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Business Description: DuluxGroup Limited (DLX) is engaged in manufacturing, marketing, selling and distribution of branded paint, coatings, adhesives, garden care and other building products to the residential home improvement, commercial and infrastructure markets across Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, China and South East Asia. DLX operates mainly in Paints and Coatings ANZ, Consumer and Construction Products, Garage Doors & Openers, Cabinet Hardware and Architectural Hardware and Other businesses segments.
Strategy Analysis: DLX's strategy to protect and expand the market leading positions occupied by many of its brands in Australia and New Zealand. DLX¬īs focus is primarily on the premium end of the decorative paints and coatings market, ensuring a level of resilience during periods of weaker economic conditions. The acquisition of Alesco adds leverage to a recovery in new housing. The company has built an extensive distribution network of retail outlets through strong relationships with key players in the hardware and supermarket sectors.
DuluxGroup reported NPAT down 4% to $89.49m for the year ended 30 September 2012. Revenues from ordinary activities were $1.07bn, up 7% from last year. Diluted EPS was 24.3 cents compared to 25.7 cents last year. Net operating cash flow was $116.53m compared to $85.44m last year. The final dividend declared was 8.0 cents, taking the full year dividend to 15.5 cents compared with 15.0 cents last year. On 30 April 2012, the group acquired 19.96% of the shares in Alesco Corporation for a cash consideration of $37.6m. The interest was acquired preceding the group's off-market takeover offer for the remaining shares in Alesco announced on 1 May 2012. Transaction costs of $3.6m associated with this takeover offer are included in the results of the group for the financial year ended 30 September 2012. These costs are primarily related to consulting and legal fees.
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