What does your company do?
We are an Ethical Housing REIT, providing homes for some of the most vulnerable people in society.
This includes learning and physical disabilities, mental health needs, homelessness and extra care (housing with care for the elderly). We collaborate with our customers, including charities and housing associations, to design, fund, build and deliver quality homes throughout the UK.
Our financial target is to deliver a long-term annual net return of 7-9% of which 3-4% will be paid in the form of a dividend.
How do you balance ethical investment with financial return?
There is a growing need for the homes we provide. For example, it is estimated that the shortfall in Supported Housing places will increase to 46,771 by 2025.
We are making a direct impact by redeveloping and building quality homes, adding much needed capacity and creating shareholder value, rather than acquiring existing social housing portfolios. Furthermore, we are seeking to deliver homes that are sustainable in terms of their environmental impact, energy efficiency and financial viability.
In 2017 we delivered much needed Supported Housing places and outperformed our financial benchmark, the MSCI IPD UK Residential Index.
What benefits are there for a NEX Exchange quoted company?
Our growth necessitates that we raise new equity in order to continue delivering new homes and making a social impact. NEX Exchange provides growth companies like ours with a cost effective and regulated trading platform to engage with new and existing investors.
It has also enabled us to attract new customers and raise our profile, which has culminated in our nominations for NEX Company of the Year and Impact Company of the Year at the forthcoming Small Cap Awards 2018.