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At Thirteen, we're a landlord and housing developer providing homes for rent and sale throughout North East England. We manage 34,000 properties from Northumberland to York, with the majority of homes for rent and sale in Teesside.
Thirteen provides customers with homes, support and opportunities to grow.
In July 2017, Erimus Housing, Housing Hartlepool, Tees Valley Housing, Tristar Homes and Thirteen Care and Support joined in partnership to create one strong social purpose business called Thirteen.
Our 1,600 colleagues provide services for more than 70,000 customers across Teesside and other areas of the North East, including North Yorkshire, County Durham, and Tyne and Wear.
Our reason for being is to provide good quality homes and support for those in housing need. We provide support for anyone who needs a little help: help to get on the housing ladder, help to pay the rent, help to keep their home in good repair.
As well as property for rent, we have a track record of providing homes for outright sale, shared ownership and deferred sale. By 2024, we also have plans to build 3,300 new homes, investing over £1bn in improving our services, tenants’ homes and their neighbourhoods.
In 2018, Thirteen Homes acquired Gus Robinson Developments to help deliver high quality homes in the region. In addition to delivering homes for sale, Gus Robinson will also deliver affordable housing schemes and specialist housing projects on behalf of Thirteen.
Quarter one trading update
- Turnover for the year to-date was £41.7m (2020 Q1: £45.8m)
- Operating surplus for the year to-date was £11.5m (2020 Q1: £11.8m)
- The surplus for the year to-date was £8.1m (2020 Q1: £10.2m)
- Thirteen benefits from a very strong liquidity position with sufficient cash and committed debt facilities to cover the next 47 months financing requirement.
Thirteen delivered a solid operational and financial performance to the first quarter of 2020/21 against a challenging Covid-19 backdrop, achieving a surplus of £8.1m for the year against a revised target of £3.3m. The group's financial plan will be revised for September's FFR submission to the regulator to reflect the most up-to-date Covid assumptions.
All VFM metrics are on target or within tolerances to the end of the third quarter, apart from new supply delivered and reinvestment percentage, which are both lower than planned due to the pausing of the development programme.
Gearing and EBITDA MRI remain well within our Golden Rule parameters, and EBITDA margin is at 42.8% for the first quarter, forecast to reduce to 21.5% by year-end.
Our New Homes Delivery team has plans to complete 3,200 homes over the next five years as part of Thirteen’s strategic plan. During the first quarter of the year, we completed 15 new homes, all of which were affordable homes. We have invested £5.1m in developing new homes and we're forecasting the construction of 387 homes this year. This has been reduced from the original target of 466 homes to allow for social distancing and safety measures on-site.
The team has started delivery of a five-year strategic partnership with Homes England, delivering 1,000 new affordable homes for rent and shared ownership with a £40m funding allocation. As part of this programme, the team will focus on acquiring sites within the Tees Valley and North Yorkshire. The team has made significant progress, with imminent starts on-site for over 200 affordable units and planning applications being finalised on a number of key sites. Alongside this, the team continues to deliver on its SOAHP 16-21 obligations, with schemes on-site in Middlesbrough, Darlington and Stockton and further afield in Morpeth and Whitby.
Outside of the Homes England funded programmes, we continue to strengthen our links with national housing developers and are able to deliver affordable homes on larger sites within the area. These links have strengthened our pipeline of development opportunities which continues to grow as we look to explore not only in our core areas in Teesside but further afield too.
Housing fixed assets stand at £1.04bn which is unchanged from the start of the year. Outstanding debt is £336.4m and available cash and committed liquidity facilities are £219.4m at the end of the quarter.