Altus Group Limited

Altus Group Limited

December 19, 2012 11:43 ET

Altus Group Unveils ARGUS Enterprise 9-The Most Robust Asset Management Solution in a Single, Integrated Platform

Version 9 Sets a New Standard for User Productivity, Risk Management and Decision-Making for Real Estate Asset Managers, Underwriters, Investors

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 19, 2012) - Altus Group Limited ("Altus") (TSX:AIF) and ARGUS Software, global leaders in the provision of independent professional advisory and consulting, technology and proprietary data for the real estate industry, today unveiled ARGUS Enterprise 9® (AE 9), the industry's leading asset management software platform for commercial real estate.

Building on the capabilities of prior AE versions - already implemented by over 35 world class clients - ARGUS Enterprise 9 represents a leap forward in enabling commercial real estate organizations to know even more about their portfolios, better manage their risks, and support the best decisions for their businesses. AE 9 provides:

  • Improved user productivity by reducing time and effort to make complex and comprehensive changes across portfolios
  • Better decision-making and improved risk management, based on real-time reporting and analytics
  • Tight integration into business processes with powerful customization capabilities

"With the release of AE 9, Altus is redefining the industry; providing clients with increased functionality and powerful analytics in a comprehensive offering that will give them greater real-time insight into their portfolios, as well as the advantage with an influential and international asset class," emphasized Bob Courteau, CEO, Altus Group. "As a leading professional services company, Altus is leveraging years of expertise with data driven solutions to ensure clients have the most robust tools and experienced advice."

AE 9 Ensures Clients Benefit from Industry-Leading Capabilities

To improve productivity and maximize clients' investments, AE 9 provides an unprecedented ability to easily and rapidly consolidate cash-flow forecasts, allowing clients to perform sophisticated analysis, sensitivity and reporting. This enables immediate evaluation of results for benchmarking and, most importantly, risk management, further enhancing the value of enterprise-wide data and facilitating proactive decision-making.

"We are excited about the new features in AE 9 and its impact on our business - the additional functionality and interconnectivity will make ARGUS Enterprise an even more valuable tool for us," said Randal Rombeiro, Head of Finance, Greenstreet Real Estate Partners LP. "As our portfolio evolves, AE provides the dynamic visibility that helps us make confident, data-driven decisions."

Feature Highlights of AE 9

  • Effortlessly import data and rapidly perform updates across a portfolio using AE's dynamic Excel® plugin tool - integrating both input assumptions and calculated results, which can support proprietary analysis and calculations
  • Create custom dashboards with charts, portfolio level KPIs and Excel-like pivot chart capabilities using portfolio analytics tools
  • Model more complex lease terms and assumptions through a number of enhancements to the Cash Flow module
  • Incorporate a broader range of property types for a more comprehensive picture, enabled by a new hospitality feature
  • Build a custom experience and extend the usability of your data by making all relevant data available in AE through embedded ARGUS Symphony forms

Release and Availability

AE 9 is available immediately to current AE clients as an upgrade under existing maintenance. Full platform release and market pricing will be announced in Q1 2013, along with opportunities to learn more about the unique benefits of this compelling platform.

To find out more about ARGUS Enterprise 9, contact your ARGUS representative, or visit:

About ARGUS Software

ARGUS Software is the leading provider of software and solutions for analyzing and managing the value of real estate investments worldwide. ARGUS Software has a world-class user base, consisting of over 90,000 users, and has been focused solely on the commercial real estate segment for over 20 years. The ARGUS Software portfolio includes industry-standard products, such as ARGUS Valuation-DCF, ARGUS Developer, ARGUS CRM, ARGUS Enterprise and ARGUS Symphony.

About Altus Group Limited

Altus leads the global real estate industry in offering professional real estate advisory services, data solutions and intelligence about an organization's assets, generating a wealth of knowledge and insight. With a staff of over 1,700, Altus has a network of over 50 offices in a number of countries worldwide, including Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and China. We operate five interrelated Business Units, bringing years of experience and a broad range of expertise together into one comprehensive platform: Research, Valuation and Advisory; Cost Consulting and Project Management; Realty Tax Consulting; Geomatics, and ARGUS Software. Altus' clients include banks, financial institutions, governments, pension funds, asset and fund managers, developers and landlords and companies engaged in the oil and gas industry.

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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 Altus' and management's current expectations and beliefs regarding future events and operating performance and is based on information currently available to management. Although Altus 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 does not undertake to update or revise it to reflect new events or circumstances. Additionally, Altus undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third parties in respect of Altus, its financial or operating results, or its securities.

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