Top Stocks 2019: A Sharebuyer's Guide to Leading Australian Companies
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The definitive guide for putting your money to work

Top Stocks 2019 is your trusted guide for smart investing in the Australian sharemarket. For over 25 years, market expert Martin Roth has shared advice on how to maximise your profits and grow your portfolio. An invaluable resource for all skill levels — from novice investor to professional trader — this book provides clear and accurate information to help you pick the best stocks and gain the greatest value for your money.

Now in its 25th edition, this bestselling guide includes over 100 charts and tables to allow quick reference to company data. Up-to-date information on company financials, business results and performance projections provides the tools you need to make informed and profitable stock decisions. Ignoring the hype, punditry and media noise surrounding the stock market, Martin Roth’s rigorous analysis of financial data delivers an accurate, real-world picture of each company’s outlook.

  • Get expert opinions on Australia’s leading public companies
  • Compare sales and profit data with in-depth analysis and expert interpretation
  • See the latest financial rankings of top Australian companies
  • Examine the debt levels, dividends, and overall outlook of companies to gain complete pictures of their real value

When it’s time to invest your hard-earned money, you need accurate and trusted guidance. Martin Roth’s proven methods have weathered market cycles, outlived fads and stood the test of time. In this latest edition, Top Stocks continues to provide you with everything you need to make wise decisions and put your money where it belongs.


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 xv

PART I: the companies

1300SMILES Limited 2

Accent Group Limited 4

Adelaide Brighton Limited 6

AGL Energy Limited 8

ALS Limited 10

Altium Limited 12

AMA Group Limited 14

Ansell Limited 16

ARB Corporation 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

Breville Group Limited 34

Brickworks Limited 36

Caltex Australia Limited 38

Capilano Honey Limited 40

Cedar Woods Properties Limited 42

Cochlear Limited 44

Codan Limited 46

Collection House Limited 48

Collins Foods Limited 50

Commonwealth Bank of Australia 52

Corporate Travel

Management Limited 54

Credit Corp Group Limited 56

CSR Limited 58

CVC Limited 60

Data#3 Limited 62

DWS Limited 64

Event Hospitality and

Entertainment Limited 66

Evolution Mining Limited 68

Fiducian Group Limited 70

Flight Centre Travel Group Limited 72

G8 Education Limited 74

GR Engineering Services Limited 76

GUD Holdings Limited 78

GWA Group Limited 80

Hansen Technologies Limited 82

Harvey Norman Holdings Limited 84

Infomedia Limited 86

Insurance Australia Group Limited 88

Integrated Research Limited 90

IOOF Holdings Limited 92

IRESS Limited 94

JB Hi-Fi Limited 96

Jumbo Interactive Limited 98

Lendlease Group 100

Macquarie Group Limited 102

Magellan Financial Group Limited 104

McMillan Shakespeare Limited 106

Mineral Resources Limited 108

MNF Group Limited 110

Monadelphous Group Limited 112

Money3 Corporation Limited 114

Mortgage Choice Limited 116

MyState Limited 118

National Australia Bank Limited 120

NIB Holdings Limited 122

Nick Scali Limited 124

Northern Star Resources Limited 126

Objective Corporation Limited 128

OFX Group Limited 130

Orica Limited 132

Pacific Energy Limited 134

Pendal Group Limited 136

Perpetual Limited 138

Platinum Asset Management Limited 140

Pro Medicus Limited 142

REA Group Limited 144

Reece Limited 146

Rio Tinto Limited 148

Ruralco Holdings Limited 150

Sandfire Resources NL 152

SeaLink Travel Group Limited 154

Seek Limited 156

Servcorp Limited 158

Sigma Healthcare Limited 160

Sonic Healthcare Limited 162

Southern Cross Media

Group Limited 164

Super Retail Group Limited 166

Tassal Group Limited 168

Technology One Limited 170

TPG Telecom Limited 172

Treasury Wine Estates Limited 174

Villa World Limited 176

Virtus Health Limited 178

Vita Group Limited 180

Webjet Limited 182

Wellcom Group Limited 184

Wesfarmers Limited 186

Westpac Banking Corporation 188

Woolworths Group Limited 190

PART II: the tables

A Market capitalisation 195

B Revenues 196

C Year-on-year revenues growth 197

D EBIT margin 198

E Year-on-year EBIT margin growth 199

F After-tax profit 200

G Year-on-year earnings per share growth 201

H Return on equity 202

I Year-on-year return on equity growth 203

J Debt-to-equity ratio 204

K Current ratio 205

L Price/earnings ratio 206

M Price-to-NTA-per-share ratio 207

N Dividend yield 208

O Year-on-year dividend growth 209

P Five-year share price return 210

Q Non-interest income to total income 211

R Cost-to-income ratio 212

S Return on assets 213