorts, and not from double-sorts. And most important, third, all portfolios are rebalanced on a monthly basis, whereas common studies rearrange their portfolios on firm characteristics only once a year. These deviations should, in best, yield higher hedge returns in comparison to relevant studies. The remainder is structured as follows: Section 2 gives an overview of characteristics and definitions that are associated with value and growth investing.
Section 3 discusses the theoretical framework of asset pricing with the CAPM, the Fama and French three-factor model, and the Carhart extension. The most important determinants of expected stock returns are described in section 4. Related studies for the German stock market are presented in section 5.
Before section 7 concludes, the empirical analysis is described in detail in section 6. Three main questions should be addressed:. Although Graham has not used the term to describe his approach, he is known as the father of value investing. Thus, value investors believe that the true value of a security is not reflected in its price.
Value stocks tend to be cheap relative to their current intrinsic value. Market participants may not be willing to pay more for companies which are out of favor. Thus, the task of value investors is to indentify companies that are likely to manage a turnaround, leading to higher earnings and higher stock prices.
To identify undervalued stocks, a comprehensive fundamental analysis has to be done. Martin J Whitman lists some further properties of value investing:. The analysis aims only on the idiosyncratic factors which exert a long term influence on a company. The measures of what defines a value company can usually be found in the balance sheet. Value companies have typically high assets in the form of tangibles like machines, real estate and inventory.
They often belong to industries like auto manufacturing, timber and metal. These companies usually operate with very low profit margins. Thus, value companies are usually characterized by a strong balance sheet. An easy way to determine the intrinsic value of a company and to make stocks comparable is the application of multiples.
This concept is used in finance literature as well as in practice. The intrinsic or fair value of a company is determined by means of financial ratios. If the current market value is below the intrinsic value of a company, it seems to be worth to buy the stock.
The intrinsic value is often used synonymous with the book value of a firm, or more exactly the net asset value NAV. The NAV corresponds to the equity of the firm. The lower this ratio, the cheaper is the stock in relation to its peer group.
Because of these attributes value investing is regarded as the appropriate investment style for defensive investors. Growth companies or glamour firms have a stronger past performance than the average company and are expected to perform very strong in the future. The market is willing to pay more for growth stocks, since these are leading companies with the potential for fast earnings growth, and may thus be worth considerably more in the future.
Philip A. Fisher is regarded the forerunner in the field of growth investing. Beside the fundamental analysis, he also focused on qualitative aspects of a company like management ability, risk management, innovation and business strategy. Intangible assets like the brand-name and the goodwill of a firm became important. Simultaneously, the high potential of growth stocks bears the danger that expectations will be disappointed.
The demand for growth stocks arised, above all, in the late s with the internet boom. In the beginning of the stock peaked at a price of Euro EUR. This meant a gain of over 30, percent since the IPO. In , the company generated sales of DM million m with employees, whereas the market value exceeded DM 15 billion bn. EMTV was not the only company that failed to achieve the high expectations. A similar phenomenon, happening at the moment, is the IPO of the social network Facebook.
This means a decline in the market value of USD A growth-oriented investor sets the future in the foreground. Not the current sales or earnings are important, but the expectation of strong sales- and earnings growth. Growth stocks trade with a growth premium. An extreme example for growth investing would be the investment in a start-up company. These companies have typically a low amount of assets and often negative earnings, but have at the same time a high potential for growth. Positive examples of recent growth companies are Apple and Google.
Value stocks are considered to have a poor past performance and are expected to perform poorly in the future, whereas growth stocks performed strongly in the past and are expected to have a strong performance in the future. However, to draw this borderline and categorize stocks in either value or growth remains challenging in practice. The discrepancy between the price of a stock and its intrinsic value can make a value company into a growth stock and vice versa.
Furthermore, classifications can change over time. A company that is now classified as a growth company can be classified as a value company within a few years. The other way round — the development from a value company to a growth company — is also possible, even if this is more difficult. A prominent representative can be seen in Apple.
Today analysts and financial experts are at odds with Apple to be labeled as growth stock or value stock. This example shows again the difficulty of categorizing stocks into value and growth. However, table 1 tries to summarize different characteristics of value and growth investing:. Source: Own representation based on Naumer et al. The Capital Asset Pricing Model CAPM is still the most important tool in practice to determine the expected stock return or cost of equity of a specific company.
The model is based on several assumptions: . Thus, according to the CAPM only three factors are necessary to calculate the expected stock return: the risk-free interest rate, the market risk-premium and the beta factor. Methods, how these components can be derived, are discussed in the following.
The basic interest rate is the return of a risk-free investment with identical terms at the valuation point. In this context, in particular, two issues are discussed in literature: First, the question of which market data should be used — historical average returns of government bonds, the return that applies on the date of valuation, or the interest of zero-coupon bonds spot rates.
