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Re: Q1 results by blackrose

  Tue, 12 Sep 2017 11:22:00 GMT
Interesting that they are happy to report revenue growth pre acquisition and greenfield in Sunbelt but not in A Plant.
A Plant revenues plus 21% but lot of acquisition revenue included in that - Hewden, Plantfinder, Lion trackhire, Mather and Stuart, Wates - are underlying revenues growing or are they reducing as the UK market softens. Can this be seen anywhere in there documentation?
By blackrose

Q1 results by Hydrogen Economy

  Tue, 12 Sep 2017 07:17:00 GMT
Excellent Q1 results - markets seem impressed (not sure why they couldn't see it coming)

The results to some extent still flattered by the Fx as 2016 comparison largely pre-Brexit vote but plenty of potential upside in rental in the wake of the ill winds of Harvey and Irma....

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· Group rental revenue up 17%1

· Group underlying pre-tax profit2 of £238m (2016: £184m)

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· £116m spent on bolt-on acquisitions (2016: £64m)


Ashtead's chief executive, Geoff Drabble, commented:

"I am delighted to be able to report another strong quarter for Ashtead with Group rental revenue increasing 25% and underlying pre-tax profit increasing by 30% to £238m. The reported results were impacted favourably by weaker sterling but, with 17% growth in Group rental revenue at constant exchange rates, we have continuing good momentum.


At the end of the quarter both businesses were performing well, in line with expectations and with positive momentum. Hurricane season has already generated significant activity which will require a major clean-up effort and then a multi-year rebuild programme. Currently, our efforts are focussed on supporting our colleagues, neighbours and customers and we stand ready to provide further assistance. It is too early to attempt to quantify the impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma accurately on our business. However, it is evident that it will result in an increase in demand for our fleet and we will provide an update at the end of Q2. Looking forward, as a minimum, we expect that the impact will help to underpin the current market assumptions in our 2021 plan and therefore the Board continues to look to the medium term with confidence."

By Hydrogen Economy

by Hydrogen Economy

  Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:10:00 GMT
AHT has had a good few days, the CRS acquisition yesterday and as mentioned the UR results along with strength in US market.

The market liked the CRS buy but given the importance of energy to the Canadian plant market I would have thought there may be some risk. That said AHT have a great record of adding value through acquisition.

Took a very small slice of profit this morning as I usually do when it is on offer. Still holding at 4.5%

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Ashtead's Sunbelt Rentals to acquire CRS

By StockMarketWire | Wed, 19th July 2017 - 08:04
Ashtead's North American business, Sunbelt Rentals, has ageed to acquire CRS Contractors Rental Supply for an initial cash consideration of C$275m with an additional earn out of up to C$20m depending on future performance.

CRS is a leading provider of rental equipment in Ontario, Canada employing over 400 people across 28 locations.

The acquisition, which is subject to certain regulatory approvals, is expected to complete in the next few weeks.

Ashtead chief executive Geoff Drabble said: "This acquisition is a significant next step in developing Sunbelt's position in Canada and our first move into the important Ontario market.

"I look forward to welcoming all of the CRS employees who will be joining Sunbelt as part of the acquisition and to working with them to deliver on the major opportunities ahead."

At 8:04am: (LON:AHT) Ashtead Group PLC share price was +16p at 1647p
By Hydrogen Economy

UR Q2 results by Regency Green

  Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:35:00 GMT
Nice rise this morning after UR increase full year guidance.
By Regency Green

ASHTEAD POSITIVE BROKER COMMENT by oldjoe1

  Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:57:00 GMT
AHT Ashtead.Broker comment from Hargreaves landsdown...

<b><u>HL COMMENT (13 JUNE 2017)</b></u>

Revenues at construction equipment lessor Ashtead rose 11% in the final quarter to £717.4m, helping to generate operating profits of £216.6m. Full year rental revenues rose by 13% at constant exchange rates (CER) to £2.3bn, with operating profits up 7%.

<b>The board has announced a final dividend of 22.75p per share, taking the full year payment to 27.5p, a 22% increase on the prior year.</b>

The shares were broadly flat following the announcement.

<b>Our View</b>

With almost 90% of revenue generated in the US, weaker sterling and the prospect of increased infrastructure spending under Donald Trump reinforced a stellar performance at the end of last year.

The shares have come off the boil a bit since, following concerns that the embattled US administration won't be able to deliver the spending splurge it initially planned. But Ashtead management remains upbeat, and continue to invest for growth.

The group is targeting double-digit revenue growth through to 2021 and is supporting that with investment in organic growth, acquisitions and new store openings. Already Ashtead is befitting from a strong economic recovery in the US, along with a trend for US firms to rent rather than buy construction equipment.

Equipment rental is a fragmented industry, and investing to seize market share seems like a sensible move. However, the markets Ashtead services are notoriously cyclical and in the past the group hasn't been very good at managing that. Ashtead went into the financial crisis laden with debt after splashing $1 billion on acquiring another US rental firm just before the crash. When construction markets dried up, the share price fell by more than 85%.

We will be keeping a sharp eye on debt in the years ahead, but at the moment the group seems to be exercising a sensible degree of caution. Assuming replacement capex remains low, the group should generate significant free cash flow over the next few years.

At present Ashtead is prioritising reinvestment of that cash over returning it to shareholders. Still, with <b>the dividend up 22% this year</b>, it's unlikely shareholders will be feeling too neglected. Analysts are forecasting a prospective yield of 1.8% for 2017/18.

However, it's also worth noting that on a price to book basis (a more conservative method of valuing capital-intensive industries) the shares trade on multiple of 5.6 times - well above the long term average of 4.1 times book value .

