Finding high-growth stocks

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The High-Growth-Investing Strategy

The High-Growth-Investing Strategy (HGI strategy) is a long-term stock-picking strategy for growth companies. It is described by software entrepreneur Stefan Waldhauser in his e-book"Fundamentals of the High-Growth Investing Strategy".

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The High-Growth-Investing Strategy Key figures in the e-book

The e-book on the HGI strategy

Want to find the best growth stocks? Then you need the right key figures.

You will find all the key figures of the HGI strategy explained in this e-book (with practical examples). You can download the free e-book here.

High-Growth-Investing Top Scorer July 2024

# Stock Price Performance Score Analysis
13.47 $
30.40% 3Y
1 13.47 $
30.40% 3Y
17/18 View
133.04 $
563.54% 5Y
2 133.04 $
563.54% 5Y
16/18 View
177.52 $
569.89% 10Y
3 177.52 $
569.89% 10Y
16/18 View
40.06 $
14.46% 3Y
4 40.06 $
14.46% 3Y
15/18 View
751.20 $
1,175.82% 10Y
5 751.20 $
1,175.82% 10Y
13/18 View
Score updated on: Fri, Jul 19 2024

What characterizes StocksGuide's High Growth Investing Strategy?

The High-Growth Investing strategy uses a set of metrics to filter out the outstanding companies from an investment universe of fast-growing companies - even if they are not yet profitable.

1. Step

First, an HGI Score is calculated for the entire StocksGuide investment universe (6,950 worldwide stocks) for each share using a simple points system.

The HGI Score is made up of 6 criteria, for each of which 0 to 3 points are awarded. A share can therefore receive a maximum of 18 points in total.

The HGI Score at a glance:

Criterion 3 points 2 points 1 point
EV/Sales EV/Sales ≤ 8 > 8 and ≤ 10 > 10 and ≤ 12
Gross Margin (TTM) Gross Margin ≥ 75% < 75% and ≥ 65% < 65% and ≥ 50%
Rule of 40 (TTM) Rule of 40 ≥ 50% < 50% and ≥ 45% < 45% and ≥ 40%
Sales growth (TTM) Sales growth ≥ 40% < 40% and ≥ 30% < 30% and ≥ 20%
Debt-equity ratio Debt-equity ratio ≤ 0,5 > 0.5 and ≤ 1 > 1 and ≤ 1.5
PEG (TTM) PEG > 0 and < 1 ≥ 1 and < 2 ≥ 2 and < 4

2. Step

For the Top Scorer List, only those stocks that achieve an HGI Score of at least 11 points AND meet the following additional conditions are then displayed in a second step:

Growth rate last 3 years > 10% each

Turnover last 12 months > € 100 million

Market capitalization > € 300 million

We also exclude stocks from the biotechnology, financials, commodities and oil industry sectors, as the HGI ratio analysis does not fit well with these sectors. An unfiltered list of all Top Scorers including these sectors can be viewed here.

3. Step

Our team of experts analyzes the stocks that appear on the Top Scorer List and publishes a quick check for selected stocks. Particularly promising stocks are added to Stefan's watchlist (premium feature) or even to the High-Tech Stock Picking wikifolio following further analysis.

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The criteria in detail

EV/Sales current

Enterprise value (EV) is a measure of the value of a company on the stock exchange. It is derived from market capitalization (i.e. the value of all stocks on the stock exchange) as follows:

EV = market capitalization - cash + debt

If you divide enterprise value by turnover, you obtain an important key figure for assessing the valuation of fast-growing companies. This key figure can also be meaningfully calculated for companies that are still loss-making.

Stocks with an attractive EV/sales ratio

Gross Margin (TTM)

The gross margin is the percentage of sales that remains with the company after deducting direct production costs.

Gross margin (%) = (sales - direct costs) / sales

The gross margin provides a good indication of the profitability of a business model. The higher the percentage, the more money a company has available for sales+marketing, research+development, administration, covering the cost of capital and generating an operating profit.

Stocks with a high Gross Margin

Rule-of-40 Score (TTM)

The Rule of 40 is a simple indicator for assessing the efficiency of a company's growth and thus the quality of its business model.

The key figure is calculated as the sum of sales growth (in %) and the free cash flow margin (in %) - in each case based on the figures for the past 12 months.

Rule of 40 Score (%) = sales growth TTM (%) + free cash flow margin TTM (%)

The higher the value, the better the company's business model. Values above 40% are considered attractive. This key figure can also be meaningfully calculated for companies that are still in deficit.

Stocks with an attractive Rule-of-40 Score

Sales Growth (TTM)

The sales growth rate TTM (Trailing Twelve Months) compares the sales of the last 12 months with the sales of the previous 12 months.

A sales growth rate of at least 20% is considered attractive.

Of particular interest is the company's organic growth - i.e. adjusted for any major acquisitions. In the case of extreme one-off jumps in sales, it should always be questioned whether this is due to an acquisition.

Stocks with attractive Revenue Growth (TTM) in the DAX

Debt-equity ratio

The gearing ratio is calculated by putting the sum of current and non-current liabilities in relation to equity. The most recent quarterly figures are used for the calculation.

A leverage ratio of less than 1 indicates a low level of debt, while a leverage ratio greater than 2 indicates possible risks from the debt.

Stocks with a low debt ratio


The price/earnings growth ratio (PEG) describes the relationship between the price/earnings ratio (P/E ratio) and the growth in operating profits - in each case based on the figures for the past 12 months.

PEG (TTM) = P/E ratio / (earnings last 4 quarters / earnings previous 4 quarters)

A PEG of less than 1 indicates an undervaluation. The PEG can only be meaningfully calculated for companies that are already sustainably profitable.

3-year sales growth

Sales for the last 3 financial years are compared with sales in the previous year.

The High-Growth Investing strategy is only interested in companies that have grown by more than 10% in each of the last 3 financial years.

The aim is to identify one-off leaps in sales and only select those companies that can demonstrate steady, organic double-digit growth.

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