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CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. Reports Improved Financial Results for First Quarter 2010

Revenue Rises 15% to $1.0 Billion

Angeles, CA – April 28, 2010 — CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today reported improved financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2010.   

  • Revenue for the quarter totaled $1.0 billion, an increase of 15% from $890.4 million in the first quarter of 2009.
  • On a U.S. GAAP basis, the Company reported a net loss of $6.6 million, or $0.02 per diluted per share, in the first quarter of 2010, compared with a net loss of $36.7 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2009. Excluding selected charges1, net income2 would have totaled $3.2 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, for the current-year quarter, a notable improvement from a net loss of $7.5 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2009.
  • Earnings Before Interest Taxes Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA)3 nearly doubled to $75.0 million in the first quarter of 2010 from $38.4 million a year earlier.  Excluding selected charges, EBITDA3 rose 62% to $87.5 million in the current period from $54.1 million in the first quarter of 2009.


Seasonally, the first quarter is generally the Company’s weakest period, with revenue and profitability building throughout the year. 

“Financial performance improved from a year ago in all geographic regions and virtually every service line and was well ahead of our internal expectations,” said Brett White, chief executive officer of CB Richard Ellis. “Our people have worked extremely hard throughout the downturn to grow our leadership position, expand our client base and improve operating efficiency. We are realizing significant benefits from these efforts now that market conditions have begun to recover in more parts of the world, and as we transition back to a more offensive posture. As the industry leader, we are very well positioned to benefit disproportionately in top- and bottom-line growth as the recovery continues to unfold.” 

Globally, property sales revenue increased 51% in the first quarter of 2010 compared with the depressed levels of the first quarter of 2009, and leasing revenue rose 23% in this time period. All global regions posted double-digit percentage increases in both sales and leasing.  Asia Pacific, driven by especially strong improvement in Australia and New Zealand, saw sales revenue in the first quarter of 2010 rise 123% from a year earlier. Europe achieved a 25% increase in leasing revenue in the first quarter of 2010, primarily driven by growth in the United Kingdom and France. The Americas also posted substantial increases in both sales and leasing. 

CB Richard Ellis also continued to seize opportunities resulting from continued difficulties in the real estate capital markets. Its portfolio of distressed properties being marketed for sale in the U.S. grew to more than $6 billion at the end of the first quarter of 2010. 

Outsourcing revenue, including property and facilities management, grew by 6% in the first quarter compared with a year earlier, and accounted for slightly more than 40% of total revenue. Outsourcing revenue grew sharply in Asia Pacific and solidly in Europe, as the Company secured more global and multi-national assignments. Globally, CB Richard Ellis renewed or expanded 12 long-term outsourcing contracts -- including relationships with Boeing, BP, Chevron Corporation, Fifth Third Bank, General Electric, IBM Corporation and Lloyds Banking Group – and added eight new long-term contractual relationships.  

Loan Exchanges
The Company successfully negotiated two rounds of loan exchanges during the quarter, which extended the maturity and amortization schedules on $139.1 million of its term debt and $132.5 million of its revolving credit facility. Since August 2009, the Company has extended the maturity and amortization schedules on approximately $1.3 billion of debt.  

First-Quarter 2010 Segment Results

Americas Region

Revenue for the Americas region, including the U.S., Canada and Latin America, rose 12% to $645.6 million for the first quarter of 2010, compared with $577.0 million for the first quarter of 2009.  Operating income for the Americas region doubled during the current quarter to $45.8 million from $22.9 million for the first quarter of 2009.  EBITDA for this region totaled $62.0 million for the first quarter of 2010, up significantly from $38.6 million in last year’s first quarter. The region saw meaningful improvement across most business lines.  

