Why GrafTech Is Ready to Rebound


Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, graphite products company GrafTech International has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at GrafTech and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.


Headquarters (founded)

Parma, Ohio (1886)

Market Cap

$937.1 million


Electrical components and equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.3 billion


Chairman/CEO Craig Shular

CFO Lindon Robertson

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$17.3 million / $571.1 million



Showa Denko

Tokai Carbon

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 97% of the 939 members who have rated GrafTech believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, All-Star joryko, succinctly summed up the GrafTech bull case for our community:

Recent sell-off presents a huge opportunity for long-term investors.

-P/B of only 0.7 and very manageable debt
-World leading supplier of graphite electrodes, make 15% of the world's supply
-No alternatives to these electrodes gives them a huge moat
-Faces competition from smaller companies, including China, who produces 65% of the world's supply
-Vertically integrated through its production of needle coke

Waiting to see a P/B closer to 1.5 before I would even consider selling this growing company.

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