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Shaw Announces Second Quarter Financial and Operating Results

Friday, April 13, 2012

Shaw Announces Second Quarter Financial and Operating Results08:00 EDT Friday, April 13, 2012CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - April 13, 2012) - Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B) (NYSE:SJR) announced consolidated financial and operating results for the three and six months ended February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011. Consolidated revenue for the three and six month periods of $1.23 billion and $2.51 billion, respectively, was up 3% and 10% over the comparable periods last year. Total operating income before amortization1 of $493 million declined 2% over the comparable quarterly period and the year-to-date amount of $1.06 billion, improved almost 8%. Free cash flow1 for the three and six month periods was $57 million and $176 million, respectively, compared to $174 million and $328 million for the same periods last year. Higher capital investment in the current periods related to various strategic initiatives and customer equipment subsidies were the main drivers of the decline. Chief Executive Officer Brad Shaw said, "We continue to execute on our strategic initiatives in this highly competitive environment, focusing on technology, customer service and value leadership. Our technology initiatives, including our Wi-Fi build and Digital Network Upgrade progressed as planned during the quarter. Through our upgraded network, Shaw EXO™, we continue to lead and innovate, providing customers with the best in entertainment and technology offerings. We have made the necessary investments in customer service, adding staff and opening three new customer service centres, to ensure we deliver an exceptional customer experience. We have continued to refine our product packaging and recently implemented new EXO bundles that provide everyday value to our customers. Our focus is showing results as we gained momentum in subscriber growth during the quarter."Net income from continuing operations of $178 million or $0.38 per share for the quarter ended February 29, 2012 compared to $172 million or $0.38 per share for the same period last year. Net income from continuing operations for the first six months of the year was $380 million or $0.81 per share compared to $189 million or $0.41 per share last year. All periods included non-operating items which are more fully detailed in Management's Discussions and Analysis (MD&A).2 The prior year-to-date period included a charge of $139 million for the discounted value of the CRTC benefit obligation related to the acquisition of Shaw Media, as well as business acquisition, integration and restructuring expenses of $61 million. Excluding the non-operating items, net income from continuing operations for the three and six month periods ended February 29, 2012 would have been $178 million and $388 million, respectively, compared to $171 million and $335 million in the same periods last year. Revenue in the Cable division was up 5% for each of the three and six month periods, respectively, to $804 million and $1.60 billion. Operating income before amortization for the quarter of $352 million was down 5% compared to the same quarter last year and the year-to-date period was up 1%, to $729 million.Revenue in the Satellite division was $211 million and $420 million for the three and six month periods, respectively, up from $204 million and $410 million for the same periods last year. Operating income before amortization for the current quarter and year-to-date period of $71 million and $140 million were comparable to the same periods last year. Revenue in the Media division for the three and six month periods was $242 million and $541 million, respectively, and operating income before amortization was $70 million and $190 million. For the current quarter this represents an improvement of almost 8% in operating before amortization compared to the same quarter last year. For informational purposes, on a comparative basis to last year, Media revenues and operating income before amortization for the full six month period were each down approximately 2%. Margin compression occurred in the Cable division during the quarter as new marketing strategies were employed, incremental expenses were incurred getting the new customer service centers on line, and revenue declined for several months mainly due to customer package migration and increased promotional activity. Softness in the advertising market also continued in the Media division due to ongoing global economic concerns. These have put short term pressure on financial results and financial guidance. As a result the Corporation is revising guidance and now expects to deliver consolidated free cash flow of approximately $450 million. Also anticipated is a marginal decline in Cable operating income before amortization year-over-year, modest growth in Satellite, and consistent operating income on a full year-over-year comparative basis in Media. Brad Shaw concluded, "For the remainder of this year we plan to continue to execute on and invest in our strategic initiatives and focus on sustainable growth. We believe our Digital Network Upgrade and our Wi-Fi build continue to increase the value of our existing services and maintain our technology leadership. We plan to work to exceed the expectations of our existing customers and continue to compete for new subscriber opportunities." In January the Board of Directors approved a 5% increase in the equivalent annual dividend rate to $0.97 on Shaw's Class B Non-Voting Participating shares and $0.9675 on Shaw's Class A Participating shares. This new rate was effective commencing with the monthly dividends paid on March 29, 2012.Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.4 million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global Television, and 18 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, History Television and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX - SJR.B, NYSE - SJR). The accompanying Management's Discussion and Analysis forms part of this news release and the "Caution Concerning Forward Looking Statements" applies to all forward-looking statements made in this news release. (1) See definitions and discussion under Key Performance Drivers in MD&A. (2) See reconciliation of Net income from continuing operations in Consolidated Overview in MD&A.MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS FEBRUARY 29, 2012 April 13, 2012Certain statements in this report may constitute forward-looking statements. Included herein is a "Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements" section which should be read in conjunction with this report.The following Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") should also be read in conjunction with the unaudited interim consolidated Financial Statements and Notes thereto of the current quarter, the 2011 Annual MD&A included in the Company's August 31, 2011 Annual Report including the Consolidated Financial Statements and the Notes thereto.The financial information presented herein has been prepared on the basis of International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") for interim financial statements and is expressed in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated. The amounts in this MD&A and the Company's interim financial statements for the period ended February 28, 2011 have been restated to reflect the adoption of IFRS, with effect from September 1, 2010. Periods prior to September 1, 2010 have not been restated and are prepared in accordance with Canadian GAAP. Refer to note 13 of the February 29, 2012 interim financial statements for a summary of the differences between the financial statements previously prepared under Canadian GAAP and to those under IFRS.The unaudited IFRS related disclosures and values in this MD&A have been prepared using the standards and interpretations currently issued and expected to be effective at the end of the Company's first annual IFRS reporting period, August 31, 2012. Certain accounting policies expected to be adopted under IFRS may not be adopted and the application of policies to certain transactions or circumstances may be modified and as a result, the February 29, 2012 and August 31, 2011 underlying values prepared on a basis consistent with IFRS are subject to change. CONSOLIDATED RESULTS OF OPERATIONS SECOND QUARTER ENDING FEBRUARY 29, 2012Selected Financial HighlightsThree months endedSix months endedFebruary 29,February 28,ChangeFebruary 29,February 28,Change20122011%20122011%($millions Cdn except per share amounts)Operations:Revenue1,2311,1962.92,5102,27510.3Operating income before amortization (1)493505(2.4)1,0599847.6Operating margin (1)40.0%42.2%(2.2)42.2%43.3%(1.1)Funds flow from continuing operations (2)164384(57.3)520649(19.9)Net income from continuing operations1781723.5380189>100.0Per share data:Earnings per share from continuing operationsBasic0.380.380.810.41Diluted0.380.380.800.41Weighted average participating shares outstanding during period (millions)440 434439 434(1) See definitions and discussion under Key Performance Drivers in MD&A.(2) Funds flow from continuing operations is before changes in non-cash working capital balances related to continuing operations as presented in the unaudited interim Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows.Subscriber HighlightsTotalThree months endedSix months endedFebruary 29, 2012February 29, 2012February 28, 2011February 29, 2012February 28, 2011Subscriber statistics:Basic cable customers2,257,061(9,946)(13,662)(32,714)(21,204)Digital customers1,925,51846,56435,403106,13097,619Internet customers (including pending installs)1,906,59718,68110,77229,36629,524Digital phone lines (including pending installs)1,310,41754,40732,51277,37682,354DTH customers910,6881,2742,1761,805637Additional HighlightsRevenue of $1.23 billion and $2.51 billion for the three and six month periods improved 3% and 10% over the comparable periods last year. Free cash flow1 for the quarter and year-to-date periods was $57 million and $176 million, respectively, compared to $174 million and $328 million for the same periods last year. In January the Board of Directors approved a 5% increase in the equivalent annual dividend rate to $0.97 on Shaw's Class B Non-Voting Participating shares and $0.9675 on Shaw's Class A Participating shares. This new rate was effective commencing with the monthly dividends paid on March 29, 2012. Consolidated OverviewConsolidated revenue of $1.23 billion and $2.51 billion for the three and six month periods, respectively, improved 2.9% and 10.3% over the same periods last year. Both the current periods benefited from rate increases in the Cable and Satellite divisions while the year-to-date period also included a full six months of revenue from Shaw Media. Consolidated operating income before amortization for the three month period of $493 million declined 2.4% compared to the same period last year. On a year-to-date basis operating income before amortization was up 7.6% to $1.06 billion. The current year-to-date period included two full quarters of Shaw Media and revenue related growth in the Cable and Satellite divisions, partially offset by higher programming, employee related costs, and sales and marketing expenses. Net income from continuing operations was $178 million and $380 million for the three and six months ended February 29, 2012, respectively, compared to $172 million and $189 million for the same periods last year. Non-operating items affected net income in both periods. The prior period included a charge of $139 million for the discounted value of the CRTC benefit obligation, net of incremental revenues, related to the Media acquisition, as well as business acquisition, integration and restructuring expenses of $61 million. Outlined below are further details on these and other operating and non-operating components of net income from continuing operations for each period. 1 See definitions and discussion under Key Performance Drivers in MD&A.($millions Cdn)Six months endedSix months endedFebruary 29, 2012Operating net of interestNon-operatingFebruary 28, 2011Operating net of interestNon-operatingOperating income658612Amortization of financing costs - long-term debt(2)(2)Interest expense(165)(154)Operating income after interest491491-456456-Gain on repurchase of debt---10-10CRTC benefit obligation---(139)-(139)Business acquisition, integration and restructuring expenses---(61)-(61)Gain (loss) on derivative instruments1-1(23)-(23)Accretion of long-term liabilities and provisions(7)-(7)(6)-(6)Foreign exchange gain on unhedged long-term debt---23-23Other gains (losses)(5)-(5)7-7Income (loss) before income taxes480491(11)267456(189)Current income tax expense (recovery)146148(2)115126(11)Deferred income tax recovery(45)(45)-(23)(5)(18)Income (loss) before following379388(9)175335(160)Equity income from associates1-114-14Net income (loss) from continuing operations380388(8)189335(146)($millions Cdn)Three months endedThree months endedFebruary 29, 2012Operating net of interestNon-operatingFebruary 28, 2011Operating net of interestNon-operatingOperating income286313Amortization of financing costs - long-term debt(1)(1)Interest expense(83)(85)Operating income after interest202202-227227-Gain on repurchase of debt---10-10Business acquisition, integration and restructuring expenses---(3)-(3)Gain (loss) on derivative instruments1-1(22)-(22)Accretion of long-term liabilities and provisions(3)-(3)(4)-(4)Foreign exchange gain on unhedged long-term debt---20-20Other gains1-15-5Income (loss) before income taxes201202(1)2332276Current income tax expense (recovery)6264(2)6066(6)Deferred income tax expense (recovery)(38)(40)21(10)11Income (loss) before following177178(1)1721711Equity income from associates1-1---Net income from continuing operations178178-1721711The changes in net income from continuing operations are outlined in the table below. February 29, 2012 net income from continuing operations compared to:Three months endedSix months endedNovember 30, 2011February 28, 2011February 28, 2011($millions Cdn)Increased (decreased) operating income before before amortization(73)(12)75Increased amortization(13)(15)(29)Decreased (increased) interest expense(1)2(11)Change in net other costs and revenue (1)10(6)165Decreased (increased) income taxes5337(9)(24)6191(1) Net other costs and revenue includes gain on repurchase of debt, CRTC benefit obligation, business acquisition, integration and restructuring expenses, gain (loss) on derivative instruments, accretion of long-term liabilities and provisions, foreign exchange gain on unhedged long-term debt, other gains (losses) and equity income from associates as detailed in the unaudited interim Consolidated Statements of Income.Basic earnings per share were $0.38 and $0.81 for the quarter and year-to-date, respectively, compared to $0.38 and $0.41 in the same periods last year. In the current quarter, reduced operating income before amortization of $12 million and increased amortization of $15 million were offset by lower income taxes of $37 million. The lower taxes included a tax recovery related to the resolution of certain tax matters with Canada Revenue Agency ("CRA"). The year-to-date increase was primarily due to the favorable change in net other costs and revenue of $165 million along with improved operating income before amortization of $75 million, both of which were partially reduced by increased amortization of $29 million and interest expense of $11 million. The change in net other costs and revenue was primarily due to amounts included in the prior year related to the CRTC benefit obligation and various acquisition, integration and restructuring costs. Operating income before amortization was up in the current period mainly due to the inclusion of Shaw Media for the full six months.Net income in the current quarter decreased $24 million compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2012 mainly due to lower operating income before amortization of $73 million, due to seasonality in the Media business as well as lower operating income in the Cable division, partially offset by reduced income taxes of $53 million, due to the lower operating income before amortization as well as the tax recovery related to the resolution reached with CRA on certain tax matters. Free cash flow for the quarter and year-to-date periods of $57 million and $176 million, respectively, compared to $174 million and $328 million in the same periods last year. The decrease in the current quarter was mainly due to higher capital investment of $87 million related to strategic initiatives, including the Digital Network Upgrade ("DNU") and Wi-Fi build, as well as higher customer equipment subsidies. The lower year-to-date amount was mainly due to higher capital investment of $137 million related to the strategic initiatives and customer equipment subsidies, as well as increased interest and cash taxes of $21 million and $22 million, respectively, partially reduced by improved operating income before amortization of $75 million. Operating income before amortization was up primarily due to the full six month inclusion of Media.Key Performance DriversThe Company's continuous disclosure documents may provide discussion and analysis of non-IFRS financial measures. These financial measures do not have standard definitions prescribed by IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures disclosed by other companies. The Company's continuous disclosure documents may also provide discussion and analysis of additional GAAP measures. Additional GAAP measures include line items, headings, and