Billionaire Gandel family buy stake in valuation firm Landmark White

Billionaire Gandel family buy stake in valuation firm Landmark White
Billionaire Gandel family buy stake in valuation firm Landmark White

BRW rich listers the Gandel family have taken a 6.6 per cent stake in listed property valuation and advisory firm Landmark White, which recently acquired rival MVS National.

Tony Gandel - the son of property developer John Gandel - and his wife Helen, bought into LMW, according to The Australian Financial Review. John Gandel ranked seventh on the recently released 2017 BRW rich list with a net worth of $6.05 billion.

The five million shares in Landmark White that the Gandels bought for $3 million make them the third biggest investor in the company, behind co-founder Glen Joseph White (14 per cent) and fund manager Microequities (16.5 per cent).

Tony Gandel runs the family's Gandel Invest business which, according to its website, "makes strategic, non-controlling investments in growing businesses".

"Gandel Invest typically seeks to acquire a 30-40 per cent shareholding and assist the company to grow and achieve the goals of all shareholders," according to its website. 

The investment by Gandel came a day after Landmark White completed the acquisition of MVS National for $35 million that would create the largest ASX-listed valuation services business.

The acquisition, which was struck on an earnings multiple of 4.5, adds 85 valuers to LMW's staff of 250 and expand its revenue stream to incorporate government and statutory valuation work, the AFR reported.

Shares in LMW fell 1 per cent on Wednesday to close at 61.5¢.

According to Greville Pabst, executive chairman of national valuation firm WBP Property Group, industry consolidation is being driven by the scale required to fund technology platforms and the cost of professional indemnity insurance.

 

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