FirstService Completes Sale of Field Asset Services to Assurant

TORONTO, Oct. 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FirstService Corporation (Nasdaq:FSRV) (TSX:FSV) ("FirstService") today announced that it has completed the sale of its Field Asset Services business ("FAS") to Assurant, Inc. ("Assurant"). Under the terms of the deal, Assurant has acquired 100% of the equity of FAS from FirstService for $55 million in cash. Proceeds from the sale, combined with existing financial resources, will provide FirstService with more than US$200 million of capital for future growth.

"Investing in FAS in 2007 was very fortuitous for FirstService shareholders", said Jay Hennick, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of FirstService. "The strong cash flow generated during the US housing and financial crisis proved to be counter-cyclical to our commercial real estate operations. FAS provided the firepower needed to strategically invest not only in its own operations, but also to make a significant, strategic investment in Colliers International at the perfect time in the economic cycle. Today, Colliers International is one of the top three global players in commercial real estate with multiple opportunities for growth in more than 62 countries around the world."

"While FAS is well-positioned for future growth, with the recent changes and evolving future playing out in the US residential mortgage market, industry participants require a more comprehensive suite of services and substantial capital resources to compete successfully. Assurant will provide all of this and more, enabling FirstService and FAS to have a seamless transition in ownership, with the confidence that FAS will better realize its potential as part of a leading insurance company and services provider to the US residential mortgage industry", he concluded.

About FirstService Corporation

FirstService Corporation is a global leader in the rapidly growing real estate services sector, one of the largest markets in the world. 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, one of the largest global players in commercial real estate services; FirstService Residential, North America's largest manager of residential communities; and the Property Services division, one of North America's largest providers of essential property services delivered through company-owned operations and franchise systems.

FirstService generates over US$2.3 billion in annual revenues and has more than 23,000 employees worldwide. More information about FirstService is available at

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CONTACT: COMPANY CONTACTS: Jay S. Hennick Founder & CEO John B. Friedrichsen Senior Vice President & CFO (416) 960-9500Source:FirstService Corporation