This FTSE 100 company looks 31% undervalued to me. Could it grow 20% in a year?

Oliver Rodzianko has been looking for a FTSE 100 business that might give him good returns over the next year. Berkeley Group Holdings fits his criteria.

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Berkeley Group Holdings (LSE:BKG) is a significant UK homebuilder, and I think it could make for a good value investment based on my discounted cash flow analysis. The company is in the FTSE 100, and its main markets are in London and the South East.

Here are the main reasons I think it’s not unlikely the shares could grow 20% over the next 12 months.

Core markets and competition

When I was reading the firm’s 2023 annual report, I came across this chart, which shows the investment potential due to housing market growth in Berkeley’s core operating areas in the near future:

However, that wasn’t enough to pique my interest. I also wanted to know how the business has performed historically against its competition. Therefore, I compared it to two other major UK housebuilding players, Barratt Developments and Persimmon.

First of all, I charted the three investments on historical share price growth, whereby Berkeley has recently taken the lead:

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Then, I compared the three companies on net income margin. Berkeley has been consistently at the top of the group and currently retains its number one position:

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Other financials I like

As well as the abovementioned market opportunities and competitive strengths, there are some other elements I like about the investment.

For example, its balance sheet is stable. While it could be improved, 49% of its assets are balanced by equity, meaning it doesn’t have too much debt at this time.

Also, its three-year revenue growth is very high, reported at 16.4% per year on average.

The 31% discount I noticed

Now, exactly predicting a discount on an investment is essentially impossible, which is why I make estimations based on financial forecasts.

Berkeley has a lot going for it when I look at its future earnings growth relative to its present price. Over the last 10 years, it has grown its earnings at an average of 9% per year.

Therefore, if it can maintain this over the next decade, the shares appear to be selling at a 31% discount at the moment. I used a method called discounted cash flow analysis to calculate this.

If my estimate is correct, the shares could rise in price quicker than normal if the financials remain steady. The reason for this is that investors like myself should pick up on the value opportunity, causing an influx of shares to be bought and the price to rise as a result.

I have a target of 20% in price appreciation in a year. While this isn’t guaranteed, I expect considerable growth in any case.

Critical risks

As seen in my chart above, Berkeley’s net margin is lower than previously at the moment. If this trend continues, it could mean the firm becomes less profitable over the long term, and that could affect my valuation estimate.

Additionally, the company’s dividends have been decreasing by 8.8% on average annually over the last three years. That could be off-putting if I wanted passive income from my investment in the business.

On my watchlist

While Berkeley has a lot going for it, right now, I’m taking my time and not rushing into a decision.

It’s on my watchlist for when I next invest.

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Oliver Rodzianko has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.

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