Miller Homes stockMiller Homes is to be acquired by private equity group Bridgepoint in a transaction totalling £655 million, the housebuilder confirmed today.

The firm, which is the largest privately-owned housebuilder in the UK operating from three regional divisions in the Midlands & South, North, and Scotland, had declined to comment on speculation over the proposed sale last month, but has now welcomed the move as it looks towards its “next phase of growth”.

Established in 1934, the company focuses on sustainable developments on the edge of urban or suburban areas.

Last year Miller built 2,380 homes while reporting a 13% increase in revenue to £565m and a 31% increase in operating profit to £103m.

The acquisition by Bridgepoint was aided by funds managed by GSO Capital Partners.

Miller Homes chief executive Chris Endsor said: “2016 was an outstanding year for Miller Homes delivering operating profit in excess of £100m for the first time and outperforming on all key financial metrics for the fifth consecutive year.  We fully expect 2017 to continue that upward trend.

“GSO have been a great supporter of our business and I look forward to welcoming Bridgepoint as our new shareholder as we undertake our next phase of growth, in an ongoing favourable macro-economic climate for UK housebuilding.”

Jamie Wyatt, partner at Bridgepoint, said: “The UK regional markets in which Miller operates are in good health with a positive sales environment and an attractive land buying market. Miller’s strategic position within those markets combined with its historic robust financial performance position it well to address future growth in the UK new build housing market where demand currently outstrips supply.”

Michael Whitman, senior managing director at GSO Capital Partners, added: “We are delighted with the significant growth Miller has achieved since GSO’s investment in 2012. We are proud of both the exceptional management team and all employees. We wish the company great success in the future with Bridgepoint.”