Foxtons in talks to buy rival agent Douglas & Gordon

Monday 22nd February 2021 14:00 GMT

Sky News understands that Foxtons is in exclusive negotiations to acquire the privately owned chain, which has about 18 branches in the capital.

A property industry source said the deal was likely to cost Foxtons in the region of £15m, making it a small-but-significant deal by industry standards.

Foxtons has recovered more robustly than originally anticipated since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, telling investors in December that it was increasing its full-year profit forecast.

Last year, it raised more than £20m from shareholders in a placing after warning of a collapse in revenues.

In recent weeks, rumours have circulated about a potential private equity bid for Foxtons, although it was unclear on Monday whether that speculation was credible.

While its shares remain 30% lower than this time last year, they are now worth more than double the 31.5p they slumped to last May.

Douglas & Gordon, which is family-owned, is run by James Evans, a former Foxtons executive.

It is understood to have held talks with a number of parties about a full or partial sale in recent months.

Neither Foxtons nor Douglas & Gordon could be reached for comment.

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