McGrath Estate Agents trading at all time low of 19.5 cents

McGrath Estate Agents trading at all time low of 19.5 cents
McGrath Estate Agents trading at all time low of 19.5 cents

The McGrath estate agency was trading on Friday at a record low 19.5 cents, and again this morning at that price.

The ASX listed agency was at 29 cents in early June. It floated at $2.10 in late 2015.

The latest sharemarket decline came just days after the group celebrated its 2019 awards night.

On the night, its founder John McGrath noted outstanding results from not just the award winners but throughout the group.

“We have principals and offices growing at lightning speed in what has been a tough market," he said.

“We have the most elite sales force on the planet, in my opinion."

"Any other company in the world would like to have these people on their roster but we have all five of them," he said when the top sellers countdown reached the group's top five.

McGrath Estate Agents trading at all time low of 19.5 cents

For the third consecutive time, the top agent was foundation franchisee and principal of McGrath Terrigal, Mat Steinwede, beating some 700 agents in the company’s 97 NSW, ACT, Queensland and Victorian offices.

The next best seller was the Crows Nest Sydney agent Peter Chauncy.

The next three were Betty Ockerlander at McGrath Epping; Keiran Bresnahan at Hurstville and Alex Jordan at the Paddington, Queensland office, which was awarded the prize of the group's fastest growing office.

Only five of the top 20 were women and only two of the top 10, with Tracey Dixon at Hunters Hill and Ockerlander.

In 2016 the top 10 were: 

1. Mat Steinwede – McGrath Terrigal 2. Betty Ockerlander – McGrath Epping 3. Peter Chauncy – McGrath Crows Nest 4. Michael Coombs – McGrath Mosman 5. Nigel Mukhi – McGrath Neutral Bay 6. Brent Courtney – McGrath Lane Cove 7. Tracey Dixon – McGrath Hunters Hill 8. Dennis Vertzayias – McGrath Edgecliff 9. David Howe – McGrath Northbridge 10. Jaimie Woodcock – McGrath Terrigal.

McGrath Estate Agents trading at all time low of 19.5 cents

In June Kon Stathopoulos, the head of sales, departed McGrath Estate Agents having been with the group since 2014 when he came from a non-real estate background.

Earlier this month McGrath's biggest institutional backer, Perpetual further reduced its shareholding of the ASX listed agency.

It share sales took its shareholding down to 6.4 percent, less than half its initial exposure.

It had been initially sitting on 14 percent when accumulating the shares after its 2015 float.

It was in the 2015 float at $2.10 that Perpetual emerged as a surprise major backer of the McGrath Estate Agents’ initial public offering.

McGrath began public life as a company worth $282 million, which has dipped, along with property prices and fewer star agents, to $32 million.

At $2.10 per share, it equated to 8.8 times forecast earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation for fiscal 2016.

McGrath shares slumped to $1.72 on its second day of trade in late 2015.

The biggest shareholder remains John McGrath, followed by Aqualand and Tony Denny.

With the company now capitalised at $32 million, McGrath's personal stake is worth around $8 million given his near quarter holding.

The float allowed him to pocket $37 million, some of which he quickly spent buying a few further shares in the agency.

Last March the Central Coast-based property developer, Tony Denny amassed a 5 percent shareholding as a "passive long-term investment" paying around 40¢. Denny spent $3 million on 7.2 million shares in March last year which took his holding to five percent. 

Aqualand took its stake in June last year.

They paid 42.5 cents a share for their 25,189,880 shares which totalled $10.7 million.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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