In recent years basic metal manufacturing companies faced major changes in their environment. The impact of those changes is evident in individual companies but can also be observed in accumulated data for the entire branch. In this paper I examine changes in selected financial ratios of basic metal manufacturing companies operating in Poland, in the period 2006-2014. I search for trends and possible new industry standards in key areas of profitability and balance sheet structure. Years of industry-wide weak profitability indicate that managers will have to assume restructuring efforts to convince investors.Keywords: metal manufacturing, financial analysis, Poland.
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