Bowler Metcalf is a plastics manufacturing, plastic mouldings and carbonated soft drinks manufacturing and distribution company which was formed in South Africa in 1972. Bowler Metcalf shares have been available to buy on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) since 1987.
Bowler Plastics specialises in the manufacture of rigid plastic packaging for the cosmetics, toiletry, household, pharmaceutical and food markets, with a focus on customised solutions rather than the large volumes standard market. The head office is located in Cape Town, with manufacturing plants in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.
In 2014, Bowler Metcalf merged the soft drink filling operations of Quality Beverages into a larger soft-drinks bottling business called SoftBev. Bowler has a 43% stake in the business, which fills and distributes soft drinks for brands such as Mountain Dew, Pepsi, 7UP, Miranda, Jive and Capri-Sonne. With production facilities in Cape Town, Durban and Gauteng, SoftBev is the largest wholly South African-owned drinks bottler in the country.
The company has a market cap of just under R 1 billion, and Bowler Metcalf share price has a history of remarkable gains despite the economic downturn.
Bowler Metcalf Shares Growth Driver
Industry pressures created by the weak economy have caused many plastic packaging companies to either close or realign their operations. Bower Metcalf, on the other hand, has managed to register prosperous performance within this environment. One of the biggest moves for the group was shifting from full ownership of the integrated beverage facility (Quality Beverages) to a minority holding in the larger SoftBev.
Shortly after the merger, SoftBev successfully negotiated deals with internationally renowned drinks makers Capri-Sonne and PepsiCo. SoftBev was chosen to be the sole bottlers of PepsiCo’s Pepsi Cola, Mirinda, Mountain Dew and 7Up in South Africa. The buy in of these global brands has been a huge factor in driving revenue growth for Bowler Metcalf.
Meanwhile, the group’s plastics division has also recorded strong performance, with large jumps in both revenue and earnings. This has largely been achieved by Bowler Plastics managing to secure new customers as its competitors wilted under economic pressure. The division’s customer base has expanded significantly and secured long-term contracts exceeding R360 million. Capital expenditure of R55 million has been earmarked for upgrading the technology and capacity of three of the group’s manufacturing plants.
The company’s most recent financial data showed a 45% growth in earnings for the six months until the end of 2015, from R30.9 million to R44 million, with the live online stocks chart showing Bowler Metcalf share price flourishing on the JSE.
Bowler Metcalf Group Investor Tip
From mid-2015 to mid-2016, Bowler Metcalf share price leapt from just over R6 cents per share, to over R10. This has been a reflection of the company’s ability to flourish in a less-than-buoyant market. History has shown that the group is able to generate consistent cash flows, enough that it has been able to pay out annual dividends for more than 25 years.
Bowler Metcalf has been a permanently profitable company, and its new association with SoftBev should encourage investors to buy Bowler Metcalf shares. Shareholders can expect further gains in Bowler Metcalf share price from this very solid company, and new investors can purchase with confidence.
Bowler Metcalf Major Shareholders
Sanlam, Aylett & Co, Investec Ltd.,Standard Bank.
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