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John Neff Value Screen 3 Qualifying in UK

A hard-core contrarian value screen, albeit one using the ‘total return ratio’ in order to combine value metrics with growth. Although he didn’t like the term, Neff was essentially a contrarian investor buying good companies with moderate growth and high dividends while out of favour, and selling them once they rose to fair value. He looked for both value and growth or rather "good companies, in good industries, at low price-to-earnings prices". To identify these, his approach adds the expected future growth rate to the dividend yield, and divided by the PE ratio to give what he termed the ‘terminal relationship’ or, more colloquially, ‘what you pay for what you get’.   To learn more about this strategy please click here »

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About John Neff

Famous contrarian investor known as the "professional's professional" because many fund managers entrusted their money to him

John Neff On Investing

by John Neff

Published in 2001, this book outlines Neff's investment philosophy. John Neff's average annual total return from Vanguard's Windsor Fund during his 31-year tenure (1964-1995) as portfolio manager was 13.7%. He exceeded the market rate of return by more than 3.5% on a gross basis (and 3.15% on a net basis). He showed a great consistency in beating the broad market index 22 times and was regularly in the top percent of money managers.

This screen is based on a UK dataset. It uses the following criteria:

  • P/E < 10
  • Sales 5y CAGR % > 7
  • Sales 5y CAGR % < 25
  • EPS 5y CAGR % > 7
  • EPS 5y CAGR % < 25
  • FCF > 0
  • PEGY < Median
  • Op Mgn % > Median

Results are sorted by:

  • P/E in ascending order

And limited to the first 200 Results

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John Neff Value Screen Graphical History in


Timeframe Screen Returns FTSE 100 Outperformance
1 week 0.18% -0.25% 0.4%
1 month 8.02% 0.87% 7.2%
3 months 10.43% -2.99% 13.4%
6 months 11.32% 0.75% 10.6%
1 year 37.79% 6.10% 31.7%
2 years 15.29% 14.88% 0.4%
Since inception 13.84% 23.4% -9.6%
Annualised 5.68%


Maximum Drawdown-23.59%
Average No. of Holdings2.5
Diversification LevelLow

 Chart based on an equal weighted portfolio of max 25 stocks rebalanced quarterly. Qualifying shares below updated daily. Past performance not indicative of future returns.

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