Vistry expects margins to restore as market trends continue to improve

Vistry Group PLC (LON:VTY) has said its gross margin is expected to be restored in the second half of the year as market trends continue to improve after easing of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown restrictions.

The housebuilder said house prices have remained stable, while there is deflationary pressure in its supply chain and completions are returning to more normal levels.

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During the crisis, the company has incurred additional costs and lower operating efficiency due to safety measures.

The FTSE 250-listed firm welcomed Wednesdays statement by Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak raising the threshold for stamp duty to £500,000 until next March.

The group said Vistry Partnerships' mixed-tenure reservations are totalling £393mln, for a forward order book of £920mln, while housebuilding reservations are currently sitting at £1.2bn.

In the six months to June 30, 2020, it noted that revenue in the Vistry Partnerships division slipped by 12% to £297mln due to the pandemic.

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