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Published on: July 30, 2018

Stronger foundations?

Forterra’s guidance in its HY results today that FY 2018 results would be “in line” contrasts with this morning’s unscheduled trading update from larger rival Ibstock, warning on 2018 profits, due to production difficulties, needing more spending. We believe that Forterra, the UK’s number two, is reaping the benefits of several plant upgrades since the IPO and more aggressive rationalisation during the last downturn. We have kept our PBT, EPS and DPS estimates unchanged.

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