Stephen Simpson, CFA
Long only, growth at reasonable price, value, research analyst

Strong Share And Management Discipline Bode Well For Koppers

Famed investor Peter Lynch liked to advocate for investing in companies that do things that nobody really ever thinks about, or even better, does things that are unpleasant in some fashion. Koppers (NYSE:KOP) arguably fits both of this criteria, as I don't think many investors spend much time contemplating the markets for carbon pitch or creosote, and distillation of coal tar (and its byproducts) are not what I'd call particularly pleasant.

That's not what I find interesting about Koppers. More relevant to me are the company's strong market shares across multiple markets and a management team that seems keenly focused on economic value creation. Although Koppers stock is just off its 52-week high and about 10% off its...

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