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Promoting Asbestos-Cement Manufacturer as Providing a Good Stock to Purchase

Ironic the difference a continent can make. In the US, companies usually do not promote their involvement in current or past production of asbestos-containing products. Not so in India, where an online stock analyst item regarding Eternit Eeverst Ltd. lauds the profit in the company’s production of asbestos-cement products. It states:

“The Tatas and the Eternit Group of Belgium set up the pioneer of asbestos fibre products in India, Eternit Everest Ltd . The company is a pioneer in the manufacture of fibre cement roofing products and flat sheets. Eternit enjoys a market share of over 20%. Everest Industries Limited provides you with the world-class building solutions to meet your construction requirements, in the Industrial, Commercial and Residential sectors. Historically, Everest has provided rural shelters by making corrugated roofing sheets available to farmers at a competitive price. The company is poised to capitalize on the opportunities in rural India where various housing and infrastructure initiatives are envisaged by the Government. Products & Services

Everest offers a complete range of building solutions which includes Ceilings, Walls, Flooring, Cladding, Doors, Roofing and Pre-Engineered Steel Buildings. These are produced at Everest’s state-of-the-art ISO: 14000 certified manufacturing facilities at Kymore, Nashik, Coimbatore, Kolkata and Roorkee. With over 4000 retail points spread across the nation together with the strength of over 1285 highly qualified and experienced engineers, designers and technicians, Everest provides you building solutions that successfully meet the highest standards of quality and durability.

Everest, the second largest player in the roofing industry, manufactures various asbestos and non-asbestos based products like roofing sheets, flats and boards that find application in housing, false ceiling, partitioning, interior etc. The company has embarked on a project to add capacities of non-asbestos products that also demand higher margins. It expects to capture square meter corrugated sheet market in the country. Following the break through in exporting this product in the Sri Lankan market, the company plans to tap the export market as well. However the company is increasingly looking at international markets to widen its revenue base; it expects exports to increase in the coming years. Everest is actively looking at opportunities in African and European markets (where asbestos is banned) to widen its geographical reach. With the increasing share of exports in its total sales, the operating profit margin of the company will improve, as exports fetch better margins than domestic sales.

Valuations

At current market price, stock is trading at 7.82 P/E multiple of its FY2010 estimated earnings. We recommend investors to buy “Everest industries Limited” with medium to long term investment horizon.”

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Since becoming a lawyer in 1983, Kirk’s over 30 years of practice have focused on advising a wide range of corporations, associations, and individuals (as both plaintiffs and defendants) on both tort and commercial law issues centered around “mass torts.”

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