Under the terms of the deal, the FTSE 250 group will be responsible for the upkeep of the homes, which are located in the North West of England and the Midlands & East of England, for the next ten years.
“We are very pleased to have been awarded contracts for two large regions by the Home Office; together these will be the largest contracts by value ever awarded to Serco,” said chief executive Rupert Soames.
“This award vindicates our decision to continue to invest in building our capability and expertise in what is an extremely sensitive, complex and nationally important area of public service delivery.”
The new Asylum Accommodation and Support Services Contracts (AASCs) are replacing the current COMPASS contracts, which were awarded back in 2012 but have proved costly for Serco. Last year, the COMPASS contracts cost the Hampshire-based firm £15mln.
The contracts aren’t expected to have much impact in the current year, but in 2020, their first full year, Serco expects the AASCs to bring in £150mln in revenue, while they should also be “materially positive” to both profitability and cash flow.
Serco shares rose 7.6% to 109.9p.