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DiamondHead's CEO/Chairman Buys Another 250K Shares Before Merger With Great Southern Homes

On Thursday afternoon following the closure of US equity markets, a form 4 was filed for DiamondHead Holdings (US:DHHC) which revealed the group’s CEO and Chairman David Hamamoto had bought more stock in the blank check company ahead of its planned merger with Great Southern Homes.

The latest filing, Hamamoto disclosed the purchase of 250,000 DHHCU shares at an average price of $10.087 each per share.

These trades come only one week after the Chairman bought 1 million shares at $1.09 last week on the 12th of January.

Hamamoto owns a total of approximately 9,875,000 shares following the latest transaction, boosting his total ownership in the SPAC to around ~23% of DHHC’s total float.

So why is the Chairman and CEO buying stock before the completion of the proposed merger?

Hamamoto may be expecting a bullish full year result from Great Southern Homes before the entities are set to merge.

Great Southern Homes initially entered into a definitive business combination agreement with DiamondHead Holdings back in early September.

The transaction, when completed, will see the DHHC ticker trade under UHG on the Nasdaq with a new name called United Homes Group. The deal will create a combined company with an estimated enterprise valuation of $572 million and will provide the new entity with around $320 million in cash proceeds for the balance sheet.

Fintel journalists have an inkling that United Homes may be poised to report a full-year result above homebuilder peers.

During the investor call presentation that occurred in October, United Homes reported that it closed 873 units which represented 10% growth when compared to 2021 and set a new record for the company.

The firm highlighted that even though interest rates were rising, putting pressure on consumers, United Homes continued to show strong growth metrics. The company’s strategic focus is on first home buyers to alleviate the pressure that rising rates are having on demand.

In the outlook section of the investor call, UHG’s management provided models of future financial forecasts for the 2022 and 2023 full year.

For the year end 2022, United Homes management expects that it will have generated $515.5 million in revenue with $97.1 million of adjusted EBITDA and $91.6 million in net income.

The guidance, if achieved, will represent growth in 2022 of 19% and 47% for sales and net income.

Next year, in 2023, the homebuilder is guiding that it can generate a further 22% growth in sales to $630.2 million and 22% adjusted EBITDA growth to $118.2 million. Net income is expected to fall by -11% to $81.2 million due to increased forecasted taxes.

If United Homes can achieve this growth against a backdrop of probable recession in 2023, it could be one of the top stock picks of the year.

Research on the Fintel platform highlighted that the DiamondHead Holdings SPAC has already attracted 111 institutions on the register that own 27 million units in the trust.

The largest institutional owners that have bought shares in the SPAC include: BlackRock Inc, Aristeia CapitalMarshall Wace, Citadel Advisors, Saba Capital Management, Mizuho Markets Americas, HSBC Holdings, Adage Capital Partners and UBS O’Cconnor.

This article originally appeared on Fintel

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