TORONTO, Dec. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - Brookfield Real Estate Services Inc. (the
"Company") (TSX - BRE) announced today that it has approved the
acquisition from the Company Manager, Brookfield Real Estate Services
Limited ("the Manager") of franchise agreements representing 17 real
estate offices and 219 REALTORS® operating under the Royal LePage brand across Canada and the Via
Capitale brand in the province of Quebec. The acquisitions are to be
effective January 1, 2012.
"Our collective brands continue to enjoy enviable reputations in the
industry, attracting the best new agents interested in superior
business tools, technologies and training to help them grow their
practices. Our aim is to continually evolve and enhance the client
experience with innovative services and products," said Phil Soper,
President and Chief Executive. "Looking ahead to 2012, we believe the
momentum from a strong market finish to the previous year, coupled with
a continued low-interest rate environment, will sustain a healthy
market for real estate brokerage services," added Soper.
Acquisition of Franchise Agreements
Royal LePage Agreements
Under the Royal LePage brand, the Company will acquire franchise
agreements representing 12 real estate brokerage offices and 147
REALTORS® for approximately $1.9 million. These agreements generated an
estimated annual royalty stream of $0.3 million during the past year.
As outlined in the Company's MSA, 80% of the 2012 acquisition price will
be paid in January 2012. The purchase price will be finalized and the
balance paid at the end of 2012, in accordance with the Management
Services Agreement ("MSA") between the Company and the Manager.
Via Capitale Agreements
Under the Via Capitale brand, the Company will acquire franchise
agreements representing five real estate brokerage offices and 72
REALTORS® for approximately $1.0 million. These agreements generated an estimated
annual royalty stream of $0.2 million during the past year.
As agreed with the independent directors, 80% of the 2012 acquisition
price is to be paid in January 2012. Under terms negotiated with the
Company's Directors, the balance of the purchase price will be
finalized over the next three years and is to be paid in annual
installments over the same period.
Funding Through Internal Cash
The combined payment due January 1, 2012 of approximately $2.6 million,
which includes applicable taxes, will be funded internally.
About Brookfield Real Estate Services Inc.
The Company is a leading provider of services to residential real estate
brokers and their REALTORS®1. The Company generates cash flow from franchise royalties and service
fees derived from a national network of real estate brokers and agents
in Canada operating under the Royal LePage, Via Capitale Real Estate
Network and Johnston & Daniel brand names. At September 30, 2011, the
Company network consisted of 15,295 REALTORS®. The Company network has
an approximate 23% share of the Canadian residential resale real estate
market based on transactional dollar volume. The Company generates both
fixed and variable fee components. Variable fees are primarily driven
by the total transactional dollar volume from the sales commissions of
REALTORS®, while fixed fees are based on the number of agents and sales
representatives in the network. Approximately 68% of the Company's
revenue is based on fees that are fixed in nature; this provides
revenue stability and helps insulate the Company's cash flows from
market fluctuations. The Company is listed on the TSX and trades under
the symbol "BRE". For further information about the Company, please
This news release contains forward-looking information and other
"forward-looking statements".The words such as "should", "will",
"continue", "plan", "believe", "expect", "anticipate", "intend",
"estimate" and other expressions which are predictions of or indicate
future events and trends and which do not relate to historical matters
identify forward-looking statements. Reliance should not be placed on
forward-looking statements because they involve known and unknown
risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual
results, performance or achievements of the Company to differ
materially from anticipated future results, performance or achievement
expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that
could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forward
in the forward-looking statements include a change in general economic
conditions, interest rates, consumer confidence, the level of
residential resale transactions, the average rate of commissions
charged, competition from other traditional real estate brokers or from
discount and/or internet-based real estate alternatives, the
availability of acquisition opportunities and/or the closing of
existing real estate offices, other developments in the residential
real estate brokerage industry or the Company that reduce the number of
and/or royalty revenue from the Company's REALTORS®, our ability to
maintain brand equity through the use of trademarks, the availability
of equity and debt financing, a change in tax provisions, and other
risks detailed in the Company's annual information form which is filed
with securities commissions and posted on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any
forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information,
future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
1 REALTOR® is a trademark identifying real estate licensees in Canada who
are members of the Canadian Real Estate Association.
SOURCE Brookfield Real Estate Services Inc.
For further information:
Director, Public Relations & National Communications
Brookfield Real Estate Services Inc.