An innovative way to see through a company's published numbers to discover its true investment potential
This book gives you a blueprint for finding a great growth stock for the next decade without taking on a lot of risk in the process. Inspired by the writings of Benjamin Graham, It's Earnings That Count examines a firm’s earnings quality from the perspective of a “defensive” investor who wants to avoid committing ruinous mistakes as well as the “enterprising” investor who seeks Wall Street’s next great opportunities. Unfortunately, as recent market history has shown, the traditional income statement is ill-suited to meeting the needs of these sometimes opposing viewpoints. As a result, investors can buy shares of a seemingly profitable company that, in fact, has poor earnings quality.
However, the author’s trademarked Earnings Power Chart combines Graham’s two personalities to reveal, in picture form, whether a company possesses authentic earnings power for long-term growth. Using the world-famous William Wrigley Jr. Company gum-maker as a case study, you will learn how to build these two alternate profit-and-loss statements to protect yourself. Since this book is written in plain English, you do not need to be an MBA or accountant to follow these step-by-step instructions.
Giving investors the tools they need to turn the tables in their favor, It's Earnings That Count covers:
- The four limitations of the income statement found in every annual report, 10-K, and 10-Q
- A quick-hitting, five minute test to sift out the obvious losers so you can save time and focus on analyzing potential winners
- How to spot when a company is forging an Earnings Power Staircase—that’s your hallmark of a low-risk growth stock like Microsoft and Paychex
- Why the charts of Lucent Technologies, WorldCom, Enron, and Tyco signaled trouble ahead of traditional income statement.
- The 2 earnings power ratios you need before making your next investment
- 12 ways to check whether management’s interests are aligned with yours
- A list of 15 items to check for to make sure the companies in your stock portfolio have a competitive advantage. (Hint: Great growth stocks always have competitive advantages.)
- 16 kinds of companies to avoid
- 20 indicators that it may be time to sell
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About the Author
Hewitt Heiserman Jr. writes a popular column on earnings power for TheStreet.com's investment website realmoney.com. A financial analyst for the last 15 years, Heiserman is a member of the Boston Security Analyst Society and the Association for Investment Management and Research.