FirstService Announces Normal Course Issuer Bid
TORONTO, June 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FirstService Corporation (FSRV) (TSX:FSV) (TSX:FSV.DB.U) (Nasdaq:FSRV) ("FirstService") announced today that the Toronto Stock Exchange (the "TSX") has accepted a notice filed by FirstService (FRSV) of its intention to make a normal course issuer bid (the "NCIB") with respect to its outstanding subordinate voting shares (the "Subordinate Voting Shares").
The notice provides that FirstService may, during the 12 month period commencing June 7, 2013 and ending no later than June 6, 2014, purchase through the facilities of the TSX or The NASDAQ Global Select Market ("Nasdaq") up to 2,755,000 Subordinate Voting Shares in total, being approximately 10% of the "public float" as of June 3, 2013 of such class of shares. Purchases of Subordinate Voting Shares through Nasdaq will be made in the normal course and will not, during the 12 month period ending June 6, 2014 exceed, in the aggregate, 5% of the outstanding Subordinate Voting Shares as at the commencement of the NCIB. The price which FirstService will pay for any such shares will be the market price at the time of acquisition. During the period of this NCIB, FirstService may make purchases under the NCIB by means of open market transactions or otherwise as permitted by the TSX and/or Nasdaq, including pre-arranged crosses, exempt offers, private agreements under an issuer bid exemption order issued by a securities regulatory authority and block purchases in accordance with the TSX Company Manual. The actual number of Subordinate Voting Shares which may be purchased pursuant to the NCIB and the timing of any such purchases will be determined by senior management of FirstService. Daily purchases under the NCIB will be limited to 12,292 Subordinate Voting Shares, other than block purchases. All shares purchased by FirstService under the NCIB will be cancelled.
As of June 3, 2013, there were 31,931,387 Subordinate Voting Shares, 1,325,694 multiple voting shares and US$76.992 million aggregate principal amount of 6.50% convertible unsecured subordinated debentures of FirstService outstanding.
FirstService believes that the Subordinate Voting Shares may from time to time trade in a price range that does not adequately reflect the value of such shares in relation to the business of FirstService and its future business prospects. As a result, depending upon future price movements and other factors, FirstService believes that the Subordinate Voting Shares may represent an attractive investment to FirstService. Furthermore, purchases of Subordinate Voting Shares are expected to benefit all persons who continue to hold Subordinate Voting Shares by increasing their equity interest in FirstService.
During the preceding twelve month period ended May 31, 2013, FirstService purchased for cancellation an aggregate of 35,000 Subordinate Voting Shares at an average weighted price of C$28.18 per share.
FirstService Corporation is a global leader in the rapidly growing real estate services sector, one of the largest markets in the world. As one of the largest property managers in the world, FirstService manages more than 2.3 billion square feet of residential and commercial properties through its three industry-leading service platforms: Colliers International, one of the largest global players in commercial real estate services; FirstService Residential, North America's largest manager of residential communities; and the Property Services division, one of North America's largest providers of essential property services delivered through company-owned operations, franchise systems and contractor networks.
FirstService generates over US$2.3 billion in annual revenues and has more than 23,000 employees worldwide. More information about FirstService is available at www.firstservice.com .
Certain information included in this news release is forward-looking, within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Much of this information can be identified by words such as "believe", "expects", "expected", "will", "intends", "projects", "anticipates", "estimates", "continues" or similar expressions suggesting future outcomes or events. FirstService believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements should not be unduly relied upon.
Forward-looking statements are based on current information and expectations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated. These risks include, but are not limited to, risks associated with: (i) general economic and business conditions, which will, among other things, impact demand for FirstService's services and the cost of providing services; (ii) the ability of FirstService to implement its business strategy, including FirstService'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) such factors as are identified in FirstService's Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2012 under the heading "Risk Factors" (which factors are adopted herein and a copy of which can be obtained at www.sedar.com ). Forward looking statements contained in this news release are made as of the date hereof and are subject to change. All forward-looking statements in this news release are qualified by these cautionary statements. Except as required by applicable law, FirstService undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
CONTACT: Jay S. Hennick Founder & CEO (416) 960-9500 John B. Friedrichsen Senior Vice President & CFO (416) 960-9500Source: FirstService Corporation 2013 GlobeNewswire, Inc.