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Auction Markets See Mixed Results Following Holiday Distractions

With Sydney recording its lowest clearance rate of the year.

By Terry Christodoulou
Mon, May 2, 2022 9:24amGrey Clock 2 min

Following on from two weeks of Easter and Anzac Day distractions, capital city auction clearance rates were mostly steady at the weekend.

The national auction market reported a clearance rate of 73.1 % at the weekend which was lower than the 74.9% reported the previous weekend and well below the 83.3% recorded over the same weekend last year.

Across the country, auction numbers were predictably higher at the weekend – with 2231 listed compared to the previous holiday weekend’s 1460. However, it was lower, marginally, than the 2287 reported over the same weekend last year.

Sydney clearance rates were the lowest for the year so far with a surge in post-holiday listings.

The NSW capital reported a clearance rate of 64.5% at the weekend – similar to the 64.6% effort of last weekend but well below the 84.6% recorded over the same weekend last year.

A total of 822 Sydney homes were listed for auction on Saturday — higher than the 634 auctioned over last weekend’s holiday break but well below the 934 listed on the corresponding weekend last year.

Sydney recorded a median price of $1,765,500 for houses sold at auction at the weekend which was higher than the $1,525,000 recorded last weekend and 11.0 % higher than the same weekend last year’s $1,590,500.

Melbourne out-performed Sydney this weekend with a clearance rate of 71.8% on Saturday – similar to the 71.5% record over the previous weekend yet lower than the 80.1% recorded over the same weekend last year.

The Victorian capital saw 1116 homes were reported listed at the weekend which was predictably significantly higher than the 577 reported over the previous holiday weekend and also higher than the 1034 listed over the same weekend last year.

Further, Melbourne recorded a median price of $1,051,000 for houses sold at auction at the weekend which was higher than the $907,500 reported last weekend and also 5.0% higher than the $1,001,000 recorded over the same weekend last year.

Data powered by Dr Andrew Wilson, My Housing Market.



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More than 10,000 companies are expected to have entered external administration by the end of the 2024 financial year, a level not seen for more than a decade. Data just released by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) shows 1,245 companies became insolvent in May, the highest monthly number this financial year. At present, a total of 9,988 businesses have gone bust in FY24 with data from June yet to be finalised.

Deloitte Access Economics Partner David Rumbens said the surge in business insolvencies this year was a “clear sign of economic distress”.

He commented: “[ASIC] predicts that by the end of the financial year, the number of companies entering external administration will likely exceed 10,000 – a level not seen since 2012-13, in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC).”

Mr Rumbens said the elements contributing to this year’s surge in insolvencies include high inflation and interest rates, weak consumer spending, and the commencement of more proactive tax debt collection activities by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

“One of the key factors contributing to this surge in insolvencies is the [ATO] pursuing debts that were previously put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

Mr Rumbens cited ATO figures showing collectable debt rose 89 percent in the four years to June 2023. This has particularly impacted small businesses, which account for approximately 65 percent of the total debt owed at about $33 billion. “But more strictly enforced debt collection is coming at a time of tough economic conditions. High interest rates and cost-of-living pressures have weakened consumer spending, particularly in more discretionary components of spending.”

The construction sector has seen the highest number of insolvencies by far in FY24, mirroring the trend of FY23. Of the 9,988 insolvencies to date, 2,711 of them are in the building sector, which faces several challenges. These include a substantial lift in the cost of construction materials that is well above inflation and has made many fixed-price contracts signed within the past few years unprofitable. There is also a significant labour shortage that is delaying new home completions and new project starts, and also adding higher costs to projects.

“The construction sector has been hit particularly hard, with construction firms leading industry insolvencies in every quarter since mid-2021,” Mr Rumbens said. “They have accounted for approximately 25 percent of all insolvencies during this period. The residential construction sector is already facing a backlog of projects to complete as a result of skills and material shortages in recent years, and increased insolvencies in the sector may only exacerbate the problem of housing shortages.”

The ASIC data shows the next biggest industry affected is ‘other services’, which includes a broad range of personal care services such as hair, beauty, dietary, and death care services. The sector has seen 939 insolvencies in FY24. Retail trade is next with 687 insolvencies, followed by professional, scientific and technical services with 585 insolvencies.

“The food & accommodation sector has also experienced a wave of insolvencies. High input costs, worker shortages, and weak consumer sentiment have put pressure on businesses. Specifically, in March, cafés, restaurants, and takeaway businesses accounted for 5.5 percent of total business insolvencies, the highest proportion in the last three years.”

Mr Rumbens pointed out that while the number of insolvencies was high, it represents a lower share of the business sector at 0.33 percent than it did in FY13 when it was 0.53 percent. “This reflects the increase of registered companies in Australia, which has risen from just over two million to 3.3 million since 2012-13. Even so, the continued lift in insolvencies since 2021 highlights the difficult conditions many businesses face at present.”

 

 

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