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Why invest in Unite?

Unite Students:
Home for Success

Chief Executive Richard Smith talks about the purpose which drives Unite Students: Home for Success. He gives views on why everybody should have the opportunity to be the best version of themselves.

Students playing monopoly at the table
OUR STRATEGY

Our strategic objectives

DELIVERING FOR OUR CUSTOMERS AND UNIVERSITIES

  • Delivering a best-in-class student experience
  • Investment to enhance our physical estate
  • Front-line service excellence training
  • Investment in our digital capabilities and technology platform
  • Segmentation of our product and service
  • Maintaining our proactive response to cladding risk

ATTRACTIVE RETURNS FOR SHAREHOLDERS

  • Dividend payout of 80% of adjusted EPS
  • Recovery in earnings and return to normalised growth of 6–8% p.a.
  • Return to pre-Covid-19 adjusted EBIT margins
  • Increasing our alignment to the strongest universities
  • Sourcing new growth opportunities through development and University partnerships
  • Disciplined capital management with new capital to pursue growth opportunities

A RESPONSIBLE AND RESILIENT BUSINESS

  • Becoming net zero carbon by 2030
  • Creating resource efficient assets and operations
  • Enhancing the health and wellbeing of our employees and students
  • Providing opportunities for all through investment in the Unite Foundation and the Leapskills programme.
  • Raising standards for the student housing sector

Six compelling reasons to invest in Unite Students

Structurally growing sector

  • Demographic growth.
  • Rising HE participation.
  • Growing international demand.

High-quality portfolio

  • Aligned to the strongest universities.
  • Investing to enhance our operational estate.

Best-in-class operating platform

  • Over 60 university relationships.
  • Sector-leading operating margins.

High visibility over returns

  • Sustainable rental growth of 3.0-3.5% p.a.
  • 5,000-bed development pipeline.

Substantial growth opportunities

  • Market share gains from HMO sector.
  • Development of 1,500 beds p.a.
  • New university partnerships.

Leadership in sustainability

  • Net zero carbon by 2030.
  • Helping students succeed.

The unite group plc
Annual report and accounts

Focused on growth and sustainability