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|Share Distribution||Who currently owns Everton Shares?|
|Fortress Sports Fund||How would this have affected shareholdings?|
|Share Price History||A fiscal roller-coaster story of questionable accuracy|
|Shareholders Association||Just as it says. Follow the link for more info.|
|2008 EGM||A Transcript on the EGM held in September 2008|
|2007 AGM||A Report on the AGM held in December 2007|
|2006 AGM||A Report on the AGM held in December 2006|
|2005 AGM||A Report on the AGM held in November 2005|
|2004 AGM||A Report on the AGM held in December 2004|
|2004 EGM||A Report on the EGM held in September 2004|
|2003 AGM||A Report on the AGM held in October 2003|
|2002 AGM||A Report on the AGM held in October 2002|
|2001 AGM||A Report on the AGM held in December 2001|
|2000 AGM||Phil Pellow's Report on the AGM held in December 2000|
|1999 AGM||Report on the AGM held in September 1999|
Shares in Everton FC Co Ltd are closely held. They are privately traded and do not often become available, rare transactions generally being through the club's brokers, Blankstone Sington. There is no official share price, so the cost of shares is governed by how much one is prepared to sell or pay for them, with the price dropping significantly for bulk lots. Individual shares are currently changing hands for somewhere in the range of £1,400 to £2,000, showing an increase in value on previous years. During the Moyes era, the price stayed remarkably stable (around £1,500), apparently inured to the changing fortunes of the club and its perceived value (or debts!).
|Sir Philip Carter||714||714||714|
Paul and Anita Gregg left the Everton Board after selling their shares to Robert Earl in 2006. Sir Philip Carter (721 Shares), Keith Tamlin (119 Shares) and Arthur Abercromby (1,935 Shares) all left the Board in the summer of 2004, with Sir Philip Carter retuning in August 2008 before his passing in 2015. His shareholding is believed to remain with his estate.
The estimated share value in January 2015 was not much increased from the £1,200 reputedly paid by Robert Earl for the Greggs' shares in 2006. With 35,000 shares outstanding, this gave the club a nominal book-value of around £30m. At that time, almost 25,000 Everton shares were held by True Blue Holdings, the consortium Bill Kenwright put together (with the help of Paul Gregg and John Woods) to buy out Peter Johnson in 1999 (see below). TBH was voluntarily wound up on 2 December 2004. Paul Gregg and family later sold their approximately 8,146 Everton shares, making around a £2m profit on their £7m investment in the Club.
The purchase of a 49.9% stake in Everton by British-Iranian billionaire Farhad Moshiri in February 2016 for a reported £85m increased the nominal share value to around £4,850, although there has been no clarification of the final sum the former Arsenal investor paid for his 17,465 shares.
Lord Grantchester (a member of the Moores Family) owns 2,773 (7.9%)
Everton shares. That leaves around 5,600 shares (16%) owned by others, including
200 - 300 regular fans with as few as one share each.
For our ToffeeWeb readers, we have collated an approximate history of Everton share prices and related activity (in reverse chronological order) going back to the end of the Moores Era in 1994.
October 2009: Nearly three years since the last entry in this record... and hardly any change to report. One intrepid contributor found that the ownership of the club's shares is actually more complex than we have presented previously in more simplified versions that group together ownership by individuals registered under more than one different name in the database:
|EFC Share Ownership||£|
|BCR Sports Ltd||8,146||23%||16,292,000||er|
|Bill Kenwright Ltd||7,053||20%||14,106,000|
|Jon Woods Ltd||3,203||9%||6,406,000|
|Barnett Waddingham Trustees Scotland Ltd||973||3%||1,946,000|
|All Others||5,653||16%||11,306,000||Small Everton Shareholders|
|Total||35,000||100.0%||£70,000,000||Based on £2,000 share value|
December 2006: Paul and Anita Gregg sold their shares to BCR Sports Ltd, believed to be a front company belonging to Robert Earl.
