CB Richard Ellis buys Insignia.
CB Richard Ellis CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. NYSE: CBG is a multinational real estate corporation currently based in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.. On December 20, 2006, the corporation, also known as CBRE, completed acquisition of Trammell Crow Co. in a transaction valued at $2. Inc. agreed to buy the Insignia Financial Group for about $256 million in cash, consolidating its position as the largest commercial real estate broker in the world and greatly expanding its position in New York New York, state, United States
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CB Richard Ellis, which is based in Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. , said the combined company would be the world's largest manager of commercial property and would generate $90 billion in annual sales and leasing transaction. CB Richard Ellis agreed to pay $11. for each share of Insignia common stock. It also agreed to spend about $155 million to pay off Insignia's debt and acquire its preferred stock Stock shares that have preferential rights to dividends or to amounts distributable on liquidation, or to both, ahead of common shareholders.
Preferred stock is given preference over common stock. Holders of preferred stock receive dividends at a fixed annual rate. , bringing the total value of the deal to about $415 million. Blum Capital Partners, which took CB Richard Ellis private in an $800 million buyout in July 2001, will provide the company with up to $145 million in cash to help finance the deal.
There is no question that CB Richard Ellis will fulfill its longstanding quest to become a big player in New York. A year ago, the company hired Mary Ann Tighe, a top broker at Insignia, to run its New York operation and gave her a $100 million budget. She is CBRE's President and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of the New York Tri-State region For other tri-state regions, see .
The Tri-State Region is commonly used in the area surrounding New York City to unambiguously refer to the greater metropolitan area. Sometimes the phrase is shortened to "the Tri-State," or "the Tri-State Area" is used instead. . Stephen B. Siegel, chairman of Insignia's commercial real estate services in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , will become chairman of global brokerage for CB Richard Ellis.
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CBRE Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis (Boston, MA) didn't have much of a presence here; notwithstanding Mary Ann Tighe," said James Kuhn president of Newmark and Co. "It will have an impact outside New York; where both CBRE and Insignia have a fairly large presence. I also believe that if Insignia is worth $415 million, then Steve Siegel is worth half of that. If CB thinks they can run the company without him having a major leadership role, they are kidding themselves. The deal itself didn't surprise me. What did surprise me was that Steve isn't running the company. He is a one of-a-kind guy and CBRE is going to run this firm without Steve heading it up, they should have their heads examined."
The two companies will have annual revenue of more than $1.8 billion and 16,000 employees in 47 countries. Insignia plans to sell certain unspecified real estate assets before the deal closes. If it receives more than $45 million, shareholders will receive up to an additional $1 a share.
"Both CB and Insignia are powerhouses in their own right, and the merged companies will be quite a force in the brokerage industry," said Robert M. White, Jr., president of Real Capital Analytics. "Consolidation has been a recent trend for commercial real estate owners and service providers. The industry is moving closer to a national and even international marketplace from one that historically has been fragmented and localized. CB/Insignia is well positioned to capitalize on Cap´i`tal`ize on`
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Previously, Insignia disclosed that it had entered merger talks with CBRE Holdings, the parent company of rival CB Richard Ellis, regarding a proposed combination of the two firms. In New York, a merger would also reunite super broker Mary Ann Tighe with her former colleagues at Insignia/ESG. CB Richard Ellis made headlines last year after luring Tighe away from Insignia to head its New York Tri-State region.
CB Richard Ellis has just under 10,000 employees and maintains 250 offices in 47 countries. After a brief stint as a publicly-traded entity, the firm was taken private in July 2001 in an $800 million leveraged-buyout led by Blum Capital Partners.
Insignia Financial has about 6,500 employees in 100 offices worldwide. In addition to its U.K.-based Insignia Richard Ellis, the firm owns Paris-based Insignia Bourdais with operations throughout France, and Insignia Brooke, Insignia's Asian operations, launched with the acquisition of Brooke International in December 2000. Insignia also owns Insignia Douglas Elliman - the largest residential brokerage firm in New York City New York City: see New York, city.
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City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S. , and Insignia Residential Group, a manager of cooperative and condominium apartments in the New York metropolitan area New York–Northern New Jersey–Long Island is the most populous metropolitan area in the United States and the third most populous in the world, after Tokyo and Mexico City. .