sub-totals included in the financial statements. The Company utilizes these measures in making operating decisions and assessing its performance. Certain investors, analysts and others, utilize these measures in assessing the Company's operational and financial performance and as an indicator of its ability to service debt and return cash to shareholders. The non-IFRS financial measures and additional GAAP measures have not been presented as an alternative to net income or any other measure of performance required by IFRS.The following contains a listing of non-IFRS financial measures and additional GAAP measures used by the Company and provides a reconciliation to the nearest IFRS measure or provides a reference to such reconciliation. Operating income before amortization and operating margin Operating income before amortization is calculated as revenue less operating, general and administrative expenses and is presented as a sub-total line item in the Company's unaudited interim Consolidated Statements of Income. It is intended to indicate the Company's ability to service and/or incur debt, and therefore it is calculated before amortization (a non-cash expense) and interest. Operating income before amortization is also one of the measures used by the investing community to value the business. Operating margin is calculated by dividing operating income before amortization by revenue. Free cash flow The Company utilizes this measure to assess the Company's ability to repay debt and return cash to shareholders. Free cash flow is calculated as operating income before amortization, less interest, cash taxes paid or payable, capital expenditures (on an accrual basis and net of proceeds on capital dispositions) and equipment costs (net), adjusted to exclude share-based compensation expense, less cash amounts associated with funding the new and assumed CRTC benefit obligations related to the acquisition of Shaw Media as well as excluding non-controlling interest amounts that are consolidated in the operating income before amortization, capital expenditure and cash tax amounts. Free cash flow also includes changes in receivable related balances with respect to customer equipment financing transactions as a cash item, and is adjusted for cash funding of pension amounts net of pension expense. Dividends paid on the Company's Cumulative Redeemable Rate Reset Preferred Shares are also deducted.Commencing in 2012 free cash flow has not been reported on a segmented basis. Certain components of free cash flow including operating income before amortization, capital expenditures (on an accrual basis) net of proceeds on capital dispositions and equipment costs (net), CRTC benefit obligation funding, and non-controlling interest amounts continue to be reported on a segmented basis. Other items, including interest and cash taxes, are not generally directly attributable to a segment, and are reported on a consolidated basis. Free cash flow is calculated as follows:Three months endedSix months endedFebruary 29, 2012February 28, 2011 (2)Change %February 29, 2012February 28, 2011 (2)Change %($millions Cdn)RevenueCable8047694.61,5961,5274.5Satellite2112043.44204102.4Media242244(0.8)54136946.61,2571,2173.32,5572,30610.9Intersegment eliminations(26)(21)23.8(47)(31)51.61,2311,1962.92,5102,27510.3Operating income before amortization (1)Cable352369(4.6)7297221.0Satellite7171-140140-Media70657.719012255.7493505(2.4)1,0599847.6Capital expenditures and equipment costs (net):Cable23415650.045733436.8Satellite251838.9504219.0Media7540.013785.7Total as per Note 3 to the unaudited interim Consolidated Financial Statements266 17948.6520 383 35.8Free cash flow before the following227326(30.4)539601(10.3)Less:Interest(82)(79)3.8(164)(143)14.7Cash taxes(64)(66)(3.0)(148)(126)17.5Other adjustments:Non-cash share-based compensation12(50.0)35(40.0)CRTC benefit obligation funding(11)(5)>100.0(21)(7)>100.0Non-controlling interests(9)(7)28.6(20)(11)81.8Pension adjustment4333.389(11.1)Customer equipment financing(5)->100.0(13)->100.0Preferred share dividends(4)->100.0(8)->100.0Free cash flow (1)57174(67.2)176328(46.3)Operating margin (1)Cable43.8%48.0%(4.2)45.7%47.3%(1.6)Satellite33.6%34.8%(1.2)33.3%34.1%(0.8)Media28.9%26.6%2.335.1%33.1%2.0(1) See definitions and discussion under Key Performance Drivers in MD&A. (2) Restated to reflect changes in the calculation related to the pension adjustment and customer equipment financing. CABLE FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTSThree months endedSix months endedFebruary 29, 2012February 28, 2011Change %February 29, 2012February 28, 2011Change %($millions Cdn)Revenue8047694.61,5961,5274.5Operating income before amortization (1)352369(4.6)7297221.0Capital expenditures and equipment costs (net):New housing development272035.049466.5Success based754374.416510655.7Upgrades and enhancement916246.817812443.5Replacement1011(9.1)2123(8.7)Buildings and other312055.0443525.7Total as per Note 3 to the unaudited interim Consolidated Financial Statements234 15650.0457 334 36.8Operating margin (1)43.8%48.0%(4.2)45.7%47.3%(1.6)(1) See definitions and discussion under Key Performance Drivers in MD&A. Operating HighlightsDigital Phone lines increased 54,407 during the three month period to 1,310,417 and Internet was up 18,681 to total 1,906,597 as at February 29, 2012. During the quarter Basic cable subscribers decreased 9,946. Digital customers increased 46,564 during the quarter to 1,925,518. Shaw's Digital penetration of Basic is now 85.3%, up from 79.5% and 70.7% at August 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively. Cable revenue for the three and six month periods of $804 million and $1.60 billion improved 4.6% and 4.5%, respectively, over the comparable periods last year. Rate increases and customer growth in Internet and Digital Phone partially offset by lower Basic subscribers accounted for the improvement. Operating income before amortization of $352 million for the quarter decreased 4.6% over the same period last year. Revenue growth was more than offset by increased sales and marketing costs of $18 million, higher programming amounts of $13 million related to new services and increased rates as contracts renewed, and higher employee related amounts of $10 million mainly related to bringing the new customer service centres on line. Margin compression occurred during the quarter as new marketing strategies were employed, incremental expenses were incurred related to the new customer service centers, and revenue declined for several months mainly due to customer package migration and increased promotional activity.Operating income before amortization for the year-to-date period increased modestly over last year. The revenue improvement of $69 million was reduced by higher programming amounts of $21 million related to new services and increased rates as contracts renewed, higher sales and marketing costs of $17 million, increased employee related amounts of $12 million mainly related to bringing the new customer service centres on line, and various other cost increases. Revenue increased 1.5% over the first quarter of fiscal 2012 primarily due to rate increases. Growth in Internet, VOD and Digital Phone were offset by lower Basic cable subscribers, customer migration to lower priced packages, and higher promotional discounts. Operating income before amortization declined $25 million over this same period primarily due to higher employee related amounts of $12 million mainly related to bringing the new customer service centres on line, increased sales and marketing costs of $12 million, as well as higher programming costs of $5 million related to increased rates as contracts renewed.Total capital investment of $234 million for the quarter increased $78 million over the same period last year. Capital investment for the six month period of $457 million was $123 million higher than the same period last year.Success-based capital was up $32 million and $59 million over the comparable three and six month periods, respectively. The increases were primarily due to higher subsidies on sales of HDPVRs resulting from lower customer pricing and increased volumes, deployment of digital set-top boxes related to the DNU, and spend on wireless internet modems in support of new broadband offerings. The increase in the year-to-date success based capital was partially offset by lower HDPVR rentals and phone modem purchases.Investment in Upgrades and enhancement and Replacement categories combined increased $28 million and $52 million for the quarter and year-to-date periods, respectively, compared to the same periods last year. The current quarter and year-to-date investment included higher spending on hub upgrades and network electronics related to the DNU, Digital Phone infrastructure to support business growth and soft-switch upgrades, and investment related to the Wi-Fi build. Investment in Buildings and other was up $11 million and $9 million over the comparable three and six month periods last year. The increase was mainly due to higher spend related to back office infrastructure replacement projects, as well as increased facility amounts related to the new Calgary data centre and customer service centres. The year-to-date increase was partially reduced by proceeds on the sale of redundant real estate and other corporate assets.Spending in New housing development increased $7 million and $3 million over the comparable three and six month periods mainly due to higher activity and the timing of bulk purchases.During the quarter Shaw announced the launch of its upgraded network - SHAW EXO™. With new services like 1080p HD quality on the Shaw Gateway, and On Demand television content from Global, CTV and CityTV, the EXO network delivers the latest in entertainment and technology to customers. Most recently Shaw broadcast coverage of the Masters in 3D-HD, giving subscribers a greenside seat on the back nine holes of Georgia's Augusta National Golf Club. These service offerings have led the way in Shaw exceeding the one million customer milestone in HD capable subscribers.Shaw Business announced successful bids in the quarter including contracts with the City of Calgary and Snamprogetti Canada. Telecommunication services provided by Shaw Business deliver standard and customized offerings on a competitive basis. Subscriber StatisticsFebruary 29, 2012Three months endedSix months endedFebruary 29, 2012August 31, 2011GrowthChange % GrowthChange %CABLE:Basic service:Actual2,257,0612,289,775(9,946)(0.4)(32,714)(1.4)Penetration as % of homes passed57.7%59.0%Digital customers1,925,5181,819,38846,5642.5106,1305.8INTERNET:Connected and scheduled1,906,5971,877,23118,6811.029,3661.6Penetration as % of basic84.5%82.0%Standalone Internet not included in basic cable203,535217,068(6,726)(3.2)(13,533)(6.2)DIGITAL PHONE:Number of lines (1)1,310,4171,233,04154,4074.377,3766.3(1) Represents primary and secondary lines on billing plus pending installs. SATELLITE (DTH and Satellite Services) FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTSThree months endedSix months endedFebruary 29, 2012February 28, 2011Change %February 29, 2012February 28, 2011Change %($millions Cdn)RevenueDTH (Shaw Direct)1911843.83803693.0Satellite Services2020-4041(2.4)2112043.44204102.4Operating income before amortization (1)DTH (Shaw Direct)61601.71201190.8Satellite Services1011(9.1)2021(4.8)7171-140140-Capital expenditures and equipment costs (net):Success based (2)221729.4454012.5Buildings and other31>100.052>100.0Total as per Note 3 to the unaudited interim Consolidated Financial Statements251838.950 42 19.0Operating margin (1)33.6%34.8%(1.2)33.3%34.1%(0.8)(1) See definitions and discussion under Key Performance Drivers in MD&A. (2) Net of the profit on the sale of satellite equipment as it is viewed as a recovery of expenditures on customer premise equipment. Operating HighlightsDuring the quarter Shaw Direct had a net gain of 1,274 customers and as at February 29, 2012 DTH customers totaled 910,688. Revenue of $211 million and $420 million for the three and six month periods, respectively, was up 3.4% and 2.4% over the same periods last year. The improvement was primarily due to rate increases. Operating income before amortization of $71 million and $140 million for the three and six months, respectively, were comparable with the same periods last year.Operating income before amortization improved $2 million over the first quarter of fiscal 2012 primarily due to the full quarter impact of the November 2011 rate increases.Total capital investment of $25 million and $50 million for the three and six month periods, respectively, compared to $18 million and $42 million in the same periods last year. The year-to-date increase was mainly due to new customer activations, customer equipment upgrades to new receivers, outfitting outdoor equipment to access triple satellites, and purchases of certain ground equipment to uplink to the Anik G1 satellite. Construction of Anik G1, which will provide capacity to add over 100 HD channels, continues to progress and is on track for a fall launch.During the quarter Shaw Direct launched Food TV HD and year-to-date has added ten HD channels. Most recently Shaw Direct broadcast coverage of the Masters in 3D-HD. Shaw Direct has over 540,000 HD subscribers representing an HD penetration of approximately 60%. Subscriber StatisticsFebruary 29, 2012Three months endedSix months endedFebruary 29, 2012August 31, 2011GrowthChange % GrowthChange %DTH customers (1)910,688908,8831,2740.11,8050.2(1) Including seasonal customers who temporarily suspend their service. MEDIA FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS Three months ended Six months endedPeriod from October 27,2010 toFebruary 29, 2012February 28, 2011Change %February 29, 2012February 28, 2011Change %($millions Cdn)Revenue242244(0.8)54136946.6Operating income before amortization (1)70657.719012255.7Capital expenditures:Broadcast and transmission3250.063100.0Buildings and other4333.37475.0Total as per Note 3 to the unaudited interim Consolidated Financial Statements75 40.013 7 85.7Other adjustments:CRTC benefit obligation funding(11)(5)>100.0(21)(7)>100.0Non-controlling interests(9)(7)28.6(20)(11)81.8Operating margin(1)28.9%26.6%2.335.1%33.1%2.0(1) See definitions and discussion under Key Performance Drivers in MD&A. Operating HighlightsRevenue and operating income before amortization for the quarter was $242 million and $70 million, respectively. Although revenue was down marginally compared to the same period last year mainly due to lower advertising revenues, operating income improved 7.7% primarily due to lower programming costs and marketing expenses. For the six months ending February 29, 2012 revenue was $541 million and operating income before amortization was $190 million. Advertising revenue in the six months was driven by growth in the media, government, household supplies, and alcohol beverages categories. For informational purposes, on a comparative basis to the full six months ended February 28, 2011, each of Media revenues and operating income before amortization were down approximately 2%, reflecting the softness in the advertising market as a result of the economic uncertainty. Compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2012, revenue and operating income before amortization decreased $57 million and $50 million, respectively. The declines were primarily due to the cyclical nature of the Media business, with higher advertising revenues in the first quarter driven by the fall launch of season premieres and high demand.During the current quarter, Global launched Global National Mandarin, the first Mandarin language newscast produced by a national network in Canada, and continued the Morning News show launches with the Winnipeg Morning News. In addition, Global delivered solid programming results, increasing the number of top 10 and 20 positions nationally. Mid-season premieres on Global include Touch, which delivered strong audience in its special premiere that aired in January, and Awake. Media's Specialty schedule continued to deliver solid results with History, Showcase and HGTV delivering shows in the top 25 entertainment specialty programs. The digital channels also performed well with seven of Media's digital channels positioned in the spring top 10 digital rankers under the adult 25-54 category, with National Geographic and Action holding the number one and two spots, respectively.Capital investment in the quarter continued on various projects and included upgrading production equipment, infrastructure and facility investments. OTHER INCOME AND EXPENSE ITEMSAmortizationThree months endedSix months endedFebruary 29, 2012February 28, 2011Change %February 29, 2012February 28, 2011Change %($millions Cdn)Amortizationrevenue (expense) -Deferred equipment revenue28267.756535.7Deferred equipment costs(57)(50)14.0(110)(102)7.8Property, plant and equipment, intangibles and other(178) (168)6.0(347)(323) 7.4Amortization of deferred equipment revenue and deferred equipment costs increased over the comparative periods due to the sales mix of equipment, changes in customer pricing on certain equipment and the impact of rental programs.Amortization of property, plant and equipment, intangibles and other increased over the comparable periods as the amortization of new expenditures and inclusion of the Media division for the full six months in the current year exceeded the impact of assets that became fully depreciated. Amortization of financing costs and Interest expenseThree months endedSix months endedFebruary 29, 2012February 28, 2011Change %February 29, 2012February 28, 2011Change %($millions Cdn)Amortization of financing costs - long-term debt1 1-2 2 -Interest expense8385(2.4)1651547.1Interest