Bottom line is a business with over £4bn in turnover, the largest regional construction firm in the UK. Earnings will probably be well over £100m and will likely deserve a p/e of at least 6 in the short term (about 5 times the current share price) and perhaps 10+ in the medium term. And in case you're wondering again about how that could be likely, let me remind you that Kier is winning a massive amount of work compared to its rivals. Kier signed a new construction contract on every single working day of 2019, on average, according to market data gathered by the Builders Conference. During 2019 Kier signed up as contractor on 256 different construction projects; during 253 working days in 2019. The total value of the work won by Kier in 2019 was just over £3bn or £3,012.5m to be precise, according to the Builders Conference. By contrast, Balfour Beatty won less than £2bn of new construction business in 2019; it signed 55 contracts with a total value of £1,976.4m, according to the Builders Conference categorisation system, although it won a further £500m-worth of work in a £1bn joint venture with Vinci for HS2. Morgan Sindall signed 182 contracts with a total value of £1,961.8m. Info comes from this article in the construction index: [link]
Maybe it's worth closing your short stutes.
There is news. Didn't you see the RNS from the CEO last week? An early message that there are no disasters in the interim accounts. The share price had been falling in anticipation of trouble. Also, I know you don't like to think about it, but Kier has outperformed all of its construction peers last year in the amount of work won. The good news is starting to look irresistable. People might be seeing this as a last chance to buy-in near the bottom. Three bags in three months; that's my guess.
It means that Kier will be able to buy more freely on the world market and get lower costs and achieve bigger margins. So a big positive for Kier. Btw, got anything to say about Kier outperforming all of the other construction firms on the volume of work won in 2019? Kier is a on a p/e of less than 2. When the results are out in a few weeks time, I reckon there will be a big re-rating of Kier's share price to something nearer 6 in the short term. So around 240p. My guess is that Kier will be a three bagger in as many months.
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