Domain sees decline in new listings double as net profit falls 29 percent

Domain sees decline in new listings double as net profit falls 29 percent
Domain sees decline in new listings double as net profit falls 29 percent

Domain has experienced a doubling in the decline of new web listings as its annual net profit fell 29 percent. 

Nationally, Domain new listings declined around 12 percent, double the 6 percent decline reported in the first half result.

The real estate website lost $6.2 million last year.

It said revenue for the year to June 30 rose by almost 20 per cent to $343.3 million but the bottom line was hit by previously announced impairments of $179 million.

The yearly results show revenue was down 6.1 per cent. The net profit after tax was $37.4 million, down 29.3 per cent.

Chief executive Jason Pellegrino said it was a solid performance in the context of major listing declines in Melbourne and Sydney.

“For FY19 Domain delivered a solid performance in the context of the challenging year faced by the Australian property market.

"To put this in perspective, property sales as a percentage of Australia's dwelling stock are at their lowest point in more than 20 years."

Domain sees decline in new listings double as net profit falls 29 percent

 Residential revenue increased 0.5% to around $173 million.

"This is a solid result from Residential in the context of lower listings volumes in key markets, where auction volumes declined around 25% in Sydney and 28% in Melbourne."

Domain sees decline in new listings double as net profit falls 29 percent

Domain have suggested their proprietary datasets have shown some encouraging signs of buyer activity in the first weeks of FY20, including increased attendance at open for inspections and increased home loan application volumes.

They did noted however that listings volumes remained weak in a seasonally low listings period, with national market new listings declining down 20 per cent in July 2019, with Sydney and Melbourne new listings down 26% and 27% respectively.

Domain's media arm didn't fair much better.

Media, developers and commercial revenue declined around 13 percent for the year.

Pellegrino highlighted financing constraints and other regulatory issues which have shifted market demand from investors to owner-occupiers, and from large high rise developments to smaller boutique projects which require a lower level of marketing support.

Over the financial year Domain acquired CommercialView and increased their stake in Homepass. 

Domain sees decline in new listings double as net profit falls 29 percent

“During my first 12 months at Domain we have been focused on establishing and driving the strategy which will support our next phase of growth," Pellegrino said.

“Our vision is to build a customer-centric Australian property marketplace. Everyone in our business is working to inspire confidence for all of life’s property decisions.

"There is substantial headroom to step change our performance by using our data to build products and offerings that better meet the needs of buyers, vendors and agents.”

"Domain is better placed than ever to deliver on our growth ambitions. This will be further supported as the market returns to a more positive listings environment.

“Our relationship with Nine provides opportunity to expand Domain’s reach and engagement through Nine’s broadcast and digital assets, and we’re excited about the upcoming launch of a new Your Domain TV show on September 7th.”

Shares rose four per cent to $3 in morning trade. It was at $3.50 this time last year.

 
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