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Return to profit expected at student and residential property giant

A residential property giant, which was founded by one of the North West’s most successful businessmen, has said it expects to return to profit as its latest developments are completed and sold.

Vita Group, which was established by chief executive Mark Stott, added that it is “well positioned” to grow revenues after occupancy in its student residences recovered following the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The update has been included in newly-filed documents for the group with Companies House which show its revenue dipped from £79m to £70.5m in the 12 months to December 31, 2020.

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The group, which is headquartered in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, also reported a pre-tax loss of £1.9m, down from a £10.8m loss in 2019.

Vita’s operations now focus on the Vita Student and Vita Living brands following the sale in March 2020 of the companies representing the Select Property Group, City Suites and Union Living brands to a new related party holding companies outside of the group.

During the year, the group completed the construction of new Vita Student developments in Leeds and Nottingham as well as its first residential Affinity Living apartment scheme.

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A statement signed off by the board said: “The results for the year have been affected by slightly shorter tenancies than normal resulting from the disruption to students’ education arising from the Covic-19 pandemic, however, the business reacted quickly to ensure appropriate safeguards were in place to protect residents and provide a high quality experience.

“Bookings for the 2021/200 academic year and occupancy in our residences are strong and therefore the directors are confidence that the group is well positioned to grow revenues and profitability.

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“The directors expect the group to make profits in the future as developments under construction and planned developments completed and are sold.

“Six additional Vita Student developments are scheduled for completion within the next two years, as well as three further Affinity Living developments.

“Further developments are in the pipeline for each of the group’s brands.”

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