Redrow Swings to £8.5m First-half Profit

Housebuilder Redrow plc swung to an £8.5m pre-tax profit in the first half from a previous £8.7m loss on the back of an increase in revenue and margins.

Revenue for the six months to December was up 15% to £216.1m from the previous £187.2m, despite difficult market conditions.

Average private selling prices rose by 16% to £170,500 from £147,300.

Gross margin increased to 13.4% from 7.2% as a result of both volumes and average selling prices increasing.

The group’s operating profit of £12.1m represented an operating margin of 5.6% and compared with a 2010 loss of £1.6m.

Net debt at the period end was £51.5m, up from £49.3m a year earlier, with gearing rising to 12% from 11%.

Redrow said its New Heritage Collection was proving a great success. The average New Heritage Collection private selling price was £196,000, 7% higher than equivalent homes in the previous Signature range.

New Heritage Collection homes accounted for 30% of private sales revenue in the half and the collection now featured on 50% of developments, due to rise to around 70% by June.

Current trading was in line with expectations.

Chairman Steve Morgan said, ‘In spite of the challenging conditions, Redrow’s decision to return to our traditional values with the introduction of the New Heritage Collection proved to be a great success for the business.’

‘While it is still too early to call the spring market the second half has started encouragingly with reservations during the first six weeks comfortably ahead of the same period last year.

‘These figures must be treated with a degree of caution however as they undoubtedly include some catch up from the December freeze.

‘Looking ahead, house prices have been stable for some considerable time now and we do not share the pessimism of some commentators that there will be a major fall in house prices during the coming year.

A full copy of the statement from Redrow Homes can be obtained from their website http://www.redrowplc.co.uk/corporate or the following link Statement Report

If you are a house builder and need assistance with your commercial requirements or a subcontractor looking for an introduction to major house builders such as Redrow Homes then contact Andrew Fella at Onyx Construction Consultants Ltd 0n 01473 743682

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