EMEA Region
Revenue for the EMEA region, which mainly consists of operations in Europe, rose 16% to $188.2 million for the first quarter of 2010 from $162.2 million for the first quarter of 2009.  The EMEA region reported operating income of $1.3 million for the first quarter of 2010, a reversal from an operating loss of $6.1 million for the same period in 2009.  EBITDA also turned positive, totaling $4.1 million for the first quarter of 2010, compared with negative EBITDA of $3.1 million for last year’s first quarter.  These improved results reflect better business performance in several countries, particularly the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

Asia
Pacific Region
In the Asia Pacific region, which includes operations in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, revenue rose 44% to $134.4 million for the first quarter of 2010 from $93.1 million for the first quarter of 2009.  Operating income for the Asia Pacific region improved sharply to $6.2 million for the first quarter of 2010, from $0.7 million for the same period of 2009.  EBITDA also rose significantly to $8.3 million for the first quarter of 2010 compared with $1.9 million for last year’s first quarter. These improved results reflect better business performance throughout the region, particularly in Australia, China and Singapore.

Global Investment Management Business

In the Global Investment Management segment, which includes investment management operations in the U.S., Europe and Asia, revenue increased to $39.4 million for the first quarter of 2010 from $37.3 million in the first quarter of 2009.  This segment posted an operating loss for the first quarter of $4.4 million, compared with operating income of $6.7 million for the same period in 2009.  First-quarter 2010 EBITDA totaled negative $4.9 million, compared with negative EBITDA of $0.4 million in the prior year first quarter.  The lower results were partially driven by a net accrual of $1.1 million for carried interest incentive compensation in the first quarter of 2010 as compared with a net reversal of carried interest incentive compensation of $3.1 million in the first quarter of 2009.Assets under management totaled $33.3 billion at the end of the first quarter, down 4% from year-end 2009 mainly due to lower property valuations and currency declines. 

Development Services
In the Development Services segment, which consists of real estate development and investment activities primarily in the U.S., revenue totaled $18.3 million for the first quarter of 2010, compared with $20.9 million for the first quarter of 2009.  The operating loss for the first quarter of 2010 was $3.2 million, compared with an operating loss of $18.8 million for the same period in 2009.  First-quarter 2010 EBITDA was $5.5 million, up from $1.4 million in the prior year first quarter.  The operating loss in the first quarter of 2009 included a non-cash write-down of real estate assets of $9.4 million but not the offsetting portion attributable to non-controlling interests of $8.6 million. EBITDA for the first quarter of 2009 included both items. In addition, current year results were favorably impacted by cost reduction efforts, which led to an increase in EBITDA despite lower revenue.Development projects in process as of March 31, 2010 totaled $4.7 billion and the inventory of pipeline deals as of March 31, 2010 was $0.9 billion, both unchanged from year-end 2009. 

Conference Call Details
The Company’s first-quarter earnings conference call will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time.  A live webcast will be accessible through the Investor Relations section of the Company’s Web site at www.cbre.com/investorrelations.  

The direct dial-in number for the conference call is 800-553-0272 for U.S. callers and 612-332-0637 for international callers.  A replay of the call will be available starting at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on April 29, 2010, and ending at midnight Eastern Time on May 5, 2010. 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 154495.  A transcript of the call will be available on the Company’s Investor Relations Web site at www.cbre.com/investorrelations.   

About CB Richard Ellis
CB Richard Ellis 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 firm (in terms of 2009 revenue).  The Company has approximately 29,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 300 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CB Richard Ellis 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. CB Richard Ellis has been named a BusinessWeek 50 “best in class” company for three years in a row. Please visit our Web site 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 and financial performance.  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; a protraction or worsening of the economic slow-down or recession we experienced in our principal operating regions in 2008 and 2009; 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; realization of values in investment funds to offset related incentive compensation expense; our ability to leverage our platform to grow revenues and capture market share; our ability to retain and incentivize producers; the integration of our acquisitions and the level of synergy savings achieved as a result; our ability to maintain or enhance our operating leverage; and 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.

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 “Forward-Looking Statements” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009, 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 Web site at www.cbre.com or upon request from the CB Richard Ellis Investor Relations Department at investorrelations@cbre.com. 

Selected charges include amortization expense related to customer relationships resulting from acquisitions, integration costs related to acquisitions, cost-containment expenses, the write-down of impaired assets and the write-off of financing costs.  

