Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Description of Business, Basis of Presentation and Recent Accounting Pronouncements

Description of Business, Basis of Presentation and Recent Accounting Pronouncements
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2013
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Description of Business, Basis of Presentation and Recent Accounting Pronouncements
1. Description of business, basis of presentation and recent accounting pronouncements

Description of business

Marcus and Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, Inc. (“MMREIS”) was incorporated in 1976 in the state of Delaware and prior to the completion of its initial public offering (the “IPO”), MMREIS was majority-owned by Marcus & Millichap Company (“MMC”) and all of the Company’s preferred and common stock outstanding was held by MMC and its affiliates or officers and employees of MMREIS. In June 2013, in preparation for the spin-off of its real estate investment services business, or the Spin-Off, MMC formed Marcus & Millichap, Inc., (the “Company”, “Marcus & Millichap”, or “MMI”). On October 30, 2013 and prior to the IPO, the stockholders of MMREIS contributed all of their outstanding shares to the Company, in exchange for MMI common stock, and MMREIS became MMI’s wholly-owned subsidiary. Thereafter, on October 31, 2013, MMC distributed 80.0% of the shares of MMI common stock to MMC’s shareholders and exchanged the remaining portion of its shares of MMI common stock for cancellation of indebtedness.

On November 5, 2013, the Company completed its IPO of 6,900,000 shares of common stock at a price to the public of $12.00 per share. The Company’s shares, which commenced trading on October 31, 2013, are traded on the New York Stock Exchange. See Note 7 – “Stockholders’ Equity” for additional information.

The Company is a brokerage firm specializing in commercial real estate investment sales, financing, research and advisory services.

Basis of Presentation

The Company’s consolidated financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2013, 2012 and 2011 have been prepared in accordance with US generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). In accordance with ASC 805-50-30-6, Business Combinations, since MMI and MMREIS were affiliates under common control, the assets and liabilities of MMREIS were recorded at carryover basis at the Spin-Off date. The historical financial statements of MMREIS, as the Company’s predecessor, have been presented as the historical financial statements of the Company for all periods prior to the Spin-Off from the beginning of the earliest period presented.


The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and its wholly owned subsidiaries. All significant intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

Use of Estimates

The preparation of consolidated financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and the related disclosures at the date of the consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

Concentration of Credit Risk

Financial instruments that potentially subject the Company to a concentration of credit risk principally consist of cash and cash equivalents, due from affiliates, and receivables. Cash is placed with high-credit quality financial institutions. To reduce its credit risk, the Company monitors the credit standing of the financial institutions that hold the Company’s cash and cash equivalents. The Company historically has not experienced any losses in its cash and cash equivalents or due from affiliates. The Company maintains allowances for estimated credit losses based on management’s assessment of the likelihood of collection. As of December 31, 2013 and 2012, no individual accounted for 10% or more of commissions or notes receivable.

The Company derives its revenues from a broad range of real estate investors, owners, and users in the United States and Canada, none of which individually represents a significant concentration of credit risk. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, no individual customer represented 10% or more of total revenues.

The Company performs ongoing credit evaluations of its customers and debtors and requires collateral on a case-by-case basis.


Certain prior-period amounts in these notes to consolidated financial statements have been reclassified to conform to the current period presentation. These changes had no impact on the previously reported consolidated results of operations or stockholders’ equity.

Segment Reporting

ASC 280, Segment Reporting, establishes standards for reporting information on operating segments in interim and annual financial statements. An operating segment is defined as a component of an enterprise that engages in business activities from which it may earn revenues and incur expenses whose separate financial information is available and is evaluated regularly by the Chief Operating Decision Maker (CODM) or decision making group, to perform resource allocations and performance assessments. The CODM is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. The CODM reviews financial information presented on an office by- office basis for purposes of making operating decisions, assessing financial performance and allocating resources. Based on the evaluation of the Company’s financial information, management believes that the Company’s offices represent individual operating segments with similar economic characteristics that meet the criteria for aggregation into a single reportable segment for financial statement purposes. The Company’s financing operations also represent an individual operating segment, which does not meet the thresholds to be presented as a separate reportable segment.

Recent accounting pronouncements

There are no recently issued accounting standards which are not yet effective that the Company believes would materially impact its consolidated financial statements.