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China Linen Heating Up

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- If you haven't already gleaned, I would like to highlight undiscovered investment opportunities in the Chinese micro-cap universe.

Some of the top performers I emphasized in 2009 included China Green Agriculture (CGA), China Marine Foods (CMFO), Hong Kong Highpower Tech (HPJ)), Telestone Technologies (TSTC), and China Agritech (CAGC).

I will continue to identify Chinese stocks to fuel my portfolios in 2010. When scouring equities, I put companies to the test to determine if they make the grade as a "GeoBargain," a term that refers to a company that meets a number of criteria, including 30% EPS growth, margin expansion, and a return on equity of 15%, among others. I also validate qualitative attributes that offer positive reinforcement to my analysis.

With that in mind, China Linen Textile (CTXIF), a company engaged in the production and sale of linen yarn and various types of linen fabric, meets meets nine out of 10 of my investment criteria.

Most importantly, its 2010 earnings per share are forecast to grow 39.3% to 39 cents, yielding a meager P/E of 4.4. Value investors may also take note that its shares are selling at only 1.72 times its book value of 99 cents per share.

My rationale is further supported by several key aspects of China Linen's growth and its increasing presence in the global Linen industry, including its its past performance and the industry segments it has targeted.

There are four reasons behind my enthusiasm for the stock. First, the company has shown it can grow sales and earnings consistently. Revenues have grown linearly from $8.4 million in 2004 to $22.9 million in 2008. Operating income has essentially followed suit, jumping from $549,000 to $4.0 over the same period.

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