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Notice of Results

Released 18:13 03-Jul-2017

RNS Number : 9962J
London & Quadrant Housing Trust
03 July 2017
 

 

London & Quadrant Housing Trust ('L&Q') - Publication of Audited Financial Statements for the period ending 31 March 2017

 

L&Q today announces record financial results which provide a strong platform to enable the delivery of 100,000 new homes, invest more in services and communities, provide support for the most vulnerable in society and tackle Britain's construction skills shortage.

 

The audited financial statements can be found by accessing the following link:

 

http://www.lqgroup.org.uk/_assets/files/view/fe14d5d0-b3c3-40a0-a24c-fb2164718b02/

 

Strong financial results underpin an exceptional year for L&Q

Amid the uncertainty of Brexit, the charitable housing association has committed to a historic development programme, a £250m foundation to support communities and worklessness, a dedicated care and support business and a brand new £5m a year training academy.

Partnership working is crucial to delivering L&Q's ambitious strategic objectives, and during 2016/17 a number of high profile partnerships were formed.

Joining forces with East Thames Limited in December 2016 means that L&Q now owns and manages more than 90,000 homes across London and the South East, with an estimated open market value of £23bn. More than 86% of these homes are affordable for people on low incomes.

The expertise within East Thames has also been used to create L&Q Living, a care and support arm to provide for the needs of the vulnerable and older people.

In February 2017, L&Q acquired Gallagher Estates, a strategic land business that controls 42,500 land plots in the South and South Midlands. This takes L&Q's total development plots to over 85,000 as the housing association explores new ways of securing its' growth objectives of enabling the delivery of 100,000 new homes.

In August 2016, L&Q also announced a joint venture partnership with Trafford Housing Trust, which will deliver 2,000 new homes across Greater Manchester and the North West over the next four years. This is an example of how L&Q can help other like-minded charitable organisations to unlock additional development capacity to help tackle the national housing crisis.

While the Trafford and Gallagher deals have expanded L&Q's geographical horizons, the core area remains London and the South East of England.

To cement this commitment, L&Q and the Mayor of London have recently announced a landmark strategic partnership which will see £8bn invested in 20,000 new homes across the capital - 12,000 of which will be genuinely affordable.

Waqar Ahmed, Group Director of Finance at L&Q, said: "Britain's housing crisis will only be solved if organisations like L&Q forge relationships with like-minded partners and put forward bold, long-term plans."

"The strategic partnerships we formed during the year have significantly changed L&Q in terms of size, geography and customer profile, but we have reaffirmed our social mission to make sure that at least half of the new homes we build are genuinely affordable to people on low incomes."

"Quality, safety, local responsiveness and customer satisfaction are paramount, so these homes will be well designed, well built, well managed and well maintained."

Safety

The health and safety of residents has always been a top priority for L&Q. In the wake of the tragic incident at Grenfell Tower, immediate action is being taken to review fire safety procedures. 

L&Q owns or manages 259 tower blocks across its estate, 36 blocks of 10 storeys or more, the remainder are over 6 storeys. All developments in the Group have been built to the required building regulations

Mr Ahmed said: "All our fire risk assessments are currently up to date. We are carrying out additional safety reviews of all blocks over six storeys. Whilst the circumstances behind the fire are still unclear, we are taking the additional precaution of surveying the cladding on these blocks.  - If cladding fails BRE's fire safety test and the building is occupied, we will immediately inform the fire service, employ 24 hours security, notify residents, assess the fire safety of the block and devise a strategy to reduce the risk."

"We will consider all possible methods of mitigating fire risk - cost will not, and never has been, a barrier to providing the most appropriate solution. This work is an immediate priority for L&Q and we have set aside the necessary staffing and budgetary resources to deliver solutions quickly."

 

Performance

While 2016/17 was a year of exceptional change, L&Q retained its focus on the main social objectives of providing affordable quality homes, improving customer experience and investing in communities.

During the year, L&Q completed 2,552 new homes, of which 1,536 were affordable (917 for rent, and 619 for shared ownership). Building work started on 2,590 more homes, and a further 4,190 were approved.

