The FTSE 100’s Hottest Growth Stocks: Barratt Developments Plc

Today I am outlining why Barratt Developments (LSE: BDEV) could be considered a terrific stock for growth hunters.

Booming housing demand boosts earnings outlook

Without doubt, Barratt is one of the best construction stocks currently on the market, as an environment of low rates boosts homebuying activity and chronic property shortfalls drive prices through the roof.

The company saw revenue surge 21.1% higher to £3.16bn during the year concluding June 2014, Barratt reported last month, and which housebuildingprompted pre-tax profit to more than double to £390.6m. And Barratt also boasts solid order book of around £1.5bn — up almost a quarter from the previous year — as well as a consented landbank of around 4.7 years.

Although chatter concerning a potential housing bubble continue to do the rounds, these fears are nothing new and house prices continue their relentless march higher, in my opinion. Latest Rightmove HPI data this week showed asking prices tick 0.9% higher month-on-month in September, an unseasonal rise which indicates the pent-up demand in the housing market — indeed, there is 10% less property available now than 12 months ago, the survey showed.

Against this backcloth, the housebuilder expects to open 180 new sites in the current year versus 134 2014. And with a strong bias towards the more expensive London and South-East of England, Barratt is well placed to enjoy further strong revenue growth.

A stunning value pick

After slipping into the ‘loss’ column at the turn of the decade, Barratt has convincingly got earnings expansion back on track and boasts a compound annual growth rate of 84.4% during the past four years.

The City’s number crunchers expect the housebuilding goliath to return to more realistic levels in the medium term, however. Still, broker Citi for one expects the firm to print meaty earnings growth of 37% and 17% in 2015 and 2016 correspondingly, to 42.6p and 49.9p per share.

These figures leave Barratt dealing on mega-low P/E multiples of 9 for 2015 and 7.7 for 2016. Not only do these figures smash a forward average of 12.2 for the entire household goods and home construction sector, but these numbers also fall within the widely-regarded bargain terrain under 10 times prospective earnings.

And Barratt’s price to earnings to growth (PEG) numbers for these years rubber stamp the company’s terrific cheapness relative to its growth potential — readouts of 0.2 and 0.5 for 2015 and 2016 respectively fall well below the standard of 1 which signals exceptional value.

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