Pete Wargent blogspot

Co-founder & CEO of AllenWargent property buyer's agents, offices in Brisbane (Riverside) & Sydney (Martin Place), & CEO of WargentAdvisory (providing subscription analysis, reports & services to institutional clients).

5 x finance/investment author - 'Get a Financial Grip: a simple plan for financial freedom’ (2012) rated Top 10 finance books by Money Magazine & Dymocks.

"Unfortunately so much commentary is self-serving or sensationalist. Pete Wargent shines through with his clear, sober & dispassionate analysis of the housing market, which is so valuable. Pete drills into the facts & unlocks the details that others gloss over in their rush to get a headline. On housing Pete is a must read, must follow - he's one of the finest property analysts in Australia" - Stephen Koukoulas, MD of Market Economics, former Senior Economics Adviser to Prime Minister Gillard.

"Pete is one of Australia's brightest financial minds - a must-follow for articulate, accurate & in-depth analysis." - David Scutt, Business Insider, leading Australian market analyst.

"I've been investing for over 40 years & read nearly every investment book ever written, yet I still learned new concepts in his books. Pete Wargent is one of Australia's finest young financial commentators." - Michael Yardney, Australia's leading property expert, Amazon #1 best-selling author.

"The most knowledgeable person on Aussie real estate markets - Pete's work is great, loads of good data & charts, the most comprehensive analyst I follow in Australia. If you follow Australia, follow Pete Wargent" - Jonathan Tepper, Variant Perception, Global Macroeconomic Research, author of the New York Times bestsellers 'End Game' & 'Code Red'.

"The level of detail in Pete's work is superlative across all of Australia's housing markets" - Grant Williams, co-founder RealVision - where world class experts share their thoughts on economics & finance - author of Things That Make You Go Hmmm, one of the world's most popular & widely-read financial publications.

"Wargent is a bald-faced realty foghorn" - David Llewellyn-Smith, 'MacroBusiness'.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Ugly Vita, beta splayed


I haven't done any Monday morning quarterbacking for at least a couple of weeks, which is remiss of me.

Following on from the themes of Vocus and Sirtex, this time Vita Group (ASX: VTG) has crashed by another 30.5 per cent following yesterday's update on trading conditions. 

Shareholders have now experienced almost a 72 per cent drawdown from the 52-week high. 

Some shareholders had expressed concerns that the CEO's selldown might presage a falling share price. 

In March last year the CEO finally cashed in 15 million shares of her stake for a hard-earned $42 million payday (while still retaining a very substantial 39 million shares, it should be said) - and then in August another 4 million shares were disposed. 

Source: ASX

A remarkable success story, the CEO had founded the group almost two decades earlier with just one solitary store.

A 70-plus per cent drawdown following key management personnel selling of shares echoes the Vocus story quite closely.