CoStar draws $745M from credit line

Move will also buffer data firm during Covid-19 pandemic

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Mar.March 26, 2020 02:31 PM
CoStar Group's Andrew Florance (Credit: CoStar)

CoStar Group’s Andrew Florance (Credit: CoStar)

CoStar Group has borrowed $745 million from its line of credit to fund its acquisition of RentPath, and as a hedge against the tumultuous market.

In a regulatory filing Thursday, the real estate data firm said, “The increased cash position… allows for greater financial flexibility in light of current uncertainty in the global markets resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak.”

In the filing, CoStar said the proceeds may also fund “other potential strategic acquisitions” and general corporate purposes.

CoStar announced a deal to acquire RentPath out of bankruptcy in February for $588 million. The troubled company, which operated ApartmentGuide.com, Rentals.com and Rent.com, was owned by TPG Capital reportedly and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy a week prior.

CoStar generated $1.4 billion in revenue in 2019, up from $1.2 billion in 2018. Its net income in 2019 was $315 million, up 32 percent after a year of acquisitions and the end of its protracted legal fight with now-defunct Xceligent.

The real estate data firm ended the year with cash and cash equivalents of $1.07 billion; proceeds from the borrowings boosted the number to $1.9 billion as of March 25.

During a Feb. 25 earnings call, CEO Andrew Florance said CoStar’s results were bolstered by the strong performance of its apartment listings businesses, including Apartments.com. At the time, he said CoStar would double its marketing for Apartments.com to $250 million a year.


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