CBRE Group, Inc. reports solid revenue and earnings growth for the second quarter of 2013
CBRE Group, Inc. reports solid revenue and earnings growth for the second quarter of 2013
24 July 2013
Los Angeles, CA , 25 July 2013 - CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today reported solid growth in revenue and earnings for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013.
Second-Quarter 2013 Results
> Revenue for the quarter totaled $1.74 billion, an increase of 9% from $1.6 billion in the second quarter of 2012.
> Excluding selected charges1, net income2 increased 16% to $101.8 million from $88.0 million in the second quarter of 2012, and earnings per diluted share increased 15% to $0.31 from $0.27 in the prior-year period. For the second quarter, selected charges (net of income taxes), which primarily related to costs associated with the Company’s recent corporate debt refinancing, totaled $31.9 million. For the same period in 2012, selected charges totaled $12.2 million, and were primarily related to the ING REIM businesses acquired in 2011.
> On a U.S. GAAP basis, net income totaled $69.9 million, compared with $75.9 million for the second quarter of 2012. GAAP earnings per diluted share totaled $0.21, compared with $0.23 in last year’s second quarter. The costs associated with the Company’s corporate debt refinancing reduced GAAP earnings per diluted share by $0.08 for the quarter.
> Excluding selected charges, Earnings Before Interest Taxes Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) 3 increased 10% to $243.1 million from $220.9 million in the second quarter of 2012. EBITDA3 (including selected charges) rose 14% to $240.5 million for the second quarter of 2013, from $211.8 million for the same period a year earlier. Selected charges in 2013 related to carried interest incentive compensation expense while selected charges in 2012 related to the integration of the acquired ING REIM businesses.
> CBRE completed its 2013 corporate debt refinancing program in June, when it paid down all of its 11.625% senior subordinated notes ($450 million aggregate principal amount), due in 2017. As a result of all of its 2013 refinancing actions, the Company has meaningfully extended debt maturities, lowered annual interest expense by approximately $50 million and markedly increased its financial flexibility.
“During the quarter, CBRE benefited from our balanced business mix and focus on serving our clients,” said Robert Sulentic, the Company’s president and chief executive officer. “Revenue grew solidly overall with meaningful improvement in all three geographic regions and continued strength in our global capital markets and occupier outsourcing businesses. This performance is especially noteworthy in light of continued weak global economic growth and heightened financial market volatility late in the quarter. In addition, as previously discussed, we also made significant incremental investments in our platform, which are designed to support future growth and better serve our clients.”
Performance continued to rebound in Asia Pacific, which led the regions with a 16% rise in revenue. Despite slowing economic activity, Greater China saw a significant revenue increase across business lines while property sales drove strong revenue gains in Australia and Singapore. Growth in the Americas remained strong as well, with revenue increasing by 10%. Higher revenue in France and the United Kingdom contributed to a 9% overall revenue rise in EMEA.
Capital Markets businesses continued to help drive CBRE’s growth. Global property sales revenue was up 20%, led by Asia Pacific and the Americas. In EMEA, weakness in continental Europe was offset by solid growth in the United Kingdom, where CBRE held the number one market position in investment sales in the second quarter. Demonstrating the continued strong interest in premier assets in gateway cities, CBRE’s New York operations negotiated the sale of a 40% interest in the iconic General Motors Building and Coach’s purchase of a 740,000 square foot condominium interest in an office tower to be built at the Hudson Yards development site.
Commercial mortgage brokerage revenue improved 22% as investor appetite for debt financing remained strong throughout the quarter, despite the onset of financial market volatility. Loan origination activity in the U.S. rose 28% during the quarter to $5.4 billion, with a broad spectrum of capital sources markedly increasing their lending activity. The appraisal and valuation business also stayed strong with global revenue improving 10%, led by Asia Pacific.
Revenue from property, facilities and project management services rose 11% globally. Growth was notably strong in EMEA, where revenue increased 22%. The Company’s Global Corporate Services (GCS or occupier outsourcing) business remained a strong growth catalyst, as revenue (generally including commissions on sales and lease transactions associated with GCS accounts) rose 11% globally. CBRE signed a total of 55 GCS contracts during the quarter. Among these were 22 contracts with new clients, including an agreement to manage J.C. Penney’s 112 million sq. ft. U.S. real estate portfolio, and 20 expansions of existing contracts, including those with AT&T, Citigroup, Dell and Oracle.
