Broll Property Group’s international partner, CB Richard Ellis enjoys record results

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The world’s largest Property Services Company, CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), which is the international partner of South Africa’s commercial real estate giant Broll, has reported a sterling set of financial results with its global revenue up by 50%

Broll is a multi-disciplinary commercial property services company with nearly 35 years in the property industry. Its services include property and facilities management as well as broking, valuations, consultancy and Investment services to the retail, office and industrial markets.

 “We are extremely proud of our association with CBRE and the record growth achieved by the company is a reflection of the expertise, experience and industry leading intelligence which it holds worldwide,” notes Broll director, Ken Gerber.

CB Richard Ellis EMEA Results Commentary:

Global

2007 was another year of record growth for CB Richard Ellis, posting impressive gains in both year-on-year revenue and profitability. Global revenue was up 50% from 2006 at $6.0 billion, and EBITDA was $834million, up 28% year-on-year. Despite more challenging market conditions towards the end of the year, global revenue still increased by 30% in Q4.

EMEA

It was also another record year for the company’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, which reported revenue growth of 41% for the year, driven by market share gains across the region, notably in Capital Markets, Valuation and Corporate Services.  For 2007, EMEA EBITDA was $261 million, up 38% on 2006.

Revenue growth was driven by strong performances in virtually every country and in particular, in the major markets of the U.K. and Germany (both above 35%) as well as France and Spain (both above 60%).  

Mike Strong, Chairman and CEO of EMEA, said: “We are particularly pleased that measured by every metric, we improved our overall performance and market share in 2007, and despite a tightening market environment, we maintained our high net operating margin of around 20%. Our EMEA business is now well diversified both geographically and by sector, and our results in 2007 are testament to the broad service offering we are able to offer our clients.”

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2007 Highlights

 

Global

  • Full year global revenue up 50% to $6 billion, Q4 global revenue up 30% despite credit crunch.

EMEA

  • Grew revenues 41% in 2007, more than any major competitor adding nearly $400m
  • Maintained market leading operating margin of 20% despite tougher market climate

RECENT TRANSACTIONS/INSTRUCTIONS

  • Selected by Oracle Corporation as the preferred commercial EMEA real estate services provider for its 3.8 million sq ft EMEA portfolio comprising 120 properties in 59 countries. 
  • Advised Banco Santander on the sale/leaseback of its 1,200-property portfolio in Spain, the largest ever carried out in the Spanish market.  The entire portfolio was sold for US$6.5 billion (US$3.7 billion worth of properties sold in Q4)
  • Advised SEB (Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken) on the acquisition of “Quartier Potsdamer Platz “in Berlin, Germany for US$2 billion.  The transaction represents the largest block investment deal in Germany’s history.
  • Awarded the mandate to sell former Union Bank BAWAG-PSK’s coveted 1.5 million sq ft Austrian real estate portfolio in partnership with NAI Otto Immobilien.  On completion will be the largest Austrian commercial property portfolio ever sold.
  • Advised on the sale of the Covent Garden office development in Belgium. At a price of $432 million (€300 million), the sale is the largest single asset transaction ever recorded in Belgium.
  • Advised Philips Pension Fund on the sale of the largest retail portfolio in the Netherlands in 2007.
  • Appointed to advise on the sale of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s US$1.8 billion hotel portfolio, comprising The Waldorf, London; The Cumberland, London; the Park Inn, Heathrow; and the Victoria and Albert, Manchester.

Publisher: eProp
Source: Broll/CB Richard Ellis

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