Assuming Goldsborough had been listed for the year to 2 October, the prospective p/e is 14.8 if it makes pounds 6.55m pre-tax. The rating is one to 1.5 points below its main sectoral rivals such as CrestaCare and Quality Care.
Investors should, however, be aware that the business is of a capital intensive nature. Goldsborough already enjoys occupancy levels of 95 per cent at its 26 homes, restricting the scope for organic growth and making acquisitions a necessity.
While the flotation raises pounds 29m of new money, Goldsborough will start with 15 per cent gearing, which will swiftly rise beyond 50 per cent. A cash call on investors to fund acquisitions could be made as soon as the end of 1995.Reuse content