Separating Winners from Losers Among Value and Growth Stocks in Canada Another Step in the Value Investing Process

Journal of Applied Research in Accounting and Finance (JARAF), Vol. 8, No. 1, 2013

32 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2013

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George Athanassakos

University of Western Ontario - Finance-Economics Area Group

Date Written: June 9, 2013

Abstract

The paper investigates two questions (a) whether there is value premium in a sample of Canadian non-interlisted stocks for the period May 1, 1985 – April 30, 2009, and (b) whether an additional step to screening for possibly undervalued stocks can be employed to separate the good stocks from the bad ones, as not all low P/E stocks are worth investing in. The paper extends this analysis to both value and growth stocks. We document a consistently strong value premium over the May 1, 1985 – April 30, 2009 sample period, which persists in both bull and bear markets, as well as in recessions and recoveries. We show that the value premium is not driven by a few outliers, but it is pervasive. Our results are consistent with, but, in general, stronger than, those of other Canadian and US studies. We were able to construct a composite score indicator (SCORE), combining various fundamental and market metrics, which enabled us to predict future stock returns and separate the winners from the losers among value and growth stocks. A strategy which would involve shorting the high SCORE value stocks and buying the low SCORE value stocks would have beaten the low P/E portfolio by about 30% over the May 1, 1985 – April 30, 2009 period. On the other hand, shorting the high SCORE growth stocks and buying the low SCORE growth stocks would have beaten the high P/E portfolio by about 40% over the same period. We also find that the return of a portfolio strategy that buys (sells) stocks that rank low (high) in the composite score indicator has significant explanatory power in an asset pricing model framework. Results remain robust out of sample.

Keywords: financial reporting

JEL Classification: M40, M41

Suggested Citation

Athanassakos, George, Separating Winners from Losers Among Value and Growth Stocks in Canada Another Step in the Value Investing Process (June 9, 2013). Journal of Applied Research in Accounting and Finance (JARAF), Vol. 8, No. 1, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2276783

George Athanassakos (Contact Author)

University of Western Ontario - Finance-Economics Area Group ( email )

London, Ontario N6A 5B8
Canada

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