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£229.4m market cap

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Severfield is a leading UK structural steelwork fabricator operating across a broad range of market sectors. An Indian facility undertakes structural steelwork projects for the local market and is currently being expanded.

Investment summary

FY19 revenue was flat y-o-y, with increased company-defined PBT and earnings (by 5%) and an 8% uplift in conventional DPS. (No special dividend was declared, as expected.) The Indian JV was the strongest contributor to progress with profitability more than doubling as the sharp pick up in orders started to translate into revenue. UK performance was generally robust with stable operating margins in both half years and modest y-o-y progress on a reported basis. The AGM update (3 September) confirmed much of the year-end messaging and was followed by the acquisition of Harry Peers & Co (on 1 October, for an initial £18m). This brings additional expertise into the group, with particular strengths in relatively robust infrastructure sub-segments. The deal enhances our earnings estimates by over 6% in a full year and raises Severfield’s three-year EPS CAGR to FY22 to just over 8%.

Y/E Mar
Revenue (£m)
PBT (£m)
EPS (p)
P/E (x)
P/CF (x)
2018A 274.2 29.0 24.0 6.5 11.5 9.8
2019A 274.9 29.0 25.2 6.8 11.0 12.6
2020E 296.9 33.8 28.4 7.7 9.7 7.9
2021E 314.6 36.5 30.2 8.1 9.3 7.7
Industry outlook

The primary strategic aim is to maintain Severfield’s position as the leading UK structural steelwork supplier. An Indian JV (established in 2010) targets similar sectors to those served in the UK; management has valued the Indian construction market at c £100bn pa, with a very low penetration of steel structures currently and the JV is in the process of expanding capacity.

Last updated on 21/11/2019
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Balance sheet
Forecast net cash (£m) 13
Forecast gearing ratio (%) N/A
Price performance
Actual (0.8) 17.9 12.3
Relative* (2.3) 14.6 6.4
52-week high/low 77.6p/61.0p
*% relative to local index
Key management
John Dodds Chairman
Alan Dunsmore CEO

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