Janusz Hooker calls in KMPG administrators to restructure LJ Hooker

Janusz Hooker calls in KMPG administrators to restructure LJ Hooker
Janusz Hooker calls in KMPG administrators to restructure LJ Hooker

LJ Hooker has appointed KPMG to help restructure the group via a voluntary administration process.

LJ Hooker chairman Janusz Hooker has sought out three KPMG accountants as administrators to five known LJ Hooker entities.

The appointments included LJX Pty Ltd which is the shareholder in the Lower North Shore AVNU agency, LJHA (LNS) Pty Ltd, which is not in administration, nor the LJHA (LNS) ultimate holding company, Austral Pty Ltd.

The appointments were made on Thursday.

It comes as LJ Hooker Group's directors reportedly seek to recapitalise the wider business with fresh funds, along with a wish to simplify it's operations and carry less debt.

The AFR reported the goal of chairman and founding family member (Leslie) Janusz Hooker - who bought back into the family business in 2009 - and former Macquarie dealmaker Bryan Weir was to emerge from the process with a simpler corporate structure.

"Sources close to the group" advised the administration would not impact the real estate agent's core LJ Hooker franchise business, or its employees.

It was revealed by the AFR Street Talk column on Sunday.

Each of the entities was said to be a holding company - and not operating companies.

The five sit among 40 entities in the wider LJ Hooker Group.

Documents filed with ASIC show Ryan Eagle, Philip Quinlan and Amanda Coneyworth were appointed administrators to entities including LJHRES which was set up in 2015 and LJHRES HOLDINGS which was set up in 2017.

LJX Labs and LJX Holdings have also had an administrator appointed.

After dumping plans for a $400m stockmarket float, Janusz Hooker, unveiled the LJX Lab in 2017.

The digital research and development vehicle was set to look to foster innovation by identifying, incubating and commercialising products in the prop-tech sector.

AVNU LNS chief performance officer Christine Mikhael resigned her directorship last Thursday from AVNU LNS.

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