Obermatt rank method
The rank method for an objective and independent stock analysis.

Obermatt analysis stocks exclusively on financial facts. This is different from other research providers who use all sorts of judgements to come up with their stock valuation. This means that with Obermatt, there are no personal feelings or opinions involved, only hard facts.

The process works as follows: Obermatt first converts the key financial metrics to Obermatt ranks from zero to 100. The higher the rank, the better the financial metrics from the perspective of an investor. Related financial ratios are then combined into investment strategies. These strategy ranks are the result of the Obermatt stock recommendation for the Top 10 Stocks.

Financial ratios become Obermatt Ranks

Obermatt analysis stocks by financial ratios and coverts them to ranks. This means that a company that performs better against other comparable companies, is found at the top of the list. These comparable companies are known as the Peer Universe. Each peer universe consists of dozens of other companies that follow similar market cycles, produce similar products, or have similar distribution markets.

Every financial metric is converted to a rank. These ranks are to be understood as percentile ranks, where the 0th (zero) percentile is the lowest and the 100th percentile is the highest rank. The percentile rank quantifies the percentage of competitors in the peer universe, which were outperformed by the company. A rank of 75 means that the company is better than 75% of the peer companies in the peer universe.

Indexing company performance is an intensive computation process, but also brings many benefits. An important advantage is the ability to easily identify the winners, regardless of whether the markets are rising or falling.

Individual ranks are consolidated into investment strategies

To map a particular investment strategy, several financial ratios are necessary. Therefore, each computed Obermatt investment strategy is based on a combination of several Obermatt ranks. The Obermatt investment strategies explain which financial ratios, or in other words, which Obermatt ranks belong to which investment strategies.


Company A recorded the following financial performance on the metrics used for the Growth strategy. It received an Obermatt Percentile Rank of 84 (better than 84% of its peers):

Absolute Performance
Profit Growth: 2%
Shareholder Return: 5%
Revenue Growth: 10%
Indexed Performance
Percent Rank

Company A’s performance is compared with the performance of each of the companies in its peer universe on each of the three metrics profit growth, shareholder return and revenue growth. Obermatt then calculates the average percentile rank for all three metrics which happens to be 71 (not shown in the table above). The calculation is not done yet. Obermatt then takes this average rank and compares it to the average rank of all the peers in the peer universe, in which case the overall rank is 84%. Obermatt shows this rank as the overall rank for the Growth investment strategy.

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