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What: GrafTech International Ltd.
So what: Fourth-quarter non-GAAP EPS of $0.32 beat the consensus estimate of $0.26 due to a lower-than-expected tax rate. Discouraging management comments about the demand environment contrasted with comments about efforts to improve the company's position in the market.
Now what: Management indicated it expects pricing pressure related to weak demand in its primary markets to be a drag on 2011 results. Guidance did not include EPS, but suggested 2011 EPS could come in closer to $1.04 than the 2011 consensus estimate of $1.51. At the current price, EPS of $1.04 results in a forward P/E ratio of 19.9 -- which seems rich for a company with deteriorating earnings.
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