I would rather be vaguely right than precisely wrong
A high ratio of price to book value, a high price-earnings ratio, and a low dividend yield – are in no way inconsistent with a ‘value’ purchase.
If a company’s capital expenditures are simply maintaining the company’s position in its markets, it free cash flow may be unduly high
About forty years ago Buffett experienced a Damascene conversion
We are going to want to get a significantly higher return, obviously — in terms of cash produced relative to the amount we’re outlaying now — for a business than we are from a government bond. That has to be the yardstick at a base.
Opinions of fair value based on DCF calculations are necessarily inexact (rightly vague?). But, at least they at least ask the right question.