Legal & General Group announces today that its Legal & General Capital division has acquired the 52.1% of CALA Homes which it did not previously own.
The business has performed strongly under joint ownership with Patron Capital Partners, with revenues growing threefold from £241 million in 2013 to £748 million in 2017.
Legal & General believes that CALA Homes has attractive growth prospects under its continued ownership based on Legal & General Capital’s long term approach to investing and the attractive market for housebuilding in the UK.
If CALA Homes had been 100% owned by Legal & General during 2017 on a post transaction basis, the operating profit before tax would have been £91.5 million. Legal & General reported operating profit before tax for its 47.88% stake in CALA Homes in 2017 of £42.5 million.
The total valuation of 100% of the equity in CALA Homes was £605 million.
The acquisition cost of the 52.1% share capital Legal & General did not own was £315 million plus additional transaction costs and financial adjustments to reflect the contribution of management and Patron during the period of our joint ownership.
Kerrigan Procter, Chief Executive Officer of Legal & General Capital, said: “Legal & General is delighted to assume full ownership of CALA Homes, a growing business which we know and understand well.
“It has a strong management team with proven experience of managing a housebuilding business across business cycles, and has delivered great returns for shareholders since its acquisition in 2013, having tripled in revenue during this time. I am excited to be working with the team as CALA Homes continues to develop and grow under our continued ownership.
“Legal & General has valued the contributions of Patron over the past years and is pleased to have successfully grown the business together.”