Published on: March 9, 2018
Mind the gap
Next week’s FY 2017E results from Forterra, we envisage, are likely to feature the continuing sector theme of the gap between demand and supply for bricks – an issue highlighted in rival Ibstock’s figures. Latest government data show stocks at almost the same lows as during the “shortages” of 2014, amid new recent highs in imports. Government policies to increase housebuilding supply indicates to us that there is scope for Forterra to move ahead with measured capacity increases.