Cavco Industries Is Benefiting From The Housing Shortage

May 29, 2019 9:07 AM ETCavco Industries, Inc. (CVCO)5 Comments
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  • Cavco Industries produces manufactured homes and is benefiting from a shortage in U.S. housing.
  • The company has produced strong growth, which is expected to continue.
  • The stock is reasonably priced and would make a solid long-term investment.

Cavco Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:NASDAQ:CVCO) is a profitable company with a history of strong growth. The company produces manufactured homes and the current housing shortage in the U.S. is giving the company a growth boost. The stock is reasonably priced based on its earnings potential and I think it would make a solid long-term investment.


Cavco Industries has produced solid growth over the last decade with its revenue increasing at an average rate of 27% per year. Cavco Industries operates profitably with low debt levels. The company’s profit margins have average around 7%. Cavco Industries operates with ample working capital (with a current ratio of 2.7) meaning that its short-term assets (such as cash and deposits) easily cover its short-term liabilities (bills the company has to pay).

The balance shows that the company operates with low debt levels. The long-term debt is currently $14.6 million representing only 2% of its total asset value. The company’s total liabilities represent only 27% of its total asset value. I personally prefer low debt levels as this allows the company to pursue any capital expenditure plans they may have without loading the balance sheet with excessive debt. The reason I don’t like high debt levels is that the bankruptcy risk increases. This is because companies with high debt levels find it difficult to meet their financial obligations such as paying bills.

Cavco Industries’ forward 2021 PE multiple is 17.2x with a stock price of $156. The company’s full year trailing PE multiple is 20.6x and its book value multiple is 2.7x. These multiples imply that Cavco Industries is on the expensive side.

Cavco Industries has a history of solid growth with its revenue increasing at an average of 27% per year over the last decade. The chart below visually shows Cavco Industries’ revenue and earnings trend over the last decade along with the next two years of consensus forecasts.

Cavco Industries revenue and earnings history chart

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As the above chart shows, Cavco Industries’ revenue has shown consistent growth over the last decade and the forecasts show this trend continuing into the 2021/03 fiscal year. The company’s earnings have broadly increased over the years and are expected to continue increasing into 2021/03.

Business Plans

Cavco Industries has largely produced its growth organically, but the company did acquire Lexington Homes in 2017 and Fairmont Homes in 2015. These acquisitions complement Cavco Industries as they also produce manufactured homes.

Management has stated that they have increased the pricing of their manufactured homes which has more than offset the increase in manufacturing costs. The company’s President and CEO, Bill Boor, stated in their latest earnings call,

On the topic of margin growth our plants have done a very good job of increasing price to compensate for input cost increases.

I think that increasing the sale price is the best way to combat rising manufacturing costs and maintain margins. However, companies are not always able to increase their sales prices as customers may turn to the competition. There’s no point in increasing prices if no one is willing to pay the higher price. In this case, I think Cavco Industries’ price increase was readily accepted due to the current housing shortage in the United States.

The company’s CEO stated,

Cavco is very well positioned to play an important part in addressing the shortage of affordable housing in our country.

Management feels confident that they can capitalize on the housing shortage and I tend to agree. There’s housing data that supports the view that the United States is facing a housing shortage. From that data, the number of U.S. Single-Family Housing Starts declined severely during the 2008 recession. Prior the recession, Housing Starts peaked at around 1.7 million annually. This dropped to around 0.4 million towards the end of the recession. While the Housing Starts have improved since the recession, they have only reached around 0.9 million and this is ten years after the 2008 recession finished. At present the number of Single-Family Housing Starts is only around halve of that prior to the 2008 recession. From this I can see why management is optimistic as this puts the housing supply demand into their favor.

While Cavco Industries’ has largely produced organic growth, management is remaining open to the possibility of more acquisitions in the future, with the company’s CEO stating,

We'll stay alert for acquisition opportunities that further strengthen the company's ability to serve our dealers and community partners and contribute to the solution to the country's affordable housing shortage.

Cavco Industries’ can easily afford more acquisitions as the company’s debt levels are low. Based on Cavco Industries’ previous two acquisitions, I think more acquisitions would help fuel the company’s future growth. Even without any acquisitions, I think that Cavco Industries will continue to produce solid future growth.


Teleflex has a history of earnings growth which is expected to increase 13% heading into 2021. The PEG (PE divided by the earnings growth rate) can be used to arrive at a valuation based on its expected earnings growth.

Using the forecast earnings growth rate of 13% gives a forward PEG of around 1.3 with a 2020 PE multiple of 17.2x.

It’s commonly accepted that a stock is fairly valued when its forward PEG is 1.0 which means that Teleflex is slightly overvalued with a stock price of $156. Its fair value would be around $120.

A forward PEG of 1.3 is cheap for a growth stock as they often have forward PEG ratios above 2.

Stock Price

As an active investor I personally like to determine some likely price targets. This gives me a feel for how high the stock price could go in the short term and how soon it could get there.

Cavco Industries ten year stock chart

Cavco Industries chart by

Over the last decade Cavco Industries’ stock price surged higher from 2017 and peaked in late 2018. The stock then pulled back hard as it declined while the stock market pulled back from its high. The decline has brought the stock price back down to the trend-line that formed prior to its surge higher.

While the 2018 price plunge seems severe and can be blamed on many factors, the fact is that the stock first surged higher without any justifiable fundamentals (beyond the existing housing shortage which began in 2008) and simply reached an overbought condition with high valuations. The subsequent plunge was really nothing more than a correction to bring the stock price back to its trend-line. The plunge itself was triggered by the pullback in the market indices and nothing fundamentally has changed (the state of the housing market hasn't changed). Sure there’s going to be a lot of unhappy investors who bought into the surge, but that’s the risk of buying into a strong rally.

While I think that Cavco Industries is reasonably priced based on its earnings potential, I’m not expecting a rally back up to its 2018 peak anytime soon. Over the longer term, I think the stock price will continue higher as the company continues to produce future growth. In the shorter term, I think that the stock will likely continue trading around its trend-line.


Cavco Industries is a profitable company that has produced solid growth over the last decade. The company produces manufactured homes and is in a position to capitalize on the current housing shortage in the United States. The housing shortage allows the company to easily increase its pricing which more than offsets their rising manufacturing costs. Cavco Industries’ growth has been largely produced organically, but management remains open to future acquisitions.

The stock is reasonably priced based on its earnings growth potential. The forward PEG is 1.3 and the forward PE is 17.2x. I think that the stock has plenty of growth potential and would make a solid long-term investment.

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Kurt Pollet has been involved in the stock market since 1986 and this long-term experience provides a broad perspective of the stock market and its performance. He operates the website and produces a newsletter that provides market analysis, strategies and stock picks.

Disclosure: I am/we are long CVCO. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

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