Figure of £13m compares to £25m recorded before pandemic struck

Inland Homes increased turnover by 46% last year but pre-tax profit was half its pre-pandemic, the housebuilder said today.

The brownfield site regeneration specialist, in its results for the 12 months to September 2021, reported revenue of £181.7m, up sharply on the £124m recorded last year in the midst of the pandemic.

Pre-tax profit rebounded to £13.2m from £3.4m but is still only slightly more than half the £25m reported before the pandemic.

Inland Homes Carters Quay

The final phase of Inland’s Carters Quay scheme in Poole, Dorset, is due to finish in 2024

The group said its gross profit margin on its housebuilding and partnerships businesses remains “unsatisfactory”.

Its housebuilding arm made a loss of £2.1m for the year while its contracting business turned in a £1.9m loss. But its asset management arm made a pre-tax profit of £21.6m.

Inland previously reported in November that it had been hit with £3.5m of unforeseen additional costs relating to a single partnerships contract covering one development site.

The group wrote off £500,000 due to aborted land transactions and has made a provision of £3.4m for expected future cost overruns.

Last year’s overall revenue figure of £181.7m was 23% higher than the £147.9m reported in the 2018/19 before covid-19.

Inland said increased demand in the housing market helped treble its turnover in its housebuilding division to £69.9m. The group sold 216 new homes, up from 96 last year, at an average selling price of £262,000, 9% higher than in 2020/21.

The group’s revenue from partnerships grew 16.4% to £60.3m due in part to increased demand from build-to-rent operators. Its asset management arm, which has six projects with the potential to deliver around 3,300 homes, increased its management fee income by 13.9% to £27.8m.