The company said it will pay shareholders a special dividend of £50m in 2014, and £200m in 2015 from its growing cash pile, with plans for further annual payments from 2016. The dividend comes after fellow housebuilder Persimmon also said it would bring forward a £1.9bn payout to shareholders on the back of increasing buyer demand.
"We have now reached the point where the strategy is creating surplus cash,"
The company saw profits before tax jump 47.6 per cent last year to £268.4m as revenue increased 13.7 per cent to £2.3bn.
It sold 11,696 homes in the year, up from 10,886 in 2012, while the average selling price increased to £210,000 from £197,000 a year earlier.
The group said it enjoyed a "significant step" in both interest levels and sales rates" because of Help to Buy. It said it worked with 2,928 households using the scheme, with almost 20 per cent completing in the year, and sales of 29 per cent in the period.
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