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Business Description: Hills Limited (HIL, formerly Hills Holdings Limited) is engaged in manufacture of construction materials, electronics and communications products, and outdoor play equipment. HIL operates three divisions namely, Electronics & Communications, Lifestyle & Sustainability and Building & Industrial. HIL businesses are located in Australia and New Zealand, with clients in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Middle East, South Africa and North America.
Strategy Analysis: The strategy is to develop competitive businesses in three main industry segments: Electronics & Communications, Lifestyle & Sustainability, and Building & Industrial Products. The company diversifies to minimise the effects of short-term changes in individual markets and economies, and aims to be a product innovator and a market leader. The overall objective is to grow revenue and earnings incrementally through a combination of organic growth and acquisitions in market segments with attractive growth potential.
Hills Holdings reported a net loss of $73.61m for the half-year ended 31 December 2012. Revenues from ordinary activities were $551.28m, down 02% from the same period last year. Basic and Diluted EPS was (29.9) cents compared to 6.1 cents last year. Net operating cash flow was $31.72m compared to $8.03m last year. No dividend was declared.
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By Michael McCarthy (chief market strategist, CMC Markets) 18/12/2014 |
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By Betty Lam (Sales Trader, CMC Markets) 11/12/2014 |
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By Ric Spooner (Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets) 10/12/2014 |
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