More than £120m was spent in the year maintaining and improving our existing properties.

A further £7m was invested through the L&Q Foundation to support the Group's objectives in tackling financial exclusion, unemployment, enhancing community cohesion and providing positive opportunities for young people.

Excellent performance is only possible with a talented and motivated workforce. L&Q worked hard to retain the confidence and support of staff throughout all the changes, and the Group retained its Investors in People Gold award, Great Places to Work accreditation and a place in the Stonewall Equality Index.

Refinancing

Upon completion of the merger with East Thames, L&Q successfully negotiated a £2.6bn strategic refinance package supported by key bank relationships.

Mr Ahmed said: "To deliver our ambitious strategic objectives, we needed to adapt our capital structure that allows simplicity and flexibility and more flexible covenant structures that not only support our ambition to enable the delivery of 100,000 homes, but also provide flexibility between social and commercial activities."

Financial strength

In addition to the refinance package, L&Q's achievements last year and future ambitions are underpinned by a strong set of financial results:

·     The Group delivered a record pre-exceptional surplus of £327m, a £53m increase from the previous year. L&Q remains a net investor of cash and every penny of the surplus was reinvested in its social mission;

 

·     Turnover increased by 20% to £756m (2016: £628m), 74% (2016: 77%) of which is from social housing activities;

·     The operating margin1 on social housing lettings2 increased to 50% (49% in 2016), which is among the best in the sector;

 

·     Social housing cost per home was just £3,043, which is 8% lower than last year and amongst the lowest in the sector;

 

·     Rent arrears are 3.5% (3.3% in 2016) on general needs provision, through a proactive approach to rent collection and managing the risks of welfare reform. This puts L&Q in the top quartile amongst its peers;

 

·     Gearing being net debt to total assets less currently liabilities is within internally set parameters at 40% and EBITDA MRI3 to interest payable is at 508%; and

 

·     Revenue reserves stand at £4.2bn (2016: £4.0bn).

Audited Financials

 

Statement of Comprehensive Income

2016 (£m)

2017 (£m)

Change

Turnover 

628

756

20%

Operating costs and cost of sales

(371)

(457)

23%

Surplus on disposal of fixed assets and investments

41

53

29%

Share of profits from JV's

23

13

(43%)

Operating Surplus

321

365

14%

Net interest charge and other finance costs

(65)

(69)

6%

Change in value of investment properties

23

36

57%

Pre-exceptional Surplus for the year before tax

279

332

19%

Taxation

(5)

(5)

-

Pre-exceptional Surplus for the year after tax

274

327

19%





Exceptional items




- Refinancing Costs

0

(548)


- Gift on acquisition

0

441


Surplus for the year after tax

274

220

(20%)

 

 

Statement of Financial Position

2016 (£m)

2017 (£m)

Change

Housing Properties

7,024

8,671

23%

Investments

688

995

45%

Other Fixed Assets

35

133

280%

Net Current Assets

265

1,000

277%

Total Assets less Current Liabilities

8,012

10,799

35%





Borrowings > 1 Year

2,110

4,530

115%

Reserves

3,856

4,231

10%

Grant Liability

1,744

1,777

2%

Other Long-term Liabilities & Provisions

302

261

(14%)


8,012

10,799

35%

 

 

1      Operating Surplus / Turnover

2      General Needs, Affordable rent, Supported Housing, Intermediate Market Rent & Low Cost Home Ownership tenures

3      (Operating Surplus - Amortised Government Grant + Depreciation + Amortisation + Impairment - Capitalised Major Repairs) / Net Interest Expense

 

 

This update may contain certain forward-looking statements reflecting, among other things, our current views on markets, activities and prospects. Actual outcomes may differ materially. Such statements are a correct reflection of our views only on the publication date and no representation or warranty is given in relation to them, including as to their completeness or accuracy or the basis on which they were prepared.

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Martin Watts, Director of Treasury

0300 456 9998

 

For media enquiries, please contact:

 

James Howell, Press and External Affairs Manager

0300 456 9998

 

www.lqgroup.org.uk

 


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