Economic challenges; policy changes and soaring inflation has placed tremendous financial pressure on organisations. When companies need to realise locked-up capital, Clive Lazarus of Park Village Auctions says auctions represent a fast, reliable way to convert assets into cash.
He said: “Last year was a turbulent year with the rand’s performance resembling an ECG report. This had an impact on many businesses that were not able to weather the storm on their own. Our business rescue division was particularly busy throughout the year.”
Before reaching the point of filing for business rescue, however, Lazarus suggests businesses can opt to strategically dispose of assets via auction to free up much-needed cash-flow.
He said auctions are not only an efficient way to generate capital, but are also a superb mechanism for reducing costs and increasing optimising business performance.
“Identifying and disposing of superfluous or redundant assets via auction allows businesses to curtail holding costs, wear and tear and shrinkage.”
“Public and online auctions appeal to sellers and buyers alike. Sellers can effectively outsource the sale of goods, enabling them to continue focusing on core business. The nature of auctions dispenses with sales negotiations, and facilitate the realisation of assets at market-related prices.
“Lead times are generally shorter than traditional sale methods, and the agreement is final, with upfront payment required to conclude the deal.”
To best illustrate the value of auctions as a means for asset disposal, Lazarus shared the results of what PVA achieved on clients’ behalf throughout the past year. All prices realised above exclude VAT and buyer’s commission.
- Residential dwelling (1 209m²), Umhlanga Rocks, sold for R5.3m
- Retail vehicle showroom (4 040m²), Bryanston, sold for R11.6m
- Specialist Shaft Sinking concern, equipment and assets, sold for R12.7m
- Milpark boutique hotel and residential apartments sold for R12.8m
- The former premises of The New Age sold for R29.5m
- Industrial property (5.2-hectares) in Germiston; heavy engineering equipment and assets, sold for R30m and R3.446m
- Engineering workshop and specialist laser and plasma cutting machinery (VR Laser Services), sold for R34.5m
Commercial vehicle auction prices achieved include:
- A 2016 MAN TGS 27-440 truck tractor sold for R565 000
- A 2015 Caterpillar 428F backhoe loader sold for R570 000
- A 2016 Scania R500 LA truck tractor sold for R950 000
“Gone are the days when auctions were viewed merely as a forced mechanism for recouping bad debt. Organisations can freely choose to sell their assets at auction,” Lazarus said.