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LiveWest Trading Update

Released 16:53 01-Nov-2018

RNS Number : 1044G
Livewest Capital PLC
01 November 2018
 

 

 

 

LiveWest Trading Update for the period ended 30 September 2018

 

LiveWest issues its unaudited group trading update for the period ending 30 September 2018. All comparatives are to LiveWest's audited group Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2018.

 

Financial and Operating Performance

Operating surplus for the 6 months to September 2018 is £40m, against £69m for the year to March 2018. Housing Properties (net of depreciation) have increased to £1,885m from £1,856m. Net debt has increased to £729m from £713m.

Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

 

 

6 Months to

Year to

 

Sep 2018

Mar 2018

 

£m

£m

Turnover

118

231

Operating Costs

(84)

(169)

Surplus on Disposal of Properties

6

7

Operating Surplus

40

69

Net Interest Payable

(12)

(27)

Movement in Fair Value of Financial Instruments

 

2

Surplus for the Period

28

44

 

 

 

Financial Indicators

 

 

 

Sep 2018

Mar 2018

Operating Margin on Social Housing Lettings

34%

35%

Net Margin on Shared Ownership Sales

23%

20%

Net Margin on Open Market Sales

19%

21%

 

Customer satisfaction rose from 88.7% to 90.4% in the period. Void losses for our general needs and sheltered stock were 0.48% (March 2018: 0.51%). Rent arrears were 1.85% (March 2018: 1.90%).

 

Liquidity

LiveWest has liquidity of £193m, consisting of available undrawn facilities of £184m, and available cash of £9m.

 

Development

We completed 353 affordable units in the period (812 for the 12 months to March 2018). We have a contracted pipeline of 1,533 homes (March 2018: 1,518).

 

Sales of open market and shared ownership homes totalled 212 units for the period (422 for the 12 months to March 2018). We had 86 shared ownership stock units (March 2018: 111) and 13 open market stock units (March 2018: 28).

 

Board and Executive Team Changes

There were no changes to the Board and Executive Team in the period.

 

LiveWest Credit Rating

LiveWest has a Moody's A2 (stable) credit rating. On 20 September 2018, the A2 (stable) rating was assigned to LiveWest Capital plc's £100,000,000 5.058 per cent. (Step up) Secured Bonds due 2048.   

 

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For more information, please contact:

Andrew Hart, Director of Corporate Finance                        01392 814444

 

https://www.livewest.co.uk/about-us/investor-relations/

 

Disclaimer

The information contained herein (the "Trading Update") has been prepared by LiveWest Limited (the "Parent") and its subsidiaries (the "Group"), including LiveWest Capital plc (the "Issuer") and is for information purposes only.

The Trading Update should not be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any securities issued by the Parent, the Issuer or any other member of the Group, or any interest in any such securities, and nothing herein should be construed as a recommendation or advice to invest in any such securities.

Statements in the Trading Update, including those regarding possible or assumed future or other performance of the Group as a whole or any member of it, industry growth or other trend projections may constitute forward-looking statements and as such involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, performance or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, no assurance is given that such forward-looking statements will prove to have been correct. They speak only as at the date of the Trading Update and neither the Parent nor any other member of the Group undertakes any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments, occurrence of unanticipated events or otherwise. The information contained in the Trading Update is unaudited.

None of the Parent, any member of the Group or anyone else is under any obligation to update or keep current the information contained in the Trading Update. The information in the Trading Update is subject to verification, does not purport to be comprehensive, is provided as at the date of the Trading Update and is subject to change without notice.

No reliance should be placed on the information or any projections, targets, estimates or forecasts and nothing in the Trading Update is or should be relied on as a promise or representation as to the future. No statement in the Trading Update is intended to be a profit estimate or forecast. No representation or warranty, express or implied, is given by or on behalf of the Parent, any other member of the Group or any of their respective directors, officers, employees, advisers, agents or any other persons as to the accuracy or validity of the information or opinions contained in the Trading Update (and whether any information has been omitted from the Trading Update). The Trading Update does not constitute legal, tax, accounting or investment advice.


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