CHICAGO - November 5, 2019 - Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019:
- Revenue for the third quarter of 2019 was $2.1 billion, up 2% (3% local currencyi) from third quarter of 2018. Fee revenue was $1.5 billion, up 3% (4% local currency).
- Net income for the third quarter of 2019 was $11.7 million, an improvement of $53.1 million over third quarter of 2018 with earnings per share of $0.05. Adjusted earnings per share was $0.37.
- Adjusted EBITDA was $168.5 million, down 6% (5% local currency) from third quarter of 2018. Adjusted EBITDA margin of 10.9% was down 100 bps.
- Year-to-date Revenue through the third quarter of 2019 was $6.1 billion, up 6% (8% local currency) year-over-year. Fee revenue was $4.5 billion, up 7% (9% local currency).
- Year-to-date Net loss through the third quarter of 2019 was $2.9 million, an improvement of $164.9 million over third quarter of 2018 with loss per share of $0.01. Adjusted earnings per share was $0.87.
- Year-to-date Adjusted EBITDA was $431.4 million through the third quarter of 2019, up 2% (3% local currency) year-over-year. Adjusted EBITDA margin of 9.6% was down 50 bps.
“We continue to execute on our strategy and we have generated solid momentum as evidenced by our strong revenue growth,” said Brett White, Executive Chairman & CEO. “We are confirming our Adjusted EBITDA guidance of $685 to $735 millionii.”
i In order to assist our investors and improve comparability of results, we present the period-over-period changes in certain of our financial measures, such as Fee revenue and Adjusted EBITDA, in "local" currency. The local currency change represents the period-over-period change assuming no movement in foreign exchange rates from the prior period. We believe that this presentation provides our management and investors with a better view of comparability and trends in the underlying operating business.
ii 2019 Outlook: Cushman & Wakefield provides guidance on a non-GAAP basis, as the Company cannot predict some elements that are included in reported GAAP results, including the impact of foreign exchange. Refer to the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures section for a more detailed discussion of non-GAAP financial measures. The Company has not reconciled the Adjusted EBITDA forward-looking guidance included in this press release to the most directly comparable GAAP measure because this cannot be done without unreasonable effort due to the variability and low visibility with respect to costs related to integration and other costs related to merger, share-based compensation and acquisitions related costs and other efficiency initiatives, which are potential adjustments to future earnings. We expect the variability of these items to have a potentially unpredictable, and a potentially significant, impact on our future GAAP financial results.
The Company’s Third Quarter 2019 Earnings Conference Call will be held today, November 5, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. A webcast, along with an associated slide presentation, will be accessible through the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at http://ir.cushmanwakefield.com.
The direct dial-in number for the conference call is 877-683-2081 for U.S. callers and 647-689-5424 for international callers. The Conference ID is 7876079. A replay of the call will be available approximately two hours after the conference call by accessing http://ir.cushmanwakefield.com. A transcript of the call will be available on the Company’s Investor Relations website at http://ir.cushmanwakefield.com.
About Cushman & Wakefield
Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK) is a leading global real estate services firm that delivers exceptional value for real estate occupiers and owners. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest real estate services firms with approximately 51,000 employees in 400 offices and 70 countries. In 2018, the firm had revenue of $8.2 billion across core services of property, facilities and project management, leasing, capital markets, valuation and other services. To learn more, visit www.cushmanwakefield.com or follow @CushWake on Twitter.
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