Already-strong balance sheet further reinforced by long-term, attractively priced Euro-denominated 2.23% senior unsecured notes due 2028
TORONTO, Canada, May 17, 2018 – Colliers International Group Inc. (NASDAQ and TSX: CIGI) ("Colliers") announced today that it has reinforced its already-strong balance sheet with the issuance of €210 million of senior unsecured notes, with a ten-year term and a fixed interest rate of 2.23%. The senior notes were placed privately and rank equally with Colliers’ senior unsecured revolving credit facility. The proceeds of the issuance will be drawn on May 30, 2018. Colliers intends to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes and to reduce outstanding borrowings under its revolving credit facility.
“This Euro-denominated debt issuance aligns extremely well with the significant investments we have made in our European operations over the past few years, providing us with a natural hedge on foreign exchange risk” said Christian Mayer, Vice President, Finance & Treasurer.
“This issuance extends our debt maturities, increases our fixed-rate debt profile to mitigate the impact of future increases in interest rates and secures attractively priced debt capital from high quality institutions for the long term,” said John B. Friedrichsen, Chief Financial Officer. “We look forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship with our note-holders as we continue to execute our disciplined growth strategy in the years to come,” he concluded.
The notes offered in the private placement have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction. The notes may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration with the US Securities and Exchange Commission or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the notes described in this press release, nor shall there be any sale of notes in any jurisdiction in which such an offer, sale or solicitation would be unlawful prior to registration under the securities laws of such jurisdiction.
About Colliers International Group Inc.
Colliers International Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CIGI) (TSX: CIGI) is an industry-leading real estate services company with a global brand operating in 69 countries and a workforce of more than 12,000 skilled professionals serving clients in the world’s most important markets. Colliers is the fastest-growing publicly listed global real estate services company, with 2017 corporate revenues of $2.3 billion ($2.7 billion including affiliates).With an enterprising culture and significant employee ownership and control, Colliers professionals provide a full range of services to real estate occupiers, owners and investors worldwide. Services include strategic advice and execution for property sales, leasing and finance; global corporate solutions; property, facility and project management; workplace solutions; appraisal, valuation and tax consulting; customized research; and thought leadership consulting.
Colliers professionals think differently, share great ideas and offer thoughtful and innovative advice that help clients accelerate their success. Colliers has been ranked among the top 100 global outsourcing firms by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals for 13 consecutive years, more than any other real estate services firm. Colliers has also been ranked the number one property manager in the world by Commercial Property Executive for two years in a row.
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John B. Friedrichsen
Chief Financial Officer