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Altus Group Reports First Quarter Financial Results for 2013

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TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 05/07/13 -- Altus Group Limited ("Altus") (TSX: AIF) today announced financial and operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013.

Revenues for the quarter were $76.2 million, compared to $86.2 million for the same period in 2012, representing a decline of 11.6%. Adjusted EBITDA was $12.3 million, down 11.6% from $13.9 million in the same period last year. Strong quarterly results from value added offerings at ARGUS Software and North America RVA were primarily offset by adverse weather affecting Geomatics, lower year over year results in North America Cost and key strategic hires.


-- Solid performance from ARGUS Software, as revenues rose 21%, and adjusted EBITDA was up 171% Y/Y on 24% adjusted EBITDA margins;-- North America RVA delivered strong results, as revenues rose 6.9% and adjusted EBITDA was up 34.5% Y/Y;-- Sale of Altus Residential Limited to Real Matters Inc. for $8.2 million, resulted in a gain of $5.3 million;-- Adjusted earnings per share came in at $0.25 for the quarter, compared to $0.27 in 2012; and,-- Declared dividends of $0.15 per common share and launched a Dividend Reinvestment Plan.

"Our solid results from ARGUS affirm our turnaround and the software opportunity. Additionally, healthy North America RVA performance furthers our value added services strategy in the US market," said Robert Courteau, Chief Executive Officer, Altus Group. "Altus continues to focus on strengthening each business unit to underpin our core operations. I remain strongly optimistic about our plans to realize greater synergies across all business units, and drive innovation from our software and data solutions."

Adjusted earnings per share for the first quarter of 2013 came in at $0.25, compared to $0.27 in the same period 2012. Under IFRS accounting, profit (loss) for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 was $6.8 million, or $0.30 per share, basic and $0.26 per share, diluted, compared to $2.9 million, or $0.12 per share, basic and $0.09 per share, diluted, in Q1 2012.

During the quarter, we sold our 100% interest in Altus Residential Limited to Real Matters Inc. ("Real Matters") for $8.2 million, which was settled through the issuance of additional Real Matters shares. This resulted in an accounting gain of $5.3 million.

In connection with the restructuring activities at ARGUS Software, a total of $1.1 million was recorded in the first quarter of 2013. These charges relate primarily to employee severance costs.

Altus introduced a Dividend Reinvestment Plan during the quarter, and declared a dividend of $0.15 per share for the period.

Analyst Call Details

Altus will hold an analyst conference call at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, to discuss these financial results and current industry conditions. Please dial 1-866-226-1792 (toll-free) or 416-340-2216 (GTA) to access the call. A recording of this call will be available beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET on May 8 until May 15, 2013. To access the recording, please call 1-800-408-3053 or 905-694-9451 (passcode: 9184271). The recording will also be available at

About Altus Group

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.

Forward-Looking Information

Certain information in this press release may constitute "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. Generally, forward-looking information can be identified by use of words such as "may", "will", "expect", "believe", "plan", "would", "could" and other similar terminology. Inherent in the forward-looking information are known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual results, performance or achievements of Altus, or industry results, to differ materially from any results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Those risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information include: general state of the economy; competition in the industry; ability to attract and retain professionals; integration of acquisitions; dependence on oil and gas sector; dependence on Canadian multi-residential market; customer concentration; currency risk; interest rate risk; reliance on larger software transactions with longer and less predictable sales cycles; success of new product introductions; ability to respond to technological change and develop products on a timely basis; ability to maintain profitability and manage growth; revenue and cash flow volatility; credit risk; protection of intellectual property or defending against claims of intellectual property rights of others; weather; fixed-price and contingency engagements; operating risks; performance of obligations/maintenance of client satisfaction; appraisal mandates; legislative and regulatory changes; risk of future legal proceedings; insurance limits; income tax matters; ability to meet solvency requirements to pay dividends; leverage and restrictive covenants; unpredictability and volatility of common share price; capital investment; and issuance of additional common shares diluting existing shareholders' interests, as well as those described in Altus' publicly filed documents, including the Annual Information Form (which are available on SEDAR at

Given these risks, uncertainties and other factors, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information as a prediction of actual results. The forward-looking information reflects Altus' and management's current expectations and beliefs regarding future events and operating performance and is based on information currently available to management. Although Altus has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information contained herein, there are other factors that could cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. The forward-looking information contained herein is current as of the date of this press release and, except as required under applicable law, Altus does not undertake to update or revise it to reflect new events or circumstances. Additionally, Altus undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third parties in respect of Altus, its financial or operating results, or its securities.