Global leasing revenue rose 4% amid soft market conditions in much of the world. The leasing business continued to be challenged by a high degree of occupier caution and weak economic activity globally. Nevertheless, revenue improved 5% in the Americas and 3% in EMEA while edging down 1% in Asia Pacific. A major contributor to the decline in Asia Pacific was the yen’s continued depreciation against the dollar. In local currency, Asia Pacific leasing revenue increased 3%.
Second-Quarter 2013 Segment Results
Americas Region (U.S., Canada and Latin America)
> Revenue rose 10% to $1.1 billion, compared with $1.0 billion for the second quarter of 2012.
> EBITDA totaled $163.3 million, up 9% from $149.3 million in last year’s second quarter.
> Operating income rose 3% to $132.0 million, compared with $127.9 million for the prior-year second quarter.
EMEA Region (primarily Europe)
> Revenue rose 9% to $270.3 million, compared with $248.2 million for the second quarter of 2012. The increase was primarily driven by improved performance in France and the United Kingdom, most notably in property, facilities and project management.
> EBITDA totaled $11.7 million, compared with $15.7 million for last year’s second quarter.
> Operating income totaled $8.3 million compared with $12.6 million for the same period in 2012.
> Business performance in the second quarter reflected a shift in revenue mix toward lower- margin property, facilities and project management services as well as approximately $5 million of severance in continental Europe and other expenses.
Asia Pacific Region (Asia, Australia and New Zealand)
> Revenue was $233.1 million, an increase of 16% from $201.2 million for the second quarter of 2012. The increase reflects improved overall performance in nearly all countries within the region, particularly Australia, Greater China and Singapore.
> EBITDA improved to $26.0 million, up 12% from $23.3 million for last year’s second quarter.
> Operating income rose 12% to $23.2 million, compared with $20.7 million for the second quarter of 2012.
Global Investment Management (investment management operations in the U.S., Europe and Asia)
> Revenue totaled $115.1 million compared with $119.7 million in the second quarter of 2012.
> Excluding selected charges, EBITDA increased 16% to $34.6 million from $29.8 million in the prior-year second quarter. EBITDA (including selected charges) rose 55% to $32.0 million compared with $20.7 million in the second quarter of 2012.
> Operating income totaled $23.1 million, up 79% from $12.9 million for the second quarter of 2012. The prior-period operating income was impacted by $9.1 million of expenses related to the acquisition of the ING REIM businesses.
> EBITDA and operating income in the second quarter benefited from improved co-investment results as well as lower provisions for bad debt and legal matters, as compared with the prior- year period.
> Assets under management (AUM) totaled $88.2 billion at the end of the second quarter, a 4% decrease from year-end 2012. The decrease was primarily due to property dispositions (net of acquisitions) and negative foreign currency effects, which reduced AUM by $2.3 billion and $1.8 billion, respectively. This was partly offset by gains of $0.3 billion in the value of the investment portfolio.
Development Services (real estate development and investment activities primarily in the U.S.)
> Revenue totaled $9.9 million, compared with $17.8 million for the second quarter of 2012. The revenue decline was attributable to lower rental revenue resulting from property dispositions.
> EBITDA improved to $7.4 million, compared with $2.8 million reported in the prior-year period. The increase was largely driven by higher gains on the sale of properties (reflected in both gain on disposition of real estate and equity income from unconsolidated subsidiaries) partially offset by non-controlling interests activity.
> Operating income totaled $1.0 million compared with an operating loss of $1.4 million for the same period in 2012.
> Development projects in process totaled $4.7 billion, up 12% from year-end 2012, and the inventory of pipeline deals totaled $1.7 billion, down 19% from year-end 2012.
> Revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2013 totaled $3.2 billion, an increase of 9% from $3.0 billion in the six months ended June 30, 2012.
> Excluding selected charges, net income increased 14% to $153.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013 from $133.9 million in the six months ended June 30, 2012, and earnings per diluted share increased 12% to $0.46 compared with $0.41 for the prior-year period. For the six months ended June 30, 2013, selected charges (net of income taxes), which primarily related to costs associated with the Company’s recent corporate debt refinancing and the ING REIM businesses acquired in 2011, totaled $45.9 million. For the same period in 2012, selected charges totaled $31.1 million, and were primarily related to the acquired ING REIM businesses.
