Topic: How To Invest

Q: Hi, Pat. I’ve been with you awhile. I’m a buy-and-hold investor with mainly dividend-growing blue chips. However, PFB Corp intrigues me. Do you think it may be a lucrative long-term hold? All the best.

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A: PFB Corp., $9.13, symbol PFB on Toronto (Shares outstanding: 6.7 million; Market cap: $61.3 million;, makes building insulation products that are sold across North America. Canada accounts for two-thirds of its sales. The company sells those products under a number of brand names: 1) Plasti-Fab EPS Product Solutions are manufactured using expanded polystyrene as the main material; 2) Advantage ICF Systems are concrete-forming systems that are used to build insulated foundations and walls. Those products are for both the residential and commercial markets; 3) Insulspan SIP Systems are used to create structural walls and to replace trusses on roofs. They also improve energy-efficiency; 4) PFB Custom Homes Group includes Riverbend Timber Framing, PrecisionCraft Log &Timber Homes, Point Zero Homes and M.T.N Architects. Each of them sells the company’s structural and building forms. Those include insulation for walls and roofs as well as building foundations. PFB’s revenue fell 7.9%, from $89.2 million in 2011 to $82.1 million in 2012. That’s because it completed a major…

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