Redrow increases its 2017 interim dividend by 50%

DividendMax Ltd.

Redrow increases its 2017 interim dividend by 50%

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 pipeline

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."

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