This is a follow-up to a post I wrote earlier today on my stock screen to identify value stocks of companies that are consistent cash creators. I decided to run my Consistent Cash Creators screen again given the amazing performance of the consistent cash creators from last year. Those stocks that were selected last year produced an annual return of 62%!
Before I jump into the new screen results, let me explain how I run this screen. I first start out by using a database of over 9,000 companies. I then filter out companies in the financial sector. From that list I keep only companies with average returns on invested capital greater than 10% over the past five years. I use this metric as a proxy for sustainable growth. Finally, I filter out companies that did not exhibit positive free cash flow growth per share over the past seven years because this is suppose to be a list of cash creators, not destroyers. Applying these filters resulted in a list of 950 companies.
The next step in this screen involves determining how consistent these remaining companies grew their free cash flows. I take the linear regression of free cash flows over the past seven year and determine how close free cash flows followed a linear trend using the r-squared statistic. I then only keep companies that have r-square values greater than 0.90. This reduced the remaining list of companies to 48.
The final step I take is to sort the list of stocks by a value metric. In this case, I used a normalized earnings yield. This earnings yield is equal to a company’s operating earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) divided by its enterprise value. I used the average of this earnings yield over the past 7 years for today’s screen. The idea here is that using the average EBIT over the past 7 years will adjust for companies at the top or bottom of a particular industry cycle. Here are the top 30 companies sorted by this normalized earnings yield on April 16, 2010:
|EMCOR Group, Inc.||EME||51.9||11.0||5.3||1.4||11.8||0.98|
|Span-America Medical Systems,||SPAN||35.9||10.9||9.2||2.4||22.8||0.90|
|Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc.||PPD||33.4||7.8||6.7||10.8||67.6||0.92|
|Johnson & Johnson||JNJ||22.2||14.8||20.4||3.6||18.8||0.92|
|Smith & Nephew plc (ADR)||SNN||17.3||20.1||33.6||4.4||15.8||0.91|
|Cablevision Systems Corporatio||CVC||17.3||27.1||10.9||17.8||0.90|
|Honeywell International Inc.||HON||17.3||16.1||14.5||4.0||13.3||0.90|
|United Technologies Corporatio||UTX||17.0||17.9||21.5||3.4||16.4||0.92|
|ABB Ltd (ADR)||ABB||16.5||17.7||25.1||3.7||19.4||0.95|
|Emerson Electric Co.||EMR||16.2||23.2||19.9||4.4||13.1||0.92|
|C.R. Bard, Inc.||BCR||15.9||18.7||17.8||3.8||19.7||0.91|
|j2 Global Communications, Inc.||JCOM||15.8||16.5||11.8||3.2||19.1||0.99|
|MICROS Systems, Inc.||MCRS||15.4||29.1||15.1||3.7||12.9||0.96|
|Interactive Data Corp.||IDC||14.5||22.8||36.1||2.9||12.9||0.96|
|ManTech International Corporat||MANT||13.0||15.9||14.0||2.2||13.7||0.91|
|Tyler Technologies, Inc.||TYL||12.7||25.5||22.4||4.9||20.2||0.91|
|Middleby Corporation, The||MIDD||12.2||17.8||11.5||3.0||11.8||0.91|
|America Movil S.A.B de C.V. (A||AMX||9.8||14.1||32.8||5.5||26.3||0.91|
|VCA Antech, Inc.||WOOF||9.6||17.9||17.8||2.7||11.0||0.92|
I’ve already picked up some shares of NovaMed (NOVA) for the Fat Pitch Financials Portfolio. Some of these other consistent cash creator value stocks also look attractive. What are your thoughts on these stocks?
Disclosure: I own shares of NovaMed, Inc. (NOVA). No other stocks mentioned in this article were owned at the time this post was published.