As Japan is one of the few countries I am still finding a lot of good quality undervalued companies I thought it would be interesting to see what companies the Magic Formula investment strategy comes up with.

Before I **get to the specific company names** first a bit of background on the Magic Formula.

### How the Magic Formula find investment ideas?

The Magic Formula investment strategy lets you find good quality companies that are trading at an attractive price. It does this by looking for companies with a high earnings yield (companies that are undervalued) and a **high return on invested capital** (ROIC) (quality companies).

It then ranks the companies on ROIC (where 1 is the company with the highest ROIC), and by earnings yield (where 1 is the company with the highest earnings yield).

To get the Magic Formula rank the ROIC rank and earnings yield rankings are added together and all companies are ranked again using this combined ranking.

The **best ranked **Magic formula company is the one with the **lowest Magic Formula** rank (the lower the better).

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### It’s all done for you

If this sounds like a lot of work do not worry - we have done it all for you in the Quant Investing stock screener.

This means you can get a list of the best Magic Formula companies (in the countries you want to invest) with a few mouse clicks.

## This is what the Japanese Magic Formula screen looks like

This is what the screen I put together looks like:

*Click image to enlarge*

**This is what I screened for:**

- Top 20% of Magic Formula (MF Rank) companies
- In Japan
- With financial statements updated in the last 6 months
- With an 30 day average daily traded value of more than $100,000
- With a market value of more than $50 million
- I then sorted the results by Magic Formula ranking (MF Rank) - the lower the Magic Formula ranking the better)

These are the best Japanese Magic Formula companies the screener came up with:

*Source: Quant Investing stock screener*

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## The Magic Formula can be improved a lot

Even though the Magic Formula is a great investment strategy you can improve its returns a lot, up to 600.5% in the testing we have done.

We tested it with 13 other ratios and, as you can see in the table below, the returns of the strategy can be substantially improved.

*Click image to enlarge Magic Formula returns when combined with a third ratio in Europe from June 1999 to June 2011.Source: Quantitative Value Investing in Europe: What works for achieving alpha*

### Look at column Q1

Look at the returns in column Q1, it shows the returns generated by first selecting the** 20% best Magic Formula companies** combined with the ratios in the column called Factor 2.

### Best combination +783% was Momentum (600.5% improvement)

This means you could have earned the **highest return of 783.3%** over the 12 year period if you invested in the best ranked Magic Formula companies that also had the highest 6 month price index (share price momentum).

This is a **600.5% improvement **over the best return of 182.8% you could have earned if you used only the Magic Formula to get investment ideas.

### What is 6 months momentum?

Six months momentum (Price Index 6m) is calculated as follows: Current stock price / Stock price 6 months ago.

It's a ratio that shows the return of a stock price over the past six months. A value greater than one shows a price increase and a ratio less than 1 shows that there has been a price decrease.

Dividends are included (added) to the price index calculation.

You can read more about why momentum works here: 10 myths about momentum investing, squashed

### Other great combinations

Other good combinations from the table above are:

- Magic Formula and 12m Price index (momentum) +472.3%
- Magic Formula and Price to Book +460%
- Magic Formula and ERP5 +384.4%
- Magic Formula and 5yr average Earnings Yield (EBIT/EV) +294.8%

## How to combine the Magic Formula with 6 months momentum (Price Index 6 months)

I adjusted the above screen to incorporate 6 months momentum with the magic formula.

This is what the screen looks like:

*Click image to enlargeSource: Quant Investing screener*

**This is what I screened for:**

- Top 10% of Magic Formula (MF Rank) companies
- Top 20% of 6 months momentum (Price Index 6m) companies
- In Japan
- With financial statements updated in the last 6 months
- With an 30 day average daily traded value of more than $100,000
- With a market value of more than $50 million
- I then sorted the results by 6 months momentum (the higher the value the higher is the company’s momentum)

These are the best Japanese 6 months momentum Magic Formula companies the screener came up with:

*Source: Quant Investing stock screener*

I hope you these screens have given you a few interesting Magic Formula ideas in Japan to research.

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**PPS** To find out how easy it is (step by step) to how to implement the Magic Formula investment strategy in the countries where you invest in click here: How to implement the Magic Formula investment strategy

Click here to **start finding your own Magic Formula investment ideas** in Japan Now!

## These Magic Formula articles may also interest you:

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How to implement the Magic Formula investment strategy

Ever heard of the price to book magic formula?

How to get the best returns with Magic Formula investing

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