Property agent Country Wide gets £140m emergency cash

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Buyers in National. the UK’s biggest property agency owner, have authorized a £140m emergency fundraising on the company’s annual meeting.

The corporate owns 50 manufacturers including Bairstow Eves and Hamptons International and employs EIGHT,000 other people.

A £200m debt pile and tough buying and selling prerequisites have pressured Countrywide to raise funds to stay afloat.

Its determination to boost £111m via putting more than 1 billion shares at 10p sent shares crashing earlier this month.

The shares had been buying and selling at approximately 50p but fell as much as EIGHTY% after the fundraising used to be announced.

They were down 7% to 14p on Tuesday, valuing the company at £76m.

Just 2% of votes have been solid against the fundraising, during which Oaktree Capital will purchase stocks value £24m.

The non-public equity group’s stake in Countrywide will fall from 30% to 19% as a result.

Last week, National cancelled plans for a brand new bonus package deal for its most sensible bosses following an outcry from investors.

The bundle may have paid out a total of £20m to a few executives, depending on the firm’s proportion worth efficiency over the following three years.

In January, chief government Alison Platt departed after Country Wide issued a benefit warning, with chairman Peter Lengthy becoming executive chairman.

Another benefit warning followed in June whilst the company said effects for the first part were likely to be about £20m not up to final year.

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