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The smart investor's definitive guide to the Australia sharemarket

Top Stocks 2018 is the stock-picking guide every Australian needs. Whether you're a professional trader or an individual investing for the very first time, this book provides clear, accessible information to help you make the best stock decisions. Trusted market expert Martin Roth has guided people toward their most profitable portfolios for over 24 years. In this year's edition, he once again provides the most up-to-date data on public Australian companies to help you determine where to put your money.

Just looking for quick data? Over 100 tables provide guidance at a glance, and logical organisation makes it easy to locate what you need quickly. Looking for a little more analysis? Roth has you covered with company information, latest business results and future outlook. From the All Ordinaries index and beyond, this book cuts through the hype and filters out the noise to show you the very best in Australian investing for 2018.

  • Get expert assessment of Australia's top public companies
  • Compare sales and profits side-by-side, with in-depth analysis
  • Examine company rankings based on the latest financial data
  • Assess overall outlook, debt levels, dividends, and so much more

Martin Roth does not give flash-in-the-pan investing advice. He won't tell you to throw money after fads, and he doesn't fall for the word on the street. This book represents a rigorous, systematic analysis that only the very best companies survive, giving you a wealth of options for low-risk, long-term value — regardless of the size of your portfolio. When you're ready to get smart about investing, Top Stocks 2018 is the definitive guide for putting your money to work.


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

AGL Energy Limited 6

ALS Limited 8

Altium Limited 10

AMA Group Limited 12

Ansell Limited 14

ARB Corporation Limited 16

Aristocrat Leisure Limited 18

ASX Limited 20

AUB Group Limited 22

Australia and New Zealand Banking

Group Limited 24

Bank of Queensland Limited 26

Beach Energy Limited 28

BHP Billiton Limited 30

Blackmores Limited 32

Blue Sky Alternative Investments

Limited 34

Breville Group Limited 36

BT Investment Management

Limited 38

Caltex Australia Limited 40

Capilano Honey Limited 42 Limited 44

Cedar Woods Properties Limited 46

Coca-Cola Amatil Limited 48

Cochlear Limited 50

Codan Limited 52

Collins Foods Limited 54

Commonwealth Bank of Australia 56

Corporate Travel Management

Limited 58

CSR Limited 60

Data#3 Limited 62

Domino’s Pizza Enterprises

Limited 64

DWS Limited 66

Event Hospitality and Entertainment

Limited 68

Evolution Mining Limited 70

Flight Centre Travel Group

Limited 72

Fortescue Metals Group Limited 74

G8 Education Limited 76

GBST Holdings Limited 78

GR Engineering Services Limited 80

GWA Group Limited 82

Hansen Technologies Limited 84

Harvey Norman Holdings Limited 86

Infomedia Limited 88

Insurance Australia Group Limited 90

Integrated Research Limited 92

IRESS Limited 94

JB Hi-Fi Limited 96

Lendlease Group 98

MACA Limited 100

Macquarie Group Limited 102

Magellan Financial Group

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

NIB Holdings Limited 120

Nick Scali Limited 122

Northern Star Resources Limited 124

Objective Corporation Limited 126

Orica Limited 128

Pacif ic Energy Limited 130

Paragon Care Limited 132

Perpetual Limited 134

Platinum Asset Management

Limited 136

Pro Medicus Limited 138

RCG Corporation Limited 140

REA Group Limited 142

Reece Limited 144

Retail Food Group Limited 146

Rio Tinto Limited 148

Seek Limited 150

Servcorp Limited 152

Sigma Healthcare Limited 154

Sirtex Medical Limited 156

Sonic Healthcare Limited 158

Southern Cross Media Group

Limited 160

Sunland Group Limited 162

Super Retail Group Limited 164

Tassal Group Limited 166

TechnologyOne Limited 168

TPG Telecom Limited 170

Vita Group Limited 172

Webjet Limited 174

Wellcom Group Limited 176

Wesfarmers Limited 178

Westpac Banking Corporation 180

Woolworths Limited 182

PART II: the tables

A Market capitalisation 187

B Revenues 188

C Year-on-year revenues growth 189

D EBIT margin 190

E Year-on-year EBIT margin growth 191

F After-tax profit 192

G Year-on-year earnings per share growth 193

H Return on equity 194

I Year-on-year return on equity growth 195

J Debt-to-equity ratio 196

K Current ratio 197

L Price/earnings ratio 198

M Price-to-NTA-per-share ratio 199

N Dividend yield 200

O Year-on-year dividend growth 201

P Five-year share price return 202

Q Non-interest income to total income 203

R Cost-to-income ratio 203

S Return on assets 203