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FirstService Reports Third Quarter Results

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

FirstService Reports Third Quarter Results04:30 EDT Wednesday, October 26, 2011Operating highlights:  Three months ended September 30Nine months ended September 30 2011 2010 2011 2010      Revenues (millions)$ 585.4$ 530.4 $ 1,629.3$ 1,434.2Adjusted EBITDA (millions) (note 1) 47.6 45.7 117.1 110.3Adjusted EPS (note 2) 0.61 0.61 1.29 1.23 TORONTO, Oct. 26, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FirstService Corporation (TSX:FSV) (Nasdaq:FSRV) preferred shares - (TSX:FSV.PR.U) today reported results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2011. All amounts are in US dollars. Revenues for the third quarter were $585.4 million, a 10% increase relative to the same quarter in the prior year, Adjusted EBITDA (note 1) was $47.6 million, up 4% from $45.7 million and Adjusted EPS (note 2) was $0.61, versus $0.61 reported in the prior year quarter. GAAP EPS was $0.17 per share in the quarter, versus $0.18 for the same quarter a year ago. For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, revenues were $1.63 billion, a 14% increase relative to the comparable prior year period, Adjusted EBITDA was $117.1 million, up 6%, while Adjusted EPS was $1.29, up 5%. GAAP EPS for the nine month period was a loss of $0.05, compared to earnings of $0.24 in the prior year period. "For the third quarter, FirstService generated solid year over year revenue gains in both commercial real estate and residential property management," said Jay S. Hennick, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of FirstService. "Revenues in property services were down slightly as the property preservation and distressed asset management operations were impacted by continued government regulation and other constraints preventing banks and other mortgage servicers from taking action on their properties in distress, slowing the flow of new properties coming under management," he added. "Despite economic conditions that remain challenging, and which are impacting our businesses everywhere, FirstService is in a very enviable position. We benefit significantly from the stability and scale opportunities of being a world leader in residential and commercial property management with more than 60% of FirstService revenues coming from recurring property management contracts. We continue to see abundant growth opportunities in our Colliers International commercial real estate services operations, particularly as the market for commercial real estate strengthens. And in property services, not only are our property service franchise brands showing solid year over year gains, Field Asset Services operates in a market that contains properties in pre-foreclosure exceeding 6 million, which we expect will provide a constant flow of new properties under management in the years to come," he concluded.About FirstService Corporation FirstService Corporation is a global leader in the rapidly growing real estate services sector, providing a variety of services in commercial real estate, residential property management and property services. As one of the largest property managers in the world, FirstService manages more than 2.3 billion square feet of residential and commercial properties through its three industry-leading service platforms: Colliers International, the third largest global player in commercial real estate services; FirstService Residential Management, the largest manager of residential communities in North America; and Property Services, including Field Asset Services, one of America's largest providers of property preservation and distressed asset management and FS Brands, one of North America's largest providers of property services through franchise networks. FirstService generates over US$2.2 billion in annual revenues and has more than 20,000 employees worldwide. More information about FirstService is available at www.firstservice.com.Segmented Quarterly Results Commercial Real Estate Services revenues totalled $252.9 million for the third quarter, up 14% relative to the prior year quarter. Revenue growth was comprised of 6% internal growth measured in local currencies, a 6% favourable impact from foreign currency translation and 2% growth from recent acquisitions. Internal growth was driven by year over year increases in brokerage, property and project management revenues in the Americas and Europe regions. Adjusted EBITDA was $9.0 million, relative to $8.8 million reported in the prior year quarter. Residential Property Management revenues were $208.7 million for the third quarter, up 15% relative to the prior year quarter. Revenue growth was comprised of 7% internal growth and 8% from recent acquisitions. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $20.9 million compared to $19.4 million in the prior year period. Property Services revenues totalled $123.8 million, down 2% from $126.1 million in the prior year period. Revenue increases generated by the Company's property services franchise brands were more than offset by a reduction in revenues at the property preservation and distressed asset management operations. Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter was $19.6 million versus $22.2 million in the prior year quarter. Corporate costs were $2.3 million in the third quarter, relative to $5.4 million in the prior year period primarily as a result of lower performance-based compensation accruals.Issuer Bid Share Purchases During the third quarter, the Company purchased, and subsequently cancelled, 136,000 Subordinate Voting Shares at an average price of $27.22 per share and 149,640 Preferred Shares at an average price of $25.00 per share on the open market under its Normal Course Issuer Bid.Valuation Allowances Related to Tax Loss Carry-forwards Over the past four years, the Company's Commercial Real Estate operation has incurred losses for tax purposes which are available to offset future income tax over the next 16 to 20 years. As required under GAAP, the Company has recognized valuation allowances which reduce the asset value of these tax loss carry-forwards on its balance sheet. During the third quarter, the Company recorded a valuation allowance which reduced the value of these tax assets by $4.4 million, increased income tax expense by $4.4 million and decreased GAAP earnings per share by $0.13. In the prior year quarter, the valuation allowance amounted to $6.8 million, or $0.21 per share. For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, the valuation allowance and reduction to GAAP earnings per share were $13.5 million and $0.41, respectively (2010 - $13.3 million and $0.41, respectively).Conference Call FirstService will be holding a conference call on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss the quarter's results. The call will be simultaneously web cast and can be accessed live or after the call at www.firstservice.com in the "Investors / Newsroom" section.Forward-looking Statements This press release includes or may include forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include the Company's financial performance outlook and statements regarding goals, beliefs, strategies, objectives, plans or current expectations. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements contemplated in the forward-looking statements. Such factors include: (i) general economic and business conditions, which will, among other things, impact demand for the Company's services and the cost of providing services; (ii) the ability of the Company to implement its business strategy, including the Company's ability to acquire suitable acquisition candidates on acceptable terms and successfully integrate newly acquired businesses with its existing businesses; (iii) changes in or the failure to comply with government regulations; and (iv) other factors which are described in the Company's filings with applicable Canadian and United States securities regulatory authorities (which factors are adopted herein). Summary financial information is provided in this press release. This press release should be read in conjunction with the Company's quarterly financial statements and MD&A to be made available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.Notes 1. Reconciliation of net earnings to Adjusted EBITDA: Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net earnings, adjusted to exclude: (i) income tax; (ii) other expense (income); (iii) interest expense; (iv) depreciation and amortization; (v) acquisition-related items; (vi) stock-based compensation expense and (vii) reorganization charges. We use Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate our own operating performance and our ability to service debt, as well as an integral part of our planning and reporting systems. Additionally, we use this measure in conjunction with discounted cash flow models to determine the Company's overall enterprise valuation and to evaluate acquisition targets. We present Adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental measure because we believe such measure is useful to investors as a reasonable indicator of operating performance because of the low capital intensity of the Company's service operations. We believe this measure is a financial metric used by many investors to compare companies, especially in the services industry. This measure is not a recognized measure of financial performance under GAAP in the United States, and should not be considered as a substitute for operating earnings, net earnings or cash flow from operating activities, as determined in accordance with GAAP. Our method of calculating Adjusted EBITDA may differ from other issuers and accordingly, this measure may not be comparable to measures used by other issuers. A reconciliation of net earnings to Adjusted EBITDA appears below.       (in thousands of US$) Three months ended September 30 Nine months ended September 30  2011  2010 2011 2010            Net earnings$ 13,774 $ 14,366$ 23,416 $ 35,677 Income tax 13,026  12,491 29,522  23,452 Other expense (income) 1,600  836 3,539  3,748 Interest expense, net 4,066  4,541 12,752  13,196 Operating earnings 32,466  32,234 69,229  76,073 Depreciation and amortization 12,782  11,642 38,208  35,240 Acquisition-related items 1,574  1,131 2,948 (3,080) Stock-based compensation expense 444  661 1,986  2,079 Reorganization charge 367  -- 4,705  -- Adjusted EBITDA$ 47,633 $ 45,668$ 117,076 $ 110,312 2. Reconciliation of net earnings (loss) attributable to common shareholders and net earnings (loss) per common share to adjusted net earnings and adjusted net earnings per share: Adjusted earnings per common share is defined as diluted net earnings (loss) per common share, adjusted for the effect, after income tax, of: (i) the non-controlling interest redemption increment; (ii) acquisition-related items; (iii) amortization expense related to intangible assets recognized in connection with acquisitions; (iv) stock-based compensation expense; (v) reorganization charges and (vi) deferred income tax valuation allowances related to tax loss carry-forwards. We believe this measure is useful to investors because it provides a supplemental way to understand the underlying operating performance of the Company and enhances the comparability of operating results from period to period. Adjusted diluted net earnings per common share is not a recognized measure of financial performance under GAAP, and should not be considered as a substitute for diluted net earnings per common share, as determined in accordance with GAAP. Our method of calculating this non-GAAP measure may differ from other issuers and, accordingly, this measure may not be comparable to measures used by other issuers. A reconciliation of net earnings (loss) attributable to common shareholders to adjusted net earnings and of diluted net earnings (loss) per common share to adjusted earnings per common share appears below.       (in thousands of US$) Three months ended September 30 Nine months ended September 30  2011  2010 2011  2010          Net earnings (loss) attributable to common shareholders$ 5,061 $ 5,370 $ (1,456) $ 7,138 Non-controlling interest redemption increment 4,140  2,643 11,695  8,863 Acquisition-related items 1,574  1,131 2,948 (3,080) Amortization of intangible assets 4,961  4,510 15,668  14,519 Stock-based compensation expense 444  661 1,986  2,079 Reorganization charge 367  -- 4,705  -- Income tax on adjustments(1,995) (1,806)(7,675) (5,759) Deferred income tax valuation allowance 4,443  6,792 13,448  13,262 Non-controlling interest on adjustments(503) (712)(1,780)  411 Adjusted net earnings$ 18,492 $ 18,589$ 39,539 $ 37,433                 (in US$) Three months ended September 30 Nine months ended September 30  2011  2010 2011  2010          Diluted net earnings (loss) per common share$ 0.17 $ 0.18 $ (0.05) $ 0.24 Non-controlling interest redemption increment 0.14  0.09 0.38  0.29 Acquisition-related items 0.05  0.03 0.10 (0.04) Amortization of intangible assets, net of tax 0.10  0.09 0.31  0.29 Stock-based compensation expense, net of tax 0.01  0.01 0.04  0.04 Reorganization charge 0.01  -- 0.10  -- Deferred income tax valuation allowance 0.13  0.21 0.41  0.41 Adjusted earnings per common share$ 0.61 $ 0.61$ 1.29 $ 1.23    FIRSTSERVICE CORPORATIONCondensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings (Loss) (in thousands of US dollars, except per share amounts)   Three months ended September 30 Nine months ended September 30 (unaudited) 2011  2010 2011  2010          Revenues$ 585,424 $ 530,418$ 1,629,278 $ 1,434,181         Cost of revenues  381,215  332,0081,037,648  890,130 Selling, general and administrative expenses  157,387  153,403481,245  435,818 Depreciation  7,821  7,13222,540  20,721 Amortization of intangible assets  4,961  4,51015,668  14,519 Acquisition-related items (1)  1,574  1,1312,948 (3,080)Operating earnings 32,466  32,234 69,229  76,073 Interest expense, net  4,066  4,541 12,752  13,196 Other expense (income)  1,600  836 3,539  3,748 Earnings before income tax  26,800  26,857 52,938  59,129 Income tax (2)  13,026  12,491 29,522  23,452Net earnings 13,774  14,366 23,416  35,677 Non-controlling interest share of earnings  2,113  3,828 5,666  12,100 Non-controlling interest redemption increment  4,140  2,643 11,695  8,863 Net earnings attributable to Company  7,521  7,895 6,055  14,714 Preferred share dividends  2,460  2,525 7,511  7,576Net earnings (loss) attributable to common shareholders$ 5,061 $ 5,370$ (1,456) $ 7,138        Net earnings (loss) per common share      Basic $ 0.17 $ 0.18$ (0.05) $ 0.24          Diluted $ 0.17 $ 0.18$ (0.05) $ 0.24       Adjusted earnings per common share (3) $ 0.61 $ 0.61$ 1.29 $ 1.23        Weighted average common shares (thousands)        Basic  30,069  30,245 30,145  30,018 Diluted  30,534  30,494 30,645  30,265          Notes to Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings (1) Acquisition-related items include contingent acquisition consideration fair value adjustments, contingent acquisition consideration-related compensation expense, settlements of contingent liabilities of acquired entities initially recognized at the acquisition date and transaction costs. (2) Income tax expense for the three months ended September 30, 2011 includes a $4,443 valuation allowance related to deferred income tax assets (2010 - $6,792); income tax expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 includes a $13,448 valuation allowance (2010 - $13,262). (3) See definition and reconciliation above.    Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (in thousands of US dollars)      (unaudited) September 30, 2011 December 31, 2010     Assets     Cash and cash equivalents $ 77,684 $ 100,359 Restricted cash  4,488  4,337 Accounts receivable  279,390  262,654 Inventories  12,139  9,140 Prepaid expenses and other current assets  53,190  43,140Current assets 426,891  419,630 Other non-current assets  52,341  50,726 Fixed assets  88,659  86,134 Goodwill and intangible assets  581,721  573,051Total assets$ 1,149,612 $ 1,129,541          Liabilities and shareholders' equity     Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 321,847 $ 346,157 Other current liabilities  37,122  26,498 Long-term debt - current  211,134  39,249Current liabilities 570,103  411,904 Long-term debt - non-current  100,043  201,491 Convertible unsecured subordinated debentures  77,000  77,000 Other liabilities  33,782  32,365 Deferred income tax  38,252  33,175 Non-controlling interests  153,637  174,358 Shareholders' equity  176,795  199,248Total liabilities and equity$ 1,149,612 $ 1,129,541          Supplemental balance sheet information    Total debt $ 388,177 $ 317,740 Total debt excluding convertible debentures  311,177  240,740 Total debt, net of cash  310,493  217,381 Total debt excluding convertible debentures, net of cash  233,493  140,381    Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (in thousands of US dollars)   Three months ended September 30 Nine months ended September 30 (unaudited) 2011  2010 2011  2010         Cash provided by (used in)              Operating activities        Net earnings $ 13,774  $ 14,366$ 23,416 $ 35,677 Items not affecting cash:        Depreciation and amortization  12,782  11,642 38,208  35,240 Deferred income tax  1,163 (3,776)(158) (7,002) Other  3,277  3,195 8,097 (1,298)         Changes in operating assets and liabilities  16,683  18,884(46,911) (2,190) Net cash provided by operating activities  47,679  44,311 22,652  60,427        Investing activities        Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired (12,191) (9,132)(22,064) (13,595) Purchases of fixed assets (10,868) (8,037)(24,040) (23,157) Other investing activities (319) (771)(793)  3,505 Net cash used in investing activities (23,378) (17,940)(46,897) (33,247)        Financing activities        Increase in long-term debt, net  19,494 (16,982) 70,437 (6,577) Purchases of non-controlling interests (33,949) (2,405)(35,446) (19,593) Dividends paid to preferred shareholders (2,460) (2,525)(7,511) (7,576) Other financing activities (9,248) (1,532)(25,760) (2,540) Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities (26,163) (23,444) 1,720 (36,286)         Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (2,058)  1,737(150)  4,221         (Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (3,920)  4,664(22,675) (4,885)         Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period  81,604  90,229 100,359  99,778         Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 77,684 $ 94,893 $ 77,684 $ 94,893    Segmented Revenues, Adjusted EBITDA and Operating Earnings (in thousands of US dollars)  (unaudited) Commercial Real Estate Services Residential Property Management Property Services Corporate Consolidated       Three months ended September 30                     2011      Revenues$ 252,882$ 208,727 $ 123,775$ 40$ 585,424Adjusted EBITDA 8,998 20,887 19,602(2,298) 47,189Stock-based compensation     444      47,633Operating earnings 1,294 16,988 16,590(2,406) 32,466            2010            Revenues $ 222,675 $ 181,579 $ 126,138 $ 26 $ 530,418 Adjusted EBITDA  8,817  19,448  22,177 (5,435)  45,007 Stock-based compensation          661            45,668             Operating earnings  943  16,984  19,715 (5,408)  32,234                           Commercial Real Estate Services Residential Property Management Property Services Corporate Consolidated       Nine months ended September 30                      2011      Revenues$ 694,212$ 572,618$ 362,326$ 122$ 1,629,278Adjusted EBITDA 22,657 50,270 51,999(9,836) 115,090Stock-based compensation     1,986      117,076Operating earnings 1,979 38,259 39,062(10,071) 69,229            2010            Revenues $ 593,903 $ 497,602 $ 342,569 $ 107  $ 1,434,181 Adjusted EBITDA  22,726  47,574  52,332 (14,399)  108,233 Stock-based compensation          2,079            110,312             Operating earnings  6,806  38,481  45,254 (14,468)  76,073CONTACT: Jay S. Hennick Founder & CEO D. Scott Patterson President & COO John B. Friedrichsen Senior Vice President & CFO (416) 960-9500