Henry Boot (BOOT)

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A land development, property investment and development, and construction company which sources and acquires land; promotes planning consents; acquires, develops, manages or sells investment properties and service constructors with plant; runs its Private Finance Initiative (PFI) project, and refurbishes and constructs buildings.

20-Oct-2017 – 307.5p – £406.5m

Trading Update – Confirmation that trading since 25 August 2017 has been “very strong”. The company expects “performance for the year ending 31 December 2017 will be materially ahead of the Board’s existing expectations”.

Although the SP is up 50% YTD, the current PER of 11.9 suggests there’s still value here.

17-Jan-2018 – 332p – £441.6m – PER 12.5

Trading Update For The 12 Months To End December 2017 – Board expects PBT and EPS for the year to be comfortably ahead of the Board’s previous revised expectations as set out in the Group’s October 2017 trading update. Additionally, “with the strong level of committed and contracted activity that we expect to deliver in 2018, we anticipate a trading performance for the current year slightly ahead of management expectations”.

A nice update and can’t see a lot wrong here. It’s going on my Watchlist, 320p.

23-Mar-2018 – 303p – £403.3m – PER 11.1

Results For The 12 Months To End December 2017 – Looks good indeed – Revenue up 33% to £408.5m (2016: £306.8m), PBT up 40% to £55.4m (2016: £39.5m) and EPS up 49% to 32.1p (2016: 21.5p). The FY Dividend will be 8.00p (2016: 7.00p), a 14% increase. NAV is up 15% to 203p (2016: 177p). 2018 has started well.

This is on my Watchlist at 320p and it remains there for now whilst observing how the overall market is heading.

24-May-2018 – 297.5p – £396.0m – PER 10.5

AGM Statement And Trading Update – In-line with FY 2018 expected to be in-line.

Forecasts look quite poor so I am now removing this from my Watchlist – Neutral for now.

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