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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.
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