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FirstService Reports Record Second Quarter Results

Strong Internal Growth at Colliers International, FirstService Residential and FirstService Brands

Adjusted EBITDA Up by More Than 40% at Colliers International

Operating highlights:

Three months ended Six months ended
June 30 June 30
2014 2013 2014 2013
Revenues (millions) $ 660.7 $ 576.1 $ 1,205.8 $ 1,049.7
Adjusted EBITDA (millions) (note 1) 59.7 45.2 82.0 55.4
Adjusted EPS (note 2) 0.74 0.57 0.82 0.39

TORONTO, July 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FirstService Corporation (TSX:FSV) (Nasdaq:FSRV) today reported results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2014. All amounts are in US dollars and all percentage revenue variances are calculated on a local currency basis.

Revenues for the second quarter were $660.7 million, a 16% increase relative to the same quarter in the prior year, Adjusted EBITDA (note 1) was $59.7 million, up 32% and Adjusted EPS (note 2) was $0.74, a 30% increase versus the prior year quarter. GAAP EPS from continuing operations was $0.26 per share in the quarter, versus a loss of $0.21 for the same quarter a year ago. Prior year quarter results were negatively impacted by $0.29 per share resulting from accelerated amortization of intangible assets relating to the re-branding of the Company's residential property management operations.

For the six months ended June 30, 2014, revenues were $1.21 billion, a 17% increase relative to the comparable prior year period, Adjusted EBITDA was $82.0 million, up 48%, and Adjusted EPS was $0.82, up 110% versus the prior year period. GAAP EPS from continuing operations for the six month period was $0.11 per share, compared to a loss of $0.74 in the prior year period.

"Once again, FirstService delivered outstanding results in the second quarter," said Jay S. Hennick, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of FirstService. "Colliers International grew revenues by 22% with EBITDA up by more than 40% and margins up 170 basis points to 9.6%. FirstService Residential continued to deliver excellent top-line growth with multiple contract wins across the entire North American platform. FirstService Brands also had an outstanding quarter with EBITDA up 27% and margins up 250 basis points to almost 22%. Finally, cash flows almost tripled from the same quarter one year ago. With strong operating results and cash flow, ample financial capacity and multiple growth opportunities, FirstService is better positioned than ever to continue delivering outstanding results for the balance of 2014 and beyond," 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. FirstService manages more than 2.5 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 FirstService Brands - one of North America's largest providers of essential property services delivered through individually branded franchise systems and company-owned operations.

FirstService generates more than US$2.5 billion in annual revenues and has more than 24,000 employees world-wide. With significant insider ownership and an experienced management team, FirstService has a long-term track record of creating value and superior returns for shareholders since becoming a publically listed company in 1993. The common shares of FirstService trade on the NASDAQ under the symbol "FSRV" and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "FSV". More information is available at www.firstservice.com.

Segmented Quarterly Results

Colliers International revenues totalled $368.5 million for the second quarter compared to $308.5 million in the prior year quarter, up 22%. Revenue growth was comprised of 16% internal growth and 6% growth from recent acquisitions. Internal growth was primarily driven by stronger investment sales and leasing activity in all three regions – Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas. Adjusted EBITDA was $35.3 million, up 44% from the prior year quarter, with a significant portion of the increase attributable to operating leverage.

FirstService Residential revenues were $236.7 million for the second quarter, up 9% relative to the prior year quarter. Revenue growth was comprised of 7% internal growth and 2% from recent acquisitions. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $14.6 million, up from $13.6 million in the prior year period. Current period operating results were impacted by (i) substantial increases in employee medical benefits costs in the US which are expected to continue impacting results for the next twelve months and (ii) a reduction in higher-margin property transfer and disclosure fees resulting from a reduction in home re-sales in managed communities which is consistent with home re-sale numbers nationally. Prior period results were impacted by re-branding and related costs as a result of the adoption of the "FirstService Residential" brand.

