Land is the key driver of value for any housebuilder, and we are confident we have a high-quality landbank. We measure this by length, weight, shape, efficiency and quality. Our strategic pipeline is a competitive advantage in its own right, giving increased optionality and opportunities to protect value.
We have a strong short term landbank of c.83k plots and are confident in the locational quality of our landbank in areas customers want to live, giving us a greater resilience. Importantly, it has also allowed us to be very selective with land acquisitions throughout 2022 and reduce our spend as the land market became more competitive and demand weakened. This is something we expect to continue given current market conditions. We retain the ability to be opportunistic if it is the right thing to do. The optionality and flexibility provided by our strategic land portfolio will remain a key differentiator.
Our focus is on progressing planning to open new, quality outlets and securing delivery from our mature strategic land pipeline and transferring assets to the operational business.
While land is ultimately the key driver of value, an efficient business model is needed to minimise risk, manage headwinds and protect value. This is particularly important in challenging market conditions. We are taking a future-focused approach to modernisation of construction methods and build innovation including expanding our use of timber frame, and driving standardisation and efficiencies.
We are extremely proud to be the top rated volume housebuilder for quality but we know that there is more we can do to ensure each and every customer’s experience is consistently a great one, including forming a better understanding of our customer combined with a clear focus on increasing customer service scores.
We build quality homes and design communities to enable customers to enjoy a good quality of life while protecting the environment and ensuring development brings economic growth and skilled employment. Our new homes, with energy efficiency built in, can play a critical role in helping the UK meet its decarbonisation targets, and reduce the cost of living for customers.
Our approach to sustainability encompasses environmental, social, economic and governance aspects including our contributions to, and involvement in, local communities, our focus on customer service and build quality, our commitment to health and safety, our strong culture, as well as how we tackle our environmental footprint and enable customers to live sustainably. We set clear standards on these issues and work closely with our colleagues, subcontractors, suppliers and other partners to deliver on our commitments.
We have a clear and disciplined framework that balances investment for future value creation with sustainable annual dividends and excess cash returns for investors as appropriate through the cycle.
Every day we make capital allocation decisions when we buy land. Our investment criteria is subject to a rigorous process and includes detailed land assessment against numerous financial metrics, subject to sign off by senior management levels including Chief Executive. Our Ordinary Dividend Policy has been set up to operate through the cycle and is stress tested to withstand a reduction in prices of 20% and volumes of 30%.
- Operating profit is defined as profit on ordinary activities before net finance costs, exceptional items and tax, after share of results of joint ventures.
- Operating profit margin is defined as operating profit divided by revenue.
- Return on net operating assets (RONOA) is defined as rolling 12-months’ operating profit divided by the average of the opening and closing net operating assets of the 12-month period, which is defined as net assets less net cash, excluding net taxation balances and accrued dividends.
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- Adjusted gearing is defined as adjusted net debt divided by net assets. Adjusted net debt is defined as net cash less land creditors.