Value Investor Daily #35

Toll Brothers (TOL) - Luxury Homebuilder With a Stock That Looks Cheap

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Toll Brothers, Inc. (NYSE: TOL) stock is up more than 14% year-to-date, yet with a P/E ratio (TTM) of just 8.04, it still appears cheap. Is it undervalued?

Company Profile

Toll Brothers designs, constructs, markets, and sells luxury detached and attached homes in residential communities throughout the United States.

Aimed at affluent buyers, the company provides large, high-end residences that cater to a niche market.

This strategic emphasis on the luxury segment sets Toll Brothers apart from its biggest competitors, enabling it to capitalize on the demand for upscale living experiences.

Financial Performance

Toll Brothers has been maneuvering through a challenging market landscape that includes changing consumer preferences, economic uncertainties, and competitive pressures.

The company is highly sensitive to macroeconomic factors like interest rates and tax policies, which can affect buyer affordability and sales.

Moreover, its relatively high average selling prices (ASPs) compared to competitors could present challenges in less favorable economic conditions.

Despite these challenges, Toll Brothers has beaten EPS and revenue consensus estimates for the last seven quarters.

Revenue is expected to grow by 5.39% in fiscal 2024, 2.68% in 2025, and 6.12% in 2026.

Diluted EPS, excluding extraordinary items, is projected to grow by 14.09% in 2024, 0.47% in 2025, and 9.84% in 2026.

Source: Capital IQ

The company's return on equity (ROE) has improved significantly from 11.9% in 2019 to 23.0% over the last twelve months (LTM).

Recent Earnings

On May 21, Toll Brothers announced Q2 results that surpassed expectations in deliveries, margins, and other income.

The company reached a record home sales revenue of $2.65 billion, a 6% increase compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, the company experienced a significant 30% year-over-year growth in orders, twice the analysts' projected 15% increase.

Toll Brothers has shown resilience despite elevated mortgage rates, successfully tapping into the strong demand for homes that continues to exceed supply.

Contrary to initial expectations, the company has maintained a solid sales trajectory, selling more high-end homes than anticipated.

The market's prediction that consumers would delay purchases until mortgage rates declined has not come to pass.

The company has increased its full-year guidance, expecting revenues of $10.23 billion from the delivery of approximately 10,600 homes at an average price of $965,000.

Key success factors include a wider range of price points, an increased supply of spec homes, and strong cost controls, achieving an adjusted gross margin of 28.2% for the quarter. 

Despite the strong quarterly performance, Toll Brothers' shares have declined since the latest earnings announcement due to investor concerns over a projected dip in gross margin from the mix of speculative homes sold.

Nevertheless, analysts view the overall trends for Toll Brothers as positive.

Our Take

We remain positive about Toll Brothers' dominant position in the luxury market, anticipating that the housing sector will benefit from favorable demographics and years of underproduction.

Toll Brothers continues to prioritize maintaining a strong balance sheet and increasing production.

The company's strategic initiatives are focused on growth and efficiency improvements, which could enhance its market position.

However, industry-wide challenges and capital constraints could affect these expansion plans.

If the Federal Reserve lowers rates, demand for Toll Brothers homes and ASPs will likely increase, causing a reset in revenue projections—but only if a recession is not in play.

Valuation and Analyst Sentiment

Our fair value calculation, using 13 valuation models including Earnings Power Value, EV/Revenue Multiples, P/E Multiples, and 10Y DCF EBITDA Exit, estimates the company's fair value at approximately $142, suggesting a potential upside of nearly 21% from the current stock price. 

According to Seeking Alpha's quant rating, the company receives a Strong Buy rating, considering factors such as valuation, growth, profitability, momentum, and revisions.

Source: Seeking Alpha

Wall Street analysts are also bullish on Toll Brothers, maintaining an average Buy rating with price targets ranging from $107 to $177, and an average of $138.06, indicating a potential upside of 17.5% from the current stock price.

Source: Seeking Alpha

Expect management to take advantage of the current valuation by repurchasing shares.

Since 2014, the company has bought back over 40% of the diluted shares outstanding and was authorized in December 2023 to buy back another 20 million shares (vs. 111 million outstanding at year-end 2023).

On the last earnings call, Chairman and CEO Douglas Yearley said they plan to continue the shareholder return program indefinitely:

During the quarter, we repurchased $181 million of common stock and increased our quarterly dividend by 10%. Returning cash to stockholders will continue to be a very important part of our strategy well into the future.


Given its fair value estimate, solid financial position, and future opportunities, Toll Brothers' current valuation is appealing.

We believe the stock is currently undervalued, making it an attractive hold. If the stock price falls to $92.30, a margin of safety of 35%, it would move to a strong buy.

Do your own research and decide. Thank you for reading today!