Caesarstone

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Caesarstone Ltd
TypePublic
NasdaqCSTE
Russell 2000 Component
IndustryManufacturing
Founded1987; 35 years ago (1987)
Headquarters,
RevenueIncreaseUS$ 538.54 million (2016)
IncreaseUS$ 92.80 million (2016)
IncreaseUS$ 74.60 million (2016)
Number of employees
1,108
Websitewww.caesarstone.com
Footnotes / references
[1]

Caesarstone Ltd., or Caesarstone (Hebrew: אבן קיסר, Even Qeysar), is a publicly traded company that engages in the production and marketing of quartz surfaces used for kitchen countertops, vanity tops, flooring, wall cladding and general interior design. The company was founded in 1987 and is traded on the NASDAQ in New York (CSTE). Headquarters are located in Kibbutz Sdot Yam in Israel, and its production facilities are in Israel and the USA. Its products are sold in approximately 50 countries around the world through a network of 6 subsidiaries and numerous distributors.

Company profile[edit]

Aerial view of Caesarstone factory near Caesarea's Roman amphitheater
Caesarstone's production line
Caesarstone's quality control

Caesarstone Ltd. manufactures quartz surfaces in three different sites, two in Israel – Kibbutz Sdot Yam and the Bar Lev Industrial Zone near Karmiel, and in its new plant in Richmond Hill, GA, USA, since May 27, 2015. Caesarstone also has established warehouses and refinery plants in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong.[2] Its products, which are sold in over 50 countries around the world, are used in the interior design of both residential and commercial buildings. Common uses of Caesarstone's products include quartz surfaces for kitchen countertops, vanity tops, wall-cladding, flooring and interior design of commercial spaces such as offices, restaurants, hotels, museums, and more. Caesarstone's main competitors are companies that make use of materials such as lamination and natural stone, and other companies that manufacture quartz surfaces such as Superior Zodiaq, Silestone and Cambria. The name Caesarstone comes from the company's location near Caesarea.[3]

History[edit]

The Caesarstone factory commenced its operations in 1987, at Kibbutz Sdot Yam, replacing its terrazzo tile factory. The company was established in the wake of development work performed jointly by members of the kibbutz and additional parties such as Professor Moshe Narkis of the Technion. After changing the focus from sale of floor tiles to quartz surfaces and establishing itself in the domestic market, the company started to export its products to different countries around the world. In 2005, an additional production facility was opened at the Bar-Lev Industrial Park. In 2006, TENE Investment Fund invested 25 million dollars in exchange for 21.7% control in the company, which led to the adding of another production line at the Bar-Lev facility.

In 2008, the company began establishing subsidiaries in its main markets: Australia (2008), Canada (2010), USA and Singapore (2011) and UK (2017) along with activity conducted through distributors in approximately 50 countries.[4]

In 2012, Caesarstone started trading on NASDAQ in New York under the ticker symbol CSTE.

In 2015, Caesarstone opened a new facility in the US with an investment of about 100 million dollars. The plant was built in Richmond Hill, Georgia, and provides quartz surfaces mainly to markets in North America, and other countries as well.[5]

Products[edit]

The company's products are marketed in four collections:

  • Classico – the classic collection in a variety of colors.
  • Supernatural – design inspired by natural stone.
  • Motivo – surfaces with imprinted textures in various design templates.
  • Concetto – surfaces made from semi-precious gems cut and set manually.

Quartz surfaces are claimed to require only minimum maintenance and not to require periodic sealing as with natural stone surfaces.[6]

In the US, quartz counter tops can be found in homes and kitchens such as Tommy Hilfiger, Cher, Alexandra von Furstenberg, and more.[7][8][9][10][4][11]

Due to the high crystalline silica in the dust created when working with engineered stone exposure can result in severe health risks.[12]

Financial[edit]

Caesarstone's operations are impacted by the performance of the home remodeling and new construction sectors of the economy.[13]

In 2016, the global quartz surface industry constituted about 6% of to the total global surfaces industry, valued at about 95 billion dollars. In 2016, Caesarstone's share in the quartz surface market (in its leading markets) was: Israel 84%; Australia 55%; Canada 36%; USA 19%.[14][4]

In 2016, Caesarstone registered a revenue of 539 million dollars, 1.7% higher than the forecast. The net profit stood at 2.15 dollars per share as opposed to 2.12 dollars per share. For 2017, Caesarstone expects that revenue will stand at 580-595 million dollars and EBITDA in the range of 119-126 million dollars.[15][16]

2012 Nasdaq IPO[edit]

In February 2012, Caesarstone filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to execute an initial public offering of up to $115 million and list its shares on the Nasdaq stock exchange. Among the companies involved in the IPO were J.P. Morgan, Barclays, Credit Suisse, and Baird.[17][18] Caesarstone's 6.7 million shares began trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market on 22 March and priced at $11 each.[19][20]

In 2015-2016, Caesarstone encountered challenges which included discord between shareholders and kibbutz members, departure of board members and CEO, and a report by Spruce Point hedge fund claiming that the company's quartz surfaces contain less than the commonly accepted amounts of quartz, and yet are still sold at premium prices. In 2016 the share price declined compared to its former peak, however in H1 2017, Caesarstone shares climbed 23 percent; thus, Caesarstone's value stands at 1.49 billion dollars.[21][22][23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Caesarstone financial data at Yahoo finance".
  2. ^ "Caesarstone China".
  3. ^ Yasur, Eran (2012). "Company title origin (Hebrew)". YNET.
  4. ^ a b c "Investors Presentation" (PDF). Caesarstone. Archived from the original on 2017-08-20.
  5. ^ "A Web page about the US production site". Caeserstone.
  6. ^ "Company profile". caesarstoneus.com.
  7. ^ "Interior design article about Los Angeles Residence of Alexandra Von Furstenberg". architecturaldigest.com. 31 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Interior design - Neil Patrick Harris' home". architecturaldigest.com. March 2015.
  9. ^ "Interior design article with description about Caesastone". mariobatali.com. Archived from the original on 2017-08-20. Retrieved 2017-08-11.
  10. ^ "Interior design article". Washingtonpost.com.
  11. ^ "Interior design article about T Hilfiger's home". architecturaldigest.com. September 2014.
  12. ^ Ross, Andrew (2019) Stone Men. The Palestinians Who Built Israel. Verso. ISBN 978-1-78873-026-6 p. 97
  13. ^ Daniel, Robert (22 March 2012). "Israel's Caesarstone relies on silica, not silicon". MarketWatch. Tel Aviv. Retrieved 25 March 2012.
  14. ^ "Financial article (Hebrew)". TheMarker.
  15. ^ "Financial article (Hebrew)". calcalist.co.il. 8 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Caesarstone Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Results". caesarstone.com. Archived from the original on 2017-08-20. Retrieved 2017-08-11.
  17. ^ Fox Rubin, Ben (16 February 2012). "Caesarstone Files For $115M Initial Public Offering". The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones Newswires. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  18. ^ "UPDATE 1-Caesarstone Ltd. sees IPO priced at $14-$16/shr". Rueters. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  19. ^ Stynes, Tess (22 March 2012). "Caesarstone IPO Of 6.7M Shares Prices Below Expected Range". The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones Newswires. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  20. ^ "Caesarstone Sdot-Yam closes slightly above IPO price". Reuters. 22 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  21. ^ "CaesarStone posts 2Q profit". finance.yahoo.com.
  22. ^ "CSTE Current-Valuation". macroaxis.com.
  23. ^ מגן, הדס (3 December 2016). "A financial review (Hebrew)". Globes.

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