Non-IFRS Measures

Altus uses certain non-IFRS measures as indicators of financial performance. Readers are cautioned that they are not defined performance measures under IFRS and may differ from similar computations as reported by other similar entities and, accordingly, may not be comparable to financial measures as reported by those entities. We believe that these measures are useful supplemental measures that may assist investors in assessing an investment in shares of Altus and provide more insight into our performance.

Adjusted Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization, ("Adjusted EBITDA"), represents operating profit (loss) adjusted for the effect of amortization of intangibles, depreciation of property, plant and equipment, acquisition-related expenses (income), restructuring costs, share of profit or loss of associate, unrealized foreign exchange gains (losses), gains (losses) on sale of property, plant and equipment, gains (losses) on sale of business assets, impairment charges, Executive Compensation Plan costs, gains (losses) on hedging transactions and other expenses or income of a non-operating and/or non-recurring nature.

Adjusted Earnings (Loss) per Share, ("Adjusted EPS"), represents basic earnings per share adjusted for the effect of amortization of intangibles acquired as part of business acquisitions, non-cash finance costs (income) related to the revaluation of amounts payable to unitholders', distributions related to amounts payable to unitholders', acquisition-related expenses (income), restructuring costs, share of profit or loss of associate, unrealized foreign exchange gains (losses), gains (losses) on sale of property, plant and equipment, gains (losses) on sale of business assets, interest accretion on vendor payables, gain (loss) on settlement of US convertible debentures, impairment charges, Executive Compensation Plan costs, gains (losses) on hedging transactions and other expenses or income of a non-operating and/or non-recurring nature. All of the adjustments are made net of tax.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATIONThree Months Ended, March 31In Thousands of Dollars, except for per share amounts 2013 2012-----------------------------------------------------------------------OperationsRevenues $ 76,154 $ 86,178Adjusted EBITDA 12,253 13,863Operating profit (loss) 11,724 8,691Profit (loss) 6,843 2,868Earnings (loss) per share: Basic $ 0.30 $ 0.12 Diluted $ 0.26 $ 0.09 Adjusted $ 0.25 $ 0.27Dividends/Distributions declared per share $ 0.15 $ 0.15---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------SEGMENTED INFORMATIONThree Months Ended, March 31 Revenues Adjusted EBITDA ----------------------------- -------------------------In Thousands of % % Dollars 2013 2012 Change 2013 2012 Change-------------------------------------------------- -------------------------North America RVA $18,664 $ 17,455 6.9% $ 5,032 $ 3,742 34.5%North America Realty Tax 15,173 14,447 5.0% 3,298 4,032 (18.2%)North America Cost 7,688 15,319 (49.8%) 1,420 2,354 (39.7%)North America Geomatics 15,794 18,371 (14.0%) 3,143 5,849 (46.3%)Argus Software 8,605 7,110 21.0% 2,105 777 170.9%UK 5,237 5,015 4.4% 1,291 1,173 10.1%Asia Pacific Cost 5,054 8,545 (40.9%) 125 628 (80.1%)Corporate - - - (4,161) (4,654) 10.6%Eliminations (61) (84) 27.4% - (38) 100.0%----------------------------------------------------------------------------Total $76,154 $ 86,178 (11.6%) $12,253 $13,863 (11.6%)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED EBITDA TO PROFIT (LOSS)Three Months Ended, March 31In Thousands of Dollars 2013 2012----------------------------------------------------------------------------Adjusted EBITDA $ 12,253 $ 13,863Depreciation & amortization (4,649) (5,607)Acquisition related (expenses) income (210) -Share of profit (loss) of associate (78) (400)Unrealized foreign exchange gain (loss) 371 1,410Gain (loss) on sale of property, plant and equipment (6) 1,451Gain (loss) on hedging transactions - 190Gain (loss) on sale of certain business assets 5,278 -Stock options and other equity-settled performance plan costs (102) (55)Restructuring costs (1,133) (1,786)Other non-operating and/or non-recurring costs - (375)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Operating profit 11,724 8,691Finance (costs) income, net (3,943) (5,230)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Profit (loss) before income tax 7,781 3,461Income tax recovery (expense) (938) (593)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Profit (loss) $ 6,843 $ 2,868--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2013 and 2012(Unaudited)(Expressed in Thousands of Canadian Dollars, Except for Shares and Per ShareAmounts)---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Three months ended March 31---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2013 2012--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Revenues Revenues $ 76,154 $ 86,178 Less: disbursements 7,297 12,638---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Net revenue 68,857 73,540----------------------------------------------------------------------------Expenses Employee compensation 45,743 47,769 Occupancy 3,540 3,218 Office and other operating 7,058 6,069 Amortization of intangibles 3,521 4,436 Depreciation of property, plant and equipment 1,128 1,171 Acquisition related expenses (income) 210 - Share of (profit) loss of associate 78 400 Restructuring costs 1,133 1,786 (Gain) loss on sale of certain business assets (5,278) -----------------------------------------------------------------------------Operating profit (loss) 11,724 8,691----------------------------------------------------------------------------Finance costs (income), net 3,943 5,230----------------------------------------------------------------------------Profit (loss) before income tax 7,781 3,461----------------------------------------------------------------------------Income