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Power Financial Corporation Reports 2011 Financial Results and Dividends

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Power Financial Corporation Reports 2011 Financial Results and Dividends10:35 EDT Wednesday, March 14, 2012Readers are referred to the sections entitled "Forward-looking Statements" and "Non-IFRS Financial Measures" at the end of this release. The Corporation's financial results are reported under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and all comparative figures have been restated accordingly.MONTREAL, March 14, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Power Financial Corporation (TSX: PWF) today reported operating earnings attributable to common shareholders for the year ended December 31, 2011 of $1,729 million or $2.44 per share, compared with $1,625 million or $2.30 per share in 2010. This represents an increase of 6.2% on a per share basis.The increase in operating earnings reflects primarily the increase in the contribution from the Corporation's subsidiaries, Great-West Lifeco Inc. (Lifeco) and IGM Financial Inc. (IGM).For the year ended December 31, 2011, other items were a charge of $7 million and consisted mainly of the Corporation's share of an impairment charge recorded by Pargesa Holding SA (Pargesa) in the third quarter on its indirect investment in Lafarge SA, offset by the Corporation's share of non-operating earnings of Lifeco and IGM, as discussed below. In 2010, other items were a charge of $157 million and consisted mainly of Power Financial's share of a litigation provision recorded in the third quarter by Lifeco.As a result, net earnings attributable to common shareholders for the year ended December 31, 2011 were $1,722 million or $2.43 per share, compared with $1,468 million or $2.08 per share in 2010.FOURTH QUARTER RESULTS For the quarter ended December 31, 2011, operating earnings attributable to common shareholders of the Corporation were $422 million or $0.60 per share, compared with $404 million or $0.57 per share in the corresponding quarter of 2010, an increase of 4.6% on a per share basis.Other items for the fourth quarter of 2011 were a contribution of $111 million, compared with a charge of $15 million for the same period in 2010:In the fourth quarter of 2011, Lifeco re-evaluated and reduced a litigation provision established in the third quarter of 2010. The re-evaluation positively impacted common shareholders' net earnings of Lifeco by $223 million. Additionally, Lifeco established a $99 million after-tax provision in respect of the settlement of litigation relating to its ownership in a U.S.-based private equity firm. The net impact to Power Financial of these two unrelated matters was a contribution of $88 million.Other items at IGM represent the after-tax gain on the sale of M.R.S. Trust Company and M.R.S. Inc. by Mackenzie Financial Corporation.As a result, net earnings attributable to common shareholders for the quarter ended December 31, 2011 were $533 million or $0.75 per share, compared with $389 million or $0.55 per share in the corresponding quarter of 2010.RESULTS OF SUBSIDIARIES AND PARJOINTCOGREAT-WEST LIFECO INC.For the year ended December 31, 2011, Lifeco reported operating earnings attributable to common shareholders of $1,898 million, compared with $1,819 million in 2010. This represents $2.000 per common share for 2011, compared with $1.920 per common share in 2010, an increase of 4%.For the three-month period ended December 31, 2011, Lifeco reported operating earnings attributable to common shareholders of $500 million or $0.528 per share, compared with $465 million or $0.491 per share in the same period in 2010.Operating earnings exclude the net impact of two unrelated litigation provisions which increased earnings of Lifeco by $124 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.Net earnings attributable to common shareholders were $2,022 million or $2.129 per share for the year ended December 31, 2011, compared with $1,615 million or $1.704 per share in 2010. For the three-month period ended December 31, 2011, net earnings attributable to common shareholders were $624 million or $0.657 per share, compared with $465 million or $0.491 per share in the same period in 2010.Lifeco's contribution to Power Financial's operating earnings was $1,298 million for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2011, compared with $1,249 million in the corresponding period of 2010. For the three-month period ended December 31, 2011, Lifeco's contribution to Power Financial's operating earnings was $342 million, compared with $319 million in the same period in 2010.IGM FINANCIAL INC.IGM reported operating earnings available to common shareholders for the year ended December 31, 2011 of $833 million or $3.22 per share, compared with $759 million or $2.89 per share for the same period in 2010, an increase of 11.4% on a per share basis.For the three months ended December 31, 2011, IGM reported operating earnings available to common shareholders of $196 million or $0.76 per share, compared with $210 million or $0.80 per share