Altus Group Limited

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Altus Group Limited

April 01, 2014 13:30 ET

Altus Group Expands Market Share and Service Offerings of Altus Geomatics Through Acquisition of Maltais Geomatics

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 1, 2014) - Altus Group Limited (╩║Altus Group╩║ or "the Company") (TSX:AIF) announced today the acquisition of the business assets of Maltais Geomatics Inc. ("MGI"). The acquisition increases market share and broadens the service offerings of the Company's geomatics business unit ("Altus Geomatics"), a market leader in geomatics solutions.

MGI is a privately owned, Alberta based geomatics company with a 35 year successful track record. MGI services a wide range of client sectors with particular strength in the electrical power, industrial and commercial construction, as well as the oil and gas and pipeline sectors.

"We have a strong commitment to strengthen and grow all of our business units," said Bob Courteau, CEO of Altus Group. "The acquisition of MGI intensifies our market position in geomatics services in Western Canada while contributing to the strong and recurring revenue streams provided by Altus Geomatics."

The combination of MGI's diversified service lines and blue chip client list furthers Altus Geomatics' strategy to grow its market presence in Western Canada. The addition of MGI's 65 employees (including professional engineers and accredited land surveyors) will bolster Altus Geomatics' staff resources to over 500 employees. The Company expects to realize meaningful synergies and competitive advantages in terms of business development, higher staff utilization, geographical footprint and enhanced market scope that will allow it to capitalize more effectively on the market opportunity in geomatics services.

"We look forward to the many benefits that will be created through this merger, for both our clients and our employees," commented Irwin Maltais, President and Founder of MGI. "Our shared commitment to quality, timeliness, safety, and client satisfaction enables us to build on an established track record in delivering the leading-edge geomatics solutions that our clients have come to expect."

Once fully integrated, the Company expects that the merger will result in revenue growth from the broadened service offering and increased market share. In the past three years, MGI's revenues exceeded $10 million per year, and annual EBITDA averaged over $3 million. The acquisition is expected to be immediately accretive to adjusted EPS (earnings per share). The acquisition was funded through a combination of cash and equity.

About Altus Geomatics

From extensive mapping services to site surveys, Altus Geomatics is the market leader in advanced, customized solutions for a wide variety of consulting projects. Utilizing innovative and proprietary technology that not only makes research-gathering more efficient and less costly, but also ensures accurate, effective geographical data, our experts facilitate complex decision-making for businesses, communities, governments and industries. Our complementary and diversified range of service offerings includes Mapping, Construction Surveys, Legal/Municipal Land Surveys, Land Development, Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR), 3D Laser Scanning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Environmental & Forestry. Altus Geomatics is strategically positioned in all four western provinces, as well as New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, to deliver the service and expertise that guarantees results, and mitigates risk, across all project phases, regardless of sector, scope or region.

For more information on Altus Geomatics, please visit: http://altusgeomatics.com/pdfs/factsheets/Leading_Edge_FS.pdf

About Altus Group Limited

Altus Group is a leading provider of independent commercial real estate consulting and advisory services, software and data solutions. We operate five interrelated Business Units, bringing together years of experience and a broad range of expertise into one comprehensive platform: Research, Valuation and Advisory; ARGUS Software; Property Tax Consulting; Cost Consulting and Project Management and Geomatics. Our suite of services and software enables clients to analyze, gain insight and recognize value on their real estate investments.

Altus Group has over 1,800 employees in multiple offices around the world, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Asia Pacific. Altus Group's clients include financial institutions, private and public investment funds, insurance companies, accounting firms, public real estate organizations, real estate investment trusts, healthcare institutions, industrial companies, foreign and domestic private investors, real estate developers, governmental institutions and firms in the oil and gas sector.

For more information on Altus Group, please visit: www.altusgroup.com.

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Given these risks, uncertainties and other factors, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information as a prediction of actual results. The forward-looking information reflects management's current expectations and beliefs regarding future events and operating performance and is based on information currently available to management. Although Altus Group has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information contained herein, there are other factors that could cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. The forward-looking information contained herein is current as of the date of this press release and, except as required under applicable law, Altus Group does not undertake to update or revise it to reflect new events or circumstances. Additionally, Altus Group undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third parties in respect of Altus Group, its financial or operating results, or its securities.

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