Perpetual Limited Portfolio Takes A Hit as Aged-Care Stocks Tumble

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Fund manager Perpetual Ltd.’s (ASX: PPT) stock tumbled 17.57 percent in the past six months as on September 14, 2018, owing to several macro factors, such as regulatory uncertainty and market volatility among others. As per the research, Fund manager Perpetual Ltd would suffer utmost as the healthcare stocks will continue to underperform. In addition to this, the fund manager owns around 12% of Estia Health and the stock is down around 18.644% today. Perpetual also holds 7.3% in Japara and 4.95% in Aveo. Estia Health’s shares tumbled on the bourses in the aftermath of its response regarding Royal Commission into the healthcare. Estia and Japara are the leading aged-care providers in the space. Including the other major provider, Regis Healthcare Ltd, all three lost around A$405 Million in the market value after the announcement. According to the latest ASX filing, Perpetual Ltd increased its voting power in Japara Healthcare Limited to 7.34% from 5.32% earlier. Similarly, in Estia Healthcare as well, the company upped its stake, having the voting power of 11.86% compared to 10.79% before as per the ASX filing in August this year.

Estia announced that it is in favor of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s decision for a Royal Commission enquiry into the Age care sector. Norah Barlow, CEO of Estia stated that the company is open to investigation of the sector and any measure that assures upholding the safety and quality care of the individuals. Norah stated that caring for the aged is a privilege and comes up with the huge responsibility. She added that “We will continue to work with the government to build a viable sector that older Australians deserve.” Similarly, Japara also announced its no objection status, welcoming the Prime Minister’s proposal. CEO& Managing Director, Andrew Sudholz stated that Japara has always followed high standards in care for the aged- residents. He added that the company welcomes the Prime Minister’s decision of scrutiny, looking forward to new era reform in the sector and better facilities for the aged residents.  

Earlier, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that the residents of Australia should prepare themselves to hear some “bruising” information about the aged care, once Royal commission starts scrutinizing. He announced the Royal Commission recently following the horrendous events of elderly abuse in the sector. He added that face to face with such information could be tough to deal with, but one cannot ignore the mistreatment that elderly residents have gone through. Mr. Morrison further stated that the government is dedicated to offering better care to the aged without undermining their dignity and acknowledging the contributions that they have made to the society. The Government decided the Royal Commission in the aged sector following the Okaden nursing home incident in South Australia after which the hospital was closed.

The Prime Minister stated that it is not possible to overlook the number of aged care providers who are “flouting the law and putting lives at risk”. He added that there has been an increase of 177% in the number of aged care homes where government data suggests high risk to those admitted. Further, the number of facilities that ignored the rules surged by 292%. Mr. Morrison added that not doing anything after having such statistics at hand is out of the question.

PPT’s shares traded at $41.060, down 0.412% as on 17 September 2018 (AEST: 4:00 p.m.)

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