|Realogy Reports Financial Results For First Quarter 2017|
"The housing market proved stronger than we expected in the first quarter, and we saw early signs of stabilization in our high end markets," said
In the first quarter of 2017, RFG and NRT achieved a combined homesale transaction volume (transaction sides multiplied by average sale price) of approximately
In the title and settlement services sector, TRG was involved in the closing of approximately 40,000 transactions in the first quarter of 2017, reflecting a 7% increase in purchase units and a 12% decrease in refinance units compared with the first quarter of 2016.
In the relocation segment, Cartus generated over 15,000 referrals to agents that closed in the first quarter and initiated over 36,000 moves. Over the last 12 months, approximately 86,000 closed transaction sides resulted from Cartus referrals, primarily involving
The Company returned
"We remain on track to continue to generate significant free cash flow in 2017," said
The Company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of
A consolidated balance sheet is included as Table 2 of this press release.
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1 Adjusted net loss is adjusted for non-cash mark-to-market expense on interest rate swaps, restructuring charges and loss on the early extinguishment of debt.
Certain statements in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements." Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of
Various factors that could cause actual future results and other future events to differ materially from those estimated by management include, but are not limited to: adverse developments or the absence of sustained improvement in general business, economic and political conditions; adverse developments or the absence of improvement in the residential real estate markets including but not limited to the lack of sustained improvement in the number of home sales and/or stagnant or declining home prices, low levels of consumer confidence, the impact of slow economic growth or future recessions and related high levels of unemployment in the U.S. and abroad, continued low inventory levels, renewed high levels of foreclosures, seasonal fluctuations in the residential real estate brokerage business, and increasing mortgage rates and down payment requirements and/or constraints on the availability of mortgage financing; the Company's geographic and high-end market concentration, particularly with respect to its Company-owned brokerage operations; the Company's failure to enter into or renew franchise agreements or maintain its brands; risks relating to our outstanding debt and interest obligations; variable rate indebtedness which subjects the Company to interest rate risk; the Company's inability to access capital or refinance or repay existing indebtedness, or return capital to stockholders; the Company's inability to realize the benefits from acquisitions or the new mortgage origination joint venture that the Company has agreed to form with
Consideration should be given to the areas of risk described above, as well as those risks set forth under the headings "Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risk Factors" in our filings with the
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined under
Adjusted net income (loss) is defined by us as net income (loss) before mark to market interest rate adjustments, former parent legacy items, restructuring charges and loss on the early extinguishment of debt. The gross amounts for these items as well as the adjustment for income taxes are presented. Adjusted income (loss) per share is Adjusted net income (loss) divided by the weighted average common and common equivalent shares outstanding. We present Adjusted net income (loss) and Adjusted earnings (loss) per share because we believe these measures are useful as supplemental measures in evaluating the performance of our operating businesses and provides greater transparency into our operating results.
EBITDA is defined by us as net income (loss) before depreciation and amortization, interest expense, net (other than relocation services interest for securitization assets and securitization obligations) and income taxes and is our primary non-GAAP measure.
Operating EBITDA is defined by us as EBITDA before restructuring, early extinguishment of debt and legacy items and is used as a supplementary financial measure. Operating EBITDA calculated for a twelve-month period is presented because the Company believes these items do not directly affect the operating results of the Company and accordingly should be excluded in comparing operating results.
We present EBITDA and Operating EBITDA because we believe they are useful as supplemental measures in evaluating the performance of our operating businesses and provide greater transparency into our results of operations. Our management, including our chief operating decision maker, uses EBITDA as a factor in evaluating the performance of our business. EBITDA and Operating EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income or other statement of operations data prepared in accordance with GAAP.
We believe EBITDA facilitates company-to-company operating performance comparisons by backing out potential differences caused by variations in capital structures (affecting net interest expense), taxation, the age and book depreciation of facilities (affecting relative depreciation expense) and the amortization of intangibles, which may vary for different companies for reasons unrelated to operating performance. We further believe that EBITDA is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in their evaluation of companies, many of which present an EBITDA measure when reporting their results.
EBITDA and Operating EBITDA have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider EBITDA and Operating EBITDA either in isolation or as substitutes for analyzing our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:
Free Cash Flow is defined as net income (loss) attributable to
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