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TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION2 1 ECONOMY OVERVIEW2 2 THE CHEMICALS INDUSTRY2 21 Industry Briefing3 22 Opportunities for Growth3 3 JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC PROFILE4 31 Company Overview5 32 Company Policy6 4 SCAPA GROUP PLC PROFILE6 5 THE COMPANIES PERFORMANCE7 51 Financial analysis7 52 Activity analysis8 53 Solvency and liquidity analysis9 54 Profitability analysis9 6 GRAPHICAL ANALYSIS10 61 JMAT Overall Comparison10 62 Prospective EPS Graph11 62 Prospective Dividend11 CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATION12 TABLE OF REFERENCES13 APPENDICES14 IKey Ratios15 II Annual reports of Johnson Matthey PLC and Scapa Group PLC26 INTRODUCTION The intention of this report is giving advice to the Johnson Matthey PLCs investor The report will help the investor to make the best decision It consists of economy overviews analysis the industry position Johnson Matthey PLCs profile and their competitor Scapa Group PLCs profile Moreover the in-depth analysis of the companys performance with comparative is also included in this report The graphs presented in the report will make the investor easier to understand the operation of Johnson Matthey 1 ECONOMY OVERVIEW The UK and all of the EU countries are slowing economic growth because of the high oil prices and exchange rates UKs real GDP grown by 32 in 2004 and prospected grow by only 19 in 2005 However the housing market is booming and household spending is keeping almost the same level in middle 2005 The Monetary Policy Committee MPC of the Bank of England cut interest rates to 45 in August The main reason should be the government wants to encourage investors to spend more On the other hand almost all the FTSE 100 companies are reported higher profits and having strong cash flows That is significantly point to the potential investors 2 THE CHEMICALS INDUSTRY The graph 1 shows the trend from December
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