Flagship Group awarded A2 Credit Rating in latest review

Wednesday 27 March 2019

The Group's credit review reflects strong operating margins and solid financial management practices.

Credit Agency, Moody's, has issued Flagship with a A2 (stable) Credit Rating in its latest report, published 20 March. The review highlights the Group's strengths of strong operating margins, simple corporate structure and a strong regulatory framework.

The Group were awarded the joint highest qualitive score for financial management amongst all Moody's UK rated housing associations (HAs).

"Flagship's governance continues to remain a key strength, and this is reflected in the score card. The Group benefits from its steady and long-term growth plan. Its prudent business planning assumptions and robust multi-variant stress testing also demonstrate good governance, whilst effective management has led to a continued reduction in both voids and arrears", Moody's said.

Flagship's strong operating margin of 42 per cent puts it among the most profitable entities in the credit agency's portfolio of HAs. The Group is also expecting to make efficiency savings related to the recent merger with Victory Housing Trust, with an estimated cost reduction of 16million over the next five years.

Chief Financial Officer at Flagship, David Armstrong, is delighted with the results and says: "This is a great platform to support our goal of solving the housing crisis in the East of England."

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