expense fluctuated over the comparative periods primarily due to changes in debt levels. Approximately $1 billion was required to complete the Media acquisition in October 2010 including repayment of a term loan and breakage of related currency swaps. The transaction was initially funded by the Company's credit facility which was subsequently repaid during the second quarter of 2011 with the net proceeds from the three senior notes offerings totaling $1.3 billion. In addition, the Company assumed US $338 million senior unsecured notes as part of the Media transaction of which US $56 million were repurchased in December 2010 and remaining US $282 million redeemed in the fourth quarter of 2011. Gain on repurchase of debtDuring the second quarter of the prior year, the Company repurchased and cancelled US $56 million of the Media unsecured notes and recorded a gain of $10 million as result of recognizing the related remaining unamortized acquisition date fair value adjustment. CRTC benefit obligationAs part of the CRTC decision approving the Media acquisition during the first quarter of 2011, the Company is required to contribute approximately $180 million in new benefits to the Canadian broadcasting system over the following seven years. The fair value of the obligation of $139 million was recorded in the income statement.Business acquisition, integration and restructuring expensesDuring the three and six months ended February 28, 2011, the Company recorded $3 million and $61 million, respectively related to the acquisition of the broadcasting business of Canwest and organizational restructuring. Amounts included acquisition related costs to effect the acquisition, such as professional fees paid to lawyers and consultants. The integration and restructuring costs related to integrating the new business and increasing organizational effectiveness for future growth as well as package costs for the former CEO of Shaw. Gain (loss) on derivative instrumentsFor derivative instruments where hedge accounting is not permissible or derivatives are not designated in a hedging relationship, the Company records changes in the fair value of derivative instruments in the income statement. In addition, the Media senior unsecured notes had a variable prepayment option which represented an embedded derivative that was accounted for separately at fair value until the Company gave notice of redemption in the fourth quarter of 2011. The fluctuation in amounts recorded in 2012 compared to 2011 is due to a reduction in the number of outstanding contracts as well as the amounts recorded in respect of the embedded derivative in the prior year. Accretion of long-term liabilities and provisionsThe Company records accretion expense in respect of the discounting of certain long-term liabilities and provisions which are accreted to their estimated value over their respective terms. The expense is primarily in respect of CRTC benefit obligations as well as the liability which arose in 2010 when the Company entered into amended agreements with the counterparties to certain cross-currency agreements to fix the settlement of the principal portion of the swaps in December 2011. Foreign exchange gain on unhedged long-term debtIn conjunction with the Media business acquisition in October 2010, the Company assumed a US $390 million term loan and US $338 million senior unsecured notes. Shortly after closing the acquisition, the Company repaid the term loan including breakage of the related cross currency interest rate swaps. A portion of the senior unsecured notes were repurchased during the second quarter of 2011 and the Company elected to redeem the remaining notes in the fourth quarter. As a result of fluctuations of the Canadian dollar relative to the US dollar, foreign exchange gains of $20 million and $23 million were recorded for the three and six months ended February 28, 2011, respectively. Other gains (losses)This category generally includes realized and unrealized foreign exchange gains and losses on US dollar denominated current assets and liabilities, gains and losses on disposal of property, plant and equipment and the Company's share of the operations of Burrard Landing Lot 2 Holdings Partnership. Income taxesIncome taxes fluctuated over the comparative periods due to a tax recovery included in the current quarter related to resolution with CRA on certain tax matters.Equity income from associatesDuring the first quarter of the prior year, the Company recorded income of $14 million primarily in respect of its 49.9% equity interest in CW Media Investments Co. ("CW Media") for the period September 1 to October 26, 2010. On October 27, 2010, the Company acquired the remaining equity interest in CW Media as part of its purchase of all the broadcasting assets of Canwest. Results of operations are consolidated effective October 27, 2010. The remaining equity income is in respect of interests in several specialty channels.Loss from discontinued operationsDuring the fourth quarter of 2011, the Company discontinued further construction of its traditional wireless network and accordingly, all traditional wireless activities in the comparative year have been classified as discontinued operations.RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIESThe significant risks and uncertainties affecting the Company and its business are discussed in the Company's August 31, 2011 Annual Report under the Introduction to the Business - Known Events, Trends, Risks and Uncertainties in Management's Discussion and Analysis. FINANCIAL POSITIONTotal assets at February 29, 2012 were relatively unchanged from August 31, 2011 at $12.6 billion. Following is a discussion of significant changes in the consolidated statement of financial position since August 31, 2011. Current assets decreased $197 million primarily due to decreases in cash of $286 million and assets held for sale of $15 million partially offset by increases in accounts receivable of $41 million, inventories of $43 million and other current assets of $21 million. Cash decreased as the cash outlay for investing and financing activities exceeded the funds provided by operations. Assets held for sale decreased as the sale of the wireless assets was completed during the first quarter. Accounts receivable were up primarily due to higher advertising revenue during the second quarter of the current year in comparison to the fourth quarter of the prior year and higher subscriber receivables including the impact of customer equipment financing. Inventories were higher due to timing of equipment purchases while other current assets were up primarily as a result of increases in program rights and prepaid maintenance and support contracts. Investments increased $10 million primarily due to purchase of a minor investment. Property, plant and equipment increased $72 million as current year capital investment exceeded amortization.Other long-term assets were up $70 million primarily due to an increase in deferred equipment costs.Intangibles increased $43 million due to higher program rights and advances. Program rights and advances (current and noncurrent) increased as advances and additional investment in acquired rights exceeded the amortization for the current year.Current liabilities were up $263 million due to increases in income taxes payable of $32 million and current portion of long-term debt of $449 million partially offset by decreases in accounts payable and accrued liabilities of $49 million, other current liability of $161 million and derivative instruments of $8 million. Income taxes payable increased due to the current year provision partially offset by tax installment payments. The current portion of long-term debt increased and long-term debt decreased due to the reclassification of the 6.1% $450 million senior notes which are due in November 2012. Accounts payable and accrued liabilities decreased due to lower trade and other payables primarily in respect of timing of payment of capital expenditures. The other liability decreased due to settlement of previously amended cross-currency interest rate agreements and derivative instruments decreased due to settlement of contracts. Deferred credits were up $16 million due to an increase in deferred equipment revenue.Deferred income tax liabilities, net of deferred income tax assets, decreased $45 million due to the current year recovery.Shareholders' equity increased $212 million primarily due to increases in share capital of $58 million, retained earnings of $146 million and non-controlling interests of $7 million. Share capital increased due to the issuance of 2,952,331 Class B Non-Voting Shares under the Company's option plan and Dividend Reinvestment Plan ("DRIP"). As of March 31, 2012, share capital is as reported at February 29, 2012 with the exception of the issuance of a total of 491,315 Class B Non-Voting Shares under the DRIP and upon exercise of options under the Company's option plan subsequent to the quarter end. Retained earnings increased due to current year earnings of $361 million partially offset by dividends of $215 million while non-controlling interests increased as their share of earnings exceeded the distributions declared during the year.LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCESIn the current year, the Company generated $176 million of free cash flow. Shaw used its free cash flow along with cash of $286 million and proceeds on issuance of Class B Non-Voting Shares of $10 million to fund the $162 million on settlement of amended cross-currency interest rate agreements, pay common share dividends of $155 million, fund the net change in working capital requirements and inventory of $90 million, invest an additional net $49 million in program rights, purchase an investment for $9 million and fund other items totaling $7 million. During the current quarter, the Company entered into a five-year $1 billion bank credit facility which matures in January 2017. This facility replaces the prior credit facility which was scheduled to mature in May 2012. The new facility will be used for general corporate purposes.On November 29, 2011 Shaw received the approval of the TSX to renew its normal course issuer bid to purchase its Class B Non-Voting Shares for a further one year period. The Company is authorized to acquire up to 20,000,000 Class B Non-Voting Shares during the period December 1, 2011 to November 30, 2012. No shares have been repurchased during the current year.The Company issues Class B Non-Voting Shares from treasury under its DRIP which resulted in cash savings and incremental Class B Non-Voting Shares of $47 million during the six months ending February 29, 2012.Based on available credit facilities and forecasted free cash flow, the Company expects to have sufficient liquidity to fund operations and obligations during the current fiscal year. On a longer-term basis, Shaw expects to generate free cash flow and have borrowing capacity sufficient to finance foreseeable future business plans and refinance maturing debt. CASH FLOWOperating ActivitiesThree months endedSix months endedFebruary 29, 2012February 28, 2011Change %February 29, 2012February 28, 2011Change %($millions Cdn)Funds flow from continuing operations164384(57.3)520649(19.9)Net decrease (increase) in non-cash working capital balances related to continuing operations40(44)>(100.0)(7) (244) (97.1)204340(40.0)51340526.7Funds flow from continuing operations decreased over the comparative quarter due to lower operating income before amortization adjusted for non-cash program rights expenses, higher program rights purchases and the settlement of the amended cross-currency interest rate agreements in the current year. Funds flow from continuing operations decreased over the comparative six month period as the higher operating income before amortization adjusted for non-cash program rights expenses in the current year and charges in the prior year for termination of swap contracts and business acquisition, integration and restructuring expenses were more than offset by the combined impact of the settlement of the amended cross-currency interest rate agreements as well as higher interest, current income taxes, program rights purchases and CRTC benefit obligation funding in the current year. The net change in non-cash working capital balances related to continuing operations fluctuated over the comparative periods due to fluctuations in accounts receivable and the timing of payment of current income taxes payable and accounts payable and accrued liabilities.Investing ActivitiesThree months endedSix months endedFebruary 29, 2012February 28, 2011IncreaseFebruary 29, 2012February 28, 2011 Decrease($millions Cdn)Cash flow used in investing activities(320)(191)129(625)(894)(269)The cash used in investing activities increased over the comparable quarter primarily due to higher capital expenditures in the current period. The cash used in investing activities decreased over the comparable six month period due to amounts paid to complete the Media business acquisition in the first quarter of 2011 partially offset by the aforementioned higher capital expenditures in the current year.Financing ActivitiesThe changes in financing activities during the comparative periods were as follows:Three months endedSix months endedFebruary 29, 2012February 28, 2011February 29, 2012February 28, 2011($millions Cdn)Bank loans and bank indebtedness - net borrowings (repayments)-(925)- 75Bank credit facility arrangement costs(4)-(4)-Issuance of Cdn $500 million 5.50% senior notes-498-498Issuance of Cdn $800 million 6.75% senior notes-779-779Senior notes issuance costs-(7)-(7)Repayment of CW Media US $390 million term loan---(395)Repurchase US $56 million of CW Media 13.5% senior notes-(56)- (56)Senior notes repurchase premium-(1)-(1)Dividends(83)(95)(163)(191)Issue of Class B Non-Voting Shares361024Distributions paid to non-controlling interests(4)(5)(14)(5)(88)194(171)721SUPPLEMENTARY QUARTERLY FINANCIAL INFORMATION RevenueOperating income before amortization (1)Net income from continuing operations attributable to common shareholdersNet income attributable to common shareholders Net income(2)Basic earnings per share from continuing operations(3)Basic earnings per share(4)($millions Cdn except per share amounts)IFRS2012Second1,2314931691691780.380.38First1,2795661921922020.430.432011Fourth1,18148116481840.380.19Third1,2855861971952010.450.45Second1,1965051661631690.380.37First1,0794791312160.030.03Canadian GAAP2010Fourth9394241231221220.280.28Third9444361581581580.370.37(1) See definition and discussion under Key Performance Drivers in MD&A. (2) Net income attributable to both common shareholders and non-controlling interests. (3) Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations is the same as basic earnings per share from continuing operations except in the fourth quarter of 2011 where it is $0.37. (4) Diluted earnings per share is the same as basic earnings per share except in the fourth quarter of 2011 where it is $0.18. Generally, revenue and operating income before amortization have grown quarter-over-quarter mainly due to customer growth and rate increases with the exception of the fourth quarters of 2010 and 2011 and second quarter of 2012. In the second quarter of 2012, revenue and operating income before amortization decreased by $48 million and $73 million, respectively due to the seasonality of the Media business with higher revenues in the first quarter driven by the fall launch of season premieres and high demand as well as lower operating income before amortization in the Cable division. Operating expenses increased in the second quarter which included employee related costs, mainly related to bringing the new customer service centres on line, as well as higher marketing, sales and programming costs. In the fourth quarter of 2011, revenue and operating income before amortization declined $104 million and $105 million, respectively, due to the cyclical nature of the Media business with lower advertising revenues in the summer months. In the fourth quarter of 2010, revenue and operating income before amortization declined by $5 million and $12 million, respectively, due to customer growth offset by timing of On-Demand events, increased promotional activity and timing of certain expenses including maintenance and costs related to customer growth. Net income has fluctuated quarter-over-quarter primarily as a result of the growth in operating income before amortization described above and the impact of the net change in non-operating items. In the second quarter of 2012, net income decreased by $24 million due to a decline in operating income before amortization of $73 million partially offset by lower income tax expense of $53 million. Net income increased by $118 million in the first quarter of 2012 due to the combined impact of higher operating income before amortization of $85 million and income tax expense of $18 million in the first quarter and the loss from discontinued operations of $84 million and gain on redemption of debt of $23 million recorded in the preceding quarter. The first and second quarters of 2011 were impacted by the Media acquisition. As a result, net income declined by $106 million in the first quarter of 2011 as the higher operating income before amortization of $55 million due to the contribution from the new Media division and lower income taxes of $22 million were offset by the CRTC benefit obligation of $139 million and acquisition, integration and restructuring costs of $58 million. Net income increased $153 million in the second quarter of 2011 due to the impact of the broadcasting business acquisition in the immediately preceding quarter and higher operating income before amortization and foreign