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The best-selling guide to Australia's top stocks, updated for 2015

Top Stocks 2015: A Sharebuyer's Guide to Leading Australian Companies is the definitive guide to the best stocks to buy on the Australian sharemarket. With all the key information in an easy-to-read format, this book allows even inexperienced investors the chance to build an impressive portfolio. Cut through the noise and hype to find clear, objective information on each of Australia's top companies, with a focus on profitability, debt levels and dividends. Over 100 charts and tables give you easy access to each company's financial data in a format that allows for quick comparison, helping you make informed decisions about your financial future.

Every investor—no matter how big or small the portfolio—must look beyond share prices and examine key information about the companies they're considering as investments. In this 21st Edition, Martin Roth applies his tried-and-tested selection criteria and rigorous analysis to determine the best public companies in Australia for 2015. This resource profiles the companies that met a meticulous set of criteria, distilled to a concise selection of premium purchases across market sectors, allowing readers to:

Get individual, unbiased analysis of the latest results from top Australian companiesCompare sales and profit data, with in-depth ratio analysisStudy the comprehensive research detailing each company's overall outlookEasily visualize how each company measures up in tables that rank by financial data

Why wade through individual company reports when all the information you need about the nation's best companies is bound in a single easy-to-read volume? Leave the complex data to the analysts and focus on the clear winners. With Top Stocks 2015, you get the data you need and the expert insight you trust.


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


Preface 1

Introduction 11

PART I: the companies

1300 Smiles Limited 20

Adelaide Brighton Limited 22

ALS Limited 24

Amcom Telecommunications Limited 26

Ansell Limited 28

ANZ Banking Group Limited 30

ARB Corporation Limited 32

Aristocrat Leisure Limited 34

ASX Limited 36

Austbrokers Holdings Limited 38

Beyond International Limited 40

BHP Billiton Limited 42

Blackmores Limited 44

Breville Group Limited 46

Cabcharge Australia Limited 48

Caltex Australia Limited 50

Cardno Limited 52

Cedar Woods Properties Limited 54

Cochlear Limited 56

Collection House Limited 58

Commonwealth Bank of Australia 60

Credit Corp Group Limited 62

Crown Resorts Limited 64

CSL Limited 66

CTI Logistics Limited 68

Data#3 Limited 70

Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Limited 72

DWS Limited 74

Euroz Limited 76

Finbar Group Limited 78

Flight Centre Travel Group Limited 80

G8 Education Limited 82

Greencross Limited 84

GUD Holdings Limited 86

GWA Group Limited 88

Hansen Technologies Limited 90

iiNet Limited 92

Infomedia Limited 94

Insurance Australia Group Limited 96

Integrated Research Limited 98

IOOF Holdings Limited 100

IRESS Limited 102

JB Hi-Fi Limited 104

Lend Lease Group 106

Macquarie Group Limited 108

MaxiTRANS Industries Limited 110

McMillan Shakespeare Limited 112

Mermaid Marine Australia Limited 114

Metcash Limited 116

Mineral Resources Limited 118

Monadelphous Group Limited 120

Money3 Corporation Limited 122

Mortgage Choice Limited 124

My Net Fone Limited 126

Myer Holdings Limited 128

MyState Limited 130

National Australia Bank Limited 132

Navitas Limited 134

NIB Holdings Limited 136

Nick Scali Limited 138

NRW Holdings Limited 140

Orica Limited 142

OrotonGroup Limited 144

Patties Foods Limited 146

Perpetual Limited 148

Platinum Asset Management Limited 150

Prime Media Group Limited 152

Ramsay Health Care Limited 154

RCG Corporation Limited 156

RCR Tomlinson Limited 158

Reckon Limited 160

Reece Australia Limited 162

Th e Reject Shop Limited 164

Retail Food Group Limited 166

Rio Tinto Limited 168

SAI Global Limited 170

Seek Limited 172

Servcorp Limited 174

Slater & Gordon Limited 176

SMS Management & Technology Limited 178

Sonic Healthcare Limited 180

STW Communications Group Limited 182

Super Retail Group Limited 184

Tassal Group Limited 186

Technology One Limited 188

Th orn Group Limited 190

Toll Holdings Limited 192

TPG Telecom Limited 194

Treasury Group Limited 196

Webjet Limited 198

Wellcom Group Limited 200

Westpac Banking Corporation 202

Woodside Petroleum Limited 204

Woolworths Limited 206

WorleyParsons Limited 208 Holdings Limited 210

PART II: the tables

A Market capitalisation 215

B Revenues 216

C Year-on-year revenues growth 217

D EBIT margin 218

E Year-on-year EBIT margin growth 219

F After-tax profi t 220

G Year-on-year earnings-per-share growth 221

H Return on equity 222

I Year-on-year return on equity growth 223

J Debt-to-equity ratio 224

K Current ratio 225

L Price/earnings ratio 226

M Price-to-NTA-per-share ratio 227

N Dividend yield 228

O Year-on-year dividend growth 229

P Five-year share price return 230

Q Non-interest income to total income 231

R Cost-to-income ratio 231

S Return on assets 231