Galliford Try posts a record profit for the year to the end of June following another strong performance with growth across the group.
The group said the result of the EU referendum inevitably created a backdrop of uncertainty for the new financial year and it is monitoring market conditions and consumer confidence closely.
Revenue including its share of joint ventures rose 10% to £2,670 million (2015: £2,431 million). Group revenue, excluding joint ventures, was 6% higher at £2,495 million (2015: £2,348 million). Profit from operations, which is stated before finance costs, exceptional items, tax and our share of joint ventures' interest and tax, rose 13% to £157.5 million (2015: £138.9 million).
This resulted in profit before tax of £135.0 million, up 15% from £117.7 million (pre-exceptional) in 2015, principally reflecting revenue growth and improving margins in Linden Homes and Partnerships. Earnings per share increased by 14% to 132.5 pence (2015: 116.3 pence pre-exceptional), with post-exceptional earnings per share up 17%.
The group said: "Average net debt during the year was £204 million and year end net debt was £8.7 million, both of which were in line with our plans as we continue to invest in the growth of Linden Homes and Partnerships. We enjoy strong support from our syndicate banks, and during the year we agreed an increase in our bank facility by £50 million to £450 million, on the same terms, in particular to create comfortable headroom for the faster expansion of Partnerships and Regeneration."
The group says it continues to purchase land on deferred payment terms where possible, in order to optimise its return on capital employed.
Group return on net assets, which is profit before tax, finance costs and amortisation, divided by average net assets, increased to 25.3% from 23.3%, reflecting profit growth across the Group.
Chief executive Peter Truscott said: "I am delighted to announce excellent results for the year. We have achieved further progress on margins in Linden Homes, increased our mixed-tenure output in Partnerships and Regeneration, and continue to make progress in resolving older contracts in Construction, whilst building and delivering a reliable and high quality order book.
"We have reorganised management in all three businesses during the year, creating the right platform for future progress in both volume and margin. Reflecting the delivery of record results and our continuing confidence in the business, we are proposing an increase in our full year dividend of 21%.
"The decision to leave the European Union inevitably creates a backdrop of uncertainty for the new financial year. However, we have been encouraged by visitor levels and sales rates at Linden Homes through the summer. The balance of our businesses and the strength of our order books mean that we are well-placed to manage the impact of this uncertainty."