exchange gain on unhedged long-term debt, the total of which was partially offset by increases in interest expense, loss on derivative instruments and income tax expense. During the third quarter of 2011 net income increased by $32 million due to higher operating income before amortization and a lower loss on derivative instruments partially offset by increased income taxes, a lower foreign exchange gain on unhedged long-term debt and the impact of the restructuring activities undertaken by the Company. In the fourth quarter of 2011 net income declined $117 million due to lower operating income before amortization of $105 million and the loss of $83 million in respect of the wireless discontinued operations partially offset by the gain on redemption of debt and the aforementioned restructuring activities in the previous quarter. Net income declined $36 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 due to lower operating income before amortization of $12 million and higher amortization expense of $15 million. As a result of the aforementioned changes in net income, basic and diluted earnings per share have trended accordingly. ACCOUNTING STANDARDSUpdate to critical accounting policies and estimatesThe MD&A included in the Company's August 31, 2011 Annual Report outlined critical accounting policies including key estimates and assumptions that management has made under these policies and how they affect the amounts reported in the Consolidated Financial Statements. The MD&A also describes significant accounting policies where alternatives exist.On September 1, 2011 with the adoption of IFRS the critical accounting policies have been updated to conform with this adoption. Refer to Note 2 of the Company's unaudited interim consolidated financial statements for a detailed discussion regarding the Company's significant accounting policies, application of critical accounting estimates and recent accounting pronouncements. Adoption of recent accounting pronouncementsIn February 2008, the CICA Accounting Standards Board confirmed that Canadian publicly accountable enterprises would be required to adopt IFRS, as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board, for fiscal periods beginning on or after January 1, 2011. These standards required the Company to begin reporting under IFRS in the first quarter of fiscal 2012 with comparative data for the prior year. Refer to note 13 to the unaudited interim consolidated financial statements for a summary of the differences between financial statements previously prepared under Canadian GAAP and those prepared under IFRS as at September 1, 2010, for the three and six months ended February 28, 2011 and as at and for the year ended August 31, 2011. Recent accounting pronouncements:The Company has not yet adopted certain standards, interpretations and amendments that have been issued but are not yet effective. Unless otherwise indicated, the following standards are required to be applied for periods beginning on or after September 1, 2013. The following pronouncements are being assessed to determine their impact on the Company's results and financial position. IFRS 9, Financial Instruments, is required to be applied for annual periods commencing September 1, 2015 Other than for the disclosure requirements therein, the requirements of the following standards and amended standards must be initially applied concurrently: IFRS 10, Consolidated Financial StatementsIFRS 11, Joint ArrangementsIFRS 12, Disclosure of Interests in Other EntitiesIAS 27, Separate Financial Statements (amended 2011) IAS 28, Investments in Associates (amended 2011) IFRS 13, Fair Value MeasurementIAS 12, Income Taxes (amended 2011), is required to be applied for periods beginning on or after September 1, 2012 IAS 19, Employee Benefits (amended 2011) IAS 1, Presentation of Financial Statements, amendments regarding presentation of items of other comprehensive income and is required to be applied for annual periods commencing September 1, 2012 2012 GUIDANCEThe Company is revising its preliminary view with respect to 2012 guidance and now expects to deliver consolidated free cash flow of approximately $450 million. Instead of continued growth in operating income before amortization across all divisions, the Company now anticipates a marginal decline in Cable operating income before amortization year-over-year, modest growth in Satellite, and consistent operating income before amortization on a full year-over-year comparative basis in Media. The Company expects moderate revenue growth in Cable and Satellite and consistent revenue on a full year-over-year comparative basis in Media. For the remainder of this year the Company plans to continue to execute on and invest in the various strategic initiatives including the DNU and Wi-Fi build with capital investment expected to exceed 2011 spend levels (excluding wireless).Certain important assumptions for 2012 guidance purposes include: continued overall customer growth; stable pricing environment for Shaw's products relative to current rates; no significant market disruption or other significant changes in economic conditions, competition or regulation that would have a material impact; stable advertising demand and rates; cash income taxes to be paid or payable in 2012; and a stable regulatory environment. See the following section entitled "Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements".CAUTION CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTSStatements included in this MD&A that are not historic constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about future capital expenditures, financial guidance for future performance, business strategies and measures to implement strategies, competitive strengths, expansion and growth of Shaw's business and operations and other goals and plans. They can generally be identified by words such as "anticipate", "believe", "expect", "plan", "intend", "target", "goal" and similar expressions (although not all forward-looking statements contain such words). All of the forward-looking statements made in this report are qualified by these cautionary statements.Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and analyses made by Shaw in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments as well as other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances as of the current date. These assumptions include, but are not limited to, general economic and industry growth rates, currency exchange rates, technology deployment, content and equipment costs, industry structure and stability, government regulation and the integration of recent acquisitions. Many of these assumptions are confidential.You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Many factors, including those not within Shaw's control, may cause Shaw's actual results to be materially different from the views expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, general economic, market or business conditions; opportunities that may be presented to and pursued by Shaw; Shaw's ability to execute its strategic plans; changing conditions in the entertainment, information and communications industries; industry trends; changes in the competitive environment in the markets in which Shaw operates and from the development of new markets for emerging technologies; changes in laws, regulations and decisions by regulators that affect Shaw or the markets in which it operates in both Canada and the United States; Shaw's status as a holding company with separate operating subsidiaries; and other factors referenced in this report under the heading "Risks and uncertainties". The foregoing is not an exhaustive list of all possible factors. Should one or more of these risks materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein.The Corporation provides certain financial guidance for future performance as the Corporation believes that certain investors, analysts and others utilize this and other forward-looking information in order to assess the Company's expected operational and financial performance and as an indicator of its ability to service debt and return cash to shareholders. The Company's financial guidance may not be appropriate for this or other purposes. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it was originally made and, except as required by law, Shaw expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement to reflect any change in related assumptions, events, conditions or circumstances.CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION(unaudited)[millions of Canadian dollars]February 29, 2012 August 31, 2011 September 1, 2010[Note 13][Note 13]ASSETSCurrentCash157443217Accounts receivable484443196Inventories1409754Other current assets1038234Derivative instruments1267Assets held for sale-15-8851,082568Investments and other assets2313743Property, plant and equipment3,2723,2003,005Other long-term assets328258233Assets held for sale11-Deferred income tax assets [note 14]2130-Intangibles7,3357,2925,596Goodwill71271216912,57712,58810,314LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITYCurrentAccounts payable and accrued liabilities829878700Provisions181819Income taxes payable156124249Unearned revenue155155145Current portion of long-term debt [note 7]45011Current portion of derivative instruments-880Other liability [note 12]-161-1,6081,3451,194Long-term debt [note 7]4,8105,2563,982Other long-term liabilities [notes 12 and 14]505507429Provisions88-Derivative instruments--7Deferred credits646630632Deferred income tax liabilities [note 14]1,1101,1641,0658,6878,9107,309Shareholders' equity [notes 8 and 10]Common and preferred shareholders3,6113,4063,005Non-controlling interests279272-3,8903,6783,00512,57712,58810,314See accompanying notesCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME(unaudited)Three months endedSix months ended[millions of Canadian dollars except per share amounts]February 29, 2012February 28, 2011February 29, 2012February 28, 2011[Note 13][Note 13]Revenue [note 3]1,2311,1962,5102,275Operating, general and administrative expenses [note 4]7386911,4511,291Operating income before amortization [note 3]4935051,059984Amortization:Deferred equipment revenue28265653Deferred equipment costs(57)(50)(110)(102)Property, plant and equipment, intangibles and other(178)(168)(347)(323)Operating income286313658612Amortization of financing costs - long-term debt(1)(1)(2)(2)Interest expense [notes 3 and 5](83)(85)(165)(154)202227491456Gain on repurchase of debt-10-10CRTC benefit obligation---(139)Business acquisition, integration and restructuring expenses-(3)-(61)Gain (loss) on derivative instruments1(22)1(23)Accretion of long-term liabilities and provisions(3)(4)(7)(6)Foreign exchange gain on unhedged long-term debt-20-23Other gains (losses)15(5)7Income before income taxes201233480267Current income tax expense [note 3]6260146115Deferred income tax expense (recovery)(38)1(45)(23)Income before the following177172379175Equity income from associates1-114Net income from continuing operations178172380189Loss from discontinued operations [note 6]-(3)-(4)Net income178169380185Net income attributable to:Common shareholders169163361175Non-controlling interests961910178169380185Earnings per share - basic [note 9]Earnings per share from continuing operations0.380.380.810.41Loss per share from discontinued operations-(0.01)-(0.01)Earnings per share0.380.370.810.40Earnings per share - diluted [note 9]Earnings per share from continuing operations0.380.380.800.41Loss per share from discontinued operations-(0.01)-(0.01)Earnings per share0.380.370.800.40See accompanying notesCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (unaudited)Three months endedSix months ended[millions of Canadian dollars]February 29, 2012February 28, 2011February 29, 2012February 28, 2011[Note 13][Note 13]Net income178169380185Other comprehensive income (loss) [note 10]Change in unrealized fair value of derivatives designated as cash flow hedges(2)(5)- (13)Adjustment for hedged items recognized in the period-1(1)1Actuarial losses on employee benefit plans---(8)(2)(4)(1)(20)Comprehensive income176165379165Comprehensive income attributable to:Common shareholders167159360155Non-controlling interests961910176165379165See accompanying notesCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY(unaudited)Six months ended February 29, 2012Attributable to common shareholders[millions of Canadian dollars]Share capitalContributed surplusRetained earningsAccumulated other comprehensive loss TotalEquity attributable to non-controlling interestsTotal equityBalance as at September 1, 20112,63373729(29)3,4062723,678Net income--361-36119380Other comprehensive loss---(1)(1)-(1)Comprehensive income (loss)--361(1)36019379Dividends--(168)-(168)-(168)Dividend reinvestment plan47-(47)----Shares issued under stock option plan11(1)--10-10Share-based compensation-3--3-3Distributions declared by subsidiaries to non-controlling interests-----(12)(12)Balance as at February 29, 20122,69175875(30)3,6112793,890Six months ended February 28, 2011Attributable to common shareholders[millions of Canadian dollars]Share capitalContributed surplusRetained earningsAccumulated other comprehensive income (loss) TotalEquity attributable to non-controlling interestsTotal equityBalance as at September 1, 20102,2506767993,005-3,005Business acquisition-----277277Net income--175-17510185Other comprehensive loss---(20)(20)-(20)Comprehensive income (loss)--175(20)15510165Dividends--(196)-(196)-(196)Shares issued under stock option plan27(3) - - 24 - 24Share-based compensation-7--7-7Distributions declared by subsidiaries to non-controlling interests-- - - - (5) (5)Balance as at February 28, 20112,27771 658 (11) 2,995 282 3,277See accompanying notesCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(unaudited)Three months endedSix months ended[millions of Canadian dollars]February 29, 2012February 28, 2011February 29, 2012February 28, 2011OPERATING ACTIVITIES [note 11]Funds flow from continuing operations164384520649Net decrease (increase) in non-cash working capital balances related to continuing operations40(44)(7)(244)204340513405INVESTING ACTIVITIESAdditions to property, plant and equipment [note 3](227)(153)(440)(361)Additions to equipment costs (net) [note 3](47)(26)(105)(55)Additions to other intangibles [note 3](17)(5)(36)(31)Net addition to inventories(20)(9)(43)(36)Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired---(420)Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment [note 3]--87Proceeds from (addition to) investments and other assets(9)2(9)2(320)(191)(625)(894)FINANCING ACTIVITIESIncrease in long-term debt, net of discounts-1,352-2,352Senior notes issuance costs-(7)-(7)Debt repayments-(1,056)-(1,451)Senior notes repurchase premium-(1)-(1)Bank credit facility arrangement costs(4)-(4)-Issue of Class B Non-Voting Shares [note 8]361024Dividends paid on Class A Shares and Class B Non-Voting Shares [note 8](79)(95)(155)(191)Dividends paid on Preferred Shares [note 8](4)-(8)-Distributions paid to non-controlling interests(4)(5)(14)(5)(88)194(171)721Increase (decrease) in cash from continuing operations(204)343(283)232Decrease in cash from discontinued operations [note 6](2)(46)(3)(110)Increase (decrease) in cash(206)297(286)122Cash, beginning of the period36342443217Cash, ending of the period157339157339See accompanying notesNOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS(unaudited)February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011 (all amounts in millions of Canadian dollars, except share and per share amounts)1. CORPORATE INFORMATIONShaw Communications Inc. (the "Company") is a diversified Canadian communications company whose core operating business is providing broadband cable television services, Internet, Digital Phone, and telecommunications services ("Cable"); Direct-to-home ("DTH") satellite services (Shaw Direct); satellite distribution services ("Satellite Services"); and programming content (through Shaw Media).The Company was incorporated under the laws of the Province of Alberta on December 9, 1966 under the name Capital Cable Television Co. Ltd. and was subsequently continued under the Business Corporations Act (Alberta) on March 1, 1984 under the name Shaw Cablesystems Ltd. Its name was changed to Shaw Communications Inc. on May 12, 1993. The Company's shares are listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges. The registered office of the Company is located at Suite 900, 630 - 3rd Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2P 4L4.2. BASIS OF PRESENTATION AND ACCOUNTING POLICIESStatement of complianceThese condensed interim consolidated financial statements of the Company have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and in compliance with International Accounting Standard ("IAS") 34 Interim Financial Reporting and IFRS 1 First-time Adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS 1") as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board ("IASB") and using the accounting policies the Company expects to adopt in its consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ended August 31, 2012. An explanation of how the transition to IFRS has affected the Company's consolidated financial statements is provided in note 13. The accounting policies are based on standards currently issued and effective for the Company's first annual IFRS reporting period. Accounting policies currently adopted under IFRS are subject to potential change as a result of either a new accounting standard being issued with an effective date of August 31, 2012 or prior, or as a result of a voluntary change in accounting policy made by the Company during fiscal 2012.The notes presented in these condensed interim consolidated financial statements