AGM trading update from 1 May to 31 August
- Continues to expect pre-tax profits of at least £1.05 billion for both this current year and the following
- The value of underlying private sales reservations down 35% from last year
- Total of 90% of full-year 2024 revenues exchanged
Housebuilder Berkeley Group Holdings (The) (LSE:BKG) was established in 1976.
Today its brands include Berkeley Homes, St Edward, St George, St James, St Joseph and St William.
It operates principally in London and the Southeast of England with more than 19,600 homes constructed over the last five years.
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Berkeley Group promotes itself as the only large UK homebuilder focused on the regeneration of large, complex brownfield projects at scale, transforming disused land into mixed-use neighbourhoods within the UK's most undersupplied markets. A constituent of the FTSE 100 index, it is the largest contributor to new homes in London. Industry competitors include Barratt Developments (LSE:BDEV), Taylor Wimpey (LSE:TW.), and Persimmon (LSE:PSN).
For investors, the tough economic backdrop of heightened interest rates is dampening buyer appetite and the planning environment remains tough to navigate. A new building safety regime comes into force at the beginning of October, costs generally for businesses remain elevated, while stretched UK government finances arguably leave its ability to again offer industry assistance in doubt.
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On the upside, Berkeley has an enviable track record of navigating difficult market conditions, and forward sales offer reassurance. Build cost inflation has eased considerably, with selling prices staying firm. New builds in London remain well below the mayor’s target, while a strong existing land bank may also enable it to better direct cash back to shareholders as it awaits a broader industry recovery, rather than buying new land.
In all, and despite continued risks, a strong history of navigating economic turbulence combined with forecast dividend yield of over 5.5% should make this housebuilder a popular choice.
- An industry revered track record
- Enjoys interest from overseas customers
- Uncertain economic outlook
- Challenging planning environment
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