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Gleeson has reported a year of excellent growth with completions, revenue and profits all ahead of pre-pandemic levels. The results are in line with expectations (upgraded several times during the year) and the FY22 2,000 home target has been reiterated. Both divisions continue to experience robust demand and supply chain challenges are being well managed. A new sustainability strategy is being launched this year alongside emissions reduction targets (direct and indirect), which will only serve
Gleeson has confirmed a strong conclusion to FY21, driving PBT back to FY19 (pre-COVID) levels. This is ahead of our recently upgraded expectations, prompting a further 5% PBT/EPS upgrade this morning. The Group enters the new year in a strong position, on track to meet its 2,000 home target for FY22 with no shortage of ambition thereafter.
Gleeson has released a brief trading update, confirming continued strength in the demand on both sides of the business. With just over a month left of the current year, trading is ahead of expectations. Strong pricing at Gleeson Homes is more than offsetting material cost inflation, whilst Strategic Land has seen a return to pre-COVID levels of demand. As a result, we upgrade our PBT and EPS forecasts by 4%/6%/3% respectively in FY21/FY22/FY23. In the current environment, we see scope for furthe
Gleeson has delivered an excellent set of interims. Notably, Gleeson Homes has reported record profits for any half year to date. The strength of the H1 performance was well flagged in recent updates (H1 revenue growth of 36% is in line with our expectations) but there are three positive surprises: full year volume expectations have been upgraded; dividends have resumed (with furlough cash repaid) ahead of our cautious assumption (5p interim declared); and margins are benefiting from higher acti
Following forecast upgrades in December, Gleeson’s H1 update is again stronger than expected. Gleeson Homes will report volume growth of 17% in H1 to 951 completions. This represents 56% of our FY forecast. In a normal year, this probably would have prompted further forecast upgrades but we make no changes at this stage. This is a prudent position just one week into lockdown 3 but we note that (unlike in lockdown 1) building and sales can continue. The full year outturn is therefore likely to be
Gleeson’s share price has remained subdued in the two months since the prelims were reported, underperforming all peers. We believe this is unwarranted and remain confident in Gleeson’s growth plans, given the Group’s unique and attractive focus on good quality affordable homes, often in regeneration areas. Whilst market uncertainties remain, we continue to anticipate a year of significant recovery with the prospect of continued growth towards and beyond next year’s 2,000 home target.
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