Corporate costs were $11.6 million for the full year, relative to $14.4 million in the prior year. The current year's results were positively impacted by the elimination of performance-based executive compensation costs in accordance with the Company's performance-based executive compensation plan.
During the fourth quarter of 2012, the Company purchased 35,000 Subordinate Voting Shares and 146,000 Preferred Shares on the open market under its Normal Course Issuer Bid ("NCIB") at an average price of $28.66 per share and $25.23 per share, respectively. The Company is authorized to repurchase up to an additional 2,515,000 Subordinate Voting Shares and 500 Preferred Shares under its NCIB, which expires on June 6, 2013.
Conference CallFirstService will be holding a conference call on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss results for the fourth quarter. The call will be simultaneously web cast and can be accessed live or after the call at www.firstservice.com in the "Investors / Newsroom" section. Forward-looking Statements This press release includes or may include forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include the Company's financial performance outlook and statements regarding goals, beliefs, strategies, objectives, plans or current expectations. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements contemplated in the forward-looking statements. Such factors include: (i) general economic and business conditions, which will, among other things, impact demand for the Company's services and the cost of providing services; (ii) the ability of the Company to implement its business strategy, including the Company's ability to acquire suitable acquisition candidates on acceptable terms and successfully integrate newly acquired businesses with its existing businesses; (iii) changes in or the failure to comply with government regulations; and (iv) other factors which are described in the Company's filings with applicable Canadian and United States securities regulatory authorities (which factors are adopted herein).