December 2004: With the voluntary liquidation of True Blue Holdings, the individual holdings of their 22,031,351 shares were converted directly to Everton Shares resulting in the following breakdown of EFC Ownership:
|Gregg, P||3,779||10.8%||£3,238,376||Plus 12.5% from wife & son?|
|Carter||721||2.1%||£617,897||Sir Philip Carter, Life President|
|Tamlin||119||0.3%||£101,983||Keith Tamlin, ex-Director|
|Gregg, A||4,075||11.6%||£3,491,880||Paul Gregg's Wife, Anita|
|Gregg, D||292||0.8%||£250,109||Paul Gregg's Son|
|Other ex-TBH||406||1.2%||£348,102||Jimmy Mulville, Willy Russell|
|All Others||5,224||15.8%||£4,734,068||Small Everton Shareholders|
|Total||35,000||100.0%||£29,995,000||Based on £857 share value|
Immediately after the 2004 AGM, Anita Gregg was appointed to the Everton Board of Directors.
May 2004: With the departures of Carter, Tamlin and Abercromby from the Everton Board of Directors, the direct shareholding in EFC at Board level was reduced to around 2%; however, the remaining three directors (Kenwright, Gregg and Woods) held 75% of shares in TBH (or more, if you added in shares controlled by other members of the Gregg family – see above), giving the individual Board members collectively the equivalent of around 55% control in EFC.
2003: With Everton's stock increasing under David Moyes, Everton shares were changing hands privately for between £1,500 and £2,000.
2002: If you knew the right contacts, you could get a share in Everton for under £1,500, but the number of shares held outside the Board / TBH hovered around 5,500, or just 15%.
2001: With stability finally assured, share prices crept back up to around £1,250.
2000: A deal is finally struck, at a remarkable share
price of just £857, which enables the Kenwright consortium of True Blue
Holdings to buy 24,986 EFC Shares establishing a 70% controlling interest
in the Club for a 'mere' £20M, sending Agent Johnson packing... albeit
with a very tidy profit! The control of TBH is a whole other issue,
the holding company having issued 22,031,351 shares nominally valued at £1
each, distributed as follows:
|Gregg, A||3,592,716||16.3%||£3,491,880||Paul Gregg's Wife, Anita|
|Gregg, D||257,331||1.2%||£250,109||Paul Gregg's Son|
|Others||358,154||1.6%||£348,102||Jimmy Mulville, Willy Russell|
1999: A period of profound uncertainty sees the real value of the shares drop to around £1,000 as no-one seems interested in taking on the floundering monster that is Everton FC.
1998: The prices sinks further to £2,500 amid rumours of financial problems for Johnson, who is seeking to sell up his interest in a rapidly falling market.
1997: Share prices soften to around £3,000, with serious concerns being raised about Everton's long-term viability in the cut-throat Premiership.
1996: Peter Johnson orchestrated a substantial rights issue of 25,000 £500-shares in September, increasing the number of shares to 30,000 in total most of which Johnson underwrote for an additional investment of around £15M in the club. A further 5,000 shares were issued at the peak of the Premiership moneyfest, with shares supposedly changing hands for as much as £4,000, which would have valued the club at close £100M. At the peak, Johnson sold 17% of his holding, netting perhaps as much as £20M and reducing his stake to 68%.
1995: There was a straight 2-for-1 stock-split in 1995, the resulting 5,000 shares worth nominally £4,000 each. This article from 1994 suggests this was in fact a rights issue that was part of the scheme for Peter Johnson to buy into the club and provide it with operating capital.
1994: At the end of the Moores era, there were just 2,500 shares in EFC, and they changed hands (rarely!) for between £2,600 to perhaps as much as £5,000 each, giving the club a nominal maximum book value of up to £20M. Lifelong Liverpool fan Peter Johnson bought 50% of them for around £10M to take control of the Club. Johnson then bought a further 875 shares from John Moores Jr, giving him an unassailable 85% controlling interest.