for the same period in 2010, a decrease of 5.0% on a per share basis.Other items for the year ended December 31, 2011 represent primarily an after-tax gain on the sale of M.R.S. Trust Company and M.R.S. Inc. by Mackenzie Financial Corporation (a subsidiary of IGM) for an amount of $30 million, as well as a $29 million positive one-time tax adjustment.Net earnings available to common shareholders for the year ended December 31, 2011 were $901 million or $3.48 per share, compared with $731 million or $2.78 per share in the corresponding period of 2010. Net earnings available to common shareholders for the three months ended December 31, 2011 were $231 million or $0.89 per share, compared to net earnings available to common shareholders of $190 million or $0.73 per share in the same period of 2010.For the twelve-month and three-month periods ended December 31, 2011, IGM contributed $480 million and $113 million, respectively, to Power Financial's operating earnings, compared with $432 million and $119 million, respectively, in the corresponding periods of 2010.PARJOINTCO N.V.Power Financial held a 50% interest in Parjointco N.V., which in turn held a 56.5% equity interest in Pargesa at December 31, 2011. Pargesa reported operating earnings of SF343 million for the year ended December 31, 2011, compared with SF466 million in 2010. For the three-month period ended December 31, 2011, operating earnings were SF24 million, compared with SF26 million in the corresponding quarter of 2010.The results for Pargesa for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2011 reflect (i) that although in 2011 Imerys reported earnings growth of 25% over 2010, Imerys' contribution to Pargesa's results decreased by 13% due to a reduced percentage of ownership, since Pargesa's direct interest in Imerys was sold to its subsidiary Groupe Bruxelles Lambert (GBL) in April 2011, and due to the weakening of the euro against the Swiss franc; (ii) a decrease in the contribution from Lafarge due to lower operating earnings and currency effects; and (iii) a foreign currency loss of SF55 million related to the proceeds of the disposal by Pargesa of the Imerys shareholding referred to above which was received in euros.Including other items composed primarily of Pargesa's share of the impairment charge recorded by GBL on its Lafarge investment in the amount of SF417 million, Pargesa reported a net loss of SF65 million for the year ended December 31, 2011, compared with net earnings of SF466 million in 2010.Expressed in Canadian dollars, the contribution from Pargesa to Power Financial's operating earnings, which exclude other items, was $110 million for the year ended December 31, 2011, compared with $121 million in 2010. For the three-month period ended December 31, 2011, the contribution from Pargesa to Power Financial's operating earnings was $7 million, the same as in the corresponding quarter of 2010.DIVIDENDS ON PREFERRED SHARESThe Board of Directors today declared quarterly dividends on the Corporation's preferred shares, as follows:SERIES - STOCK SYMBOLRECORD DATEPAYMENT DATEAMOUNTSeries A - PWF.PR.AApril 24, 2012May 15, 2012To be determined in accordance with the articles of the CorporationSeries D - PWF.PR.EApril 10, 2012April 30, 201234.375¢Series E - PWF.PR.FApril 10, 2012April 30, 201232.8125¢Series F - PWF.PR.GApril 10, 2012April 30, 201236.875¢Series H - PWF.PR.HApril 10, 2012April 30, 201235.9375¢Series I - PWF.PR.IApril 10, 2012April 30, 201237.50¢Series K - PWF.PR.KApril 10, 2012April 30, 201230.9375¢Series L - PWF.PR.LApril 10, 2012April 30, 201231.875¢Series M - PWF.PR.MApril 10, 2012April 30, 201237.50¢Series O - PWF.PR.OApril 10, 2012April 30, 201236.25¢Series P - PWF.PR.PApril 10, 2012April 30, 201227.50¢Series R - PWF.PR.RApril 10, 2012April 30, 201225.24¢DIVIDEND ON COMMON SHARESThe Board of Directors also declared a quarterly dividend of 35 cents per share on the Corporation's common shares payable May 1, 2012 to shareholders of record March 30, 2012.For purposes of the Income Tax Act (Canada) and any similar provincial legislation, all of the above dividends on the Corporation's preferred and common shares are eligible dividends.Forward-Looking StatementsCertain statements in this News Release, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements based on certain assumptions and reflect the Corporation's current expectations, or with respect to disclosure regarding the Corporation's public subsidiaries, reflects such subsidiaries' disclosed current expectations. Forward-looking statements are provided for the purposes of assisting the reader in understanding the Corporation's financial performance, financial position and cash flows as at and for the periods ended on certain dates and to present information about management's current expectations and plans relating to the future and the reader is cautioned that such statements may not be appropriate for other purposes. These statements may include, without limitation, statements regarding the operations, business, financial condition, expected financial results, performance, prospects, opportunities, priorities, targets, goals, ongoing