Among uks biggest housebuilders is tapping investors for 500m to pay on land, saying that coronavirus has actually pushed straight down costs, thinned the competition and developed opportunities.

Taylor wimpey, the ftse 100 developer, was already active in the land marketplace within the last couple of months, despite much of great britain becoming under lockdown. the organization features purchased a dozen websites at a price of around 136m but stated it had desire for food for lots more.

The pandemic has established short-term opportunities to obtain land from a broad array of resources at attractive comes back and prices below pre-covid-19 levels, stated the organization, that also launched it could return any money it had received included in the governments furlough scheme.

The approximately 500m equity raise would enable united states to take advantage of these near term options. these investments will support lasting future development and deliver enhanced, longterm worth to shareholders, said pete redfern, taylor wimpeys leader, that is spending 200,000 as part of the fundraise.

This new capital goes towards 13 internet sites the builder is within the procedure of acquiring and an additional 60 it really is in discussions regarding, it stated.

Chris millington, an analyst at numis securities, said the action ended up being a surprise.

They argued they have these types of good stability sheet, but the moment they need to purchase land theyre knocking in the door [of investors], that i dont see persimmon or berkeley doing, he included, talking about two other big housebuilders.

Plus seeking window of opportunity for discounts, taylor wimpey ended up being seeking to diversify its land holdings, which may have skewed towards bigger websites, he stated. the business may also be keen to emulate its competing berkeley group, which took advantageous asset of discounts in the aftermath for the financial meltdown to purchase up land, he added.

Land bought now would usually just take a minimum of 2 yrs to construct houses on, where point taylor wimpey stated it expected the housing marketplace to own recovered through the slowdown due to coronavirus.

Taylor wimpey banged off the putting on wednesday evening and broadened the pool of eligible investors to retail investors and staff members through the primarybid system. the business follows compass group and iwg in providing exclusive people access to a fundraising in current weeks.

The move showed that organizations were thinking about a wider selection of stakeholders than entirely institutional people, stated anand sambasivan, primarybids leader.

Stocks in taylor wimpey had been investing at 1.52 at marketplace near on wednesday, offering the organization a market capitalisation of just below 5bn.