The homebuilding sector is showing no signs of slowing down. Median home sales prices continue to set record-highs. Mortgage rates below 3%
are starting to seem like the new-normal. And the NAHB Index another record high in October, increasing two points from September’s reading
On top of all of that, COVID-19 cases are peaking, which in many ways, is a net gain for homebuilders. The massive shift to work-at-home has been largely responsible for the housing boom, as people have abandoned their city apartments in favor of suburban living arrangements. Some companies are already committing to work-at-home structures well into 2021. I expect even more to do so during the winter months.
As you can imagine, there are a lot of solid plays in this sector, and it can be tough to narrow down your choices. D.R. Horton (NYSE: DHI) is one of the best options not just because it’s well-positioned for success in our current environment – a lot of others can say that – but because it is likely to outperform if (when) conditions change.
With DHI’s earnings set to be released tomorrow, now is a good time to evaluate the company’s prospects.
A Hedge Against Higher Rates
D.R. Horton’s average closing price is at the lower end at just over $300,000. There are several reasons for the housing boom, but record low mortgage rates may be the biggest.
A 1% mortgage rate increase may seem miniscule, but its impact on home affordability is far from it. Toll Brothers (NYSE: TOL), a luxury homebuilder, noted, “For example, with a 3% versus 4% mortgage rate, a person can afford a $900,000 home versus an $800,000 home with the same monthly payment.”
So, if (when) rates increase, homebuyers are going to have to trim their budgets and start buying from the D.R. Hortons of the world.
D.R. Horton Starting to Take Advantage of Single-Family Opportunity
Housing starts came in at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.42 million in September, up 1.9% from August levels. The month-over-month growth may seem low, but comps have been getting tougher: Back in June, for example, housing starts happened at a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.19 million, which was a 17% increase over May.
How does this all relate to D.R. Horton, in particular?
Well, multi-family construction activity actually dipped – again – but there was an 8.5% increase in single-family starts. On its last earnings call, DHI signaled that it’s ready to take advantage of growth in the single-family segment:
“We also continue to evaluate our opportunities in the market for single-family rental homes. We are currently building and leasing homes in nine single-family rental communities across our operations, as we are in the early stages of our participation in this growing segment of the housing market.”
Backlog Bodes Well
Last quarter, DHI noted that its sales order backlog increased 41% yoy. That bodes well for the future.
Consensus estimates for the current quarter are calling for revenue of $5.88 billion, up 18.2% yoy, and earnings of $1.76 per share, up 30.4% yoy. The revenue growth would be an improvement over last quarter’s 9.8% yoy revenue growth, while the earnings growth would be a slowdown from last quarter’s 36.5% yoy earnings growth.
Last quarter’s numbers blew away expectations, so have DHI investors already priced in a beat? I don’t think so.
DHI shares were basically going up in a straight line going into the last earnings report, in late July. But this time around, shares have been range-bound for more than two months, and have dipped more than 5% over the past two sessions.
Of course, it’s impossible to pinpoint the whisper numbers, but every indication is that they are reasonable.
The Value is Still There
Back in July, I said there’s a lot to like when you look at DHI’s valuation metrics. A few months later, that’s still the case, with shares trading at 10.15x forward earnings and 1.12x forward sales. Bargain levels, particularly for a growing company.
And even if the housing market is approaching a cyclical high – which is very possible – DHI is where you want to be in the event of a slowdown.
Look to get in ahead of tomorrow’s report.
D.R. Horton is a part of the Entrepreneur Index, which tracks some of the largest publicly traded companies founded and run by entrepreneurs.7 Semiconductor Stocks Set to Gain From the Chip Shortage
Who knew that something so tiny could create such a big problem? However, that’s the case with the semiconductor industry. Chip manufacturers are facing supply chain disruptions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Semiconductors are in high demand for the big tech companies who need the chips to power the servers for their data centers. But they are also needed for much of the technology we take for granted including laptops, tablets, mobile phones, gaming consoles, and automobiles – a sector that seems to be at the root of the current crisis.
Any weekend mechanic knows that even traditional internal combustion cars are heavily reliant on electronics. In fact, electronic parts and components account for 40% of a new, internal combustion vehicle. That’s more than doubled since 2000.
However as it turns out, some manufacturers may have overestimated how soon consumers would be ready for an “all-electric” future. And that meant that they didn’t forecast how much demand there would be for the kind of chips needed to do the mundane, but vital tasks of steering, braking, and even powering windows up and down.
Part of the problem is that U.S. businesses are heavily reliant on countries like China and Taiwan for their semiconductors. In fact, only about 12.5% of semiconductor manufacturing is done in the United States.
Of course, this creates a tremendous opportunity for the companies that manufacture these chips. And it comes at a good time. The semiconductor sector is notoriously cyclical and was coming down from the elevated demand for the 5G buildout.
In this special presentation, we’ll give you a list of seven semiconductor companies that you can invest in to take advantage of this opportunity.
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