FirstService Brands revenues grew to $55.5 million, up 12% versus the prior year period, with 11% internal growth and 1% from acquisitions completed during the quarter. Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter was $12.2 million, up 27% over the prior year period. The FirstService Brands results have been revised for all periods to include the Service America business unit, which has been transitioned to FirstService Brands from FirstService Residential. Service America generated revenues of $13.1 million for the second quarter, relative to $13.0 million in the prior year quarter. Service America provides HVAC and plumbing services to residential and commercial customers in Florida and is expected to be better able to grow and share best practices and other benefits within the FirstService Brands segment.

Corporate costs were $2.4 million in the second quarter, relative to $2.6 million in the prior year period, and were positively impacted by changes in foreign exchange rates.

Stock Repurchases

During the quarter, the Company repurchased 105,200 Subordinate Voting Shares on the open market under its Normal Course Issuer Bid ("NCIB") at an average price of US$49.38 per share. All shares purchased under the NCIB were cancelled. The Company is authorized to repurchase up to an additional 2,974,800 Subordinate Voting Shares under its NCIB, which expires on June 8, 2015.

Conference Call

FirstService will be holding a conference call on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 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 from continuing operations to adjusted EBITDA:

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net earnings from continuing operations, adjusted to exclude: (i) income tax; (ii) other expense (income); (iii) interest expense; (iv) depreciation and amortization; (v) acquisition-related items and (vi) stock-based compensation expense. 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 from continuing operations 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 from continuing operations to adjusted EBITDA appears below.

Three months ended Six months ended
(in thousands of US$) June 30 June 30
2014 2013 2014 2013
Net earnings (loss) from continuing operations $ 25,589 $ 4,260 $ 27,049 $ (3,630)
Income tax 9,990 1,210 11,115 (570)
Other income, net (206) (508) (847) (686)
Interest expense, net 3,413 5,885 6,394 11,053
Operating earnings 38,786 10,847 43,711 6,167
Depreciation and amortization 15,978 28,636 29,754 41,166
Acquisition-related items 1,178 3,741 1,223 5,947
Stock-based compensation expense (1) 3,764 1,943 7,305 2,128
Adjusted EBITDA $ 59,706 $ 45,167 $ 81,993 $ 55,408

2. Reconciliation of net earnings (loss) attributable to common shareholders and diluted net earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations to adjusted net earnings from continuing operations and adjusted net earnings per share from continuing operations:

Adjusted earnings per share is defined as diluted net earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations, 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 and (iv) stock-based compensation expense. 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 earnings per share is not a recognized measure of financial performance under GAAP, and should not be considered as a substitute for diluted net earnings per share from continuing operations, 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 shareholders to adjusted net earnings from continuing operations and of diluted net earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations to adjusted earnings per share appears below.

