China Security & Surveillance

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03/07/2008
I was cruising around my standard financial pages today, which includes The Motley Fool, a sort of consumer-plus investing strategy site (I probably read it because they print bits of it in my local paper). I was surprised to see a glowing account of China Security & Surveillance, a manufacturer that seems to be way under the radar for the amount of business its doing. Here's the Fool's take: Highly-rated China Security is considered by some to be a stock on sale. The security company is seeing not only rapid sales growth, but consistent profitability without an extreme valuation. The company recently reaffirmed strong guidance for first-quarter and full-year 2008 based on $100 million in new security contracts won in the final quarter of 2007. Despite the optimism, in a market where many companies are increasingly downgrading forward growth projections, China Security trades at a very palatable 8.7 times forward earnings. They did $65 million in 3Q sales in 2007. Did you know that? I never would have guessed they were that big a company. Looking at their growth, they could easily do $300 million in 2008. Where are all those cameras going? How come I never hear of anyone actually installing their equipment? Is everything going into China? If so, why are they listed on the NASDAQ? Edit: My fault - A savvy reader notes that China Security trades as CSR on the NYSE. Find the details here. More from my colleague, Ling-Mei Wong, who's an editor at A&S International Magazine, an English trade publication based in Taiwan. "We have a sister publication in English called China Best Buys, which is based in China. According to their reports (the magazine just launched last year and doesn’t have its own Web site yet), CSST was listed on the New York Stock Exchange last October. It pretty much corners the market for security, being very aggressive with manufacturing mergers. (From a draft of my colleague’s article: “CSST’s subsidiaries encompasses all major products, from front-end to back-end devices, such as HTZ and Minking for box, bullet and speed dome cameras; DIT for digital transmission devices; HighEasy for compression board products; Chenova and Skyvision for DVRs; Stonesonic for LCD monitors; and Longhorn and Alean for alarm detectors.”) A newly formed division within CSST is China Security and Surveillance Manufacturing, or CSSM, dedicated to managing manufacturing. As you mentioned, most of these brands are unknown outside of China, but domestically, CSST is doing very well. Having the bragging rights to be the first Chinese security provider to go public in the United States has also boosted its credibility." There you have it. Keep an eye on CSST and CSSM.