Disgruntled PMPA members to set up new group

Ramesh Sharma

June 1, 2004

The members are set to leave over disagreements about the shares they own in PMPA’s lender, Unity Homeloans. However, one of the PMPA members has informed Mortgage Introducer that this issue is just the catalyst for what has been a long period of disagreement between the members about the running of PMPA.

The 18 members will be holding a crunch meeting next week to discuss the setting up of their new association. Consultancy firm The Wriglesworth Consultancy is believed to be helping in the creation of the new collective.

A joint statement by John Mawdsley, managing director of The Mortgage Partnership, and Andy Linnett, director of LMS, both set to leave PMPA to set-up AMPD, said: “The majority of the 18 members will be leaving PMPA to join the new group. The new association will contrast to PMPA as it will be based on one member, one vote with equal equity given to all members. The organisation will also re-invest its profits for the benefit of the group.”

The structural arrangement of the shares in Unity meant the four director companies of PMPA – AToM, BDS, Amity and Complete Mortgages – get 30 per cent; Investec, which is funding Unity, gets 30 per cent; Infinity, part of the Unity set-up and also owned by Investec, gets 20 per cent; Jon O’Brien, operations director of PMPA, gets 2.75 per cent; while the remaining 18 members of PMPA share 17.25 per cent with the four director companies also getting a slice of this share.

However, the member said the shares the 18 members receive are classified as D shares which mean ‘they are potentially worthless’ as they come with no voting rights.

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