However, there are few signs that such an initiative, carrying as it would a necessary dilution in the shares of the existing major shareholders, was ever considered by Bill Kenwright's regime. This has been the situation since Kenwright assumed control of the club in 2000. The club could have used the extra money but the Directors clearly did not want to voluntarily reduce their own personal worth (if this is indeed a risk), especially as Everton's stock value was rising again under Roberto Martinez and the new £5.136m billion domestic TV deal.
Things seemed seto change, albeit briefly, following the dismal 2003-04 season, when Everton contrived to survive relegation with their smallest ever points total recorded at Goodison Park, followed by the meltdown at Board level as Paul Gregg faced off against Bill Kenwright to get TBH dissolved and allow further investment in the Club – including a £15m rights issue he wanted to be bought up by the fans.
The much-vaunted promise of investment from Christopher Samuleson's Fortress Sports Fund would've given FSF a 29.9% stake in the resulting company, increasing it's book value to over £42m. However, this would've taken the Club in the opposite direction of increased ownership by the fans – something that was pursued in depth by Trust Everton as an alternative to the negativity promoted by the Blue Union movement, who wanted Kenwright to sell up.
They lacked broad support among Evertonians loyal to the concept of a 'fellow' fan at the helm, and subsequently faded into the internet ether while Kenwright successfully resisted any and all attempts by those beneath him to change things until 2016 when he substantially reduced his stake in the club with the arrival of Farhad Moshiri.
Tranche 1: FSF wanted to invest initially £12.8m in the form of new shares (approximately 14,936 at £857) that would give them a 29.9% stake in the resulting company, increasing its book value to over £42m. For this to happen, there would have had to be a vote by existing shareholders (at a new EGM), 75% of whom would have had to approve the deal.
The concern amongst shareholders (primarily Paul Gregg) was that this would dilute his holding in Everton, and limit the power he could exercise. By calculations, he and his immediate family members commanded 23.3% of Everton shares at the time (see above); so, with a strategic alliance, it would have been relatively easy for him to garner more than the 25% needed to defeat any motion for the issuance of new shares that was required to make the FSF deal a reality.
If Tranche 1 had gone ahead, the total number of Everton Shares would have risen to around 50,000, with the additional investment boosting the value of the company in such a way that the individual value of shares (and therefore the share price) should not be adversely affected. The power balance would shift, however, with Kenwright's 25% slipping to 17.5%, the Gregg family to 16.3%, and so on. The minor shareholders would have represented only 11.1% of the cub ownership.
Tranche 2: FSF then wanted to invest another £17m a year or so down the road, in the form of more new shares (approximately 20,164 at £857) that would give them overall a 50.1% stake in the resulting company, increasing it's book value to over £60m. There would presumably have needed to be another vote by existing shareholders, 75% of whom must approve the deal.
If Tranche 2 had followed, the total number of Everton Shares would likely have risen to around 70,100, with the additional investment boosting the value of the company in such a way that the individual value of shares (and therefore the share price) would not be adversely affected (we are still working on Bill's quoted figure of £857). The power balance would have suffered another seismic shift, with Kenwright slipping to 12.5%, the Gregg family to 11.6%, and so on. The minor shareholders would have represented a paltry 7.9%. Hardly the direction of a Supporters Trust...
Despite Kenwright's assurances to Everton supporters that the FSF cheque would be hitting the club's bank accounts "in the next 48 hours", the investment never materialised. In December 2005, Paul Gregg is reported to have said that the FSF deal was "dead in the water" but the controversy would live on in the minds of supporters as a curious episode om the history of the club's boardroom affairs.
It was eventually exposed, by admission of a club official, as an elaborate ruse to oust Paul Gregg from the Everton Board. It might not have succeeded immediately but, together with the collapse of the King's Dock, it had driven an irrevocable wedge between the Chairman and the Greggs who sold their stake in Everton in 2006 to leisure magnate Robert Earl for around £7m.