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FirstService Reports Strong Fourth Quarter Results

Stocks in this article: FSRV

Residential Property Management revenues totalled $206.6 million for the fourth quarter, up 10% relative to the prior year quarter. Revenue growth was comprised of 9% internal growth from new property management contract wins and 1% from recent acquisitions. Adjusted EBITDA was $11.8 million, down 2% versus the prior year period.

Property Services revenues totalled $56.0 million, down 48% from the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $3.2 million, down $6.5 million or 67% versus the prior year quarter. The reductions in revenues and Adjusted EBITDA were attributable to a significant decline in property preservation and distressed asset management volumes.

Corporate costs were $2.8 million in the fourth quarter, relative to $6.5 million in the prior year period, primarily as a result of the elimination of performance-based compensation costs in accordance with the Company's performance-based executive compensation plan.

Segmented Full Year Results

Commercial Real Estate Services annual revenues for 2012 totalled $1.17 billion, up 18% relative to the prior year. Revenue growth was comprised of 9% internal growth measured in local currencies, a 1% unfavourable impact from foreign currency translation and 10% growth from recent acquisitions. Adjusted EBITDA for 2012 was $78.9 million, up 52% versus the prior year. The Adjusted EBITDA margin increased 150 basis points relative to the prior year, primarily due to increased broker productivity in the Americas region and improved back-office efficiencies.

Full year Residential Property Management revenues were $839.2 million, up 10% relative to 2011. Revenue growth was comprised of 7% internal growth from new property management contact wins, while acquisitions accounted for 3% of revenue growth. Adjusted EBITDA was $64.3 million, up 3% versus the prior year.

Property Services revenues for the full year totalled $295.7 million, down 37% versus the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA for the year was $24.0 million, down $37.7 million or 61% relative to the prior year, as a result of a significant decline in volumes in the property preservation and distressed asset management operations as well as one-time costs incurred to downsize and align the cost structure to current revenue run rates.

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