 A reconciliation of net loss attributable to CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. to net income (loss) attributable to CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc., as adjusted for selected items, is provided in the section of this press release entitled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

 The Company’s management believes that EBITDA is useful in evaluating its operating performance compared to that of other companies in its industry because the calculation of EBITDA generally eliminates the effects of financing and income taxes and the accounting effects of capital spending and acquisitions, which items may vary for different companies for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance.  As a result, the Company’s management uses EBITDA as a measure to evaluate the operating performance of various business segments and for other discretionary purposes, including as a significant component when measuring its operating performance under its employee incentive programs. Additionally, management believes EBITDA is useful to investors to assist them in getting a more accurate picture of the Company’s results from operations.

However, EBITDA is not a recognized measurement under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), and when analyzing the Company’s operating performance, readers should use EBITDA in addition to, and not as an alternative for, net income determined in accordance with GAAP.  Because not all companies use identical calculations, the Company’s presentation of EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.  Furthermore, EBITDA is not intended to be a measure of free cash flow for management’s discretionary use, as it does not consider certain cash requirements such as tax and debt service payments.  The amounts shown for EBITDA also differ from the amounts calculated under similarly titled definitions in the Company’s debt instruments, which are further adjusted to reflect certain other cash and non-cash charges and are used to determine compliance with financial covenants and the Company’s ability to engage in certain activities, such as incurring additional debt and making certain restricted payments. Amounts shown for EBITDA, as adjusted, remove the impact of certain cash and non-cash charges related to acquisitions, cost containment and asset impairments.

For a reconciliation of EBITDA and EBITDA, as adjusted to net loss attributable to CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc., the most comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP, see the section of this press release titled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

  


CB RICHARD ELLIS GROUP, INC.

OPERATING RESULTS

FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2010 AND 2009

 (Dollars in thousands, except share data)

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 March 31,

 

 2010

 

 2009

 

 

 

 

Revenue

$1,025,883   

 

$ 890,449   

 

 

 

 

Costs and expenses:

 

 

 

    Cost of services

615,194

 

553,419

    Operating, administrative and other

338,706

 

306,159

    Depreciation and amortization

26,295

 

25,392

Total costs and expenses

980,195

 

884,970

 

 

 

 

Operating income

45,688

 

5,479

Equity loss from unconsolidated

subsidiaries

 

(6,584)

 

 

(10,197)

Interest income

1,800

 

2,305

Interest expense

49,792

 

34,798

Write-off of financing costs

-

 

29,255

 

 

 

 

Loss before provision for (benefit of) income taxes

(8,888)

 

(66,466)

Provision for (benefit of) income taxes

7,299

 

(12,047)

 

 

 

 

Net loss

    (16,187)    

 

    (54,419)    

Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests

 

(9,560)

 

 

(17,730)

Net loss attributable to CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc.

 

$(6,627)

 

 

$(36,689)

 

 

 

 

Basic loss per share attributable to CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. shareholders

$(0.02)   

 

$ (0.14)   

 

 

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding for

basic loss per share

 

312,879,640

 

 

261,999,151

 

 

 

 

Diluted loss per share attributable to CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. shareholders

$(0.02)   

 

$(0.14)   

 

 

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding for

diluted loss per share

 

312,879,640

 

 

261,999,151

 

 

 

 

EBITDA

$74,959  

 

$38,404  

 

 

 

 


CB RICHARD ELLIS GROUP, INC.

