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BOOT Boot (henry) Plc

-2.00 (-0.98%)
30 May 2024 - Closed
Delayed by 15 minutes
Share Name Share Symbol Market Stock Type
Boot (henry) Plc BOOT London Ordinary Share
  Price Change Price Change % Share Price Last Trade
-2.00 -0.98% 203.00 16:35:00
Open Price Low Price High Price Close Price Previous Close
210.00 209.00 210.00 203.00 205.00
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Posted at 15/5/2024 08:13 by citys2874
Fabulous news this morning for BOOT and HTG BOTH should be in the top 10 leaders today
Posted at 30/4/2024 17:08 by essentialinvestor
He's bought shedloads significantly higher up.

The bear case on BOOT is LAB reforms make planning markedly easier and much more land will become available for development - reducing the need for some of BOOT's land plots and planning expertise. In turn, their exiting land holdings and options also become less valuable.

To me this appears a tad simplistic, but let's see.

Certainly planning reform is pivotol to Labour's house building target pledge, so there are changes on the way next year.
Posted at 30/4/2024 16:28 by shaker45
Henry Boot Serum.- oils the wheels of commerce! .
Posted at 30/4/2024 16:15 by 888icb
This is Boot the Builder not Boots the Chemist!
Posted at 02/4/2024 12:50 by hpcg
It is possible planning reform may make it simply easier to get planning permission than simply easy and that might help BOOT, though it could also increase competition. Another risk is taxing land banks. Another is compulsory purchase of land banks. To my mind there are too many good places for money, why allocate it somewhere with apparent risk? If nothing else the price is not going to go anywhere whilst the issue has not concluded, so that's 6-12 months of dead money. Price is nowhere near compensation yet.
Posted at 26/3/2024 16:22 by eigthwonder
I think we have to remember that at its heart Boot is a semi-private mini-conglomerate - there's a lot of family interest in the shares and they are quite happy not smashing it out of the park. So the company doesn't do radical MBA type strategic manoeuvres. Arguably, the shares over-achieved ratings-wise under the previous CEO as he had a winning personality and was able to big up the company to the relatively few institutional investors willing to take an interest. His replacement is less engaging and the market is taking a more sober view. As for the land supply business - the company's "super-strength" - the previous CEO was blessed to be there when house prices were booming and owners of land had the advantage, and while I don't think land reform will hugely change the picture - owners and developers are still going to have to ensure their land is chosen over other parcels - house prices have stalled and the market is more in equilibrium. TLDR - the boom times are over and I don't see the internal catalyst for the rating to improve.
Posted at 25/3/2024 14:02 by spectoacc
I don't know BOOT's landbank well enough, but it must have at least the potential to kibbosh their business model. Why buy expensively-PP'd BOOT plots, when there's suddenly far easier options.

I personally worry that Labour may make the long-talked-about change where they allow local authorities to compulsory purchase farmland at agricultural value, to then build on.

But difficult to say - the planning system may be unreformable, and if Labour go for a middle ground that may even benefit BOOT (ie make PP easier, without making it too easy).
Posted at 25/3/2024 11:46 by 888icb
“Financial Highlights

· 5.3% increase in revenue to £359.4m (2022: £341.4m) driven by land disposals, property development and housing completions

· Profit before tax of £37.3m (2022: £45.6m) and underlying profit¹ of £36.7m (2022: £56.1m), in line with market expectations and supported by our focus on high quality land and development in prime locations

· Capital employed has increased by 4.5% to £417m (2022: £399m) continuing our stated growth strategy and progressing, towards our medium target of £500m

· ROCE² of 9.9% (2022: 12.0%), rounded, at the lower end of our medium-term target of 10-15%

· NAV³ per share is up by 3.7% to 306p (2022: 295p), due to resilient operational performance. Excluding the defined benefit pension scheme surplus, NAV per share showed an underlying increase of 3.4% to 300p (December 2022: 290p)

· Strong balance sheet, with net debt⁴ of £77.8m (2022: £48.6m) reflecting continued investment in committed developments and selective acquisitions. Gearing at 19.0% (2022: 12.3%) within the optimum stated range of 10-20%

· Proposed final dividend of 4.40p (2022: 4.00p), an increase of 10.0%, in line with our progressive dividend policy, bringing the total dividend for the year to 7.33p (2022: 6.66p)

· We remain confident in achieving our medium term growth and return targets“
The NAV per share is 306p against today’s share price of 182p. That is a massive discount to NAV and the results are very positive. This is a very undervalued share it would appear.
Posted at 25/3/2024 11:36 by spectoacc
Be lying if I said I'd read it all, but what I did read seems very reasonable.

"So, all in all we are pleased with the way the business has performed, during what for our key markets has been a difficult year. We are now firmly focused on 2024 and our medium term growth targets - which remain very achievable. Whilst there is a path to lower inflation and reduced interest rates the expected recovery is very likely to be weighted towards the second half of the year."

"Not surprisingly, we do not have clear visibility on how all of this will unfold and, with key transactions to execute and complete this year in both land promotion and development, we expect 2024 results will be heavily second half weighted."

I'm not sure I've ever seen a co describe their balance sheet as "..Rock solid.."!

"Our balance sheet remains rock solid...".

So for me - BOOT are very well placed for when the market turns, but neither they nor us know when that is. Also, does that make them good value at £2.50, £2, £1.50, £1? I've no idea. I've a suspicion they're a little high atm, due to expectation of a recovery that isn't baked-in yet.

That may just be wishful thinking, wanting to get back in lower.
Posted at 23/1/2024 11:17 by essentialinvestor
hp, planning reform not necessarily a definite downside for BOOT.

BOOT currently own, or have options over 100,000 plots, of which they have planning permission on only 8,000.

You could make a case reform will increase availability of land, however it 'should' also reduce cost and complexity in a (current) lengthy planning process. We need to see exactly what is proposed by the next Labour government and how this will work in practice.

It is however worth highlighting as a longer term development to mindful of.

The recent sale to Vistry took 20 years from an initial option to purchase, with Boot still retaining some of those plots.

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