Speculation of £700m sale
Cala ‘revives sale talk’ on back of solid figures
Cala Homes development in Leith
Housebuilder Cala Group is said to have appointed advisers to seek out buyers for the company.
Shareholders have asked Lazard, the investment bank, to look at prospective bidders interested in a £700 million deal.
Cala is jointly owned by Legal & General, the insurer, and Patron Capital, the specialist real estate investment firm.
The Edinburgh-based company was in talks last year with Evergrande, a Chinese property group.
According to Sky News, the revived sale process is at an early stage, although people close to Cala suggested that private equity firms, pension funds and some rival housebuilders were expected to look at it.
Fellow Edinburgh housebuilder Miller Homes was recently sold to the private equity firm Bridgepoint in a £655m deal.
L&G and Patron took control of Cala in 2013 in a deal valuing the company at £210m.
A stock market flotation remains an option if a trade sale does not materialise.
It has built a solid business in southern England with its range of homes focused on the mid-range to upper price bracket.
The company announced its fifth consecutive year of record profits, with annual revenue exceeding £700m for the first time.
It is involved in a number of prestige projects, including the conversion of the former Donaldson’s College in Edinburgh.
It has not commented on the prospective sale speculation.