SEGMENT RESULTS

FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2010 AND 2009

(Dollars in thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

 2010

 

 2009

Americas

 

 

 

Revenue 

$645,611

 

$577,041

Costs and expenses:

 

 

 

Cost of services 

410,287

 

383,092

Operating, administrative and other

174,841

 

156,799

Depreciation and amortization

14,690

 

14,258

Operating income

$45,793

 

$22,892

EBITDA

 $61,988

 

 $38,641

 

 

 

 

EMEA

 

 

 

Revenue 

$188,160

 

$162,161

Costs and expenses:

 

 

 

Cost of services

119,451

 

110,017

Operating, administrative and other

64,976

 

55,684

Depreciation and amortization

2,390

 

2,540

Operating income (loss)

$1,343

 

$(6,080)

EBITDA

 $4,125

 

 $(3,117)

 

 

 

 

Asia Pacific

 

 

 

Revenue 

$134,432

 

$93,094

Costs and expenses:

 

 

 

       Cost of services

85,456

 

60,310

       Operating, administrative and other

40,705

 

29,949

       Depreciation and amortization

2,112

 

2,128

Operating income

$6,159

 

$707

EBITDA

 $8,258

 

 $1,940

 

 

 

 

Global Investment Management

 

 

 

Revenue

$39,407

 

$37,296

Costs and expenses:

 

 

 

Operating, administrative and other

40,939

 

29,382

Depreciation and amortization

2,857

 

1,203

Operating (loss) income

$(4,389)

 

$6,711

EBITDA

 $(4,930)

 

 $(426)

 

 

Development Services

Revenue

$18,273

 

$20,857

Costs and expenses:

 

 

 

       Operating, administrative and other

17,245

 

34,345

       Depreciation and amortization

4,246

 

5,263

Operating loss

$(3,218)

 

$(18,751)

EBITDA

 $5,518

 $1,366

 


 

            The following measures are considered “non-GAAP financial measures” under SEC guidelines:

 

(i)                 Net income (loss) attributable to CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc., as adjusted for selected charges

 

(ii)               Diluted income (loss) per share attributable to CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc, as adjusted for selected charges

 

(iii)             EBITDA and EBITDA, as adjusted for selected charges

                 

The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide a more complete understanding of ongoing operations and enhance comparability of current results to prior periods as well as presenting the effects of selected charges in all periods presented.  The Company believes that investors may find it useful to see these non-GAAP financial measures to analyze financial performance without the impact of selected charges that may obscure trends in the underlying performance of its business.


Net income (loss) attributable to CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc., as adjusted for selected charges and diluted net income (loss) per share attributable to CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. shareholders, as adjusted for selected charges are calculated as follows (dollars in thousands, except per share data):

 

 

Three Months Ended

 March 31,

 

 2010

 

 2009

 

 

 

 

Net loss attributable to CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc.

$(6,627)

 

$(36,689)

Cost containment expenses, net of tax

4,487

 

4,841

Write-down of impaired assets, net of tax

2,840

 

3,692

Amortization expense related to customer relationships acquired, net of tax

1,890

 

1,808

Integration costs related to acquisitions, net of         tax

 

642

 

 

1,039

Write-off of financing costs, net of tax

-

 

17,845

Net income (loss) attributable to CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc., as adjusted

$3,232   

 

$(7,464)   

 

 

 

 

Diluted income (loss) per share attributable to CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. shareholders, as adjusted

$0.01

 

$(0.03)

 

 

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding for

diluted income (loss) per share

317,048,290

 

261,999,151

 

            EBITDA and EBITDA, as adjusted for selected charges are calculated as follows (dollars in thousands):

 

 

Three Months Ended

 March 31,

 

2010

 

2009

 

 

 

 

Net loss attributable to CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc.

$(6,627)       

 

$(36,689)       

Add:

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

26,295

 

25,392

    Interest expense

49,792

 

34,798

    Write-off of financing costs

-

 

29,255

 Provision for (benefit of) income taxes

7,299

 

(12,047)

Less:

 

 

 

    Interest income

1,800

 

2,305

 

 

 

 

EBITDA

74,959

 

38,404

 

 

 

 

Adjustments:

 

 

 

Cost containment expenses

7,035

 

7,936

Write-down of impaired assets

4,453

 

6,056

Integration costs related to acquisitions

1,006

 

1,703

 

 

 

 

EBITDA, as adjusted

$87,453

 

$54,099

 


EBITDA for segments is calculated as follows (dollars in thousands):

 

 

 Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

2010

 

2009

Americas

 

 

 

Net income (loss) attributable to CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc.

