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Optivo Finance PLC (20SY)


Thursday 08 November, 2018

Optivo Finance PLC

Optivo Trading update for 6 months to 30 09 2018

RNS Number : 7838G
Optivo Finance PLC
08 November 2018


This is an unaudited trading update for Optivo for the six months ended 30 September 2018.


Comparators in this trading update are the unaudited results for Optivo for the first half of the previous financial year ("H1 2017/18").

·    Turnover £161m (H1 2017/18 £159m)

·    Operating surplus £59m (H1 2017/18 £64m)

·    Surplus before tax £38m (H1 2017/18 7 £44m)

·    Operating margin 34% (H1 2017/18 7 31%)

·    Net interest costs £21m (H1 2017/18 £20m)

The Regulator of Social Housing confirmed Optivo's V1/G1 rating, the highest possible, following an in-depth assessment earlier this year. Optivo was selected to join the new £20bn London Development Panel in August, which is being used to accelerate housebuilding on public sites. We were also named in the Budget as a strategic partner under the Affordable Homes Programme and will receive an additional £49.9m to build 1,000 homes outside London by March 2022. Moody's have confirmed our rating is unchanged at A2 stable.


At the end of September 2018 our strategic KPI performance were as follows:

·    A net promoter score of 65 for resident satisfaction - 2018/19 target 56

·    We helped 486 people into jobs and training - 2018/19 whole year target 870

·    47% of residents are using our services online - 2018/19 target 45%

·    82% of staff feel proud to work for Optivo - 2018/19 target 75%

·    77% of staff say Optivo is a great employer - 2018/19 target 75%

For our core business of General Needs, Supported Housing and Housing for Older People operational income KPIs for Optivo for the year to date were as follows:

September 2018

March 2018

Total rent arrears of annual rent debit

£10.2m, 4.86%

£8.2m, 3.96%

Rent arrears of 0 to 4 weeks

£3.4m, 1.62%

£3.5m, 1.68%

Rent arrears of 5 to 6 weeks

0.9m, 0.43%

£0.7m, 0.32%

Rent arrears of 7 to 12 weeks

£1.9m, 0.93%

£1.5m, 0.71%

Rent arrears of 13 weeks or more

£3.9m, 1.88%

£2.6m, 1.25%


Universal Credit cases increased to 3,472, up 115% on September 2017. Arrears for these tenants are at 12.88%, an improvement from 13.15% when compared to September 2017. Additional staff resources are being applied to work with residents to manage the arrears position. In the half year to 30 September 2018 the average time to re-let vacant properties, excluding voids for major works, was 38.4 days. At 31 March 2018 the average for the financial year to date was 26.5 days. The increase reflects decisions to hold voids in certain sites while re-investment options appraisals are undertaken.

Out-turn for the half year ended September 2018 was in line with expectations and in accordance with Optivo's financial plan.

Investment and Sales

In the six months to 30 September we started 274 new homes and completed 259. Comparable figures for the six months to 31 March were 327 starts and 274 completions. At 30 September we were in contract to deliver 2,180 homes (March 2018: 2,054) across 50 sites, with remaining capital commitments on these sites of £379.7m (March 2018: £363m). We had 72 unsold Shared Ownership 1st tranche properties (March 2018: 65), and no open market sale unsold units (March 2018: 0).


At the end of the half year we had available undrawn facilities of £544m (March 2018: £606m) and £84m (March 2018: £82m) unencumbered cash and deposits available. Our outstanding net debt balance was £1,063m (March 2018: £1,007m).

Unaudited Financial Results

Unaudited financial results for H1 2018/19 are below, together with comparatives for H1 2017/18 and the full year 2017/18.  

Statement of Consolidated Income


H1 2018/19

H 1 2017/18







Cost of Sales




Operating Expenditure




Surplus on disposal of fixed assets




Operating Surplus




Surplus on commercial property disposals




Interest receivable




Interest and financing costs




Fair value movements - investment property




Surplus before taxation




Hedge reserve write off




Surplus / (Deficit) before taxation





·    The half year figures exclude movements in the fair value of investment properties, unhedged instruments and pension adjustments. These items are reviewed at year end.

Next Update

We will publish a full year financial update after 31 March 2019. 


Optivo is a charitable housing association that was formed on 22 May 2017 when AmicusHorizon Ltd amalgamated with Viridian Housing. It currently manages 44,000 homes across London, the South East and the Midlands with a target to achieve 1,500 new homes starts by 2020-21.


Further information on Optivo is available on our website  


Contact: Tim Luckhurst, Head of Treasury on 020 8726 8713 or [email protected] 



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