1. People first approach
Our greatest strength is our people and their belief in what we do - both our dedicated team at U+I and the wider circle of partners and communities we work with every day. Their insights, expertise and commitment to our purpose make us tick, helping us to keep improving so we can deliver successful projects and sustainable returns for our shareholders.
2. Grow pipeline of regeneration projects in our three core geographies
We work with trusted public and private sector partners to grow our pipeline in our three core geographies. We focus on overlooked sites where there is a need for regeneration, a supportive planning context and evident undersupply of homes, jobs and amenities. Our equity-light approach reduces our financial exposure to any one individual project, providing significant upside potential. Our balance of development, trading and investment mitigates risk.
3. Drive value through an integrated model
Focused on regeneration, our integrated development, trading and investment portfolio drives our growth, plays to our strengths and mitigates risk. We secure opportunities in overlooked places – often too complex for others – add value through planning and realise value through the development, sale, or nurturing of assets in our investment portfolio.
4. Maintain capital discipline and efficiency
By actively managing an efficient balance sheet with appropriate gearing and a sizeable cash buffer, we mitigate against development exposure, financial leverage risks and the longer-term impact of Covid-19. Where we have excess capital on our balance sheet, we use our strong cash flows to reinvest, pay-down debt or return capital to shareholders, to align them with our success. We have a clear policy for ordinary dividends and supplemental dividends.
5. Deliver excellent returns
Maintaining the balance of longer-term development projects, shorter-term trading activity and recurring revenue from the investment portfolio helps mitigate risk and allows us to generate more consistent returns. Capital partners allow us to deliver more projects, with additional revenue streams.