Ansell: Flowers in the desert?

When it comes to sharemarket investment, the ideas generation process is a fluid one. The simplest of leads—even a reference that subsequently proves incorrect—can be the catalyst for further investigation of a discarded stock. Take Ansell, a manufacturer of medical, industrial and household gloves as well as condoms. Most Australians who have washed dishes would be familiar with the consumer brand name. We ceased coverage on the company in 2010 due to concerns about its ability to manage latex costs, and the apparently aggressive growth strategy of the chief executive. Our last full review—this company has always been a source...

When it comes to sharemarket investment, the ideas generation process is a fluid one. The simplest of leads—even a reference that subsequently proves incorrect—can be the catalyst for further investigation of a discarded stock.

Take Ansell, a manufacturer of medical, industrial and household gloves as well as condoms. Most Australians who have washed dishes would be familiar with the consumer brand name.

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