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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471463396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471463399
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"This book deserves a place on every serious investor’s shelf."

"A must-read for all disciples of value investing. In 1934, Graham and Dodd created fundamental security analysis. Greenwald reinforces the worth of this approach, incorporates new advances, and takes their work into the twenty-first century."
–Mario J. Gabelli, Chairman, Gabelli Asset Management, Inc.

"The new title most deserving of your time is Value Investing . . . . Its authors aim to place their work next to Benjamin Graham’s 1950 classic, The Intelligent Investor. My 1986 edition came with Warren Buffett’s endorsement–‘by far the best book on investing ever written.’ Value Investing is better."
–Robert Barker, BusinessWeek

"Greenwald is an economist (PhD from MIT) who caught the value bug. He has updated and expanded Graham’s ideas, and his summer seminars ($2,900 for two days) have become popular with everyone from well-known money managers to Columbia MBAs who couldn’t get into Greenwald’s class. But now there is a cheaper way . . . Greenwald probably won’t outsell Graham, but I think he ought to."
–Paul Sturm, SmartMoney magazine

"Greenwald’s book is a lively defense of, and handbook for, value investing, complete with glimpses of how it’s practiced by pros like Warren Buffett and Mario Gabelli."
–George Mannes,

"Essential reading for anyone looking for a fresh perspective on analyzing companies and selecting investments."
–Pat Dorsey,

About the Author

BRUCE C. N. GREENWALD is the Robert Heilbrunn Professor of Finance and Asset Management at Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

JUDD KAHN has taught history, served in city government, and worked as a securities analyst, a CFO, and a management consultant. He has a PhD in history from the University of California, Berkeley.

PAUL D. SONKIN is the investment manager of the Hummingbird Value Fund. He has worked at the SEC, Goldman Sachs, Royce Funds, and First Manhattan Company. He holds an MBA from Columbia.

MICHAEL van BIEMA is a member of the finance faculty of Columbia Business School. Prior to joining the faculty of Columbia, he was a principal at the RONIN Corporation, a management consulting firm, and the cofounder of several technology companies. He has a PhD from Columbia in computer science.

Customer Reviews

The writing is interesting, concise, well organized, and clear.
Kevin Bergeron
Calandro uses the valuation techniques learned in Value Investing on specific company cases and his book should be used as a workbook to Value Investing.
G. Sakkas
The authors will walk you thru all the needed adjustments to calculate the different parts of a company's intrinsic value.

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Paige Turner on August 12, 2006
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A must-read for investors of any stripe, growth or value. This book, written by a couple of the most popular professors at Columbia Business School, explains the innovations in the field of value investing as practiced by some of the most successful investors in the field. (fair disclosure: I took Prof. Greenwald's courses in 2007) This book successfully bridges the gap between the traditional Graham & Dodd style of value investing to what works today. Although it's a paperback, it's written with the density of a textbook. The writing style is not light, and the actual meat of the book takes some time to wade through. If you don't have some experience in accounting or corporate finance, then Joel Greenblatt's The Little Book That Beats the Market is good to read first.

The substance of this book is a process for modern value investing: value investing is not investing in lousy companies just because they appear cheap. The authors also teach a structured way to value a company. Finally, the authors address how to value growth.

First, before reading this book I had the mistaken impression that value investing was all about investing in the ugliest, least interesting company you could find just because it had a low P/E ratio. I was completely wrong! (Maybe I have attended too many stock pitch sessions and heard too many poultry stocks and encyclopedia companies get pitched.) Modern value investing, according the authors: "When B. Graham went scouring financial statements looking for his net-nets, it did not concern him that he may have known little about the industry in which he found his targets. All he was concerned with were asset values and a margin of safety by that measure.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By A Simple Guy on August 19, 2005
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Good content and good approach. I'm a fan of value investing. The book teaches the reproduction cost of assets and the earning power value. It also hints on how to incorporate growth.

The problem is that information is all scattered around and the wording is not very reliable. The authors mix capital with ROIC with ROE. They also don't make it clear when they mean cost of capital or WACC. Also, the definitions are not there and that creates confusion.

I found a few typos in tables. The values are carried from one table to another and sometimes are rounded sometimes are not. Some entries in the tables just don't mean anything because the values are never used nor referred to. That's a very bad practice for authors coming from academia. They should know better.

The book would improve to a 5-star rating had them fixed all typos, explained all terms, and put all calculations in tables in math formulas instead of just saying something along the lines of "we multiply the WACC by the ROIC and divide by the tax rate and we get a P/E of 10.5". (Example exagerated). Suggestion: List all the steps so we can follow. Add text to explain whats being done. Refer to rows and columns in the table so we know what values came from where. Also, clearly differentiate between tables with original facts (e.g., balance sheet from annual report) from tables that contain either speculation or derived numbers. Anything discounted or adjusted is speculation or derived.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Antonios Wisa on September 19, 2006
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In short, this book is grounded on economics and common sense. It summarizes "the intelligent investor", "security analysis", and the modern books on Buffett pretty well (there are other paths to heaven besides Buffett's). Its verbiage is beautifully chosen and a joy to read, especially for avid value investors. Best of all it is a scholarly work - if you're sick and tired of the commercial investing books that flood bookstores, buy this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Davy Bui on July 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
What I Liked About It
* Details several valuation methods that I haven't seen in other non-academic, mainstream investing books.
* Several real-world examples to apply valuation methods
* Great treatment of brands vs. franchises

What Needed Work
* Various investor profiles unnecessarily fill the 2nd half of the book.
* Attempts at quantifying "franchise" felt a bit forced.

Greenwald's book ranks at the very top of my investing bookshelf. I read this after having read Graham, Greenblatt, Klarman, Lynch, P. Fisher, Cramer (yes, that Cramer!), Dorsey, Buffett, and Browne among others. Amazingly, this book broached a number of topics not covered by those prominent authors. As such, this book is required reading for the discerning investor.

The most important concepts this book gave me were valuation methods based on net asset value (NAV) and earnings power value (EPV). Before this, I had trouble valuing companies that didn't generate steady cash flow or have commodity assets. Now I have more angles from which to examine a prospect and find undervalued companies besides running a DCF analysis. We've heard about past opportunities where you could have bought a company like McDonalds for the price of its real estate and gotten the business for free. Greenwald shows you how to find these opportunities using his asset valuation methods. He also gives you the tools to fairly value "tech" companies (or any enterprise with heavy intangible capital). Less convincing is his discussion of earnings power value but nonetheless, it's still helpful to be able to examine a company's earnings ability.

Greenwald also spends time discussing problems with discount cash flow analysis (DCF) as well as franchises.
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