OnTheMarket plc 8,500+ agent branches with 3,000+ branches contracted since Admission

OnTheMarket Plc

OnTheMarket plc (LON:OTMP), the agent-backed company which operates the OnTheMarket.com property portal, has today announced that as of 25 May it has signed listing agreements with UK estate and letting agents with more than 8,500 offices. This increase of over 3,000 branches since Admission on 9 February represents growth of more than 54% in less than 4 months. The Company believes that it has listing agreements with approximately 45% of UK residential estate and lettings agency branches.

The Company’s progress in adding agent offices since Admission on 9 February 2018 is shown in the following table:

 

Date

Offices added since Admission

Offices in contract

9 February

5,500

14 March

1,000

6,500

25 April

2,000

7,500

11 May

2,500

8,000

25 May

3,000

8,500

 

In May, OnTheMarket has been running its heaviest weight of national TV advertising since the launch period of OnTheMarket.com, as well as its first outdoor poster campaign across London, which has been rolled out over 1,500 sites. A key theme of these advertising campaigns is the “New & exclusive” properties, whereby many agents choose to list their new instructions at OnTheMarket.com in advance of listing on other portals, giving OnTheMarket a competitive advantage by appealing to active property seekers, who are the Group’s key consumer focus, and in turn providing listing agents with high quality leads.

Increased consumer engagement with OnTheMarket.com is reflected by the growth in property alerts set up by users – now over one million active alerts, which trigger automatic delivery to users’ inboxes of the details of newly added properties that match their search criteria.

In March 2018, the Company announced that traffic to the OnTheMarket property portal reached c.12 million visits* in the first full month since Admission to AIM. This was more than double the visits compared with February 2018 and compared with March 2017. In April 2018, traffic to the OnTheMarket property portal increased further to reach 13.7 million visits* in the second full month since Admission to AIM. This compared with 5.5 million visits in April 2017.

Ian Springett, Chief Executive Officer of OnTheMarket Plc, said: “We are extremely pleased to be continuing to exceed our own expectations of the overall number of agents signing up, and to have achieved this latest milestone of 8,500 offices just two weeks after reaching 8,000 offices. In sustaining this pace of expansion, we are very strongly encouraged by the growing agent support and feedback to our proposition. We remain committed to creating an agent-backed, full scale challenger portal that injects some much-needed competition into the property portals landscape by disrupting what has for too long been effectively a cosy duopoly.”

* Visits comprise individual sessions on OnTheMarket.com’s web based portal or mobile applications by users for the period indicated as measured by Google Analytics.

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