> On a U.S. GAAP basis, net income rose 4% to $107.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013 from $102.8 million for the same period of 2012. GAAP earnings per diluted share totaled $0.32 in both periods. The aforementioned costs associated with the Company’s corporate debt refinancing reduced GAAP earnings per diluted share by $0.10 for the six months of 2013.
> Excluding selected charges, EBITDA increased 9% to $404.4 million in the current six-month period from $371.4 million in the first six months of 2012. EBITDA (including selected charges) rose 14% to $400.2 million for the first six months of 2013, from $352.3 million for the same period a year earlier. Selected charges in 2013 related to the integration of the acquired ING REIM businesses and carried interest incentive compensation expense. For the same period in 2012, selected charges related to the integration of the acquired ING REIM businesses.
“CBRE’s strengths – our brand, people, financial flexibility, and balanced service offering – leave us well positioned for continued success amid this slow and uneven market recovery,” said Mr. Sulentic. “We remain highly focused on continuing to improve margins while making operational investments that will help us to better serve our clients and execute our growth strategy.”
CBRE continues to believe that it will meet its previously-announced expectations for full-year 2013 earnings per share, as adjusted, in the range of $1.40 to $1.45. However, in light of the current strong sales environment and the opportunity this affords for realizing gains in its investment management portfolio, the Company now believes earnings could modestly exceed its original expectations for the full year.
Conference Call Details
The Company’s second-quarter earnings conference call will be held today (Thursday, July 25, 2013) at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. A webcast will be accessible through the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.cbre.com/investorrelations.
The direct dial-in number for the conference call is 800-230-1059 for U.S. callers and 612-234-9959 for international callers. A replay of the call will be available starting at 10 p.m. Eastern Time on July 25, 2013, and ending at midnight Eastern Time on August 2, 2013. The dial-in number for the replay is 800-475-6701 for U.S. callers and 320-365-3844 for international callers. The access code for the replay is 294951. A transcript of the call will be available on the Company’s Investor Relations website at www.cbre.com/investorrelations.
About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2012 revenue). The Company has approximately 37,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 300 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.
Note: This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the ''safe harbor'' provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding our future growth momentum, operations, financial performance, and business outlook. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company’s actual results and performance in future periods to be materially different from any future results or performance suggested in forward-looking statements in this release. Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release and, except to the extent required by applicable securities laws, the Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise any of them to reflect actual results, any changes in expectations or any change in events. If the Company does update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that it will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause results to differ materially include, but are not limited to: general conditions of financial liquidity for real estate transactions, including the impact of European sovereign debt issues and recessionary to flat economic growth in many European countries as well as U.S. fiscal uncertainty; our leverage and our ability to perform under our credit facilities; commercial real estate vacancy levels; employment conditions and their effect on vacancy rates; property values; rental rates; interest rates; our ability to leverage our platform to grow revenues and capture market share; continued growth in trends toward use of outsourced commercial real estate services; our ability to control costs relative to revenue growth and expand EBITDA margins; our ability to retain and incentivize producers; our ability to identify, acquire and integrate synergistic and accretive businesses; expected levels of interest, depreciation and amortization expense; fluctuations in currency; changes in our effective tax rate; realization of values in investment funds to offset related incentive compensation expense; a decline in asset values in, or a reduction in earnings or cash flow from, our investment programs, as well as related litigation, liabilities and reputational harm; and our ability to comply with laws and regulations related to our international operations, including the anti-corruption laws of the U.S. and other countries.
Additional information concerning factors that may influence the Company's financial information is discussed under “Risk Factors”, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations”, “Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk” and “Cautionary Note on Forward-Looking Statements” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, and under “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations”, “Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk” and “Forward- Looking Statements” in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, as well as in the Company’s press releases and other periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Such filings are available publicly and may be obtained on the Company’s website at www.cbre.com or upon written request from the CBRE Investor Relations Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 Selected charges include the write-off of financing costs, amortization expense related to incentive fees and customer relationships acquired in the ING REIM and Trammell Crow Company (TCC) acquisitions, certain carried interest incentive compensation expense and integration and other costs related to acquisitions.