FirstService Completes Private Placement of $150 Million 3.84% Senior Notes With a 12 Year Term
TORONTO, Jan. 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FirstService Corporation (Nasdaq:FSRV) (TSX:FSV) (TSX:FSV.PR.U) today announced that it has successfully completed the private placement of US$150 million of senior secured notes with a fixed interest rate of 3.84% and a term of twelve years. The notes were purchased directly by Prudential Capital Group and New York Life Investment Management. The notes are due January 16, 2025, with equal annual principal repayments beginning on the eighth anniversary date of issuance, for a ten-year average life.
This financing follows completion in early 2012, of a $350 million, 5 year revolving credit facility, which also provides for an additional $100 million incremental revolving credit facility available upon request by the Company and participation by its lenders.
Proceeds from the private placement were used to repay amounts outstanding under the Company's revolving credit facility, leaving over US$250 million immediately available to fund future growth, or up to $350 million including the incremental credit facility previously noted.
"Completion of this financing on very attractive terms provides us with a highly competitive cost of long-term debt capital, reflecting our financial strength, diversification, and historical track record of success," said John B. Friedrichsen, Senior Vice President & CFO. "We are very pleased to have added long-term capital from two of America's most prominent institutional, private placement investors, and delighted at the confidence they have expressed in our management team's commitment to building the company's well-managed, market-leading service platforms," he added.
"Securing $150 million of capital on terms superior to those obtained by many of our peers is indicative of our investment grade quality and a significant vote of confidence in our company," said Jay S. Hennick, Founder & CEO. "The combination of this financing together with our ambitious, but disciplined growth strategy, proven business model, and focus on global real estate services, will allow us to continue to deliver strong returns for our shareholders in the future as we have done over the past 20 years as a public company," he concluded.
FirstService Corporation is a global leader in the rapidly growing real estate services sector, providing a variety of services in commercial real estate, residential property management and property services. 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; FirstService Residential, the largest manager of residential communities in North America; and Property Services, one of North America's largest providers of property-related services delivered through franchise 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
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CONTACT: COMPANY CONTACTS: Jay S. Hennick President & CEO FirstService Corporation (416) 960-9500 John B. Friedrichsen Senior Vice President & CFO FirstService Corporation (416) 960-9500