Why Goodman Group is up 51% this year

Property company Goodman Group (ASX: GMG) has risen 51% to $4.29 so far during 2012, making it one of the best performers in the S&P/ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO), and comprehensively outperforming the index, which has risen just 10.7%.

Goodman Group is an integrated commercial and industrial property group that owns, develops and manages real estate including warehouses, business parks and offices globally. The company also offers a range of investment property funds.

During February, Goodman Group reported its six monthly results, with operating profit coming in at $229 million, an increase of 34% over the previous year. Operating profit is before property revaluations and other non-cash items. The company also announced it was on track to increase full year earnings by 8%. Distributions (dividends) increased 20% over the prior corresponding period.

In June, the company announced that it had entered the US market through a partnership with California based Birtcher Development and Investments and was targeting investments of up US$800 million, mainly in key North American logistics and industrial property markets.

During August, Goodman reported an operating profit of $463 million for the full 2012 financial year, a 21% increase over 2011. Earnings per share increased, as previously announced, by 8% to 30.5 cents. The company also forecast that it was positioned to deliver an operating profit in the 2013 financial year of $524 million, equating to earnings per share of 32.3 cents.

Goodman’s next half year results are due to be published around the middle of February 2013.

With a prospective P/E of around 13.2, Goodman is trading at a discount, compared to competitors Challenger Diversified Property (ASX: CDI) on a P/E of 17.1, and BWP Trust (ASX: BWP) on a P/E of 14.6.

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