And second that there is no risk-free comparison security with an endless maturity. Figure 1 illustrates the development of German government bond yields with different maturities. It is obvious that long-term bonds should have higher returns than short-term bonds, since they face a higher interest rate risk.
In rare cases short-term bonds pay a higher interest than long-term bonds. This situation is called inverse yield curve and occurs, if the market expects decreasing interests in the future. Whereas average yields accounted for about seven per cent in , a ten-year German government bond pays only 1.
Due to these historical low yields of German government bonds, in particular, in comparison to Eurobonds, it can be questioned, whether the derivation of the risk-free interest rate only out of German government bonds can be maintained. Ballwieser proposes the Svensson approximation as the most favorable method to determine the risk-free interest rate.
The resulting equation for the zero-coupon yield curve is modeled using six parameters: . Yield curves calculated with the Svensson method have a high degree of economic interpretation and are more consistent with the interest rate expectation theory. The market risk-premium MRP is the difference between the expected return on a market portfolio  and the risk-free interest rate.
The most influencing one is the paper of Stehle The IDW adapted the results and suggests a range of 4. The REXP serves as proxy for the risk free interest rate. Depending on what method of mean arithmetic vs. Stehle recommends the arithmetic mean for valuations. The application of historical data has the advantage of an intersubjective confirmability.
Furthermore, the method to build an average over historical data remains questionable, since market risk-premiums are not constant, but change over time. Stehle suggests a deduction of 1 to 1. The problem with a historical approach is that it is backward-looking. One possibility of a forward-looking approach is a simple dividend discount model DDM. Within this model, the equity value can be calculated by discounting the expected future dividend payments.
A second approach to achieve future-oriented risk-premiums is by linking the market risk premiums of equities to the default spread  of corporate bonds. Damodaran finds that the average ratio of the market risk premium to a Baa rated default spread from to is 2. He finds a high variation in the ratio MRP — Baa  default spread which would oppose the advantage of the approach.
However, this disadvantage is compensated by a reverting median. Table 3 illustrates a survey with forecasts of financial experts for different countries in Surprisingly, regarding the European debt crisis, Spain 5. The question remains, which of the discussed approaches performs best? Since valuation is future-oriented, a forward-looking approach should be superior.
Damodaran finds that an implied market risk premium at the end of the prior period reaches the highest correlation with the implied premium next year 0. These facts should be considered by analysts. The beta factor  is a measure of the systematic risk that cannot be diversified.
It expresses the correlation of a stock with the market portfolio. If a company is listed on a stock exchange, the beta factor can be determined using a linear regression of historical data. To obtain a valid result, historical data over a period of five years should be available.
The financial services provider Bloomberg, amongst others, delivers two year-betas on the basis of weekly returns. Since the beta factor influences the cost of equity of a company, the denominator in the valuation model will be influenced. The two remaining approaches should be used for plausibility checks.
There are no undervalued stocks, it is argued, because there are smart security analysts who utilise all available information to ensure unfailingly appropriate prices. On this basis, value investors who seem to beat the market year after year are just lucky! With the rise of behavioural finance , there's a good framework for understanding why the value effect persists, contrary to the teachings of EMH.
The academic consensus began to crack in with a paper by Fama no less! They found that small cap stocks with a low price-to-book value i. Two years later, a paper by Lakonishok, Shieifer, and Vishny led the focus of academic attention to scrutinising the ratio of book value to market value of equity and company size as the major influence on average stock market returns.
There are at least five distinct value-based investing approaches, probably more, but these are some of the most interesting:. The method involves taking current assets such as cash, stock and debtors on the basis that these items could easily liquidated in the event of total failure, and then subtracting the total liabilities to arrive at the NCAV.
This is not an easy approach to employ, though. As he wrote:. Diversification is one way around this but another neat option for investors that want to have more comfort over their value stocks is the F-Score, which was developed by Stanford accounting professor, Joseph Piotroski.
The F-Score is a simple indicator to highlight stocks showing the most likely prospects for outperformance amongst a basket of apparently undervalued companies. By apply some demanding fundamental analysis, his aim is to discover why each company is being undervalued, whether it is justified and which of them offers the best chance of recovery… and then buy them cheaply. From a fundamentals perspective, he begins by looking at price-to-book, price to-cash flow, price-earnings and price-to-sales ratios in order to identify unloved stocks.
He then looks for those shares that are showing sign of momentum, either in terms of price momentum relative strength or in terms of improving analyst sentiment and earnings surprises. However, rather than just focusing on the cheapest possible stocks, Greenblatt adds a filter for quality.
At the far end of the value vs. Buffett was mentored by Ben Graham and has acknowledged his influence on his investing philosophy. While the debate over the merits and risks of value investing is as old as the hills and may run forever, understanding the techniques applied by successful investors to identify value is probably more useful for practical minded investors. Read more posts on Stockopedia ». Keep reading.
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