$2,546

 

$(17,376)

Add:

 

 

 

   Depreciation and amortization

14,690

 

14,258

   Interest expense

39,714

 

27,700

Write-off of financing costs

-

 

29,255

Royalty and management service income

(4,145)

 

(827)

   Provision for (benefit of) income taxes

10,369

 

(13,253)

Less:

 

 

 

   Interest income

1,186

 

1,116

EBITDA

$61,988

 

$38,641

 

 

 

 

EMEA

 

 

 

Net income (loss) attributable to CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc.

$972

 

$(8,382)

Add:

 

 

 

   Depreciation and amortization

2,390

 

2,540

   Interest expense

89

 

2

Royalty and management service expense

2,212

 

156

(Benefit of) provision for income taxes

(1,205)

 

2,800

Less:

 

 

 

   Interest income

333

 

233

EBITDA

$4,125

 

$(3,117)

 

 

 

 

Asia Pacific

 

 

 

Net income attributable to CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc.

$743

 

$487

Add:

 

 

 

   Depreciation and amortization

2,112

 

2,128

   Interest expense

557

 

648

Royalty and management service expense

1,793

 

457

 Provision for  (benefit of) income taxes

3,200

 

(1,674)

Less:

 

 

 

   Interest income

147

 

106

EBITDA

$8,258

 

$1,940

 

 

 

 

Global Investment Management

 

 

 

Net loss attributable to CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc.

$(8,468)         

 

$(5,501)         

Add:

 

 

 

   Depreciation and amortization

2,857

 

1,203

   Interest expense

4,415

 

548

Royalty and management service expense

140

 

214

(Benefit of) provision for income taxes

(3,762)

 

3,527

Less:

 

 

 

   Interest income

112

 

417

EBITDA

$(4,930)

 

$(426)

 

 

 

 Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

2010

 

2009

Development Services

 

 

 

Net loss attributable to CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc.

$(2,420)

 

$(5,917)

Add:

 

 

 

   Depreciation and amortization

4,246

 

5,263

   Interest expense

5,017

 

5,900

   Benefit of income taxes

(1,303)

 

(3,447)

Less:

 

 

 

   Interest income

22

 

433

EBITDA

$5,518

 

$1,366

 


 


CB RICHARD ELLIS GROUP, INC.

 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in thousands)

 (Unaudited)

 

March 31,

 

December 31,

 

2010

 

2009

Assets:

 

 

 

    Cash and cash equivalents

$680,295

 

$741,557

    Restricted cash

37,919

 

46,797

Receivables, net

720,226

 

775,929

    Warehouse receivables (1)

94,643

 

315,033

Real estate assets (2)

926,797

 

693,442

Goodwill and other intangibles, net

1,618,234

 

1,629,276

Investments in and advances to unconsolidated subsidiaries

127,559

 

135,596

Other assets, net

661,742

 

701,776

Total assets

$4,867,415

 

$5,039,406

Liabilities:

 

 

 

    Current liabilities, excluding debt

$886,021

 

$989,491

    Warehouse lines of credit (1)

94,040

 

312,872

Revolving credit facility

20,147

 

21,050

    Senior secured term loans

1,628,794

 

1,683,610

Senior subordinated notes, net

436,783

 

436,502

    Other debt (3)

13,878

 

6,541

Notes payable on real estate (4)

751,343

 

551,277

Other long-term liabilities

246,934

 

253,768

Total liabilities

4,077,940

 

4,255,111

 

 

 

 

CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. stockholders’ equity

612,139

 

629,122

Non-controlling interests

177,336

 

155,173

Total equity

789,475

 

784,295

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities and equity

$4,867,415

 

$5,039,406

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) Represents loan receivables, substantially all of which are offset by the related non-recourse warehouse line of credit facility.

(2) Includes real estate and other assets held for sale, real estate under development and real estate held for investment.

(3) Includes a non-recourse revolving credit line balance of $13.0 million and $5.5 million in Development Services as of March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively.

(4) Represents notes payable on real estate of which $3.5 million are recourse to the Company as of March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009.

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