Altus Group Announces an Agreement to Sell its Stake in Altus Residential Limited; Increases Equity Position in Real Matters
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Dec. 21, 2012) – Altus Group Limited (“Altus”) (TSX:AIF) today announced that it has entered into a binding letter of intent to sell its 100% interest in Altus Residential Limited (“ARL”) to Real Matters Inc. (“Real Matters”) for $8.2 million, payable through the issuance of additional Real Matters shares.
Real Matters (formerly Solidifi Inc.) is a Toronto-based technology company that provides insights into residential and commercial properties for mortgage lenders and insurance companies across North America. Altus Group has been a strategic partner and shareholder since 2008.
Incorporated in 2009, ARL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Altus Group, providing single-family residential appraisal management services on a fixed-fee basis.
This sale is part of Altus Group’s ongoing efforts to manage its strategic relationships and assets with increased efficiency. Capitalizing on the increased value of Altus’ investment in Real Matters, this transaction strengthens the Altus Group/Real Matters relationship, while consolidating Altus’ interest in the company. As a result of this sale, Altus’ share in Real Matters will increase from its current holding of 20% to 27%.
“This move simplifies the joint relationship with Real Matters. We are happy with the strong return on our investment and Real Matters’ growing success in the market,” stated Bob Courteau, CEO, Altus Group.
The transaction is intended to close on or before January 31, with effect as of January 1, 2013.
About Altus Group Limited
Altus leads the global real estate industry in offering professional real estate advisory services, data solutions and intelligence about an organization’s assets, generating a wealth of knowledge and insight. With a staff of over 1,700, Altus has a network of over 60 offices in 14 countries worldwide, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Asia and the United States. We operate five interrelated Business Units, bringing years of experience and a broad range of expertise together into one comprehensive platform: Research, Valuation and Advisory; Cost Consulting and Project Management; Realty Tax Consulting, Geomatics and ARGUS Software. Altus’ clients include banks, financial institutions, governments, pension funds, asset and fund managers, developers and landlords and companies engaged in the oil and gas industry.
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unpredictability and volatility of common share price; capital investment; and issuance of additional common shares diluting existing shareholders’ interests, as well as those described in Altus’ publicly filed documents, including the Annual Information Form (which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com). Given these risks, uncertainties and other factors, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information as a prediction of actual results. The forward-looking information reflects Altus’ and management’s current expectations and beliefs regarding future events and operating performance and is based on information currently available to management. Although Altus has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information contained herein, there are other factors that could cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. The forward-looking information contained herein is current as of the date of this press release and, except as required under applicable law, Altus does not undertake to update or revise it to reflect new events or circumstances. Additionally, Altus undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third parties in respect of Altus, its financial or operating results, or its securities.
Camilla BartosiewiczBartosiewiczVice President, Investor Relations