The chemical business has been booming for Croda International PLC (LSE:CRDA), and that looks set to continue, which could lead to decent investor total returns from here. The firm enjoys an international customer base for which it uses a variety of technologies to manufacture a range of oleochemical and speciality products, used as ingredients, additives, or processing aids. Such activity sees the company involved in things like crops, personal and health care, lubricants, coatings, leather and fibre finishes, and surfactants. I’m going to keep an eye on Croda International PLC (LSE:CRDA) for an attractive entry point.
The fast-growing Asia Pacific region now accounts for around 41% of sales at Burberry. That’s exciting. If the firm’s iconic English-check pattern catches on in the East, as indeed it seems to be, the potential based on population numbers is staggering. Burberry has a fine-tuned plan for growth, which aims to capture even more of that Eastern promise, and a new chief operating officer is rolling his sleeves to do his bit toward the company’s mission. I’m encouraged to buy Burberry on the dips.
Bunzl PLC (LSE:BNZL)‘s most important market is North America, which delivered 54% of overall revenue last year. The firm earns its living by supplying things like food packaging, cleaning supplies, and safety products to customers like food processors, supermarkets, retailers, and convenience stores. It’s generally the stuff that those businesses consume themselves, rather than sell. Bunzl PLC (LSE:BNZL)‘s outsourcing-service solution has proved popular, and the company has seen steady growth, both organically, and by acquisition. Continued expansion looks set to continue, which makes the firm’s total-return prospects look interesting. Bunzle is on my watch list.
The article Should I Invest In These 5 FTSE 100 Shares? originally appeared on Fool.com and is written by Kevin Godbold.
Kevin Godbold does not own any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Burberry Group, Croda International, and Unilever.
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