Adelaide Brighton

If you must own a building materials company, then Adelaide Brighton has its attractions. The company is Australia’s largest producer of lime and its second-largest producer of cement, with its 19% operating margin the envy of competitors (by way of comparison, Fletcher Building’s margin is 6%). Adelaide Brighton’s debt levels are also reasonable, with a net debt-to-equity ratio of 31% and interest cover of 12 times. Then there’s the fact the Barro family – which currently owns 30% of the stock – has been creeping up the register. With owner-managers in charge, the company has avoided its competitors’ acquisition...

If you must own a building materials company, then Adelaide Brighton has its attractions. The company is Australia’s largest producer of lime and its second-largest producer of cement, with its 19% operating margin the envy of competitors (by way of comparison, Fletcher Building’s margin is 6%).

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