Solid EBITDA Growth and Targeted Dispositions Support Positive Second Quarter Results for Altus Group Limited
Management Team to Hold Conference Call on Friday, August 10, 2012 at 9:30 am EDT
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Aug. 9, 2012) – Altus Group Limited (“Altus”) (TSX:AIF) today announced its financial and operating results for the quarter ended June 30, 2012.
- Year-over-year revenue growth of 12.4% for the quarter and 19.4% year-to-date;
- Adjusted EBITDA of $11.8 million for the quarter and $25.7 million year-to-date, an increase of 54.6% and 70.9%, respectively, over the prior year;
- Adjusted earnings per share of $0.14 for the quarter and $0.40 year-to-date, compared to $0.11 and $0.15 in the corresponding periods in 2011;
- Completed the issuance of $48.0 million convertible unsecured subordinated debentures with a maturity date of June 30, 2017. The net proceeds were used to acquire and cancel the outstanding US convertible debentures for a purchase price of $45.7 million (US$46.0 million), and realized a gain on settlement of $6.3 million; and,
- Completed the sale of certain business assets relating to Altus Capital Planning (“ACP”) for approximately $7.3 million, and realized a gain on sale of $0.5 million.
Revenue for the second quarter of 2012 was $78.9 million, as compared to $70.2 million in the same period in 2011, representing an increase of 12.4%. Revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was $165.1 million, as compared to $138.3 million in the same period in 2011, representing an increase of 19.4%. Organic growth and the billing of subcontractor fees contributed 6.1% of total revenue growth for the three months ended June 30, 2012. Organic growth and the billing of subcontractor fees contributed 6.7% and 4.4% of total revenue growth, respectively, for the six months ended June 30, 2012. In addition, the 2011 Argus acquisition contributed 6.3% and 8.3% of the total revenue growth for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012, respectively.
Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2012 was $11.8 million, up 54.6% from $7.6 million in the same period last year. Adjusted EBITDA for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was $25.7 million, up 70.9% from $15.0 million in the same period last year.
“Management has embraced a renewed commitment to strengthening our business fundamentals, evidenced by improved revenues, bolstered earnings-per-share ratio and targeted measures to better manage our debt exposure,” said Stuart Smith, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Altus Group. “Further, solid growth in the second quarter reflects our determined efforts to reinforce our client relationships by providing a consistently high level of experienced, independent value-added advice.”
Profit (loss) for the second quarter of 2012 was $3.7 million, or $0.16 per share, basic, and $(0.03) per share, diluted, as compared to $(12.6) million, or $(0.56) per share, basic and diluted, in the same period in 2011. For the six months ended June 30, 2012, profit (loss) was $6.5 million, or $0.28 per share, basic and $0.03 per share, diluted, as compared to $(16.2) million, or $(0.72) per share, basic and diluted, in the same period in 2011.
Adjusted earnings per share for the second quarter of 2012 was $0.14, as compared to $0.11 in the same period in 2011. For the six months ended June 30, 2012, adjusted earnings per share was $0.40, compared to $0.15 in the same period in 2011.
For the second quarter of 2012, dividends declared were $0.15 per common share. For the six months ended June 30, 2012, dividends declared were $0.30 per common share.
During the quarter, Altus completed the sale of certain business assets relating to ACP for approximately $7.3 million, subject to adjustments, and realized a gain on such sale of $0.5 million.
During the quarter, Altus also completed the issuance of $48.0 million convertible unsecured subordinated debentures (the “2012 convertible debentures”) with a maturity date of June 30, 2017. The 2012 convertible debentures bear interest at a rate of 6.75% per annum, payable semi-annually on June 30 and December 31 each year. On May 1, 2012, Altus used the net proceeds from the offering of the 2012 convertible debentures to acquire and cancel the outstanding US convertible debentures for a purchase price of $45.7 million (US$46.0 million). The US convertible debentures were issued to vendors of the Argus business in connection with Altus’ indirect acquisition of Realm Solutions, Inc. in June, 2011. As of May 1, 2012, the US convertible debentures had an aggregate principal and interest amount outstanding of approximately $51.3 million (US$52.1 million) and an accounting carrying value of $51.7 million (US$52.6 million). Consequently, the cancellation of the US convertible debentures gave rise to an accounting gain of $6.3 million in the second quarter of 2012.
“Over the past number of months, our focus has been to ensure Altus enjoys additional flexibility to facilitate decisions in the best interest of this company,” continued Smith. “We believe that we have made significant progress, especially this last quarter, and we can continue moving forward with a strengthened long term financial and business outlook.”
Analyst Call Details
Altus will hold an analyst conference call at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, August 10, 2012 to discuss these financial results and current industry conditions. Please dial 1-866-225-0198 (toll-free) or 416-340-8061 (GTA) to access the call. You will be required to identify yourself and your organization. A recording of this call will be made available beginning at 11:00 a.m. EDT. To access the recording, please call 1-800-408-3053 or 905-694-9451 (passcode: 5714162). The recording will also be available at altusgrouplimited.com.
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 50 offices in a number of countries worldwide, including Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and China. 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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Camilla BartosiewiczBartosiewicztoronto-hqVice President, Investor Relations