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Investment Analysis – Vetropack Holding

Company Overview

Today we want to take a look on a company that meets our criteria in several approaches, as you will see soon. We are talking about the Vetropack Holding Ltd., one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of packaging glass. With a rich variety of glass packaging products to offer the beverages and food industry, as well as a broad spectrum of services, Vetropack truly delivers “tailor-made glass”. This motto describes Vetropack’s wide-ranging capabilities in designing and developing, together with their customers, glass packaging solutions which in formal and visual terms best embody the product idea and marketing strategy while also fully meeting the needs of consumers. Their services range from package design, production and just-in-time delivery to consulting and support services in the area of packaging analysis, bottling, conditioning, closure technology, decorative refinement and labeling. This end-to-end service is the fundamental reason for Vetropack’s position as market leader in its six home markets, namely Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia and Ukraine. As part of its corporate strategy Vetropack targets its product ranges and services especially for each market. Since 1991 Vetropack has been investing consistently in the Eastern European market – a region which is becoming increasingly important for the international food and beverage industry. read more
For us, it is self-evident to share our knowledge about investing, because we have learned so much from people out there who shared their knowledge altruistically. For this reason we upload our investment theses and what we read in the process. So here are some links what we think is helpful for you and your thoughts:   A great blog with a post on the current stock market bubble:  http://csinvesting.org/2013/11/25/ding-ding-ding-the-bells-are-ringing-search/   An interesting article in The Economist on how uncertainty dulls investors: http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21589859-how-economic-uncertainty-dulls-investment-holding-tomorrow. It is based on this scientific paper (in case you love economics): http://www.stanford.edu/~nbloom/roes_7923.pdf   read more

HORNBACH Baumarkt AG

Industry Overview

 
Today we want to take a look on a company that is in the retail business, which is normally a place where the competition between the several players really hard. We are talking about the Hornbach Baumarkt AG, one of Europe’s leading and Germany’s second biggest DIY-Stores operator. DIY stands for the Do-It-Yourself Industry. But where does the high competition come from? If you take a closer look at the DIY Industry in Germany, you will clearly see that you can find nearly always two or more DIY stores next to each other, and that is the case in nearly every bigger city in Germany. Until a few weeks ago there were 4 big competitors in the German market which have a market share greater than 10% each and furthermore there are numerous other players in the market. In the next chart you can see that OBI is the biggest player in the market with 24,2% of sales followed by Bauhaus 17,5%, Hornbach 12,3%, Praktiker 12%, Hagebau 10,5% and Globus 6%. Another interesting fact is that Praktiker lost over 9% of its market shares in only 5 years. (The sales numbers are out of a couple of sector magazines and annual reports, Hornbach itself says that they have a market share of about 10%, due to the fact, that they take also some companies into account, which are not clearly in the DIY industry). Furthermore you can find some regional brands. shares    read more