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Invest smarter with Australia's most trusted guide to stock selection

Top Stocks 2017 is your expert guide to the Australian sharemarket. Now in its 23rd edition, this book represents the benchmark standard of rigorous analysis and stringent selection to give you the inside scoop on the nation's top companies. From beginner to expert, regardless of your portfolio size, renowned financial journalist Martin Roth guides you toward the stocks that offer the best low-risk, long-term value for your money. You'll see how Australian companies stack up in terms of profits, debt and dividends, with over 100 charts and tables by best-selling author Alan Hull. No hype, no nonsense and not a single bit of spin – just the time-tested methods and expert analysis that have made Roth a household name.

Martin Roth isn't swayed by big names or media coverage, and he doesn't listen to the pundits. He applies strict analyses to financial data to paint a real-world picture of each company's outlook. The numbers don't lie, and this book gives you access to their testimony so you know where to put your money in 2017.

  • Learn what the experts have to say about the year's best stocks
  • Compare sales and profits across companies with in-depth analysis
  • Find financial rankings for the top Australian companies
  • Look beyond share prices to see the real measure of a company's worth

You work hard for your money, yet the investing world is crowded with people who would have you throw it away on the latest trend. Martin Roth cuts through the fat and the noise to help you make your money work for you for a change. Invest smarter this year with Top Stocks 2017, the definitive guide to Australia's best picks.


MARTIN ROTH is an internationally successful financial journalist. Based in Melbourne, he is one of Australia's leading authors of investment books.


Preface vii

Introduction xvii

PART I: the companies

1300SMILES Limited 2

Adelaide Brighton Limited 4

Altium Limited 6

Ansell Limited 8

ARB Corporation Limited 10

ASX Limited 12

AUB Group Limited 14

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited 16

Beyond International Limited 18

BigAir Group Limited 20

Blackmores Limited 22

Breville Group Limited 24

BT Investment Management Limited 26

Cabcharge Australia Limited 28

Caltex Australia Limited 30

Cedar Woods Properties Limited 32

Coca-Cola Amatil Limited 34

Cochlear Limited 36

Codan Limited 38

Collection House Limited 40

Collins Foods Limited 42

Commonwealth Bank of Australia 44

Corporate Travel Management Limited 46

Countplus Limited 48

Credit Corp Group Limited 50

CSR Limited 52

Data#3 Limited 54

Domino’s Pizza

Enterprises Limited 56

DWS Limited 58

Event Hospitality & Entertainment Limited 60

Fantastic Holdings Limited 62

Finbar Group Limited 64

Flight Centre Travel Group Limited 66

Fortescue Metals Group Limited 68

G8 Education Limited 70

GBST Holdings Limited 72

GR Engineering Services Limited 74

Greencross Limited 76

GUD Holdings Limited 78

GWA Group Limited 80

Hansen Technologies Limited 82

Harvey Norman Holdings Limited 84

IMF Bentham Limited 86

Infomedia Limited 88

Integrated Research Limited 90

IOOF Holdings Limited 92

IRESS Limited 94

JB Hi-Fi Limited 96

Lendlease Group 98

Macquarie Group Limited 100

Magellan Financial Group Limited 102

McMillan Shakespeare Limited 104

Mineral Resources Limited 106

MNF Group Limited 108

Monadelphous Group Limited 110

Money3 Corporation Limited 112

Mortgage Choice Limited 114

MyState Limited 116

National Australia Bank Limited 118

Navitas Limited 120

NIB Holdings Limited 122

Nick Scali Limited 124

Northern Star Resources Limited 126

Objective Corporation Limited 128

Perpetual Limited 130

Platinum Asset Management Limited 132

Pro Medicus Limited 134

Prophecy International Holdings Limited 136

RCG Corporation Limited 138

REA Group Limited 140

Reece Limited 142

The Reject Shop Limited 144

Retail Food Group Limited 146

Rio Tinto Limited 148

SAI Global Limited 150

Seek Limited 152

Servcorp Limited 154

Seven West Media Limited 156

Sigma Pharmaceuticals Limited 158

Sirtex Medical Limited 160

Sonic Healthcare Limited 162

Super Retail Group Limited 164

Tabcorp Holdings Limited 166

Tassal Group Limited 168

Technology One Limited 170

Vita Group Limited 172

Webjet Limited 174

Wellcom Group Limited 176

Westpac Banking Corporation 178

Woolworths Limited 180

PART II: the tables

A Market capitalisation 185

B Revenues 186

C Year-on-year revenues growth 187

D EBIT margin 188

E Year-on-year EBIT margin growth 189

F After-tax profit 190

G Year-on-year earnings per share growth 191

H Return on equity 192

I Year-on-year return on equity growth 193

J Debt-to-equity ratio 194

K Current ratio 195

L Price/earnings ratio 196

M Price-to-NTA-per-share ratio 197

N Dividend yield 198

O Year-on-year dividend growth 199

P Five-year share price return 200

Q Non-interest income to total income 201

R Cost-to-income ratio 201

S Return on assets 201