include only significant events and transactions occurring since the Company's last fiscal year end and are not fully inclusive of all matters required to be disclosed in the Company's annual consolidated financial statements. Annual required disclosures that have been significantly impacted by the transition to IFRS are included in note 14 for the year ended August 31, 2011. As a result, these condensed interim consolidated financial statements should also be read in conjunction with the Company's consolidated financial statements prepared under Canadian GAAP for the year ended August 31, 2011 and the IFRS transition disclosures included in note 13.The condensed interim consolidated financial statements of the Company for the three and six months ended February 29, 2012, were authorized for issue in accordance with a resolution of the Board of Directors on April 12, 2012. Basis of presentationThese condensed interim consolidated financial statements have been prepared primarily under the historical cost convention and are expressed in millions of Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated. Other measurement bases used are outlined in the applicable notes below. The condensed interim consolidated statements of income are presented using the nature classification for expenses. Basis of consolidationThe condensed interim consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and those of its subsidiaries. Intercompany transactions and balances are eliminated on consolidation. The results of operations of subsidiaries acquired during the period are included from their respective dates of acquisition. The accounts also include the Company's proportionate share of the assets, liabilities, revenues, and expenses of its interests in joint ventures which includes a 33.33% interest in the Burrard Landing Lot 2 Holdings Partnership and 50% interest in three specialty television channels.Non-controlling interests arise from business combinations in which the Company acquires less than 100% interest. At the time of acquisition, non-controlling interests are measured at either fair value or their proportionate share of the fair value of acquiree's identifiable assets. The Company determines the measurement basis on a transaction by transaction basis. Subsequent to acquisition, the carrying amount of non-controlling interests is increased or decreased for their share of changes in equity. Investments and other assetsInvestments in associates are accounted for using the equity method based on the Company's ability to exercise significant influence over the operating and financial policies of the investee. Investments of this nature are recorded at original cost and adjusted periodically to recognize the Company's proportionate share of the associate's net income or losses after the date of investment, additional contributions made and dividends received. Investments are written down when there has been a significant or prolonged decline in fair value. Revenue and expenses The Company has multiple deliverable arrangements comprised of upfront fees (subscriber connection and installation fee revenue and/or customer premise equipment revenue) and related subscription revenue. Upfront fees charged to customers do not constitute separate units of accounting, therefore these revenue streams are assessed as an integrated package.(i) RevenueRevenue from cable, Internet, Digital Phone and DTH customers includes subscriber revenue earned as services are provided. Satellite distribution services and telecommunications service revenue is recognized in the period in which the services are rendered to customers. Affiliate subscriber revenue is recognized monthly based on subscriber levels. Advertising revenues are recognized in the period in which the advertisements are broadcast and recorded net of agency commissions as these amounts are paid directly to the agency or advertiser. When a sales arrangement includes multiple advertising spots, the proceeds are allocated to individual advertising spots under the arrangement based on relative fair values.Subscriber connection fees received from customers are deferred and recognized as revenue on a straight-line basis over two years. Direct and incremental initial selling, administrative and connection costs related to subscriber acquisitions are recognized as an operating expense as incurred. The costs of physically connecting a new home are capitalized as part of the distribution system and costs of disconnections are expensed as incurred.Installation revenue received on contracts with commercial business customers is deferred and recognized as revenue on a straight-line basis over the related service contract, which generally span two to ten years. Direct and incremental costs associated with the service contract, in an amount not exceeding the upfront installation revenue, are deferred and recognized as an operating expense on a straight-line basis over the same period.(ii) Deferred equipment revenue and deferred equipment costsRevenue from sales of DTH equipment and digital cable terminals ("DCTs") is deferred and recognized on a straight-line basis over two years commencing when subscriber service is activated. The total cost of the equipment, including installation, represents an inventoriable cost which is deferred and recognized on a straight-line basis over the same period. The DCT and DTH equipment is generally sold to customers at cost or a subsidized price in order to expand the Company's customer base. Revenue from sales of satellite tracking hardware and costs of goods sold are deferred and recognized on a straight-line basis over the related service contract for monthly service charges for air time, which is generally five years. The amortization of the revenue and cost of sale of satellite service equipment commences when goods are shipped.Recognition of deferred equipment revenue and deferred equipment costs is recorded as deferred equipment revenue amortization and deferred equipment costs amortization, respectively.(iii) Deferred IRU revenuePrepayments received under indefeasible right to use ("IRU") agreements are amortized on a straight-line basis into income over the term of the agreement and included in amortization of property, plant and equipment, intangibles and other in the consolidated statements of income. CashCash is presented net of outstanding cheques. When the amount of outstanding cheques and the amount drawn under the Company's operating facility are greater than the amount of cash, the net amount is presented as bank indebtedness.Allowance for doubtful accountsThe Company maintains an allowance for doubtful accounts for the estimated losses resulting from the inability of its customers to make required payments. In determining the allowance, the Company considers factors such as the number of days the account is past due, whether or not the customer continues to receive service, the Company's past collection history and changes in business circumstances. Inventories Inventories include subscriber equipment such as DCTs and DTH receivers, which are held pending rental or sale at cost or at a subsidized price. When subscriber equipment is sold, the equipment revenue and equipment costs are deferred and amortized over two years. When the subscriber equipment is rented, it is transferred to property, plant and equipment and amortized over its useful life. Inventories are determined on a first-in, first-out basis, and are stated at cost due to the eventual capital nature as either an addition to property, plant and equipment or deferred equipment costs. Property, plant and equipmentProperty, plant and equipment are recorded at purchase cost. Direct labour and other directly attributable costs incurred to construct new assets, upgrade existing assets and connect new subscribers are capitalized and borrowing costs on qualifying assets for which the commencement date is on or after September 1, 2010 are also capitalized. As well, any asset removal and site restoration costs in connection with the retirement of assets are capitalized. Repairs and maintenance expenditures are charged to operating expense as incurred. Amortization is recorded on a straight-line basis over the estimated useful lives of assets as follows:AssetEstimated useful lifeCable and telecommunications distribution system6-15 yearsDigital cable terminals and modems2-7 yearsSatellite audio, video and data network equipment and DTH receiving equipment4-10 yearsTransmitters, broadcasting and communication equipment5-15 yearsBuildings20-40 yearsData processing3-4 yearsOther3-20 yearsThe Company reviews the estimates of lives and useful lives on a regular basis.Assets held for sale and discontinued operationsAssets are classified as held for sale when specific criteria are met and are measured at the lower of carrying amount and estimated fair value less costs to sell. Assets held for sale are not amortized and are reported separately on the statement of financial position. The operating results of a component that has been disposed of or is classified as held for sale are reported as discontinued operations if the operations and cash flows of the component have been, or will be, eliminated from the company's ongoing operations and if the company does not have significant continuing involvement in the operations of the component after the disposal transaction. A component of a company includes operations and cash flows that can be clearly distinguished, operationally and for financial reporting purposes, from the rest of a company's operations and cash flows. The Company does not allocate interest to discontinued operations.Other long-term assetsOther long-term assets primarily include (i) equipment costs, as described in the revenue and expenses accounting policy, deferred and amortized on a straight-line basis over two to five years; (ii) credit facility arrangement fees amortized on a straight-line basis over the term of the facility; (iii) long-term receivables; and (iv) the non-current portion of prepaid maintenance and support contracts.IntangiblesThe excess of the cost of acquiring cable, satellite and media businesses over the fair value of related net identifiable tangible and intangible assets acquired is allocated to goodwill. Net identifiable intangible assets acquired consist of amounts allocated to broadcast rights, trademarks, brands, program rights, material agreements and software assets. Broadcast rights, trademarks and brands represent identifiable assets with indefinite useful lives. Spectrum licenses were acquired in Industry Canada's auction of licenses for advanced wireless services and have an indefinite life.Program rights represent licensed rights acquired to broadcast television programs on the Company's conventional and specialty television channels and program advances are in respect of payments for programming prior to the window license start date. For licensed rights, the Company records a liability for program rights and corresponding asset when the license period has commenced and all of the following conditions have been met: (i) the cost of the program is known or reasonably determinable, (ii) the program material has been accepted by the Company in accordance with the license agreement and (iii) the material is available to the Company for telecast. Program rights are expensed on a systematic basis generally over the estimated exhibition period as the programs are aired and are included in operating, general and administrative expenses. Program rights are segregated on the Statement of Financial Position between current and noncurrent based on expected life at time of acquisition.Software that is not an integral part of the related hardware is classified as an intangible asset. Internally developed software assets are recorded at historical cost and include direct material and labour costs as well as borrowing costs on qualifying assets for which the commencement date is on or after September 1, 2010. Software assets are amortized on a straight-line basis over estimated useful lives ranging from four to ten years. The Company reviews the estimates of lives and useful lives on a regular basis. Borrowing costsThe Company capitalizes borrowing costs on qualifying assets, for which the commencement date is on or after September 1, 2010, that take more than one year to construct or develop using the Company's weighted average cost of borrowing. Impairment(i) Goodwill and indefinite-life intangible assetsGoodwill and indefinite-life intangibles assets, such as broadcast rights, are tested annually (as at March 1) and assessed at each reporting period to determine whether there is an indication that the carrying value may be impaired. The recoverable amount of each cash-generating unit ("CGU") is determined based on the higher of the CGU's fair value less costs to sell and its value in use. A CGU is the smallest identifiable group of assets that generate cash flows that are independent of the cash inflows from other assets or groups of assets. Where the recoverable amount of the CGU is less than its carrying amount, an impairment loss is recognized. Impairment losses relating to goodwill cannot be reversed in future periods.(ii) Non-financial assets with finite useful livesFor non-financial assets, such as property, plant and equipment and finite-lived intangible assets, an assessment is made at each reporting date as to whether there is an indication that an asset may be impaired. If any indication exists, the recoverable amount of the asset is determined based on the higher of the fair value less costs to sell and value in use. Where the carrying amount of the asset exceeds its recoverable amount, the asset is considered impaired and written down to its recoverable amount. Previously recognized impairment losses are reviewed for possible reversal at each reporting date and all or a portion of the impairment reversed if the asset's value has increased. CRTC benefit obligationsThe fair value of CRTC benefit obligations committed as part of business acquisitions are initially recorded, on a discounted basis, at the present value of amounts to be paid net of any expected incremental cash inflows. The obligation is subsequently adjusted for the incurrence of related expenditures, the passage of time and for revisions to the timing of the cash flows. Changes in the obligation due to the passage of time are recorded as accretion of long-term liabilities and provisions in the income statement. ProvisionsProvisions are recognized when the Company has a present obligation (legal or constructive) as a result of a past event, it is probable that an outflow of resources embodying economic benefits will be required to settle the obligation and a reliable estimate can be made of the amount of the obligation. Provisions are measured using the best estimate of the expenditure required to settle the present obligation at the end of the reporting period, taking into account risks and uncertainties associated with the obligation. Provisions are discounted where the time value of money is considered material. (i) Asset retirement obligationsThe Company recognizes the fair value of a liability for an asset retirement obligation in the period in which it is incurred, on a discounted basis, with a corresponding increase to the carrying amount of property and equipment, primarily in respect of transmitter sites. This cost is amortized on the same basis as the related asset. The liability is subsequently increased for the passage of time and the accretion is recorded in the income statement as accretion of long-term liabilities and provisions. The discount rates applied are subsequently adjusted to current rates as required at the end of reporting periods. Revisions due to the estimated timing of cash flows or the amount required to settle the obligation may result in an increase or decrease in the liability. Actual costs incurred upon settlement of the obligation are charged against the liability to the extent recorded. (ii) Other provisionsProvisions for disputes, legal claims and contingencies are recognized when warranted. The Company establishes provisions after taking into consideration legal assessments (if applicable), expected availability of insurance or other recourse and other available information. Deferred credits Deferred credits primarily include: (i) prepayments received under IRU agreements amortized on a straight-line basis into income over the term of the agreement; (ii) equipment revenue, as described in the revenue and expenses accounting policy, deferred and amortized over two years to five years; (iii) connection fee revenue and upfront installation revenue, as described in the revenue and expenses accounting policy, deferred and amortized over two to ten years; and (iv) a deposit on a future fibre sale.Income taxesThe Company accounts for income taxes using the liability method, whereby deferred income tax assets and liabilities are determined based on differences between the financial reporting and tax bases of assets and liabilities measured using substantively enacted tax rates and laws that will be in effect when the differences are expected to reverse. