Goodman Group (ASX: GMG) has within a third quarter update this morning reaffirmed its FY22 EPS growth forecast of 23%, up from its previously upgraded guidance of 20% growth.
But given management’s track record for under-promising and overdelivering and following two full year guidance upgrades within the last six to eight months, additional upgrades to guidance may be just around the corner.
The market’s initial response to today’s update was positive with the share price up 2.14% at the open.
After a strong third quarter the industrial property giant has, despite ongoing covid challenges and growing global geopolitical tensions which has added to global supply chain constraints, maintained full year dividend guidance of 30c per share.
The group has $13.4bn of development work in progress across 89 projects and has reported 3.7% like-for-like net property income growth in its managed partnerships for the third quarter, with 98.7% occupancy.
At the end of March the group had $68.7bn in total assets under management (AUM).
Completions were $4.7bn (99% leased)
Development commencements of $6.9bn (57% pre-committed)
Gearing to remain in the lower half of the 0-25% range
The Group has maintained over $2bn of liquidity
Commenting on the last quarter, CEO Greg Goodman noted that operating results reflect the highly targeted location of the portfolio, which has continued to produce high occupancy, cashflows, and development activity.
While the business environment is changing, with increased interest rates, inflation, geopolitical risks and the ongoing impacts of the pandemic, Goodman also reminded investors that the long-term structural drivers of demand have not changed.
"Consumers continue to seek faster and more flexible delivery. This requires intensification of warehousing in urban locations, and an increase in automation and technology to optimise delivery and improve efficiency,” Goodman noted.
“With our portfolio concentrated in key high barrier to entry markets, we continue to prudently deploy capital alongside our partners.”
Goodman expects work in progress (WIP) to remain around current levels at 30 June 2022 and continues to work through brownfield sites and regeneration of existing assets.
While construction costs are increasing, management notes the outlook for returns remains sound with the yield on cost (YOC) across current WIP at 6.5%.
AUM growth is expected to be primarily supported through development completions over the next few years and is expected to exceed $70bn by 30 June 2022.
Goodman Group share price movement over six months.
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