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To: Ga Bard who wrote (1448)3/9/1999 2:43:00 PM
From: Labrador  Read Replies (1) | Respond to of 1510
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O'SULLIVAN INDUSTRIES HOLDINGS (OSU) 12 5/16 +1 3/4. The sector may not be as sexy as the Internet field, but this designer and manufacturer of ready-to-assemble furniture is still able to spice its stock by delivering better-than-expected results. According to OSU, the company expects fiscal Q3 earnings to easily surpass Wall Street expectations as strong sales and improved productivity are expected to propel Q3 earnings above $0.40 per share. The improved earnings outlook even includes a $0.03 a charge the company plans to take to account for an increase in bad debt associated with one customer that it having difficulty meeting its financial obligations. And with net sales expected to top the $102 mln mark in Q3, the company is expected to enjoy a sequential sales increase of at least 5% in the latest period, and more than 11% on a year-over-year basis. According to First Call, the company was only projected to earn $0.31 a share, following a net of $0.29 in Q2. Much of the credit for the improved sales and earnings outlook is related to stronger product demand and the improvement in its manufacturing operations which is also playing a major roll in the improved performance. While the company does not operate in a glamor sector, its steady delivery of consistent sales and earnings growth through the past three years should give investors confidence in the stock. Trading at less than a 10 times multiple to next year's earnings projections of $1.35, the stock is cheap based on just about every type of measuring standard, particularly for a company that can deliver both top and bottom line growth.