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are offset if there is a legally enforceable right to offset and they relate to income taxes levied by the same authority in the same taxable entity. Income tax expense for the period is the tax payable for the period using tax rates substantively enacted at the reporting date, any adjustments to taxes payable in respect of previous years and any change during the period in deferred income tax assets and liabilities, except to the extent that they relate to a business combination, items recognized directly in equity or in other comprehensive income. The Company records interest and penalties related to income taxes in income tax expense.Tax credits and government grantsThe Company has access to a government program which supports local programming produced by conventional television stations. In addition, the Company receives tax credits primarily related to its research and development activities. Government financial assistance is recognized when management has reasonable assurance that the conditions of the government programs are met and accounted for as a reduction of related costs, whether capitalized and amortized or expensed in the period the costs are incurred. Foreign currency translationTransactions originating in foreign currencies are translated into Canadian dollars at the exchange rate at the date of the transaction. Monetary assets and liabilities are translated at the period-end rate of exchange and non-monetary items are translated at historic exchange rates. Exchange gains and losses on translating hedged and unhedged long-term debt are included in the consolidated statements of income. Foreign exchange gains and losses on hedging derivatives are reclassified from other comprehensive income (loss) to income to offset the foreign exchange adjustments on hedged long-term debt. Financial instruments other than derivativesFinancial instruments have been classified as loans and receivables, assets available-for-sale, assets held-for-trading or financial liabilities. Cash has been classified as held-for-trading and is recorded at fair value with any change in fair value immediately recognized in income (loss). Other financial assets are classified as available-for-sale or as loans and receivables. Available-for-sale assets are carried at fair value with changes in fair value recorded in other comprehensive income (loss) until realized. Loans and receivables and financial liabilities are carried at amortized cost. None of the Company's financial assets are classified as held-to-maturity and none of its financial liabilities are classified as held-for-trading. Certain private investments where market value is not readily determinable are carried at cost net of write-downs and are included in Investments and other assets in the Statement of Financial Position. Finance costs, discounts and proceeds on bond forward contracts associated with the issuance of debt securities and fair value adjustments to debt assumed in business acquisitions are netted against the related debt instrument and amortized to income using the effective interest rate method. Accordingly, long-term debt accretes over time to the principal amount that will be owing at maturity. Derivative financial instrumentsThe Company uses derivative financial instruments to manage risks from fluctuations in foreign exchange rates and interest rates. These instruments include cross-currency interest rate exchange agreements, foreign currency forward purchase contracts and bond forward contracts. All derivative financial instruments are recorded at fair value in the statement of financial position. Where permissible, the Company accounts for these financial instruments as hedges which ensures that counterbalancing gains and losses are recognized in income in the same period. With hedge accounting, changes in the fair value of derivative financial instruments designated as cash flow hedges are recorded in other comprehensive income (loss) until the variability of cash flows relating to the hedged asset or liability is recognized in income (loss). When an anticipated transaction is subsequently recorded as a non-financial asset, the amounts recognized in other comprehensive income (loss) are reclassified to the initial carrying amount of the related asset. Where hedge accounting is not permissible or derivatives are not designated in a hedging relationship, they are classified as held-for-trading and the changes in fair value are immediately recognized in income (loss).Instruments that have been entered into by the Company to hedge exposure to foreign exchange and interest rate risk are reviewed on a regular basis to ensure the hedges are still effective and that hedge accounting continues to be appropriate. Derivatives embedded in other financial instruments or contracts are separated from their host contracts and separately accounted for as derivatives when their economic characteristics and risks are not closely related to the host contract, they meet the definition of a derivative and the combined instrument or contract is not measured at fair value. The Company records embedded derivatives at fair value with changes recognized in the income statement as loss/gain on derivative instruments.Employee benefitsThe Company accrues its obligations and related costs under its employee benefit plans, net of plan assets. The cost of pensions and other retirement benefits earned by certain employees is actuarially determined using the projected benefit method pro-rated on service and management's best estimate of expected plan investment performance, salary escalation and retirement ages of employees. For purposes of calculating the expected return on plan assets, those assets are valued at fair value. Past service costs from plan initiation and amendments are recognized immediately in the income statement to the extent they are vested. Unvested past service costs are amortized on a straight-line basis over the expected average remaining vesting period. Negative plan amendments which reduce costs are applied to reduce any existing unamortized past service costs. The excess, if any, is amortized over the expected average remaining vesting period. Actuarial gains or losses occur because assumptions about benefit plans relate to a long time frame and differ from actual experiences. These assumptions are revised based on actual experience of the plans such as changes in discount rates, expected return on plan assets, expected retirement ages and projected salary increases. Actuarial gains (losses) are recognized in other comprehensive income (loss) in the period in which they arise. When the restructuring of a benefit plan gives rise to both a curtailment and a settlement of obligations, the curtailment is accounted for prior to the settlement.August 31 is the measurement date for the Company's employee benefit plans. The last actuarial valuations for funding purposes for the various plans were performed between December 31, 2008 and January 1, 2011. The next actuarial valuations for funding purposes are effective December 31, 2011.Share-based compensationThe Company has a stock option plan for directors, officers, employees and consultants to the Company. The options to purchase shares must be issued at not less than the fair value at the date of grant. Any consideration paid on the exercise of stock options, together with any contributed surplus recorded at the date the options vested, is credited to share capital. The Company calculates the fair value of share-based compensation awarded to employees using the Black-Scholes option pricing model. The fair value of options are expensed and credited to contributed surplus over the vesting period of the options using the graded vesting method.The Company has a restricted share unit ("RSU") plan for officers and employees of the Company. RSUs vest on the second anniversary of the grant date and compensation is recognized on a straight-line basis over the two year vesting period. RSUs will be settled in cash and the obligation for RSUs is measured at the end of each period at fair value using the Black-Scholes option pricing model and the number of outstanding RSUs. The carrying value of RSUs at August 31, 2011 was $1.The Company has a deferred share unit ("DSU") plan for its board of directors whereby directors can elect to receive their annual cash compensation, or a portion thereof, in the DSUs. Compensation cost is recognized immediately as DSUs vest when granted. DSUs will be settled in cash and the obligation is measured at the end of each period at fair value using the Black-Scholes option pricing model and the number of outstanding DSUs. The carrying value and intrinsic value of DSUs at August 31, 2011 was $5 and $4, respectively.Earnings per shareBasic earnings per share is based on net income attributable to common shareholders adjusted for dividends on preferred shares and is calculated using the weighted average number of Class A Shares and Class B Non-Voting Shares outstanding during the period. The Company uses the treasury stock method of calculating diluted earnings per share. This method assumes that any proceeds from the exercise of stock options and other dilutive instruments would be used to purchase Class B Non-Voting Shares at the average market price during the period. GuaranteesThe Company discloses information about certain types of guarantees that it has provided, including certain types of indemnities, without regard to whether it will have to make any payments under the guarantees. Use of estimates and measurement uncertaintyThe preparation of consolidated financial statements in conformity with IFRS requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.Key areas of estimation, where management has made difficult, complex or subjective judgments, often as a result of matters that are inherently uncertain, are the allowance for doubtful accounts, the ability to use income tax loss carryforwards and other deferred income tax assets, capitalization of labour and overhead, useful lives of depreciable assets, contingent liabilities, certain assumptions used in determining defined benefit plan pension expense, the fair value of assets acquired and liabilities assumed in business acquisitions, and the recoverability of equipment costs, indefinite life identifiable intangibles and goodwill using estimated future cash flows. Significant changes in assumptions could result in impairment of intangible assets.Standards, interpretations and amendments to standards issued but not yet effectiveThe Company has not yet adopted certain standards, interpretations and amendments that have been issued but are not yet effective. Unless otherwise indicated, the following standards are required to be applied for the Company's annual period commencing September 1, 2013. The following pronouncements are being assessed to determine their impact on the Company's results and financial position. IFRS 9, Financial Instruments: Classification and Measurement, is the first part of the replacement of IAS 39 Financial Instruments and applies to the classification and measurement of financial assets and financial liabilities as defined by IAS 39. It is required to be applied for the annual period commencing September 1, 2015. Other than for the disclosure requirements therein, the requirements of the following standards and amended standards must be initially applied concurrently: IFRS 10, Consolidated Financial Statements, replaces previous consolidation guidance and outlines a single consolidation model that identifies control as the basis for consolidation of all types of entities. IFRS 11, Joint Arrangement, replaces IAS 31 Interests in Joint Ventures and SIC 13 Jointly Controlled Entities - Non-Monetary Contributions by Venturers. The new standard classifies joint arrangements as either joint operations or joint ventures. IFRS 12, Disclosure of Interests in Other Entities, sets out required disclosures on application of IFRS 10, IFRS 11, and IAS 28 (amended 2011). IAS 27, Separate Financial Statements was amended in 2011for the issuance of IFRS 10 and retains the current guidance for separate financial statements. IAS 28, Investments in Associates was amended in 2011for changes based on issuance of IFRS 10 and IFRS 11 and provides guidance on accounting for joint ventures, as defined by IFRS 11, using the equity method. IFRS 13, Fair Value Measurement, defines fair value, provides guidance on its determination and introduces consistent requirements for disclosure of fair value measurements. IAS 12, Income Taxes (amended 2011), introduces an exception to the general measurement requirements of IAS 12 in respect of investment properties measured at fair value. It is required to be applied for the annual period commencing September 1, 2012. IAS 19, Employee Benefits (amended 2011), eliminates the existing option to defer actuarial gains and losses and requires changes from the remeasurement of defined benefit plan assets and liabilities to be presented in the statement of other comprehensive income. IAS 1, Presentation of Financial Statements, was amended to require presentation of items of other comprehensive income based on whether they may be reclassified to the statement of income and is required to be applied for the annual period commencing September 1, 2012. 3. BUSINESS SEGMENT INFORMATIONThe Company's operating segments are Cable, DTH, Satellite Services and Media, all of which are substantially located in Canada. Shaw Media's operating results are affected by seasonality and fluctuate throughout the year due to a number of factors including seasonal advertising and viewing patterns. As such, operating results for an interim period should not be considered indicative of full fiscal year performance. In general, advertising revenues are higher during the first quarter and lower during the fourth quarter and expenses are incurred more evenly throughout the year. Information on operations by segment is as follows:Operating informationThree months endedSix months endedFebruary 29, 2012February 28, 2011February 29, 2012February 28, 2011$$$$RevenueCable8047691,5961,527DTH191184380369Satellite Services20204041Media2422445413691,2571,2172,5572,306Intersegment eliminations(26)(21)(47)(31)1,2311,1962,5102,275Operating income before amortizationCable352369729722DTH6160120119Satellite Services10112021Media70651901224935051,059984Interest (1)Operating8279164143Burrard Landing Lot 2 Holdings Partnership1111Wireless-5-108385165154Current taxesOperating6466148126Other/non-operating(2)(6)(2)(11)6260146115(1)Effective August 31, 2011, Wireless was presented as discontinued operations with restatement of comparative periods. Interest was allocated to the Wireless division based on the Company's average cost of borrowing to fund the capital expenditures and operating costs, and therefore, has not been included in the loss from discontinued operations.Capital expendituresThree months endedSix months endedFebruary 29, 2012February 28, 2011February 29, 2012February 28, 2011$$$$Capital expenditures accrual basisCable (including corporate)215147410318Satellite (net of equipment profit)2143Media75137224153427328Equipment costs (net of revenue)Cable1994716Satellite2317463942269355Capital expenditures and equipment costs (net)Cable234156457334Satellite25185042Media75137266179520383Reconciliation to Consolidated Statements of Cash FlowsAdditions to property, plant and equipment227153440361Additions to equipment costs (net)472610555Additions to other intangibles1753631Total of capital expenditures and equipment costs (net) per Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows291184581447Decrease in working capital related to capital expenditures(20)(5)(40)(56)Increase in customer equipment financing receivables(5)-(12)-Less: Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment--(8)(7)Less: Satellite equipment profit (1)--(1)(1)Total capital expenditures and equipment costs (net) reported by segments266179520 383(1)The profit from the sale of satellite equipment is subtracted from the calculation of segmented capital expenditures and equipment costs (net) as the Company views the profit on sale as a recovery of expenditures on customer premise equipment.AssetsFebruary 29, 2012CableDTHSatellite ServicesMediaTotal$$$$$Segment assets7,5999005012,74311,743Corporate assets833Asset held for sale1Total assets12,577August 31, 2011 Cable DTHSatellite Services Media Total$$$$$Segment assets7,4088915032,71711,519Corporate assets1,053Asset held for sale16Total assets12,5884. OPERATING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSESThree months endedSix months endedFebruary 29, 2012February 28, 2011February 29, 2012February 28, 2011$$$$Employee salaries and benefits212197411370Purchases of goods and services5264941,0409217386911,4511,2915. INTEREST EXPENSEThree months endedSix months endedFebruary 29, 2012February 28, 2011February 29, 2012February 28, 2011$$$$Interest expense - long term debt8387166157Amortization of senior notes discounts--11Amortization of fair value adjustment to debt assumed in the Media business acquisition-(1)-(2)Interest income-(1)(1)(2)Capitalized interest--(1)-83851651546. DISCONTINUED OPERATIONSDuring the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, the Company decided to discontinue any further construction of its traditional wireless network. Accordingly, the results of operations and related cash flows have been reported as discontinued operations. The loss from discontinued operations is comprised of the following: Three months endedSix months endedFebruary 29, 2012February 28, 2011February 29, 2012February 28, 2011$$$$Operating expenditures, net of income tax recovery-3-4The cash flow used in discontinued operations is comprised of the following:Three months endedSix months endedFebruary 29, 2012February 28, 2011February 29, 2012February 28, 2011$$$$Cash used in operating activities-6-9Cash used in investing activities2403101Decrease in cash from discontinued operations24631107. LONG-TERM DEBT February 29, 2012August 31, 2011Effective interest ratesLong-term debt at amortized cost (1)Adjustment for finance costs(1)Long-term debt repayable at maturityLong-term debt at amortized cost (1)Adjustment for finance costs (1)Long-term debt repayable at maturity%$$$$$$Corporate (3)Cdn Senior notes-6.10% due November 16, 20126.11449145044914507.50% due November 20, 20137.50348235034823506.50% due June 2, 20146.56597360059646006.15% due May 9, 20166.34295530029463005.70% due March 2, 20175.72397340039734005.65% due October 1, 20195.691,24281,2501,24191,2505.50% due December 7, 20205.55496450049555006.75% due November 9, 20396.891,416341,4501,416341,4505,240605,3005,236645,300OtherBurrard Landing Lot 2 Holdings Partnership6.3120-2021-21Total consolidated debt5,260605,3205,257645,321Less current portion (2)45014511-14,810594,8695,256645,320(1)Long-term debt, excluding bank loans, is presented net of unamortized discounts, finance costs and bond forward proceeds of $60 (August 31, 2011 - $64).