Profits fall at Foxtons following downturn in London property market

Foxtons Group PLC today announced interim results for the half year ended 30 JUNE 2017.

Lettings revenue £32.1m down 2% versus prior year; Volumes up 1% with several growth initiatives underway, offset by fall in rental rates. Remains a resilient, recurring revenue stream.

Sales revenue £22.2m down 29% in the half; mainly driven by the Q1 surge in the prior year. Q2 sales revenue down 3% overall versus prior year and impacted by increased political uncertainty towards the end of the period.

Commenting on today’s statement, Nic Budden, Chief Executive Officer said:

“Our performance has been resilient in the context of a London property market that has been further impacted by unprecedented economic and political uncertainty. Whilst sales commissions in the second quarter as a whole were down 3% versus prior year, sales exchanges and our under offer pipeline weakened through June and the early part of July. The growth in our lettings portfolio was encouraging, up 2% to c.19,800 tenancies and now accounts for 55% of group revenues, delivering a steady and recurring income stream.

 “During the last six months we have maintained our relentless focus on delivering a market leading service for our customers and that remains our priority. We recently launched MyFoxtons for tenants and buyers, a sophisticated online portal to complement the equivalent for landlords and vendors launched last year, and early feedback has been encouraging. We have several new and exciting initiatives underway designed to build our lettings portfolio and strengthen our customer offer further. While conditions remain challenging, we are confident that these initiatives, together with the strength of our network, our balance sheet and our brand will support long term growth for our shareholders.”

Read  Foxtons interim results for the half year ended 30 JUNE 2017 in full click here.

 

Allen Walkey

Highly experienced businessman with a successful career in property sales and investment both in the UK and abroad. Now a freelance writer and blogger for the property and Investment Industry, keeping readers up-to-date with changes and events in a rapidly changing world.

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