Published on: March 16, 2017

Glass (at least first) half full

The top three brickmaker’s FY 2016 results announcement gave an upbeat outlook, for at least the first half of the current financial year, driven by “strong” house-building levels and a reduction in the stock overhang among builders’ merchants. It maintained guidance for FY 2017E. We have trimmed back our estimates, which were slightly ahead of consensus, principally to reflect a higher depreciation charge than we had modelled. We continue to believe that Forterra offers long-term growth, fuelled by Government housing policy.

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