(2)Current portion of long-term debt includes the 6.10% senior notes due November 16, 2012 and the amount due within one year on the Partnership's mortgage bonds.(3)During the second quarter, the Company entered into a five-year $1 billion bank credit facility which matures in January 2017. This facility replaces the prior credit facility which was scheduled to mature in May 2012.8. SHARE CAPITALIssued and outstandingChanges in share capital during the six months ended February 29, 2012 are as follows:Class A SharesClass B Non-Voting SharesPreferred SharesNumber$Number$Number$August 31, 201122,520,0642415,216,3482,33812,000,000293Issued upon stock option plan exercises--584,59711--Issued pursuant to dividend reinvestment plan--2,367,73447--February 29, 201222,520,0642418,168,6792,39612,000,000293Stock option planUnder a stock option plan, directors, officers, employees and consultants of the Company are eligible to receive stock options to acquire Class B Non-Voting Shares with terms not to exceed 10 years from the date of grant. Options granted up to February 29, 2012 vest evenly on the anniversary dates from the original grant at either 25% per year over four years or 20% per year over five years. The options must be issued at not less than the fair market value of the Class B Non-Voting Shares at the date of grant. The maximum number of Class B Non-Voting Shares issuable under the plan may not exceed 52,000,000. As at February 29, 2012, 17,379,300 Class B Non-Voting Shares have been issued under the plan. During the six months ended February 29, 2012, 584,597 options were exercised for $10.The changes in options for the six months ended February 29, 2012 are as follows:NumberWeighted average exercise price $Outstanding, beginning of period21,970,40020.91Granted759,00021.73Forfeited(654,175)21.07Exercised (1)(584,597)17.40Outstanding, end of period21,490,62821.03(1)The weighted average Class B Non-Voting Share price for the options exercised was $21.01.The following table summarizes information about the options outstanding at February 29, 2012:Range of pricesNumber outstandingWeighted average remaining contractual life Weighted average exercise price Number exercisableWeighted average exercise price$ 8.6920,0001.64$ 8.6920,000$ 8.69$14.85 - $22.2713,952,3786.83$19.237,269,803$18.56$22.28 - $26.207,518,2505.69$24.417,178,250$24.50The weighted average estimated fair value at the date of the grant for common share options granted was $2.78 per option (2011 - $3.13 per option) and $2.98 per option (2011 - $3.16 per option) for the three and six months ended February 29, 2012, respectively. The fair value of each option granted was estimated on the date of the grant using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model with the following weighted average assumptions:Three months endedSix months endedFebruary 29, 2012February 28, 2011February 29, 2012February 28, 2011Dividend yield4.37%4.35%4.24%4.31%Risk-free interest rate1.37%2.22%1.46%2.22%Expected life of options5 years5 years5 years5 yearsExpected volatility factor of the future expected market price of Class B Non-Voting Shares25.0%25.8%25.2%25.8%DividendsThe following table summarizes the dividends paid on Class A Shares and Class B Non-Voting Shares during the six months ended February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011.Six months ended February 29, 2012Six months ended February 28, 2011 Date declared (1) Date paidDividends paid in cashDividends paid in shares under DRIP Date declared (2) Date paidDividends paid in cashJun 29, 2011Sept 29, 2011249Jun 30, 2010Sep 29, 201032Jun 29, 2011Oct 28, 2011268Jun 30, 2010Oct 28, 201032Jun 29, 2011Nov 29, 2011268Jun 30, 2010Nov 29, 201032Oct 20, 2011Dec 29, 2011277Oct 22, 2010Dec 30, 201031Oct 20, 2011Jan 30, 2012268Oct 22, 2010Jan 28, 201132Oct 20, 2011Feb 28, 2012267Oct 22, 2010Feb 25, 20113215547191(1)Monthly dividends of $0.076667 per Class B Non-Voting Share and $0.076458 per Class A Voting Share(2)Monthly dividends of $0.073333 per Class B Non-Voting Share and $0.073125 per Class A Voting ShareOn January 12, 2012, the Company declared monthly dividends of $0.080833 per Class B Non-Voting Share and $0.080625 per Class A Voting Share, payable on each of March 29, April 27 and May 30, 2012. The dividends per share recognized as distributions to common shareholders for dividends declared during the six months ended February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011 are as follows:Six months ended February 29, 2012Six months ended February 28, 2011Class A Voting ShareClass B Non-Voting ShareClass A Voting ShareClass B Non-Voting Share0.47120.47250.43870.4400The Preferred Shares were issued on May 31, 2011. On June 29, 2011, the Company declared dividends of $0.37603 per Preferred Share. The dividend payment of $4 was made on September 30, 2011. On October 20, 2011, the Company declared dividends of $0.28125 per Preferred Share. The dividend payment of $4 was made on January 3, 2012. On January 12, 2012, the Company declared dividends of $0.28125 per Preferred Share which were paid on April 2, 2012. The total amount paid was $3 of which $1 was not recognized during the three and six months ended February 29, 2012.9. EARNINGS PER SHAREEarnings (loss) per share calculations are as follows:Three months endedSix months endedFebruary 29, 2012February 28, 2011February 29, 2012February 28, 2011Numerator for basic and diluted earnings per share ($)Net income from continuing operations178172380189Deduct: net income attributable to non-controlling interests(9)(6)(19)(10)Deduct: dividends on Preferred Shares(3)-(7)-Net income from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders166166354 179Net loss from discontinued operations attributable to common shareholders-(3)- (4)Net income attributable to common shareholders166163354175Denominator (millions of shares)Weighted average number of Class A Shares and Class B Non-Voting Shares for basic earnings per share440434439 434Effect of dilutive securities (1)1111Weighted average number of Class A Shares and Class B Non-Voting Shares for diluted earnings per share441435440 435Earnings per share - basic ($)Earnings per share from continuing operations0.380.380.810.41Loss per share from discontinued operations-(0.01)-(0.01)Earnings per share0.380.370.810.40Earnings per share - diluted ($)Earnings per share from continuing operations0.380.380.800.41Loss per share from discontinued operations-(0.01)-(0.01)Earnings per share0.380.370.800.40(1)The earnings per share calculation does not take into consideration the potential dilutive effect of certain stock options since their impact is anti-dilutive.For the three and six months ended February 29, 2012, 12,151,030 (2011 - 8,196,964) and 11,824,734 (2011 - 8,093,638) options were excluded from the diluted earnings per share calculation, respectively.10. OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS) AND ACCUMULATED OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)Components of other comprehensive loss and the related income tax effects for the six months ended February 29, 2012 are as follows:AmountIncome taxesNet$$$Adjustment for hedged items recognized in the period(1)-(1)Components of other comprehensive loss and the related income tax effects for the three months ended February 29, 2012 are as follows:AmountIncome taxesNet$$$Change in unrealized fair value of derivatives designated as cash flow hedges(2)-(2)Components of other comprehensive income (loss) and the related income tax effects for the six months ended February 28, 2011 are as follows: AmountIncome taxesNet$$$Change in unrealized fair value of derivatives designated as cash flow hedges(15)2(13)Adjustment for hedged items recognized in the period1-1Actuarial losses on employee benefit plans(11)3(8)(25)5(20)Components of other comprehensive income (loss) and the related income tax effects for the three months ended February 28, 2011 are as follows: AmountIncome taxesNet$$$Change in unrealized fair value of derivatives designated as cash flow hedges(6)1(5)Adjustment for hedged items recognized in the period1-1(5)1(4)Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) is comprised of the following:February 29, 2012August 31, 2011$$Fair value of derivatives-1Actuarial losses on employee benefit plans(30)(30)(30)(29)11. STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWSDisclosures with respect to the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows are as follows:(i) Funds flow from continuing operations Three months endedSix months endedFebruary 29, 2012February 28, 2011February 29, 2012February 28, 2011$$$$Net income from continuing operations178172380189Adjustments to reconcile net income to funds flow from continuing operations:Amortization208193403374Program rights(12)29(49)43Deferred income tax expense (recovery)(38)1(45)(23)Equity income from associates(1)-(1)(14)Gain on redemption of debt-(10)-(10)CRTC benefit obligation---139CRTC benefit obligation funding(11)(5)(21)(7)Business acquisition, integration and restructuring expenses-1-37Share-based compensation1235Defined benefit pension plans4389Loss (gain) on derivative instruments(1)22(1)23Realized loss on settlement of derivative instruments(7)(8)(7)(13)Payments on cross-currency agreements---(86)Foreign exchange gain on unhedged long-term debt-(20)-(23)Accretion of long-term liabilities and provisions3476Settlement of amended cross-currency interest rate agreements [note 12](162)-(162)-Other2-5-Funds flow from continuing operations164384520649(ii) Changes in non-cash working capital balances related to continuing operations include the following: Three months endedSix months endedFebruary 29, 2012February 28, 2011February 29, 2012February 28, 2011$$$$Accounts receivable6948(34)10Other current assets1(7)(13)(14)Accounts payable and accrued liabilities and provisions(31)(82)9(58)Income taxes payable5-31(184)Unearned revenue(4)(3)-240(44)(7)(244)(iii) Interest and income taxes paid and classified as operating activities are as follows: Three months endedSix months endedFebruary 29, 2012February 28, 2011February 29, 2012February 28, 2011$$$$Interest3342164149Income taxes5760116297(iv) Non-cash transactions: The Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows exclude the following non-cash transactions:Three months endedSix months endedFebruary 29, 2012February 28, 2011February 29, 2012February 28, 2011$$$$Issuance of Class B Non-Voting Shares:Dividend reinvestment plan22-47-12. OTHER LIABILITIESThe other current liability was the obligation which arose in fiscal 2010 in respect of the US $300 amended cross-currency interest rate agreements which fixed the settlement of the principal portion of the liability on December 15, 2011. Other long-term liabilities include the long-term portion of the Company's employee benefit plans of $357 (August 31, 2011 - $349), the non-current portion of CRTC benefit obligations of $136 (August 31, 2011 - $147) and other liabilities totaling $12 (August 31, 2011 - $11). The total benefit costs expensed under the Company's defined benefit pension plans were $8 (2011 - $7) and $16 (2011 - $13) for the three and six months ended February 29, 2012, respectively.13. TRANSITION TO IFRSThe Company's date of transition to IFRS is September 1, 2010 and its date of adoption is September 1, 2011. Any subsequent changes to IFRS that are given effect in the Company's annual Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ending August 31, 2012 could result in restatement of these condensed interim consolidated financial statements, including the transition adjustments recognized on changeover to IFRS.Exemption electionsThe Company's adoption of IFRS requires application of IFRS 1 which provides guidance for an entity's initial adoption of IFRS. IFRS 1 generally requires that an entity apply all IFRS effective at the end of its first IFRS annual reporting period retrospectively. However, IFRS 1 does include certain mandatory exceptions and limited optional exemptions in specified areas of certain standards from this general requirement. The Company has elected the following exemptions from the general requirement of retrospective application as follows:(a) Business combinations IFRS 1 provides the option to apply IFRS 3 Business Combinations retrospectively or prospectively from the date of transition. Retrospective application would require restatement of all business combinations that occurred prior to the date of transition. The Company has elected to not restate any business combinations that occurred prior to September 1, 2010. Under Canadian GAAP, the Company had early adopted the new accounting standards for business combinations, consolidation and non-controlling interests effective September 1, 2010, which are aligned with IFRS 3 Business Combinations and IAS 27 Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements.(b) Employee benefits IFRS 1 provides the option to recognize all cumulative actuarial gains and losses on defined benefit plans deferred under Canadian GAAP in opening retained earnings. The Company elected to recognize the cumulative unamortized actuarial loss in opening retained earnings as at September 1, 2010.(c) Borrowing costs IFRS 1 allows IAS 23 Borrowing Costs to be applied prospectively from the date of transition. The Company has elected to apply IAS 23 prospectively for projects commenced on or after September 1, 2010.Reconciliation of Canadian GAAP to IFRSA. Consolidated statements of financial position as at September 1, 2010 and August 31, 2011 September 1, 2010August 31, 2011ExplanationCanadian GAAPEffect of transition to IFRSIFRSCanadian GAAPEffect of transition to IFRSIFRSASSETSCurrentCash217-217443-443Account receivable196-196443-443Inventories54-5497-97Other current assets(iii), (iv)34-34236(154)82Derivative instruments67-672-2Asset held for sale---15-15Deferred income tax assets(iii)28(28)-26(26)-596(28)5681,262(180)1,082Investments and other assets743-74313-13Property, plant and equipment3,005-3,0053,200-3,200Other long-term assets233-233258-258Asset held for sale---1-1Deferred income taxes(iii)---22830Intangibles(iv)5,4081885,5966,9553377,292Goodwill(iii)169-169815(103)71210,15416010,31412,5266212,588LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITYCurrentAccounts payable and accrued liabilities(i), (v), (vi)6237770079583878Provisions(vi)-1919-1818Income taxes payable(iii)1717824912112124Unearned revenue145-145155-155Current portion of long-term debt1-11-1Current portion of derivative instruments80-808-8Other liability---1611611,0201741,1941,1322131,345Long-term debt3,982-3,9825,256-5,256Other long-term liabilities(ii), (vi)291138429351156507Provisions(vi)----88Derivative instruments7-7---Deferred credits632-632630-630Deferred income tax liabilities(i) to (iv)1,452(387)1,0651,700(536)1,1647,384(75)7,3099,069(159)8,910Shareholders' equityEquity attributable to common and preferred shareholders(i) to (v) 2,770 235 3,0053,216 1903,406Non-controlling interests(iii)---241312722,7702353,0053,4572213,67810,15416010,31412,5266212,588B. Consolidated statements of financial position as at February 28, 2011 ExplanationCanadian GAAPEffect of transition to IFRSIFRSASSETSCurrentCash339-339Account receivable483-483Inventories90-90Other current assets(iii), (iv)269(115)154Derivative instruments68-68Deferred income tax assets(iii)35(35)-1,284(150)1,134Derivative instruments9-9Investments and other assets18-18Property, plant and equipment3,174-3,174Other long-term assets246-246Deferred income tax assets(iii)-2828Intangibles(iv)6,9772987,275Goodwill(iii)841(103)73812,5497312,622LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITYCurrentAccounts payable and accrued liabilities(i), (v), (vi)72175796Provisions(vi)-2525Income taxes payable(iii)26105131Unearned revenue148-148Current portion of long-term debt1-1Current portion of derivative instruments100-100Other liability160-1601,1562051,361Long-term debt5,651-5,651Other long-term liabilities(ii), (vi)369133502Provisions(vi)-88Deferred credits631-631Deferred income tax liabilities(i) to (iv)1,711(519)1,1929,518(173)9,345Shareholders' equityEquity attributable to common and preferred shareholders(i) to (v)2,7802152,995Non-controlling interests(iii)251312823,0312463,27712,5497312,622C. Consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income for the three and six months ended February 28, 2011 Three months ended February 28, 2011Six months ended February 28, 2011ExplanationCanadian GAAPEffect of transition to IFRSIFRSCanadian GAAPEffect of transition to IFRSIFRSRevenue1,196-1,1962,275-2,275Operating, general and administrative expenses(i), (ii)697(6)6911,302(11)1,291Operating income before amortization499650597311984Amortization:Deferred equipment revenue26-2653-53Deferred equipment costs(50)-(50)(102)-(102)Property, plant and equipment, intangibles and other(168)-(168)(323)-(323)Operating income307631360111612Amortization of financing costs - long-term debt(1)-(1)(2)-(2)Interest expense(85)-(85)(154)-(154)221622744511456Gain on repurchase of