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LSL Property Services announced on 16th March that it would not be merging with Countrywide.  Its balance sheet looks terrible with net assets of £141m including goodwill of £160m and a Current Ratio of less than 1.  Since then it has been affected by the lockdown as well, but somehow today the share price is back to a pre-lockdown level.  I'm short at 177.

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From the chart below it seems down over 50% compared to pre-lockdown.

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The announcement of the merger collapse was on 16th March and the lockdown was on 20th March.

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Yes up 3.6% today, but 'a rising tide lifts all boats'

In any event imho be careful being short here, the failed merger was a good thing, fundamentals behind the housing market are good, low interest rates are also good for the resi market. Plus they have a large % of income from lettings, their franchisee' s and of course the survey dept. Income will take a hit but it will bounce...

 

Countrywide up 12% today looks a lot better shorting target....they were already struggling before this....

 

Good luck 

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