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from-the-field-175x95px.jpgFROM THE FIELD: Robeco researchers publish many whitepapers based on their own empirical studies. But they also closely follow quantitative research done by others. Head of Quantitative Equities Research David Blitz comments on notable external papers.

From the field: EBITDA/EV the most powerful value measure

11-05-2015 | Insight | David Blitz, PhD Academics typically define value as the ratio of a company’s book value to market value (B/M), but this is just one of many possible ways to define value. A paper by Gray and Vogel * empirically compares the performance of various alternative value measures and finds EBITDA/EV (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization to total enterprise value) to be the most powerful one, with a performance almost double that of traditional B/M.

Although this may be news to academic researchers, we are actually not surprised by this finding, because we have always included a wide range of valuation measures in our research database, and also found EBITDA/EV to be among the most effective ones. In fact, this variable has been included in some of our models for over a decade already. Thus, we see this research as an example of academic literature catching up with known insights among practitioners, rather than the other way around.

* Gray and Vogel (2012), “Analyzing Valuation Measures: A Performance Horse Race over the Past 40 Years”, Journal of Portfolio Management 39(1), 112-121
David Blitz

David Blitz, PhD

Head Quantitative Equities Research

“Factor investing, aimed at systematically capturing the value, momentum, low-volatility and other premiums, holds the future.”

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