tax expense (recovery) 938 593----------------------------------------------------------------------------Profit (loss) for the period attributable to equity holders $ 6,843 $ 2,868----------------------------------------------------------------------------Other comprehensive income (loss): Cash flow hedges 51 919 Currency translation differences 1,299 (3,274)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax 1,350 (2,355)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Total comprehensive income (loss) for the period, net of tax, attributable to equity holders $ 8,193 $ 513----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Earnings (loss) per share attributable to the equity holders of the Company during the periodBasic earnings (loss) per share $ 0.30 $ 0.12Diluted earnings (loss) per share $ 0.26 $ 0.09--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Interim Condensed Consolidated Balance SheetsAs at March 31, 2013 and 2012(Unaudited)(Expressed in Thousands of Canadian Dollars)------------------------------------------------------------------------ March 31, December 2013 31, 2012------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------AssetsCurrent assets Cash and cash equivalents $ 5,309 $ 4,703 Trade and other receivables 103,208 105,746 Current income taxes recoverable 1,076 637------------------------------------------------------------------------ 109,593 111,086------------------------------------------------------------------------Non-current assets Trade and other receivables 294 3,320 Investment in associate 14,502 6,380 Deferred income taxes 12,593 12,429 Property, plant and equipment 18,292 18,663 Intangibles 77,987 80,022 Goodwill 186,489 186,139------------------------------------------------------------------------ 310,157 306,953------------------------------------------------------------------------Total Assets $ 419,750 $ 418,039------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------LiabilitiesCurrent liabilities Trade and other payables $ 66,968 $ 69,599 Current income taxes payable 444 997 Borrowings 905 1,361 Provisions 2,034 2,098------------------------------------------------------------------------ 70,351 74,055------------------------------------------------------------------------Non-current liabilities Trade and other payables 6,767 6,120 Borrowings 204,082 205,449 Derivative financial instruments 3,718 3,783 Provisions 613 102 Deferred income taxes 1,425 1,084 Amounts payable to unitholders 3,026 3,052------------------------------------------------------------------------ 219,631 219,590------------------------------------------------------------------------Total Liabilities 289,982 293,645------------------------------------------------------------------------Shareholders' Equity Share capital 277,948 279,227 Equity component of convertible debentures 6,356 6,356 Contributed surplus 5,512 3,598 Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) 383 (967) Deficit (160,431) (163,820)------------------------------------------------------------------------Total Shareholders' Equity 129,768 124,394------------------------------------------------------------------------Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $ 419,750 $ 418,039------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash FlowsFor the Three Months Ended March 31, 2013 and 2012(Unaudited)(Expressed in Thousands of Canadian Dollars)---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Three months ended March 31---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2013 2012-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cash flows from operating activities Profit (loss) before income tax $ 7,781 $ 3,461 Adjustments for: Amortization of intangibles 3,521 4,436 Depreciation of property, plant and equipment 1,128 1,171 Amortization of lease inducements 47 36 Tax credits recorded through employee compensation (521) - Finance costs (income), net 3,943 5,230 Share-based compensation 121 55 Unrealized foreign exchange (gain) loss (371) (1,410) Unrealized (gain) loss on hedging transactions - (190) (Gain) loss on sale of certain business assets (5,278) - (Gain) loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment 6 (1,451) Share of (profit) loss of associate 78 400 Net changes in operating working capital 1,194 (7,076)---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 11,649 4,662 Less: interest paid (1,588) (3,555) Less: income tax paid (1,040) (138) Income tax received 108 609---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 9,129 1,578---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cash flows from financing activities Proceeds from exercise of options 514 - Financing fees paid - (15) Repayment of borrowings (2,513) (3,949) Dividends paid (3,440) (3,456) Treasury shares purchased under Restricted Share Plan (2,277) - Interest paid to other unitholders (56) (61)---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities (7,772) (7,481)---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cash flows from investing activities Purchase of intangibles (16) (710) Purchase of property, plant and equipment (754) (1,435) Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment 15 5,254---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities (755) 3,109----------------------------------------------------------------------------Effect of foreign currency translation 4 119----------------------------------------------------------------------------Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 606 (2,675)Cash and cash equivalents Beginning of period 4,703 6,590---------------------------------------------------------------------------- End of period $ 5,309 $ 3,915--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Altus Group Limited
Elif McDonald
VP, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
(416) 641 - 9804

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