Three months ended Six months ended
(in thousands of US$) June 30 June 30
2014 2013 2014 2013
Net earnings (loss) attributable to common shareholders $ 7,659 $ (6,732) $ 1,779 $ (23,259)
Non-controlling interest redemption increment 8,529 6,268 10,543 11,848
Net (earnings) loss from discontinued operations, net of tax 1,675 (149) 2,160 209
Acquisition-related items 1,178 3,741 1,223 5,947
Amortization of intangible assets 7,386 19,900 12,284 24,149
Stock-based compensation expense (1) 3,764 1,943 7,305 2,128
Income tax on adjustments (2,942) (4,530) (4,910) (6,443)
Non-controlling interest on adjustments (390) (2,038) (662) (2,138)
Adjusted net earnings $ 26,859 $ 18,403 $ 29,722 $ 12,441
Three months ended Six months ended
(in US$) June 30 June 30
2014 2013 2014 2013
Diluted net earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations $ 0.26 $ (0.21) $ 0.11 $ (0.74)
Non-controlling interest redemption increment 0.23 0.19 0.29 0.38
Acquisition-related items 0.03 0.11 0.03 0.18
Amortization of intangible assets, net of tax 0.13 0.43 0.22 0.53
Stock-based compensation expense, net of tax (1) 0.09 0.05 0.17 0.04
Adjusted earnings per share $ 0.74 $ 0.57 $ 0.82 $ 0.39
(1) The increase in stock-based compensation expense was attributable to the increase in the formula price of liability-accounted stock options at Colliers International.
FIRSTSERVICE CORPORATION
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings (Loss)
(in thousands of US dollars, except per share amounts)
Three months Six months
ended June 30 ended June 30
(unaudited) 2014 2013 2014 2013
Revenues $ 660,729 $ 576,099 $ 1,205,841 $ 1,049,733
Cost of revenues 418,702 375,411 780,392 698,789
Selling, general and administrative expenses 186,085 157,464 350,761 297,664
Depreciation 8,592 8,736 17,470 17,017
Amortization of intangible assets (1) 7,386 19,900 12,284 24,149
Acquisition-related items (2) 1,178 3,741 1,223 5,947
Operating earnings 38,786 10,847 43,711 6,167
Interest expense, net 3,413 5,885 6,394 11,053
Other expense (income) (206) (508) (847) (686)
Earnings (loss) before income tax 35,579 5,470 38,164 (4,200)
Income tax 9,990 1,210 11,115 (570)
Net earnings (loss) from continuing operations 25,589 4,260 27,049 (3,630)
Discontinued operations, net of income tax (3) (1,675) 149 (2,160) (209)
Net earnings (loss) 23,914 4,409 24,889 (3,839)
Non-controlling interest share of earnings 7,726 4,015 12,567 4,426
Non-controlling interest redemption increment 8,529 6,268 10,543 11,848
Net earnings (loss) attributable to Company 7,659 (5,874) 1,779 (20,113)
Preferred share dividends -- 858 -- 3,146
Net earnings (loss) attributable to common shareholders $ 7,659 $ (6,732) $ 1,779 $ (23,259)
Net earnings (loss) per common share
Basic
Continuing operations $ 0.26 $ (0.21) $ 0.11 $ (0.74)
Discontinued operations (0.05) -- (0.06) (0.01)
$ 0.21 $ (0.21) $ 0.05 $ (0.75)
Diluted
Continuing operations $ 0.26 $ (0.21) $ 0.11 $ (0.74)
Discontinued operations (0.05) -- (0.06) (0.01)
$ 0.21 $ (0.21) $ 0.05 $ (0.75)
Adjusted earnings per share (4) $ 0.74 $ 0.57 $ 0.82 $ 0.39
Weighted average common shares (thousands)
Basic 35,972 32,119 35,931 31,116
Diluted 36,369 32,437 36,334 31,492
Notes to Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings (Loss)
(1) Amortization of intangible assets for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2013 includes $11,184 of accelerated amortization related to legacy regional trademarks and trade names in connection with Residential Real Estate Services re-branding.
(2) Acquisition-related items include transaction costs, contingent acquisition consideration fair value adjustments, and contingent acquisition consideration-related compensation expense.
(3) Discontinued operations include the REO rental operation which was sold in April 2014, a commercial real estate consulting business which was sold in July 2014 and Field Asset Services which was sold in September 2013.
(4) See definition and reconciliation above.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands of US dollars)
(unaudited) June 30, 2014 December 31, 2013 June 30, 2013
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 134,943 $ 142,704 $ 90,840
Accounts receivable 376,100 371,423 341,060
Inventories 21,531 15,804 15,550
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 91,495 85,329 70,986
Current assets 624,069 615,260 518,436
Other non-current assets 22,899 19,711 23,518
Fixed assets 112,839 101,554 102,408
