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Hi. This is my first post on this board, altthough I have been following it with interest. Any thoughts out there on Estee Lauder as a cash king type investment to add to my portfolio which is diversified among five sectors. I already own some Gillette, another personal products company.

Here's some of what I've come up with so far. It is the leader in its field: it sells 45% of department store cosmetics. It has a gross margin of 75% and a net margin of 7% (high advertising costs), acceptable under cash king criteria. It has a cash/debt ratio of 1.7. Long term annual growth is projected to be 17.5%. It has a share repurchase program. Earnings per share: 1.79 They make known products. Personally I use the Clinique line.,

Other pertinent only went public in 1995. It has a nice dividend of .34 per share

On the negative side, it is largely family owned and it needs a better international environment to expand abroad. Perhaps it is still a bit overvalued.

I would appreciate any comments on this stock. If I do buy it, it won't be for at least a couple of months anyway. Thanks.
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