<b>Full Year Results</b>

The US (Sunbelt) and UK (A-Plant) divisions both reported robust full year total revenue growth, up 27% and 15% to £2.8bn and £418m respectively. Operating profits from the two divisions were £840.9m and £71.6m.

Growth in Sunbelt combined organic same store growth, with average fleet on rent for the year hitting 71%, bolt-on acquisitions and new store openings. A-Plant also benefitted from an increase in fleet on rent, although there has been some weakness in pricing in Sunbelt's North American business.

Total revenue was negatively affected by lower used equipment sales, reflecting lower replacement capital expenditure. Average fleet age is now 29 months (2015/16: 25 months).

2016/17 saw margins stall slightly, reflecting drag from new openings, including 73 new stores in North America. However, cash generation has improved significantly, with free cash flow of £319m (2015/16: -£68m).

Total capital expenditure for the year was £917m (net of disposal proceeds), with 15 bolt-on acquisitions worth £437m. The group expects a similar level of capital expenditure in 2017/18. Net debt currently stands at £2.5bn, up c. £500m on last year. Net debt to EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) remains unchanged at 1.7 times, in the middle of the group's 1.5-2 times target range.

<b>Current conditions remain good and Spring has re
By oldjoe1

FY Results by Hydrogen Economy

  Mon, 12 Jun 2017 05:59:00 GMT
Results due tomorrow Tues 13th Jun.

I expect these shoud show continued support from relatively positive environments in the US (and of late in UK with strongest Construction data for a couple of years recently announced). The main story in the last year has be weak sterling and despite some recent strength sterling at 1.26-1.30 will continue to support revenue and profit from US.

US political situation seems to have settled into a state of perpetual chaos and this may get in the way of some of the much vaunted infrastructure spend but then was it ever more than slogan? That said the business was doing just fine without any exceptional stimulus (well ignoring the odd trillion in quantitative easing etc).

I sliced some profit as the SP rose through to March although bought a few back in after the drop, now down to a holding under 5%. I note that the broker consensus forecasts (on DL) have been increased significantly since last year. These earnings if realized would support a much higher SP than current, but brokers, even a flock of brokers, have been known to get it wrong.

EPS p Oct 16 Jun17
2017 98.66 104.31
2018 109.67 120.54
2019 - 131.65


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By Hydrogen Economy

Half in ... Half Out .. by Berrasso

  Thu, 18 May 2017 10:26:00 GMT
Just sold half of my holding for two reasons ... the AHT counted for almost two thirds of the value of my portfolio so needed rebalancing.

As stated in earlier posts on this notice board, I've been waiting for the inevitable 'voices of impeachment' to change from being rumour and whisper to something more substantial ... i think that moment has arrived.

Even if he doesn't get impeached .. i think its going to be a little bumpy until the matter is resolved one way or another.

(smiling )

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By Berrasso

Re: AHT and TRUMPING......... by leperky

  Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:40:00 GMT
This does seem to correlate highly with Trump mentioning his promised US infrastructure spending spree.
I got out a tad early at 1600 ish recently because i felt that any investment strategy that relied on anything coming out of Trumps mouth is probably flawed!
I'll keep my eye out for a re entry point tho...
By leperky

Results by Peermade

  Tue, 07 Mar 2017 07:44:00 GMT
Yes the price had moved ahead of events so the inevitable correction. Still a great company which knows how its business works to a tee. Buy on the dips and hold seems the best option
By Peermade

AHT and TRUMPING......... by oldjoe1

  Wed, 01 Mar 2017 14:46:00 GMT
Time to re-enter AHT Ashtead after Trumps speech last night and his commitment to a huge spend in Infrastructure.

Looks about right to me from the chart, hitting support (short term EMA) and bouncing within the trend.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C50fz2YXEAAnkna.jpg
By oldjoe1

NEW ARTICLE: Trump and Fed aim FTSE 100 at record high by II Editor

  Wed, 01 Mar 2017 12:59:00 GMT
"Markets held their breath Tuesday as Donald Trump warmed up for his inaugural speech to politicians in Congress. While he failed to flesh out key election promises on infrastructure spending, tax cuts and deregulation, the president did give an ..."

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By II Editor

Re: NEW ARTICLE: These three UK shares will ... by Berrasso

  Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:39:00 GMT
....just waiting for the moment that Impeachment becomes a very real possibility ... I have my finger hovering over the sell button.
By Berrasso

NEW ARTICLE: These three UK shares will prosper under Trump the Builder by II Editor

  Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:35:00 GMT
"Sales of spades and shovels will go through the roof if Donald Trump's masterplan for increased infrastructure spend gets the thumbs up from Congress. We'll find out in two weeks' time. If things work out, a number of British firms stand to ..."

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By II Editor

Re: 105% gain in 12 months by Yertiz

  Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:28:00 GMT
Impetus remains strong this morning. Ashtead, along with my engineers is motoring upwards. Like all good things there will be an end to this but quite where or when is anybody's guess. I will keep a keen eye on activity over the pond for impending weakness and move (hopefully)close to the top - which could be anywhere above £20!
By Yertiz

105% gain in 12 months by Hydrogen Economy

  Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:04:00 GMT
AHT continues to defy gravity, touching 1700p as I speak. Having risen 105% since this time last year (admittedly a low point), one wonders when it will take a breather, it would seem due. I noticed a gap up today, maybe that will be signal of a dip, who knows.

Anyway, despite selling many slices, this remains a good chunk of my holdings and will remain so and I will be buying into any significant weakness.

Now through the 1700 barrier at 1703 so maybe more to come?.

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