Thursday was a mixed bag for real estate developer Bluegreen
Dig deeper into the company's two main businesses and that's where the disparity is obvious. The company's timeshare business, which makes up a little over two-thirds of the company's overall business, grew 8.7% higher. Its homesite sales business, where the company buys a large parcel of land and carves it out into individual community lots, fell by 23.7% over the same three months.
Yes, Bluegreen was risking that kind of slide in its homesite efforts when the housing market began to rumble. Higher interest rates have cooled off the once red-hot real estate speculation. The company can still make a cozy living buying huge tracts of land and divvying them up accordingly, but it's the company's timeshare business that should excite investors at that point.
Yes, I said timeshare. Even though it's politically correct these days to refer to the travel offerings as "vacation intervals," we all know that we're still talking timeshares here. As housing prices have gone through the roof, but rental and lodging rates have been kept in check, folks who may have been eyeing vacation homes and investment properties are now turning back to timeshares as more affordable alternatives.
It doesn't hurt that you now have big companies like Marriott
You have plenty of public players toiling in this intriguing sector. Beyond Bluegreen you have companies like Sunterra
Trading at 10 times earnings may seem steep if you go by the single-digit multiples in the real estate developer space, but it's more than fair when stacked against Bluegreen's timeshare peers. In other words, it's an interval worth owning.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz almost bought a timeshare once, but instead wound up buying a condo by Disney World to turn a liability into an asset. He does own shares in Disney. The Fool has a disclosure policy. Rick is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early.