Company in the news: Bellway

Bellway is a housebuilder that is doing well, says Phil Oakley. So should you buy the shares?

Britain's house builders have been riding the wave of another boom. Low interest rates and huge amounts of government support, such as the Help-to-Buy scheme have been kind to them over the last couple of years. But now the housing market is starting to cool.

Last week, Bellway (LSE: BWY)said that conditions were returning to more normal patterns. The company is doing well, with reservations slightly ahead of this time last year, and it's set for another good year of increased profits.

So how much better can things get for companies like Bellway? The company reckons its profit margins will be around 20% in 2015, which would be more than it was able to achieve during the last boom a decade ago.

Its share price is at similarly lofty levels. At 1,837p,it trades on nearly 1.7 times net asset value, which is very expensive compared to the past 20 years.

Profits could stay high for a while yet given that Bellway has been buying land at good prices. But one day, the housing market will head south again Bellway's shares don't reflect that risk.

Verdict: take profits

Recommended

Six high-yielding funds for income investors to buy now
Share tips

Six high-yielding funds for income investors to buy now

Rising interest rates are starting to make many popular income funds look less than attractive. Here, David Stevenson picks six that should weather th…
24 May 2022
Britain’s ten most-hated shares – w/e 20 May
Stocks and shares

Britain’s ten most-hated shares – w/e 20 May

Rupert Hargreaves looks at Britain's ten-most hated shares, and what short-sellers are looking right now.
23 May 2022
Britain's most-bought shares w/e 20 May
Stocks and shares

Britain's most-bought shares w/e 20 May

A look at Britain's most-bought shares in the week ending 13 May, providing an insight into how investors are thinking and where opportunities may lie…
23 May 2022
Director dealings w/e 20 May: what company insiders are buying and selling
Stocks and shares

Director dealings w/e 20 May: what company insiders are buying and selling

Directors’ share dealings can often give investors an insight into the sentiment of company insiders. Here are some of the biggest deals by company di…
23 May 2022

Most Popular

Imperial Brands has an 8.3% yield – but what’s the catch?
Share tips

Imperial Brands has an 8.3% yield – but what’s the catch?

Tobacco company Imperial Brands boasts an impressive dividend yield, and the shares look cheap. But investors should beware, says Rupert Hargreaves. H…
20 May 2022
Barry Norris: we’re already in the 1970s. Here’s how to invest
Investment strategy

Barry Norris: we’re already in the 1970s. Here’s how to invest

Merryn talks to Barry Norris of Argonaut capital about the parallels between now and the 1970s; the transition to “green” energy; and the one sector w…
19 May 2022
Share tips of the week – 20 May
Share tips

Share tips of the week – 20 May

MoneyWeek’s comprehensive guide to the best of this week’s share tips from the rest of the UK's financial pages.
20 May 2022