Cushman & Wakefield Reports Increase in Revenue and Earnings for 2011
6 Apr, 2012, New York
Cushman & Wakefield, the world's largest privately held commercial real estate services firm, today reported full-year results for the year ended December 31, 2011, which show increases in revenue and earnings driven by the company's strategic growth initiatives as it expands its platform to provide consistent and quality services to its global clients.
Cushman & Wakefield, which is majority owned by EXOR S.p.A., the investment company of the Agnelli family, reported gross revenue of $2.0 billion for the full year 2011, an increase of $236.3 million, or 13.4%, compared to the full year 2010. The performance was the second highest revenue in the firm's history, after only 2007, when the firm reported $2.1 billion in revenue. Commission and service fee revenue, which excludes reimbursed costs related to managed properties and other costs, increased $172.7 million, or 12.3%, to $1.6 billion.
For the full-year 2011, net income on an IFRS basis[i] improved $1.8 million, or 13.7%, to $14.9 million.[ii] Earnings Before Interest Taxes Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA)[iii] rose 19.7% to $111.1 million, compared to $92.8 million for 2010.
On a U.S. GAAP basis,[iv] net income for the full year 2011 fell $6.7 million to $19.0 million, primarily due to a year-over-year increase in income taxes. EBITDA on a U.S. GAAP basis increased $2.1 million, or 2.0%, to $109.4 million year-over-year. The difference between the company's performance on a U.S. GAAP basis and an IFRS basis is due primarily to the accounting for compensation-related taxes and charges, the non-controlling interests' put option rights and certain income taxes.[v]
2011 Full-Year Highlights:
-Second consecutive year of double-digit revenue growth
In 2011, Cushman & Wakefield acted as exclusive leasing and sales agent for many of the
most prestigious properties worldwide. The firm was involved in more than 31,000 property sales
and leasing transactions, with an aggregate value of nearly $89 billion. Highlights of 2011
included working as the exclusive agent on behalf of The Port Authority of New York and New
Jersey and The Durst Organization to arrange a one-million-square-foot office lease to Condé
Nast at One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan; advising Google on its €100 million
acquisition of two buildings in Dublin, the city's largest investment transaction since 2007;
arranging the $715 million sale of Capital Square, a 386,000-square-foot, class-A office
building in Singapore; representing Nomura Holdings in its 900,000-square-foot lease at
Worldwide Plaza in Manhattan; and completing the year's largest office lease globally through
its representation of Shell Oil Company in its 1.2 million square foot renewal in
As the trend of corporate real estate outsourcing strengthens, Cushman & Wakefield continues to gain major assignments globally and regionally on behalf of major corporations and institutions. During 2011, Cushman & Wakefield's Corporate Occupier & Investor Services Group continued to win major accounts worldwide, including Ernst & Young, New York Life, United Technologies and Harley Davidson.
For more detailed information on Cushman & Wakefield's full-year 2011 financial results, visit www.exor.com.
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[i] For the purpose of adhering to regulatory reporting requirements for EXOR S.p.A., Cushman & Wakefield's majority shareholder, Cushman & Wakefield's financial results are presented by EXOR under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRIS"), as opposed to under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("U.S. GAAP"). Cushman & Wakefield's financial results under IFRIS vary from those presented on a U.S. GAAP basis. The difference between the IFRS and U.S. GAAP measures of net income is primarily due to the accounting for compensation-related taxes and charges, the non-controlling interests' put option rights and certain income tax adjustments. The difference between the EBITDA under IFRS and the EBITDA under U.S. GAAP is attributable to those same items, excluding the income tax impacts.
[ii] The 2011 net income results under IFRS were negatively impacted by an increase in income tax expense of $30.3 million to $35.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2011, as compared with $5.3 million for 2010, representing an increase in the Company's reported tax rate to 70.5% for the current year, as compared with 28.6% for the prior year. On a comparative basis, the 2011 reported rate was negatively impacted by a year-over-year increase in discrete period and other net charges and the generation of a higher mix of C&W Group's earnings in the U.S., which are taxed at higher rates. The discrete and other net charges and change in mix negatively impacted the 2011 reported rate by approximately 22 percentage points, while the mix of earnings in the prior year positively impacted the 2010 reported rate by approximately 19 percentage points.
[iii] 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, income taxes, capital spending and acquisitions, which may vary for different companies for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance. The Company's management uses EBITDA to evaluate the performance of various service lines and for other discretionary purposes, including the use of a measure of EBITDA, before taking into account incentive compensation, as a significant component when measuring performance under its employee incentive programs. Management also believes EBITDA is useful to its investors as a measure of results from operations.
[iv] Cushman & Wakefield's peer group reports financial results on a U.S. GAAP basis, while Cushman & Wakefield provides its results on an IFRS and U.S. GAAP basis.
[v] Similar to IFRS, the 2011 net income results under U.S. GAAP were negatively impacted by an increase in income tax expense of $22.9 million to $30.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2011, as compared with $7.5 million for 2010, representing an increase in the Company's reported tax rate to 61.5% for the current year, as compared with 22.6% for the prior year. The year-over-year increase in the reported rate is primarily attributable to the same reasons driving the IFRS reported rate, as outlined above, excluding the tax impacts relating to the non-controlling interests' put option rights and certain stock-based compensation impacts, as these only affected Cushman & Wakefield's IFRS results.