Homebuilder sees house prices rise
Doncaster head-quartered homebuilder Keepmoat, saw the average selling price of its properties rise from £139,000 in 15/16 to £149,000 in 16/17, according to its latest financial results.
In results to Year End April 2017, Keepmoat Homes’ revenue increased by 25.7% to £423.2m and 2,924 properties were sold; an increase of 21%.
The number of plots within the firm’s land pipeline increased by 19% to 28,544. The firm sold its regeneration division to ENGIE for £330m on 30 April 2017.
Peter Hindley, Chief Executive Officer of Keepmoat Homes, said: “The business performed in line with expectations in the light of continued strong demand for new housing and despite significant shifts in government policy.
“Good progress has been made in developing growth opportunities. During the year, we continued to build our presence in new geographies and develop propositions for new sectors which will fuel further growth in the future.”
The year saw the firm will continue with its regional expansion programme with the new Scotland region already established and the splitting of two regions, Yorkshire and Midlands. In addition, the Group strengthened its capacity in the North West with the acquisition of M.C.I. Developments in January 2017, which is a business building homes for registered providers.
Hindley added: “Enabled by our strong reputation for partnership working, we are developing opportunities in two new sectors. The private rented sector is a growing market and financial institutions are keen to invest in this long term revenue stream.
“We are developing relationships with a number of investing institutions who are keen work in partnership with developers such as Keepmoat to build significant portfolios of private rented homes. We have also successfully entered into partnership with Elliott to launch a modular construction product under the brand name of ilke Homes.”
James Thomson, Executive Chairman of Keepmoat Homes, added: “The sale of the Keepmoat Regeneration business for £330 million pounds earlier this year has significantly strengthened our balance sheet and we are well placed to support and deliver growth. We are targeting to deliver over 4,000 much needed high quality, affordable homes for the UK during the next financial year.”
Keepmoat’s specific areas of expertise include new build homes and housing led regeneration.