objectives, strategies and outlook of the Corporation and its subsidiaries, as well as the outlook for North American and international economies for the current fiscal year and subsequent periods. Forward-looking statements include statements that are predictive in nature, depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, or include words such as "expects", "anticipates", "plans", "believes", "estimates", "seeks", "intends", "targets", "projects", "forecasts" or negative versions thereof and other similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as "may", "will", "should", "would" and "could".By its nature, this information is subject to inherent risks and uncertainties that may be general or specific and which give rise to the possibility that expectations, forecasts, predictions, projections or conclusions will not prove to be accurate, that assumptions may not be correct and that objectives, strategic goals and priorities will not be achieved. A variety of factors, many of which are beyond the Corporation's and its subsidiaries' control, affect the operations, performance and results of the Corporation and its subsidiaries and their businesses, and could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations of estimated or anticipated events or results. These factors include, but are not limited to: the impact or unanticipated impact of general economic, political and market factors in North America and internationally, interest and foreign exchange rates, global equity and capital markets, management of market liquidity and funding risks, changes in accounting policies and methods used to report financial condition (including uncertainties associated with critical accounting assumptions and estimates), the effect of applying future accounting changes, business competition, operational and reputational risks, technological change, changes in government regulation and legislation, changes in tax laws, unexpected judicial or regulatory proceedings, catastrophic events, the Corporation's and its subsidiaries' ability to complete strategic transactions, integrate acquisitions and implement other growth strategies, and the Corporation's and its subsidiaries' success in anticipating and managing the foregoing factors.The reader is cautioned to consider these and other factors, uncertainties and potential events carefully and not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Information contained in forward-looking statements is based upon certain material assumptions that were applied in drawing a conclusion or making a forecast or projection, including management's perceptions of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other considerations that are believed to be appropriate in the circumstances, including that the foregoing list of factors, collectively, are not expected to have a material impact on the Corporation and its subsidiaries. While the Corporation considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to management, they may prove to be incorrect.Other than as specifically required by applicable Canadian law, the Corporation undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, whether as a result of new information, future events or results, or otherwise.Additional information about the risks and uncertainties of the Corporation's business and material factors or assumptions on which information contained in forward-looking statements is based is provided in its disclosure materials, including its most recent Management's Discussion and Analysis and Annual Information Form, filed with the securities regulatory authorities in Canada and available at www.sedar.com.Non-IFRS Financial MeasuresIn analyzing the financial results of the Corporation and consistent with the presentation in previous years, net earnings are subdivided into the following components:operating earnings; andother items or non-operating earnings, which include the after-tax impact of any item that management considers to be of a non-recurring nature or that could make the period-over-period comparison of results from operations less meaningful, and also include the Corporation's share of any such item presented in a comparable manner by its subsidiaries.Management has used these financial measures for many years in its presentation and analysis of the financial performance of Power Financial, and believes that they provide additional meaningful information to readers in their analysis of the results of the Corporation.Operating earnings and operating earnings per share are non-IFRS financial measures that do not have a standard meaning and may not be comparable to similar measures used by other entities. CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS    [in millions of Canadian dollars]December 31,2011December 31,2010January 1,2010Assets   Cash and cash equivalents3,3853,6564,855Investments    Bonds78,75973,58267,388 Mortgages and other loans21,51820,20920,613 Shares6,4026,4156,392 Investment properties3,2012,9572,615 Loans to policyholders7,1626,8276,957 117,042109,990103,965Funds held by ceding insurers9,9239,85610,984Reinsurance