Scots construction group records record home sales

SCOTS construction company Bancon Group reported a 16% increase in turnover and strong profits in its accounts for the year ended March 2023.

The Aberdeenshire-based business says that a 33% increase in its homes business underpins much of the success for the year, with turnoveer up £18m on the previous year to £132m.

Despite cost inflation and the headwinds being experienced by the industry, Bancon Group say they delivered operating profits of £4.6. 

Bancon Group's Operating Board.
The Bancon Group is made up of Bancon Homes, Bancon Construction, and Deeside Timberframe.

Pre-tax profits of £1.8m were slightly behind the £2.7m reported in the previous year as a result of writing down the value of a long-held development.

The level of activity in the year for Bancon Homes delivered turnover of £68.4m compared to £51.3m in the previous financial year.

Bancon Homes brought forward future phases of its developments in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire and started on two new developments in the Central Belt during the period.

Turnover at Bancon Construction was £35.5m, 18% ahead of the previous year and profits before tax were the highest reported since 2007.

Bancon Construction has a strong order book with turnover in excess of £40m secured in the current financial year.

Despite an overall slowdown in the market in the second-half of the financial year, Deeside Timberframe maintained activity at a similar level to the previous year with turnover of £28.0m compared to £32.6m. 

The business is investing in facilities and production efficiencies to counter the sharp rise in the cost of raw materials and deliver a step-change in growth across Scotland and England.

The Group reports a positive outlook for 2023-2024 and has renewed its banking facilities with Santander for a further three years to December 2026.

Commenting on the strong results, Chief Executive Kevin McColgan who joined the Group in September this year, said: “These robust results, with a second consecutive year of increased homes sales, combined with the renewal of our banking facility, demonstrate the success of our current strategies and the confidence in our future prospects.

“Our strong financial position, positive sales performance in the current financial year and strong forward orders means we are exceptionally well-placed to invest in and deliver our growth ambitions even against the backdrop of the rising costs of raw materials and the wider economic uncertainties.”