Insolvency Rankings FY 2018/19

Sivaa Consulting has released its compilation of appointment statistics for Financial year 2018 and 2019 (FY 2018/19) and among the numbers is one figure that stands above all others – of 199 insolvency firms nationally, 17 control almost 50 per cent of all external administration files.

Clearly some firms are better at bringing in work than others and the Sivaa stats show not only who is winning the work but which work.

National leader Worrells for example is streets ahead of the rest with well over 700 appointments during FY 2018/19 with most of its lead thanks to 512 creditors voluntary liquidations (CVLs).

Report author Tony Sivaa said the data demonstrated the disparity between those firms attracting the bulkof the work and those at the other end.

“Nationally, out of a total 199 firms, 17 firms were responsible for approximately 50% of all files – that’s approximately 5000 files being completed by 8.5% of all firms,” Sivaa said.

“Conversely, 77 firms nationally had less than 10 files attributed to them.

“With a mean of 51.04 files per firm, only 45 firms were above this number.

When the mean is 51.04 and the median is 19 files per firm, it demonstrates that the spread of files is heavily skewed,” he said.

The data also highlighted the willingness of East Coast insolvency practitioners to compete for appointments in markets beyond their immediate geographical reach.

“Liquidators from NSW, VIC, and QLD acted on 87% files nationally,” Sivaa said.

“This combined with the fact that 28% of all files were completed by a liquidator who is not from the state in which the entity was based demonstrates that there is an increasing focus by liquidators to work across state lines.”

Mackay Goodwin could be a good example. As well as the firm being NSW market leader its principal and founder Domenic Calabretta is also ranked number one liquidator nationally and two other director RLs – Grahame Ward and Thyge Trafford-Jones – are in the top 10.

The stats also show that insolvency is no dirty word among at least three of the big four accounting firms with Deloitte, KPMG and PwC all ranking within the top 10 nationally. EY by contrast does not appear in the top 20. Please take a moment to support INO’s continued chronicling of the insolvency sector.

2018/19 FY Highlights

FY 2018/19
Source: Sivaa Consulting

To download the full report go to: https://www.sivaa.com.au/insolvency-analytics

Further reading:

The Top Ranking Insolvency Practices Of 2017

About the Author

Peter Gosnell
Insolvency News Online illuminates the practice of insolvency Australia-wide, highlighting the triumphs and travails of the nation’s registered practitioners and the accounting and legal professionals who work with them. INO is produced by Peter Gosnell, former business editor and senior business reporter at The Daily Telegraph newspaper. During a decade-long career, your correspondent reported on such notable corporate collapses as HIH, One.Tel, Westpoint and Fincorp as well as some of the nation's highest profile bankruptcies and the investigations and prosecutions arising from Australia's most notorious instances of white-collar crime.

11 Comments on "Insolvency Rankings FY 2018/19"

  1. But Korda makes more money than all of them …

    I think revenue per corporate recovery / restructuring firm (or business segment for multi disciplinary practices) would be a better reflection of who is doing the most work and topping the table …

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