Publishing the Boss Score -Top 25 France
Following the Top 25 Germany post, let’s look at the next big Euro stock market, France:
Top 25 France 10 Year Boss Score:
Top 25 France 5 Year Boss Score
Those lists are based on a sub set of ~ 400 french stocks.
The most fascinating aspect about the French market for me is the fact that French companies look much much cheaper than their German counterparts. Of course, both list contain some “deep value” stocks like Toupargel, where a “terminal decline” might be possible.
On the other hand, there are still enough cheap “quality” companies. For instance, if we include an additional criteria like Stock Price > 1.25x book value, we still get a nice list of cheap “higher quality” companies:
For me, France is currently one of the most interesting markets for Value investments. Despite the bad press, there are many interesting and cheap companies. It reminds me a little bit about Germany and German companies 10-15 years ago, when Germany had to suffer the “reunification hangover”.
Looking back it is hard to understand why German quality companies were so cheap. I think there is a good chance that France will do its homework. One shouldn’t forget that most of the tough reforms in Germany (Hartz 4, work flexibility etc.) were actiaslly implemented under a Socialist government.