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Colliers spin-off ‘critical for growth’

Real estate firm Colliers International Group Inc. and FirstService Corporation have announced the completion of their separation into two independent, publicly traded companies.

The spin-off establishes Colliers’ place as one of the leading publicly traded commercial real estate firms in the world.

“The spin-off is a critical and very carefully considered part of our growth strategy that will strengthen our visibility among investors and clients and further accelerate Colliers’ evolution in key markets and service areas around the world,” said Jay Hennick, Executive Chairman and largest shareholder of Colliers.

“Colliers thrived as part of FirstService; its revenues grew from approximately US$200 million in 2004 to US$1.6 billion in 2014 thanks to an exceptional management team, soundly executed growth strategy, and a disciplined approach to creating shareholder value.

“The added visibility and flexibility that comes with the spin-off will only further enhance Colliers’ reputation as one of the leading advisors to clients across a broad spectrum of property types and services in commercial real estate the world over,” he added.

In a statement, Colliers said the move gives the company more flexibility to pursue a broader variety of growth opportunities including acquisitions and service-line diversification – all with a view to enhancing global client service and shareholder value.

One of the fastest growing commercial real estate firms over the past decade, Colliers will now also have a focused capital structure with significant inside ownership, making it a powerful “pure play” in global commercial real estate services that can easily be understood, evaluated and compared to its competitors by the capital markets.

“Our mission has been to establish Colliers as the global firm that best serves the needs of today’s real estate clients,” said Doug Frye, Global President and Chief Executive Officer of Colliers.
“To successfully support the next phase of this mission, we will continue to grow our global platform in professional services and seek out opportunities to diversify our revenue streams while advancing our track record of exceptional service.

“Consolidation is a reality of the commercial real estate industry, and Colliers will continue to stand out as a trailblazer, building on its proven record of growth, strong balance sheet and focus on building an enterprising and dynamic global commercial real estate services organisation to benefit clients, professional advisers, and shareholders over the long-term,” he added.

“With ample liquidity, modest leverage, and a newly established US$525 million, five-year, revolving credit facility, Colliers has the financial wherewithal to support continued investment in its balanced growth strategy focused on internal growth, targeted recruiting of top professionals, and prudent acquisitions as we have done so often in the past,” said John Friedrichsen, Chief Financial Officer of Colliers.

“With our spin-off complete, we can now focus our efforts on executing our growth strategy and with the support of our experienced board of directors, ensuring Colliers operates at the very highest of standards expected of publicly traded companies,” he added.

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