Hulamin Limited is a mid-stream aluminium semifabricator and a fabricator of aluminium products, with operations based in South Africa and sales offices in Europe and the USA.
The company’s history dates back to 1935, when Aluminium Limited of Canada first made products for sale in South Africa. The company’s specialty is aluminium rolling, which was started after demand for semi-fabricated aluminium began increasing in 1949, prompting the establishment of a rolling mill on Hulamin’s current site in Pietermaritzburg. Hulamin in its current form was established following the unbundling of Hulett Aluminium from Tongaat Hulett in 2006. Hulamin shares were subsequently listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).
Today, Hulamin is the only major aluminium rolling operation in sub-Saharan Africa. The company’s four businesses comprise Hulamin Rolled Products, Hulamin Extrusions, Hulamin Containers and Hulamin Recycling. Hulamin employs almost 2000 people and has a JSE market cap of R1.74 billion.
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Hulamin’s largest activity continues to be aluminium rolling, which generates more than 80% of revenue. Although the South African market is an important and growing element of Hulamin’s business, a significant portion of rolled products is exported to regions such as Europe, North America, Middle East and Asia. This partly shielded Hulamin from the impacts of challenging conditions in the aluminium trade, which suffered from an oversupplied market resulting in low selling prices and reluctance from customers to buy Hulamin’s products. Improved manufacturing performance, together with gains from the weaker rand, cost reduction and operational efficiency improvements allowed Hulamin to produce a good set of results for the first six months of 2016, with Hulamin share price remaining stable.
Group sales tonnage was up by 19%, revenue increased by 25% to R4.9 billion and operating profit increased by 86%. Net profit stood at R152 million, compared to R75 million for the corresponding period in 2015. The struggling local economy resulted in reduced appetite to buy aluminium products. Although local sales demand is forecast to improve in the near term, additional export sales should further mitigate the local market risk. In contrast to many other locally based aluminium producers, Hulamin share price has been relatively steady over the past few years.
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Hulamin has said that it expects the momentum from improved manufacturing to continue in the near term, although weak market conditions are expected to persist both locally and internationally.
The company expects sales mix and operating margins to increase, whilst order books for rolled products are full. The company’s customers are looking for more volumes than what the group can supply, indicating a booming business in a difficult market. On the back of steady financial performance, shareholders have enjoyed healthy earnings per share and dividends. Although the live online stocks chart shows that Hulamin share price has been fairly stagnant of late, it is admirable that it has not plunged in the face of challenging trade conditions. Hulamin share price is expected to remain fairly stable, with a good possibility of healthy growth when market conditions improve. This makes them one of the most reliable stocks in the sector to buy at present.
Hulamin Major Shareholders
Industrial Development Corporation, Truffle Asset Management, Coronation Fund Managers, Government Employees Pension Fund, Investec Fund Managers.
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