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Validea Joseph Piotroski Strategy Daily Upgrade Report - 10/18/2019

The following are today's upgrades for Validea's Book/Market Investor model based on the published strategy of Joseph Piotroski. This value-quant strategy screens for high book-to-market stocks, and then separates out financially sound firms by looking at a host of improving financial criteria.

PROPETRO HOLDING CORP (PUMP) is a small-cap value stock in the Oil Well Services & Equipment industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Joseph Piotroski changed from 0% to 80% based on the firm’s underlying fundamentals and the stock’s valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: ProPetro Holding Corp. is an oilfield services company. The Company provides hydraulic fracturing and other complementary services to upstream oil and gas companies, which are engaged in the exploration and production (E&P) of North American unconventional oil and natural gas resources. The Company operates through seven segments: hydraulic fracturing, cementing, acidizing, coil tubing, flowback, surface drilling and Permian drilling. Its pressure pumping segment includes cementing and acidizing operations. The Company's operations are focused in the Permian Basin. As of December 31, 2016, the Company's fleet consisted of 10 hydraulic fracturing units with an aggregate of 420,000 hydraulic horsepower (HHP).

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy's tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy's criteria.

BOOK/MARKET RATIO: PASS
RETURN ON ASSETS: PASS
CHANGE IN RETURN ON ASSETS: PASS
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS: PASS
CASH COMPARED TO NET INCOME: PASS
CHANGE IN LONG TERM DEBT/ASSETS PASS
CHANGE IN CURRENT RATIO: PASS
CHANGE IN SHARES OUTSTANDING: FAIL
CHANGE IN GROSS MARGIN: PASS
CHANGE IN ASSET TURNOVER: FAIL

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INTREPID POTASH, INC. (IPI) is a small-cap growth stock in the Non-Metallic Mining industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Joseph Piotroski changed from 0% to 90% based on the firm’s underlying fundamentals and the stock’s valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: Intrepid Potash, Inc. is a producer of muriate of potash (potassium chloride or potash) and langbeinite (sulfate of potash magnesia) in the United States, which it markets and sells as Trio. The Company operates in the extraction, production and sale of potassium-related products. Its products are potash and Trio. It sells potash into three markets, including the agricultural market as a fertilizer input; the industrial market as a component in drilling and fracturing fluids for oil and gas wells and an input to other industrial processes, and the animal feed market as a nutrient supplement. Trio, which it mines from langbeinite ore, is its specialty fertilizer that delivers potassium, sulfate and magnesium in a single particle and has low chloride. The Company also produces salt, magnesium chloride, metal recovery salts and brine containing salt and potassium from its mining processes. It produces potash from three solar evaporation solution mining facilities.

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy's tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy's criteria.

BOOK/MARKET RATIO: PASS BOOK/MARKET RATIO: PASS
RETURN ON ASSETS: PASS RETURN ON ASSETS: PASS
CHANGE IN RETURN ON ASSETS: PASS CHANGE IN RETURN ON ASSETS: PASS
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS: PASS CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS: PASS
CASH COMPARED TO NET INCOME: PASS CASH COMPARED TO NET INCOME: PASS
CHANGE IN LONG TERM DEBT/ASSETS PASS CHANGE IN LONG TERM DEBT/ASSETS PASS
CHANGE IN CURRENT RATIO: PASS CHANGE IN CURRENT RATIO: PASS
CHANGE IN SHARES OUTSTANDING: FAIL CHANGE IN SHARES OUTSTANDING: FAIL
CHANGE IN GROSS MARGIN: PASS CHANGE IN GROSS MARGIN: PASS
CHANGE IN ASSET TURNOVER: FAIL CHANGE IN ASSET TURNOVER: PASS

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Since its inception, Validea's strategy based on Joseph Piotroski has returned 134.33% vs. 161.84% for the S&P 500. For more details on this strategy, click here

About Joseph Piotroski: Piotroski isn't your typical Wall Street big shot. In fact, he's not even a professional investor. He's a good old numbers-crunching accountant and college professor. But in 2000, shortly after he started teaching at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business, Piotroski published a groundbreaking paper in the Journal of Accounting Research entitled "Value Investing: The Use of Historical Financial Statement Information to Separate Winners from Losers". In it, Piotroski laid out an accounting-based stock-selection/shorting method that produced a 23 percent average annual back-tested return from 1976 through 1996 -- more than double the S&P 500's gain during that time. Piotroski's findings were reported in major financial publiations like SmartMoney. Today, he teaches accounting at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

About Validea: Validea is an investment research service that follows the published strategies of investment legends. Validea offers both stock analysis and model portfolios based on gurus who have outperformed the market over the long-term, including Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, Peter Lynch and Martin Zweig. For more information about Validea, click here

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