Acquisition of leading Toronto-based residential property manager creates largest player in Canada with 125,000 residential units under management

TORONTO, Ontario, July 14, 2011 – FirstService Corporation (NASDAQ: FSRV; TSX: FSV and TSX: FSV.PR.U) today announced that its subsidiary, FirstService Residential, North America’s largest manager of residential communities, further expanded its scale and market leadership with the acquisition of Simerra Property Management Inc., one of Toronto’s largest and most respected residential property management firms. Tasso Eracles and Janice Pynn, Simerra’s current Partners, will retain a significant equity interest in the business and will continue to lead day-to-day operations.

Founded in 1998, Simerra currently manages 280 low, medium and high-rise residential properties, including more than 30,000 residential units. Over the last twelve months, Simerra generated approximately $12 million in property management fee revenues. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“The addition of Simerra further increases the size and breadth of FirstService Residential’s position as the largest residential property management company in North America. In total we now manage 5,300 properties comprising more than 1.3 million residential units from 81 offices across North America including 7 offices in Canada.” said Gene Gomberg, CEO of FirstService Residential. “We have observed the success of Tasso and Janice and their team for many years and have been impressed with the high performance, client-centric culture they have developed. Simerra has an enviable leadership position in the greater Toronto area and significant long-term relationships with some of Canada’s largest and most prestigious communities and developers. With our help, Simerra will be able to accelerate their success by offering unique and proprietary products and services to their clients, all with a view to enhancing property values and reducing operating costs of the properties they manage. We look forward to working with the Simerra team to build on their history of success.”

“Toronto is one of the premier high-rise condominium markets in North America and establishing a leading presence in this market, the home of our corporate headquarters, has long been a strategic priority for us,” said Jay Hennick, Founder and CEO of FirstService Corporation. “We are also proud of the fact that we are now the largest manager of residential properties in Canada with market leading positions in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario comprising over 125,000 units under management.”

“All of us at Simerra are extremely excited about our new partnership with FirstService. We have witnessed their success first-hand – their proven track record, unique partnership model and strong balance sheet – and have no doubt they will help us take our businesses to the next level” said Tasso Eracles, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Simerra. “There is a huge opportunity for us to leverage FirstService’s industry-leading technology, management and training programs to add value to our clients and their properties in the years to come” he concluded.


FirstService Corporation is a global diversified leader in the rapidly growing property services sector, providing services in the following three areas: commercial real estate, residential property management; and property services. The industry-leading service platform includes Colliers International, the third largest global player in commercial real estate services; FirstService Residential Management, the largest manager of residential communities in North America; and TFC, North America’s largest provider of property services through franchise and contractor networks.

FirstService generates approximately $2.2 billion in annualized revenues and has over 20,000 employees worldwide. More information about FirstService is available at


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Jul 13, 2011