CB Richard Ellis Group

Need a place to hang your shingle in Shanghai? CB Richard Ellis will be happy to help. Since completing the acquisition of Trammel Crow for $2.2 billion last December, CBRE has become the world’s largest commercial real estate brokerage. CEO Brett White sees demand and rents continuing to climb in the world’s business capitals. CBRE does more than just lease space. It also manages buildings, supervises construction, and brokers commercial loans. In addition, the company chooses real estate investments for pension funds and other institutional investors. No wonder CBRE shares are up from a split-adjusted 6 at its IPO three years ago to more than 32 recently.

Overall Grade


Market Data


Market Value

$7.5 Billion




Sales Growth Rate**



12-Month Sales

$4.0 Billion

12-Month Net Income

$0.3 Billion

Total Return Past 12 Months


Past 36 Months


Economic SectorFinancials
IndustryReal Estate Management & Development
The overall sector letter grade reflects how the weighted average of the return on income, or return on equity, and sales growth grades compare with others in the same sector. For the overall grade as well as the ROE/ROI and sales growth grades, an "A" places a company in the top 7% of its sector and an "A-" in the top 14% of the sector. The actual ranking was done using the underlying numerical measures. Grades are for information only.
* For nonfinancial companies, three-year average pretax operating profit before interest and special items as a percentage of average invested capital. For financial companies, pretax profits as a percentage of average shareholder's equity.
*Three-year average annual sales growth based on the most recently reported 36 months, calculated using the least-squares method.

Brett White

Brett White, 47

CEO since 2005

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