Posted: Wed 8th Feb 2017

Deeside housebuilder Redrow reports a record first half to year

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Feb 8th, 2017

Deeside-based Redrow has posted record results for the first six months of the year and has forecast more significant growth

The Ewloe headquartered business reported this morning a pretax profit of £140m for the six months ended December 31, up from £104m for the same period last year, up 35%.

The company smashed its half-year sales record with revenue from new homes’ in the first six months of the 2017 financial year increased by 26% to £733m, the number of increase legal completions rose by 13% to 2,178.

This helped drive up group revenue by nearly a quarter to £739m, another record.

Chairman Steve Morgan said in November sales were still on the up post Brexit with the strongest growth was in areas which voted to leave the EU.

Redrow purchased Radleigh Homes a regional housebuilder based in the East Midlands at the beginning of the month which will form the basis of a new division for the Group.

Deeside based Redrow buys East Midlands housebuilder Radleigh Homes

Steve Morgan, Chairman of Redrow, said

Redrow delivered a robust performance in the first half, producing another set of record results. In the last six months legal completions increased by 13% to 2,459 adding to the country’s much needed supply of new homes.

At the beginning of February we purchased Radleigh Homes a regional housebuilder based in the East Midlands. Radleigh is an excellent fit given its geographical location and high quality market position.

Radleigh will form the basis of a new division for the Group.

We entered the second half with a record order book, and customer traffic and sales remain robust.

Given the strength of our sales position and land holdings our growth strategy is firmly on track, giving me every confidence this will be another year of significant progress for Redrow.

Financial highlights

  • Group revenue rose 23% to a first half record of £739m
  • Homes revenue increased 26% to a first half record of £733m
  • Gross margin rose to 25% (2016: 24.2%); operating margin of 19.5% (2016: 18.2%)
  • Record first half pre-tax profit of £140m, up 35%
  • Earnings per share (EPS) up 35% to 31p
  • Return on capital employed of 24% (2016: 21%)
  • Net debt of £56m (June 2016: £139m) giving gearing of 5% (June 2016: 14%)
  • Interim dividend of 6p per share (2016: 4p)
  • Medium term guidance updated with 2019 turnover of £1.9bn, operating margin of 19.5% and EPS of 77p

Operational highlights

  • Legal completions rose 13% to 2,459 (2016: 2,178), including our Croydon Joint Venture
  • Average number of outlets increased to 122 (2016: 121)
  • Private order book up 35% at £897m (Dec 2015: £664m)
  • Current land bank up 18% to 25,300 plots (Dec 2015: 21,435)
  • Acquisition of Radleigh Homes an East Midlands housebuilder in February 2017, which has 1,300 plots with planning and a further 1,200 plots under options in its strategic land pipelinewww.redrow.co.uk

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