Purplebricks’ bonus share pay-out to CEO and finance chief

Helena Marston
Helena Marston

Purplebricks has announced that its chief executive officer, Helena Marston, and chief financial officer, Stephen Long, have been given a shares bonus as part of the company’s performance share plan for senior management.

A statement to shareholders yesterday said: “Purplebricks Group plc, a leading UK estate agency business, announces that on 15 August 2022, the following awards over ordinary shares of £0.01 each in the Company (“Awards”) were granted under the Purplebricks Performance Share Plan to the following persons discharging managerial responsibilities:

+ 800,000 Awards to Helena Marston, Chief Executive officer; and

+ 650,000 Awards to Stephen Long, Chief Financial Officer

“The Awards have an exercise price of £0.01 per share and become exercisable subject to continued employment and performance based on two performance measures relating to the Company’s relative and absolute total shareholder return over a three-year performance period.”

The shares payout to Marston and Long is also subject to the agency’s Remuneration Committee being “satisfied as to overall company performance and other success markers including customer satisfaction”.

Purplebricks’ share value has plummeted since the start of last year, and is now a fraction of its all-time high of 525p in 2017, with recent regulatory failings, contributing to that decline. The significant fall in the firm’s share price has caused many investors to sell up, concerned that Purplebricks might be vulnerable to a takeover.

Purplebricks announced earlier this month that Marston had purchased 629,585 ordinary shares of £0.01 pence each in the share capital of the company at a price of 15.90p per share.

Meanwhile, it was also revealed that Paul Pindar, non-executive chairman, had purchased 2,500,000 ordinary shares of £0.01 each in the share capital of the company at a price of 14.76p per share.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Emerypiper

    Setting up a massive share bonus to a person who has no estate agency experience beggars belief. It’s like the same problem that materialised at countrywide never happened

    I wonder how the worker bees feel about funding upper management salaries that are disproportionate, to say the least.

    Apart from Janbuyers I wish one or two would come on here to debate or defend.

     

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    1. Retiredandrelaxed

      800,000 shares to Marston (subject to 3 years performance) , at a current share price of £.018 is about £145,000. I am no fan of PB or excessive senior executive bonuses in general, but a potential £145,000 annual bonus for a CEO doesn’t feel exessively massive to me.

       

      That said, I don’t know what her current salary is or whether she receives other bonuses. The levels of those, plus the share award, could make the overal package much, much bigger and take it well into “massive” territory.

       

      Also agree that having an agency business run by people without agency experience, as happened at CW, is a recipe for problems

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  2. conoco9

    The Emperors Clothes…..

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  3. Woodentop

    Seems there are many conditions applicable to getting the bonus. That should be interesting to watch, particularly the bit ‘

     

    become exercisable subject to continued employment and performance based on two performance measures relating to the Company’s relative and absolute total shareholder return over a three-year performance period.”

     

    How many years they been going for no return, now?

     

    “satisfied as to overall company performance and other success markers including customer satisfaction”.

     

    So they are unlikely to ever achieve?

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