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Step 9: Red Flags

Value investors don't have to look for red flags pointing to future disaster, because usually the disaster has already happened. However, there is still one earnings quality issue that should be assessed.

Capital Expenses vs. Depreciation

Smart managers know that they must continue to invest in new capital equipment, even when times are tough. Generally, capital expenditures should at least equal depreciation charges. Table 16-15 shows ATI's record on that score.


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