James Hardie Industries Plc (JHX)



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General Information
Company Name: James Hardie Industries Plc
Stock Code: JHX
Website: www.jameshardie.com
GICS Sub-Industry: Construction Materials
Market Cap ($M): 5,801
Equiv. Shares (M): 445

Current Price Data+
Current Price Open High Low Last Close Volume Price Movement
 $ 13.030 $ 12.980 $ 13.150 $ 12.850 $ 12.800 2,221,982 $ 0.230  1.797 %

Current Broker Consensus Recommendation more
Recommendation: Buy (1.6667)
Recommendation Date: 18th Dec 2014
Brokers Surveyed: 3

Company Overview

Business Description:
James Hardie Industries Plc (JHX) is involved in the residential and commercial building industries. JHX's flagship product is fiber cement, with applications in external siding, internal walls, ceilings, floors, soffits and fences. Its products and services include exterior products, Colorplus Technology, interior products and weather barrier. The principal markets are the US, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Canada, and Europe - UK and France.

Strategy Analysis:
JHX is focused on aggressively growing primary demand for products in the targeted market segments; growing overall market position while defending existing market segments; offering superior comparative value to that of competitors; and continually introducing differentiated products to improve product mix and increase margins. The company aims to maintain its competitive advantage through continual investment in research and development and the introduction of higher priced and higher margin differentiated products. A zero landfill target to limit waste in the production process assists overall margin management. Excess free cash flow is returned to shareholders. James Hardie Industries reported NPAT down 35% to US$83.5m for the half-year ended 30 September 2012. Revenues from ordinary activities were US$674.1m, up 4% from the same period last year. EBIT excluding asbestos and ASIC expenses decreased 10% to US$103.6m. EBIT including asbestos and ASIC expenses decreased from US$161.1m to US$105.3m. Diluted EPS was 19.0 US cents compared to 29.2 US cents last year. Net operating cash flow was US$7.8m compared to US$37.1m last year. The interim dividend declared was US 5.0 cents compared with US 4.0 cents last year. The company noted the range of analysts' forecasts for net operating profit excluding asbestos for the year ending 31 March 2013 is between US$147.0m and US$178.0m.


Financial Summary
Year to Mar NPAT EPS EPS chg (%) PER DPS Yield (%) Franking (%)
2016  F 269.8 62.0 17.0 20.6 36.7 2.9 0.0
2015  F 233.3 53.0 14.7 24.1 31.1 2.4 0.0
2014  A 205.5 46.2 44.6 24.1 41.7 3.7 0.0
Source: Morningstar analyst estimates.

Peer Comparison
EPS Growth (%) P/E (%) Dividend Yield (%)
Company Mkt Cap 2014 A 2015 F 2016 F 2014 A 2015 F 2016 F 2014 A 2015 F 2016 F
Adelaide Brighton (ABC) $2,185 M -0.0250 0.0538 0.0925 14.4017 13.6659 12.5093 5.79 4.90 5.04
Boral (BLD) $4,000 M 0.0862 0.7182 0.3410 31.4462 18.3023 13.6485 2.94 4.00 4.50
CSR (CSR) $1,837 M 1.1430 0.8714 0.1142 25.5095 13.6312 12.2346 2.75 5.09 5.99
Fletcher Building (FBU) $5,186 M 0.2201 0.1848 0.1198 15.4445 13.0360 11.6412 4.44 5.01 5.37
James Hardie (JHX) $5,699 M 0.7887 1.3515 0.1713 52.5021 22.3269 19.0618 7.46 3.84 4.02

Market Comparison
Earnings P/E Ratio P/B Ratio P/E Growth P/S Ratio
JHX -- 27.0 -26.9 0.41 3.56
Market 0.90 15.0 1.19 1.94 1.48
Sector 0.62 11.5 0.69 1.26 2.40

Directors
Name Position Start Date
Mr Louis Gries Executive Director,Chief Executive Officer 22 October 2004
Mr Michael N Hammes Non-Executive Chairman 07 February 2007
Professor Brian D.O Anderson Non-Executive Director 14 December 2006
Mr James R Osborne Non-Executive Director 13 March 2009
Mr David D Harrison Non-Executive Director 19 May 2008
Mr Russell Langtry Chenu Non-Executive Director 15 August 2014
Mr Rudy M J Van Der Meer Non-Executive Director 07 February 2007
Ms Alison Littley Non-Executive Director 27 February 2012
Mr Donald Gordon McGauchie Non-Executive Director,Non-Executive Deputy Chairman 15 August 2003

Management
Name Position
Matthew Marsh Chief Financial Officer
Natasha Mercer Company Secretary
Mark Fisher Executive General Manager - International
Sean Gadd Executive General Manager - North
Ryan Sullivan Executive General Manager - South
Joe Blasko General Counsel
Sean O'Sullivan Vice President - Investor & Media Relations

Substantial Shareholders
Holding Name
27,010,612 (6.07%) Capital Group Companies Inc
31,301,628 (7.03%) Baillie Gifford & Co
22,404,258 (5.03%) BlackRock Group
28,198,184 (6.33%) National Australia Bank Limited Group
38,815,173 (8.72%) FMR LLC and FIL (formerly FMR Corp and FIL)
29,071,990 (6.53%) Lazard Asset Management Pacific Co

Calendar of Events
Date Event
18 November 2015 Report (Interim)
26 June 2015 Report (Annual)
21 May 2015 Report (Prelim)
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