TORONTO, April 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FirstService Corporation (TSX: FSV; NASDAQ: FSV) ("FirstService") announced today that it has expanded its revolving credit facility (the “Facility”) by US$100 million, to a total borrowing capacity of US$450 million. The amended Facility supersedes the prior Facility, effected in January 2018 and which had a borrowing capacity which totaled US$350 million (comprised of an original US$250 million plus a US$100 million accordion feature which was recently exercised in full). The maturity date of the Facility remains January 2023. The Facility will continue to be utilized for working capital and general corporate purposes and to fund our tuck-under acquisition program.
The increased commitments under the Facility were substantially oversubscribed by a syndicate of 10 banks, led by The Toronto-Dominion Bank and including JP Morgan Chase Bank, Bank of Montreal, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, HSBC Bank, The Bank of Nova Scotia, U.S. Bank, Bank of America, National Bank of Canada and MUFG Union Bank.
“We appreciate the continued support and confidence of our bank group in completing this transaction,” said Jeremy Rakusin, Chief Financial Officer. “The increased Facility maintains our flexibility and capacity to fund FirstService’s operations and growth. Our investment-grade balance sheet remains very strong and well-balanced with the Facility and our existing US$150 million of privately-held long-term senior notes,” he concluded.
“This additional financing enables us to seamlessly continue to fund our tuck-under acquisition program,” said D. Scott Patterson, Chief Executive Officer. “The transaction is also another endorsement of FirstService’s long-standing track record of strong financial performance.”
About FirstService Corporation
FirstService Corporation is a North American leader in the property services sector, serving its customers through two industry-leading service platforms: FirstService Residential, North America's largest manager of residential communities; and FirstService Brands, one of North America's largest providers of essential property services delivered through individually branded franchise systems and company-owned operations.
FirstService generates more than $1.9 billion in annual revenues and has more than 20,000 employees across North America. With significant insider ownership and an experienced management team, FirstService has a long-term track record of creating value and superior returns for shareholders. The Subordinate Voting Shares of FirstService trade on the NASDAQ and the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "FSV".
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D. Scott Patterson
President & CEO
Chief Financial Officer