Altus Group Limited Completes Acquisition of ARGUS Software
Creates Industry-Leading Data and Analytics Platform for Real Estate Intelligence
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – June 1, 2011) – Altus Group Limited (“Altus”) (TSX:AIF) announced today that it has completed the previously announced merger of Realm Solutions, Inc. (“Realm”), owner of ARGUS Software (“ARGUS”), with a subsidiary of Altus for aggregate consideration of US$130 million.
By combining ARGUS’ market-leading real estate software products with its own proprietary data stores, Altus will create a powerful new platform that will offer clients value-added commercial real estate data and analytics.
“This acquisition signals an enormous step forward for Altus.” said Gary Yeoman, Chief Executive Officer of Altus. “In addition to offering immediate value and deeper penetration into the United States and overseas, this acquisition is fundamental to Altus’ future growth by allowing us to offer clients new tools, more in depth insight and an even broader scope of services.”
The acquisition of ARGUS generates a number of tangible benefits for Altus, including:
- It is accretive to adjusted earnings and cash flow by providing Altus with ownership of a global brand leader in real estate software solutions, over 4,600 new clients, and access to new sources of recurring revenue;
- It further extends Altus’ reach into the U.S. and overseas markets; and,
- It helps accelerate Altus’ evolution into a global market leader in the provisioning of value-added commercial real estate data and analytics solutions including benchmarking, indices and risk analysis.
“ARGUS is excited to move forward as part of the Altus team and we’re enthusiastic about what can be achieved by working together,” said Mark Kingston, who continues with ARGUS as President, ARGUS Software and assumes the role of Chief Knowledge Officer of Altus. “Our unique combination of data, analytics and industry intelligence will mean new and more intuitive tools that will deliver a higher standard of information facilitating better decision making ability for our clients.”
For over 25 years, ARGUS has been the leading global provider of software and solutions for analysis and management of commercial real estate investments. ARGUS products are the industry standard and provide a complete solution for managing and growing a commercial real estate portfolio. More than 4,600 of the real estate industry’s leading owners, managers, financial institutions, brokerages and REITs, in 45 countries and on five continents use ARGUS solutions to improve the visibility and flow of information throughout their critical business processes. These solutions include asset management, asset valuation, portfolio management, budgeting, forecasting, reporting and lease management. As the leading provider of real estate solutions, ARGUS has unique insight into the needs and wants of its customers and works hard at providing up to date and relevant solutions to its clients.
Altus Group Limited
Altus is the leading multidisciplinary provider of independent real estate consulting and professional advisory services worldwide. With a staff of over 1,800, Altus has a network of over 65 offices in 14 countries worldwide, including Canada, UK, Australia, Asia and the United States. Altus operates four interrelated Business Units, bringing years of expertise together into one comprehensive platform: Research, Valuation and Advisory; Cost Consulting and Project Management; Realty Tax Consulting and Geomatics services. 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.
For more information on Altus Group, please visit: www.altusgroup.com.
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Camilla BartosiewiczBartosiewiczVice President, Investor Relations