Persimmon brings forward its capital return plan again

DividendMax Ltd.

Persimmon brings forward its capital return plan again


Underlying profit before tax increased by 44% to £475m (2013: £330m)

Full year revenue up 23% to £2.6bn (2013: £2.1bn)

Legal completions increased by 17% to 13,509 (2013: 11,528) and average selling price increased by 5.3% to £190,533 (2013: £180,941)

Underlying operating margin increased to 18.4% (2013: 16.0%); with second half improvement to 19.0%

Return on average capital employed increased by 40% to 24.6% (2013: 17.6%)

A further 26,822 plots of land acquired in the year, with 9,386 plots successfully converted from the Group's strategic land portfolio

Underlying basic earnings per share increased by 49% to 124.5p (2013: 83.3p)

Generated total net free cash inflow (before capital return) of £388m (2013: £231m)

Net cash of £378m at 31 December 2014 (2013: £204m cash)

Forward sales at over £1.49bn (2013: £1.42bn), an increase of 5%

Capital Return Plan

Returned £442m to shareholders to date

Second instalment of 70p per share paid 4 July 2014, significantly accelerated from its planned payment in 2021

Combination of particularly strong trading in 2014 and robust capital discipline have enabled a further acceleration of the Capital Return Plan

95p payment due 6 July 2015 brought forward to 2 April

Nicholas Wrigley, Group Chairman, said:

"Persimmon delivered a strong and well balanced performance in 2014.

"We have undertaken disciplined investment to support sustainable growth in volume, increasing the number of completions by 17% in the year, bringing the increase in the number of new Persimmon homes completed over the last two years to 36%.

"We have had an encouraging start to 2015 and experienced a solid opening period to the spring season with current total forward sales of £1,490m, 5% ahead of the previous year. Despite some uncertainty arising from the General Election in May, the ongoing gradual improvement in the UK economy and increasing mortgage lender support provides a supportive backdrop for the new homes market."

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