5 FTSE Housebuilders Storming Ahead: Bovis Homes Group plc (BVS) and More

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LONDON — The FTSE’s homebuilders have been enjoying a very strong recovery since last summer, with share prices soaring. They all suffered badly during the recession, but most of them took the opportunity to build up their land banks while the brown stuff was cheap, and they’re nicely placed to take advantage of a longer-term upturn in demand.

Persimmon plc (LON:PSN)Results season
We should get some idea of how well that recovery is going next week, as we get results from five of them. On Monday, we’ll have full-year figures from Bovis Homes Group plc (LON:BVS) and Persimmon plc (LON:PSN). Persimmon is a member of the Fool’s Beginners’ Portfolio, and I’ll be paying special attention to that. Friday brings us the third set of full-year results for the week, from Taylor Wimpey plc (LON:TW).

We also have half-year results coming from Redrow plc (LON:RDW) on Tuesday and Barratt Developments Plc (LON:BDEV) on Wednesday, so it could pay to have a look over their fundamentals in advance. Here’s a quick snapshot of all five homebuilders reporting results next week:

The “Rise” column shows the share price rise over the past 12 months, and the “P/E,” “EPS Growth,” and “Dividendcolumns show forecasts for the current year and next year.

Company Price Rise P/E EPS Growth Dividend Results
current/next current/next current/next
Barratt Developments 236p 82% 17/12 68%/44% 0.9%/1.7% 27 Feb*
Bovis Homes 663p 34% 23/17 63%/38% 1.3%/1.8% 25 Feb
Persimmon 871p 16% 16/14 46%/19% 0.1%/5.1% 25 Feb
Redrow 193p 50% 17/12 3%/38% 1%/1.6% 26 Feb*
Taylor Wimpey 78p 56% 19/15 94%/29% 0.9%/1.2% 1 Mar

* Barratt and Redrow have years ending June, so current columns are for the year to June 2013 and results are for the half-year to December. The others end their years in December, so current columns are for December 2012 and results are full-year results.

Rising valuations
All of these builders have clearly had a great year as far as share prices go, and that’s on the back of steadily improving financial performances. The current price-to-earnings (P/E) ratios perhaps look a little high, all being above the long-term FTSE average of about 14. But with those very strong forecast rises in earnings per share, forward P/E values for the following year are all falling.

Some of those forecast earnings improvements will be coming from property price expectations, and that is supported by other sectors — we have been seeing price rises for real-estate investment trusts, too.

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