CBRE Group, Inc. reports strong financial results for 2nd quarter 2017
Los Angeles, CA – July 27, 2017 — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today reported very strong financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017 and increased its expectations for adjusted earnings per share for full-year 2017 to a range of $2.53 to $2.63.
“CBRE posted another quarter of excellent performance, with adjusted earnings per share up 25%. Continuing strength in our regional services business – led this quarter by broad-based strength in Asia Pacific and EMEA as well as continued strong organic growth in our global occupier outsourcing and capital markets businesses – was augmented by strong gains in our development services business,” said Bob Sulentic, CBRE’s president and chief executive officer. “Further, our regional services businesses, together, achieved solid margin expansion with the help of strong cost control.”
“Our performance demonstrates that we are operating a diversified, well-balanced business. Our high- quality professionals and globally integrated capabilities, increasingly enabled by technology and data, are helping us to produce superior client outcomes,” he continued. “Our prudent financial management has allowed us to improve profitability while continuing to make investments to further strengthen our position.”
Second-Quarter 2017 Results
- Revenue for the second quarter totaled $3.3 billion, an increase of 4% (7% local currency1). Fee revenue2 increased 3% (6% local currency) to $2.2 billion.
- On a GAAP basis, net income increased 62% and earnings per diluted share increased 61% to $197.2 million and $0.58 per share, respectively. Adjusted net income3 for the second quarter of 2017 rose 27% to $222.3 million, while adjusted earnings per share3 improved 25% to $0.65 per share.
- The adjustments to GAAP net income for the second quarter of 2017 included $27.3 million (pre-tax) of non-cash acquisition-related amortization and $15.4 million (pre-tax) of integration costs associated with the Global Workplace Solutions acquisition. These costs were partially offset by a $2.8 million (pre-tax) reversal of carried interest incentive compensation and a net tax benefit of $14.8 million associated with the aforementioned adjustments. The second quarter of 2017 is the final period in which there are adjustments for integration costs related to the Global Workplace Solutions acquisition.
- EBITDA4 increased 29% (31% local currency) to $399.9 million and adjusted EBITDA4 increased 14% (16% local currency) to $412.5 million. Adjusted EBITDA margin on fee revenue increased 182 basis points to 18.8%. The company’s regional services businesses – the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific (APAC) – produced combined adjusted EBITDA growth for the quarter of 8% (10% local currency), or 12% excluding the impact of all currency movement including hedging activity.
Second-Quarter 2017 Segment Review
The following tables present highlights of CBRE segment performance during the second quarter of 2017 (dollars in thousands):
Excluding the impact of all currency movement including hedging activity, adjusted EBITDA growth rates for the second quarter of 2017 were: 3% in the Americas, 30% in EMEA, 44% in APAC and 0% in Global Investment Management.
Regionally, CBRE’s performance in the second quarter was led by APAC and EMEA.
- APAC posted a 17% (same local currency) revenue rise, with very strong growth in Australia, India, Japan and Singapore.
- EMEA revenue rose 8% in local currency, but was flat when converted to U.S. dollars due primarily to the depreciation of the British pound sterling. The region’s performance was paced by gains in the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom, where CBRE’s activity levels continue to rebound strongly from the impact of last year’s Brexit vote.
- In the Americas, revenue increased 4% (5% local currency), with notable growth in occupier outsourcing and commercial mortgage services, which offset a relatively flat performance in property sales and a decline in leasing.
Revenue growth across CBRE’s global business lines was almost entirely organic.
- Global occupier outsourcing revenue rose 5% (9% local currency), while fee revenue increased 5% (10% local currency), all of which was organic growth.
- The Americas and APAC set the pace for growth with strong gains in Canada, India, Mexico, Singapore and the United States.
- The company continued to maintain a highly active new business pipeline with 103 total contracts signed during the second quarter, including 44 client expansions.
- The capital markets businesses – property sales and commercial mortgage services – produced double-digit growth with global revenue up 10% (12% local currency) on a combined basis.
- Property sales revenue rose 11% (13% local currency). This performance was paced by robust growth in APAC, which increased 45% (same local currency), and EMEA, which increased 32% (42% local currency).
- APAC saw strong growth across the region, especially in Greater China, Japan and Singapore.
- EMEA’s growth was led by the United Kingdom, where sales revenue surged 69%, as well as a broad range of countries, including France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.
- Americas sales revenue edged down 2% (1% local currency), due primarily to a decrease in Canada. U.S. revenue was up slightly compared with an 8% decrease in the broader investment market, according to preliminary estimates from Real Capital Analytics.
- Commercial mortgage services revenue rose 10% (same local currency).
- CBRE’s loan servicing portfolio totaled approximately $155 billion, up 16% from the year-earlier second quarter.
- CBRE had strong loan origination activity with life insurance companies, Wall Street conduits and Government Sponsored Enterprises.
- Leasing revenue slipped 2% (1% local currency), as continued strength in APAC and EMEA was offset by weakness in the Americas.
- APAC lease revenue rose 10% (same local currency), buoyed by Australia, India and Japan.
- In EMEA, Belgium, Spain and the United Kingdom led the way to 6% (12% local currency) growth for the region.
- Americas lease revenue declined 6% (same in local currency).
- Property management and valuation achieved solid growth.
- Revenue from property management services rose 5% (7% local currency), while fee revenue increased 2% (4% local currency).
- Valuation revenue increased 4% (7% local currency).
- In the Global Investment Management segment, assets under management (AUM) totaled $91.7 billion, up $3.1 billion from the second quarter of 2016. In local currency, AUM increased by $2.6 billion.
- In the Development Services segment, projects in process totaled $5.9 billion, down $1.2 billion from the second quarter of 2016, while the pipeline rose to $5.9 billion, up $2.9 billion in the same period. Fee-only projects constitute half of the pipeline.
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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 2017 revenue). The company has more than 80,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers from more than 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and guidance in property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our websites at www.cbre.nl and www.cbre.com.