Deferred income tax 101,362 102,629 111,884
Goodwill and intangible assets 658,132 604,357 652,721
Total assets $ 1,519,301 $ 1,443,511 $ 1,408,967
Liabilities and shareholders' equity
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 416,134 $ 485,436 $ 356,659
Other current liabilities 43,224 39,943 58,199
Long-term debt - current 38,020 44,785 36,822
Current liabilities 497,378 570,164 451,680
Long-term debt - non-current 480,917 328,009 438,818
Convertible unsecured subordinated debentures -- -- 76,992
Other liabilities 41,273 43,051 34,416
Deferred income tax 31,903 31,165 42,428
Non-controlling interests 221,851 222,073 192,941
Shareholders' equity 245,979 249,049 171,692
Total liabilities and equity $ 1,519,301 $ 1,443,511 $ 1,408,967
Supplemental balance sheet information
Total debt $ 518,937 $ 372,794 $ 552,632
Total debt, net of cash 383,994 230,090 461,792
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands of US dollars)
Three months ended Six months ended
June 30 June 30
(unaudited) 2014 2013 2014 2013
Cash provided by (used in)
Operating activities
Net earnings $ 23,914 $ 4,409 $ 24,889 $ (3,839)
Items not affecting cash:
Depreciation and amortization 16,008 29,594 29,860 43,092
Deferred income tax (6,095) (11,293) (1,735) (16,298)
Other 3,445 265 1,464 1,516
37,272 22,975 54,478 24,471
Changes in non-cash working capital
Accounts receivable (31,861) (4,034) 5,572 2,969
Payables and accruals 38,057 (5,413) (58,821) (88,948)
Other 13,345 4,276 (11,340) 12,511
Contingent acquisition consideration -- -- (20,064) --
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 56,813 17,804 (30,175) (48,997)
Investing activities
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired (34,896) (7,499) (47,776) (34,688)
Purchases of fixed assets (21,074) (6,445) (28,773) (12,106)
Other investing activities (4,049) 421 (3,510) (3,636)
Net cash used in investing activities (60,019) (13,523) (80,059) (50,430)
Financing activities
Increase in long-term debt, net 32,994 46,037 142,389 138,435
Redemption of Preferred Shares -- (39,232) -- (39,232)
Purchases of non-controlling interests (641) (1,540) (11,615) (2,529)
Dividends paid to preferred shareholders -- (249) -- (2,537)
Dividends paid to common shareholders (3,598) -- (7,178) --
Distributions paid to non-controlling interests (7,893) (7,386) (13,414) (13,040)
Repurchases of Subordinate Voting Shares (5,195) -- (10,106) --
Other financing activities 2,500 6,887 3,749 7,201
Net cash provided by financing activities 18,167 4,517 103,825 88,298
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 584 (5,516) (1,352) (6,715)
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 15,545 3,282 (7,761) (17,844)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 119,398 87,558 142,704 108,684
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 134,943 $ 90,840 $ 134,943 $ 90,840
Segmented Revenues, Adjusted EBITDA and Operating Earnings
(in thousands of US dollars)
Commercial Residential
Real Estate Real Estate Property
(unaudited) Services Services Services (1) Corporate Consolidated
Three months ended June 30
2014
Revenues $ 368,468 $ 236,669 $ 55,536 $ 56 $ 660,729
Adjusted EBITDA 35,340 14,567 12,177 (2,378) 59,706
Operating earnings 19,590 12,561 10,292 (3,657) 38,786
2013
Revenues $ 308,452 $ 218,019 $ 49,584 $ 44 $ 576,099
Adjusted EBITDA 24,519 13,618 9,601 (2,571) 45,167
Operating earnings (2) 9,382 (918) 5,915 (3,532) 10,847
Commercial Residential
Real Estate Real Estate Property
Services Services Services (1) Corporate Consolidated
Six months ended June 30
2014
Revenues $ 667,948 $ 441,466 $ 96,333 $ 94 $ 1,205,841
Adjusted EBITDA 51,103 22,184 13,657 (4,951) 81,993
Operating earnings 24,797 15,738 10,285 (7,109) 43,711
2013
Revenues $ 552,780 $ 409,345 $ 87,508 $ 100 $ 1,049,733
Adjusted EBITDA 26,929 23,406 10,286 (5,213) 55,408
Operating earnings (2) 2,628 6,199 4,853 (7,513) 6,167
(1) The segmented results have been revised to present the Service America operations in Property Services for all periods presented. The Service America operations were previously reported in the Residential Real Estate Services segment.
(2) Operating earnings for the Residential Real Estate Services segment for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2013 were impacted by $11,184 of accelerated amortization related to legacy regional trademarks and trade names in connection with re-branding.

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