Smith & Williamson advises the management team of Banner Homes on the sale to CALA Group Limited
Banner Homes, one of the UK’s leading independent luxury house builders, has been acquired by CALA Group Limited (“CALA” or “the Group”), the UK’s major upmarket home builder. Smith & Williamson Corporate Finance’s team of Brian Livingston and Andy Pedrette advised the Banner management on the rollover of their equity interests into the enlarged CALA Group.
CALA Group stated: “As a developer of high specification, luxury homes, operating across central and southern England, Banner represents a perfect strategic fit for CALA which focuses on upmarket, family homes within affluent locations in the south of England, the Midlands and Scotland.
Founded in 1975 in Beaconsfield, Banner Homes currently operates from 21 sites across three regional operational centres in the northern Home Counties, the southern Home Counties and the Midlands.
Banner sold 235 homes during the twelve months to May 2013 at a private average selling price of £511,000, resulting in revenues of £111m and operating profit of £16.4m at a gross margin of 24%. Banner’s land bank has almost 1,100 units, providing the business with a very strong platform for future organic growth.”
Piers Banfield of the Banner management team commented: “Smith and Williamson provided an exceptional and personal service throughout what was a highly complex engagement. They gave us creative and practical advice, demonstrating their clear understanding of the valuation metrics in the housebuilding industry. Without their assistance we would not have achieved the ultimate result.”
Brian Livingston, Head of M&A, added: “This transaction is further evidence of the resurgence of the UK housebuilding sector and we see consolidation in the sector continuing, as companies seek to build upon their market position.”
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