assets2,0612,5332,800Investment in associates2,2222,4482,829Owner-occupied properties541489479Capital assets197176190Derivative financial instruments1,0561,029775Other assets4,6534,6794,774Deferred tax assets1,2071,2201,262Intangible assets5,0235,0245,206Goodwill8,7868,7178,655Segregated funds for the risk of unit holders96,58294,82787,495Total assets252,678244,644234,269    Liabilities   Insurance contract liabilities114,730107,405105,028Investment contract liabilities782791841Deposits and certificates151835907Funds held under reinsurance contracts169149331Obligation to securitization entities3,8273,5053,310Debentures and other borrowings5,8886,3135,931Capital trust securities533535540Derivative financial instruments427244359Preferred shares of the Corporation--300Preferred shares of subsidiaries--199Other liabilities5,5167,3836,608Deferred tax liabilities1,2581,105978Insurance and investment contracts on account of unit holders96,58294,82787,495Total liabilities229,863223,092212,827    Equity   Stated capital    Perpetual preferred shares2,0052,0051,725 Common shares639636605Retained earnings10,7439,9829,523Reserves134188969Total shareholders' equity13,52112,81112,822Non-controlling interests9,2948,7418,620Total equity22,81521,55221,442Total liabilities and equity252,678244,644234,269CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS   For the years ended December 31[in millions of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts]20112010Revenues  Premium income   Gross premiums written20,01320,404 Ceded premiums(2,720)(2,656)Total net premiums17,29317,748Net investment income   Regular net investment income5,6105,815 Change in fair value4,1543,785 9,7649,600Fee income5,3435,174Total revenues32,40032,522   Expenses  Policyholder benefits   Insurance and investment contracts    Gross16,59117,550  Ceded(1,217)(2,208) 15,37415,342Policyholder dividends and experience refunds1,4241,466Change in insurance and investment contract liabilities6,2456,417Total paid or credited to policyholders23,04323,225Commissions2,3122,216Operating and administrative expenses3,0063,837Financing charges409432Total expenses28,77029,710 3,6302,812Share of earnings (losses) of investment in associates(20)121Earnings before income taxes - continuing operations3,6102,933Income taxes706523Net earnings - continuing operations2,9042,410Net earnings - discontinued operations632Net earnings2,9672,412   Attributable to   Non-controlling interests1,141845 Perpetual preferred shareholders10499 Common shareholders1,7221,468 2,9672,412   Earnings per common share   Net earnings attributable to common shareholders    - Basic2.432.08  - Diluted2.412.06    Net earnings from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders    - Basic2.382.08  - Diluted2.362.06SEGMENTED INFORMATION          INFORMATION ON PROFIT MEASURE         For the year ended December 31, 2011Lifeco IGM Parjointco Other TotalRevenues         Premium income, net17,293 - - - 17,293Investment income, net9,702 161 - (99) 9,764Fee income2,903 2,571 - (131) 5,343 29,898 2,732 - (230) 32,400Expenses         Total paid or credited to policyholders23,043 - - - 23,043Commissions1,548 895 - (131) 2,312Operating and administrative expenses2,314 638 - 54 3,006Financing charges289 103 - 17 409 27,194 1,636 - (60) 28,770 2,704 1,096 - (170) 3,630Share of earnings (losses) of investment in associates- - (20) - (20)Earnings before income taxes - continuing operations2,704 1,096 (20) (170) 3,610Income taxes465 250 - (9) 706Contribution to net earnings - continuing operations2,239 846 (20) (161) 2,904Contribution to net earnings - discontinued operations- 63 - - 63Contribution to net earnings2,239 909 (20) (161) 2,967          Attributable to          Non-controlling interests855 392 - (106) 1,141 Perpetual preferred shareholders- - - 104 104 Common shareholders1,384 517 (20) (159) 1,722 2,239 909 (20) (161) 2,967                    For the year ended December 31, 2010Lifeco IGM Parjointco Other TotalRevenues         Premium income, net17,748 - - - 17,748Investment income, net9,534 146 - (80 ) 9,600Fee income2,821 2,468 - (115 ) 5,174 30,103 2,614 - (195 ) 32,522Expenses         Total paid or credited to policyholders23,225 - - - 23,225Commissions1,477 854 - (115) 2,216Operating and administrative expenses3,150 636 - 51 3,837Financing charges288 111 - 33 432 28,140 1,601 - (31) 29,710 1,963 1,013 - (164) 2,812Share of earnings (losses) of investment in associates- - 121 - 121Earnings before income taxes - continuing operations1,963 1,013 121 (164) 2,933Income taxes254 270 - (1) 523Contribution to net earnings - continuing operations1,709 743 121 (163) 2,410Contribution to net earnings - discontinued operations- 2 - - 2Contribution to net earnings1,709 745 121 (163) 2,412          Attributable to          Non-controlling interests600 330 - (85) 845 Perpetual preferred shareholders- - - 99 99 Common shareholders1,109 415 121 (177) 1,468 1,709 745 121 (163) 2,412 For further information: Attachments: Financial Information For further information, please contact:  Mr. Edward Johnson Senior Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary 514-286-7400