debt10-1010-10CRTC benefit obligation---(139)-(139)Business acquisition, integration and restructuring expenses(3)-(3)(61)-(61)Loss on derivative instruments(22)-(22)(23)-(23)Accretion of long-term liabilities and provisions(4)-(4)(6)-(6)Foreign exchange gain on unhedged long-term-debt20-2023-23Other gains5-57-7Income before income taxes227623325611267Current income tax expense(iii)573601123115Deferred income tax expense (recovery)(i) to (iii)-11(34)11(23)Income before the following1702172178(3)175Equity income from associates---14-14Net income from continuing operations1702172192(3)189Loss from discontinued operations(3)-(3)(4)-(4)Net income1672169188(3)185Other comprehensive income (loss)Change in unrealized fair value of derivatives designated as cash flow hedges(5) - (5) (13) - (13)Adjustment for hedged items recognized in the period1-11-1Actuarial losses on employee benefit plans(ii)----(8)(8)(4)-(4)(12)(8)(20)Comprehensive income1632165176(11)165Net income attributable to:Common shareholders1612163178(3)175Non-controlling interests6-610-101672169188(3)185Comprehensive income attributable to:Common shareholders1572159166(11)155Non-controlling interests6-610-101632165176(11)165Earnings per share - basic and dilutedEarnings per share from continuing operations0.38-0.380.42(0.01)0.41Loss per share from discontinued operations(0.01)-(0.01)(0.01)-(0.01)Earnings per share0.37-0.370.41(0.01)0.40D. Consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income for the year ended August 31, 2011 Year ended August 31, 2011ExplanationCanadian GAAPEffect of transition to IFRSIFRSRevenue4,741-4,741Operating, general and administrative expenses(i), (ii)2,710(20)2,690Operating income before amortization2,031202,051Amortization:Deferred equipment revenue107-107Deferred equipment costs(205)-(205)Property, plant and equipment, intangibles and other(637)-(637)Operating income1,296201,316Amortization of financing costs - long-term debt(4)-(4)Interest expense(332)-(332)96020980Gain on redemption of debt33-33CRTC benefit obligation(139)-(139)Business acquisition, integration and restructuring expenses(91)-(91)Loss on derivative instruments(22)-(22)Accretion of long-term liabilities and provisions(15)-(15)Foreign exchange gain on unhedged long-term-debt17-17Other gains11-11Income before income taxes75420774Current income tax expense(iii)21010220Deferred income tax expense (recovery)(i) to (iii)(5)149Income before the following549(4)545Equity income from associates14-14Net income from continuing operations563(4)559Loss from discontinued operations(89)-(89)Net income474(4)470Other comprehensive income (loss)Change in unrealized fair value of derivatives designated as cash flow hedges(12)-(12)Adjustment for hedged items recognized in the period4-4Actuarial losses on employee benefit plans(ii)-(30)(30)(8)(30)(38)Comprehensive income466(34)432Net income attributable to:Common shareholders455(4)451Non-controlling interests19-19474(4)470Comprehensive income attributable to:Common shareholders447(34)413Non-controlling interests19-19466(34)432Earnings per share - basic and dilutedEarnings per share from continuing operations1.24(0.01)1.23Loss per share from discontinued operations(0.21)-(0.21)Earnings per share1.03(0.01)1.02The significant differences between Canadian GAAP and IFRS are explained below.(i) Share-based compensation Under IFRS, the fair value of stock options with service conditions is required to be expensed over a vesting period ("graded vesting"), based on when options vest. Under Canadian GAAP, stock-based compensation was recognized using a straight-line method.Under IFRS, cash settled share-based payments, such as DSUs and RSUs, are measured initially and re-measured at the end of each reporting period at fair value as determined by an option pricing model. Under Canadian GAAP, the liability was measured and re-measured at intrinsic values. (ii) Employee benefits As stated in exemption elections above, the Company elected to recognize cumulative unamortized actuarial losses under IFRS in opening retained earnings. Subsequent to the date of transition, actuarial gains and losses are recorded in other comprehensive income at the end of each reporting period. Under Canadian GAAP, actuarial gains and losses were amortized into income on a straight-line basis over the estimated average remaining service life of employees.Under IFRS, past service costs of defined benefit plans are expensed on a straight-line basis over the vesting period. Under Canadian GAAP, past service costs were amortized on a straight-line basis over the estimated average remaining service life of employees. As part of the retrospective application of IAS 19, all vested past service costs have been recognized in opening retained earnings at the transition date.(iii) Income taxes The expected manner of recovery of intangible assets with indefinite useful lives for the purpose of calculating deferred income taxes is different under IFRS than Canadian GAAP. This difference in inclusion rate results in a reduction in the deferred income tax liability related to these assets at transition and also results in a decrease to goodwill and deferred income tax liability and increase to non-controlling interests in respect of the Media business acquisition in fiscal 2011. Under IFRS, the Company applies a probable weighted average methodology in respect to its determination of measurement of its tax uncertainties. Income taxes reflect the tax effect of other IFRS transition adjustments.Also, under IFRS, deferred income tax assets and liabilities are only classified as long term.(iv) Intangible assets Under IFRS, amortization of indefinite lived intangibles is prohibited. Upon transition, amortization of broadcast rights that had been previously recorded under Canadian GAAP has been reversed and recognized in opening retained earnings at the date of transition.Under Canadian GAAP, program rights were segregated between current and noncurrent in the Statement of Financial Position based estimated time of usage. Under IFRS, program rights are segregated between current and noncurrent based on expected life at time of acquisition.(v) Constructive obligation Under IFRS, constructive obligations must be recognized when certain criteria are met. These have been accrued at the transition date.(vi) Provisions IAS 37 Provisions, Contingent Liabilities and Contingent Assets requires separate disclosure on the face of the statement of financial position. Under Canadian GAAP, separate disclosure was not required, therefore on transition all provisions were reclassified from accounts payable and accrued liabilities or other long-term liabilities.E. Consolidated statement of cash flows The Company's consolidated statements of cash flows were not materially affected by the transition to IFRS.14. SELECTED ANNUAL DISCLOSURESThe condensed interim consolidated financial statements for interim periods of fiscal 2012 are the first financial statements prepared by the Company under IFRS. Accordingly, annual required disclosures that have been significantly impacted by the transition to IFRS for the comparative year ended August 31, 2011 are presented below.DEFINED EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLANSDefined benefit pension plansThe Company provides a non-contributory defined benefit pension plan for certain of its senior executives. Benefits under this plan are based on the employees' length of service and their highest three-year average rate of pay during their years of service. Employees are not required to contribute to this plan and the plan is unfunded. There are no minimum required contributions and no discretionary contributions are currently planned.The table below shows the change in benefit obligation for this plan. August 31, 2011$Accrued benefit obligation and plan deficit, beginning of year275Current service cost6Past service cost-Interest cost16Actuarial losses43Payment of benefits to employees(6)Accrued benefit obligation and plan deficit, end of year334Reconciliation of accrued benefit obligation to Consolidated Statement of Financial Position accrued pension benefit liabilityAugust 31, 2011 $Balance of unamortized pension obligation:Past service costs1Accrued pension benefit liability recognized in Consolidated Statement of Financial Position:Accounts payable and accrued liabilities9Other long-term liabilities324333Accrued benefit obligation, end of year as above334The actuarial losses resulted primarily from changes in interest rate assumptions, salary escalation assumptions, and changes in the mortality table. The tables below show the significant weighted-average assumptions used to measure the pension obligation and cost for this plan.August 31, 2011Accrued benefit obligation%Discount rate5.50Rate of compensation increase5.00August 31, 2011Benefit cost for the year%Discount rate5.75Rate of compensation increase5.00The following table illustrates the increase on the accrued benefit obligation and pension expense of a 1% decrease in the discount rate:Accrued benefitobligationPension expenseAugust 31, 2011Fiscal 2011$$Impact of: 1% decrease566The net pension benefit plan expense, which is included in employee salaries and benefits expense, is comprised of the following components:August 31, 2011$Current service cost6Interest cost16Past service cost-Difference between amortization of past service costs recognized for the year and actual past service costs on the accrued benefit obligation for the year 1Pension expense23As part of the broadcasting business acquisition in fiscal 2011, the Company assumed a number of funded defined benefit pension plans which provide pension benefits to certain unionized and non-unionized employees. Benefits under these plans are based on the employees' length of service and final average salary.The table below shows the change in the benefit obligations, change in fair value of plan assets and the funded status of these defined benefit plans. August 31, 2011$Accrued benefit obligation, beginning of year-Media business acquisition124Current service cost4Interest cost6Employee contributions1Actuarial gains(7)Payment of benefits to employees(9)Accrued benefit obligation, end of year119Fair value of plan assets, beginning of year-Media business acquisition110Employer contributions6Employee contributions1Expected return on plan assets6Actuarial losses(5)Payment of benefit and administrative expenses(9)Fair value of plan assets, end of year109Accrued benefit liability and plan deficit, end of year10The accrued benefit liability is included in other long-term liabilities. The actuarial gains and losses resulted primarily from changes in interest rate assumptions, salary escalation assumptions, and changes in the mortality table. The asset allocation of the plans at August 31, 2011 is as follows:% of plan assetsEquity securities57Fixed income securities40Other3100Disaggregation of the Company's funded pension plans to show the funded statuses at August 31, 2011 is as follows:Accrued benefit obligation Plan assets Surplus (deficit)$$$Pension plans with assets in excess of accrued benefit obligations99-Pension plans with accrued benefit obligations in excess of assets110100(10)119109(10)The tables below show the significant weighted-average assumptions used to measure the pension obligation and cost for these plans. The expected rate of return on plan assets is based on investment mix, current yields and past experience.August 31, 2011Accrued benefit obligation%Discount rate5.75Rate of compensation increase4.00August 31, 2011Benefit cost for the year%Discount rate5.65Expected return on plan assets6.70Rate of compensation increase3.70The following table illustrates the increase on the accrued benefit obligation and pension expense of a 1% decrease in the discount rate:Accrued benefitobligationPension expenseAugust 31, 2011Fiscal 2011$$Impact of: 1% decrease201The net pension benefit plan expense, which is included in employee salaries and benefits expense, is comprised of the following components:August 31, 2011$Current service cost4Interest cost6Expected return on plan assets(6)Pension expense4Other benefit plansAs part of the broadcasting business acquisition in fiscal 2011, the Company assumed post employment benefits plans that provide post retirement health and life insurance coverage.August 31, 2011$Accrued benefit obligation, beginning of year-Media business acquisition15Current service cost-Interest cost1Plan amendment(1)Payment of benefits to employees-Accrued benefit obligation and plan deficit, end of year15Reconciliation of accrued benefit obligation to Consolidated Statement of Financial Position accrued benefit liabilityAugust 31, 2011 $Balance of unamortized obligation:Plan amendment(1)Accrued post-retirement liability recognized in Consolidated Statement of Financial Position:Other long-term liabilities16Accrued benefit obligation, end of year as above15The table below shows the components of the post-retirement benefit plan expense. The net post-retirement benefit plan expense, which is included in employee salaries and benefits expense, is comprised of the following components:August 31, 2011$Current service cost-Interest cost1Post-retirement expense1The discount rate used to measure the post-retirement benefit cost for the year and the accrued benefit obligation as at August 31, 2011 was 5.50%. The assumed health care cost trend rate for the next year used to measure expected benefit costs is 6.49% decreasing to an ultimate rate of 4.57% in 2029. A one percentage point increase in the assumed health care cost trend rate would have increased the service and interest costs and accrued obligation by $nil and $2, respectively. A one percentage point decrease in the assumed health care cost trend rate would have lowered the service and interest costs and accrued obligation by $nil and $2, respectively. Benefit paymentsThe table below shows the expected benefit payments for all defined benefit plans and other post employment benefit plans in each of the next five fiscal years as actuarially determined, and in aggregate, for the five fiscal years thereafter: Pensions $Other Benefits $201214-201314-2014191201527120162712017 - 20211394Employer contributionsThe Company's estimated contributions to the funded defined benefit plans in fiscal 2012 are $8.INCOME TAXES Deferred income taxes reflect the net tax effects of temporary differences between the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities for financial reporting purposes and the amounts used for income tax purposes. Significant components of the Company's deferred income tax liabilities and assets are as follows:August 31, 2011$Deferred income tax liabilities:Property, plant and equipment and software assets145Broadcast rights820Partnership income3541,319Deferred income tax assets:Non-capital loss carryforwards50Accrued charges128Program rights4Foreign exchange on long-term debt and fair value of derivative instruments3185Net deferred income tax liability1,134Deferred income tax asset30Deferred income tax liability1,164Realization of deferred income tax assets is dependent on generating sufficient taxable income during the period in which the temporary differences are deductible. Although realization is not assured, management believes it is more likely than not that all deferred income tax assets will be realized based on reversals of deferred income tax liabilities, projected operating results and tax planning strategies available to the Company and its subsidiaries.Significant changes recognized to deferred income tax assets (liabilities) during the period are as follows:Property, plant and equipment and software assetsBroadcast rightsPartnership incomeNon-capital loss carry-forwardsAccrued chargesProgram rightsForeign exchange on long-term debt and fair value of derivative instrumentsTotalBalance at September 1, 2010(167)(635)(350)863-16(1,065)Recognized in statement of income (8) (17) (3) (3) 36 - (14) (9)Recognized in discontinued operations 26 - - - - - - 26Recognized in other comprehensive income (loss) - - - - 10 - 1 11Recognized on Media business acquisition 4 (168) (1) 45 19 4 - (97)Balance at August 31, 2011(145)(820)(354)5012843(1,134)The Company has capital loss carryforwards of approximately $150 for which no deferred income tax asset has been recognized in the accounts. These capital losses can be carried forward indefinitely. The income tax expense differs from the amount computed by applying Canadian statutory rates to income before income taxes for the following reasons:August 31, 2011$Current statutory income tax rate27.9%Income tax expense at current statutory rates216Increase in taxes resulting from:Non-taxable portion of foreign exchange gains or losses and amounts on sale/write-down of assets and investments1Originating temporary differences recorded at future tax rates expected to be in effect when realized2Other10Income tax expense229TELEVISION BROADCASTING BUSINESS ACQUISITION A summary of net assets acquired and allocation of the consideration is as follows:August 31, 2011 Canadian GAAPEffect of transition to IFRS IFRSNet assets acquired at assigned fair valuesCash83-83Receivables297-297Other current assets236(89)147Deferred income tax assets51(24)27Derivative instrument16-16Investments and other assets16-16Property and equipment141-141Intangibles1,567841,651Goodwill, not deductible for tax641(103)5383,048(132)2,916Current liabilities(283)(24)(307)Current debt(399)-(399)Derivative instruments(82)-(82)Non-current liabilities(105)-(105)Deferred income tax liabilities(311)187(124)Long-term debt(412)-(412)Non-controlling interests(246)(31)(277)1,210-1,210FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Investor RelationsShaw Communications Inc.Investor.relations@sjrb.cawww.shaw.ca