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Transcontinental Inc. second quarter: revenues increase 6% and renews multi-year agreements valued at over $1.5 billion in revenues

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Transcontinental Inc. second quarter: revenues increase 6% and renews multi-year agreements valued at over $1.5 billion in revenues10:32 EDT Thursday, June 07, 2012Highlights (in millions of dollars, except per share data)Q2-12Q2-11%YTD Q2-12YTDQ2-11%Revenues$529.4$498.76%$1,025.3$1,013.51%Adjusted operating income (1)55.860.2(7%)98.8108.9(9%)Adjusted net income applicable to participating shares (2)35.439.1(9%)62.567.9(8%)Per share0.440.48(8%)0.770.84(8%)Net income applicable to participating shares(106.2)32.7---(139.5)58.4---Per share(1.31)0.40---(1.72)0.72---Notes 1 and 2 please refer to the table "Reconciliation of Non-IFRS financial measures" in this press release.Renewed and expanded six multi-year agreements valued at over $1.5 billion in revenues with major Canadian retail customers.Closed the transaction for the indirect acquisition of the shares of Quad/Graphics Canada, Inc. and rapidly announced the reorganization of its print operations across Canada. The integration is on track to deliver more than $40 million in synergies as expected.Continued to develop its digital and interactive business by expanding its digital advertising representation deals and acquiring a majority stake in Redux Media, a leading online advertising network.Launched a television production house.MONTREAL, June 7, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Transcontinental Inc. (TSX: TCL.A TCL.B TCL.PR.D) increased its revenues by 6% in the second quarter, from $498.7 million to $529.4 million, driven primarily by the acquisition of Quad/Graphics Canada, Inc. as well as numerous acquisitions and launches of community newspapers in Quebec, and new contracts such as Canadian Tire. This growth was mitigated primarily by the sale of its black and white book printing business, destined for U.S. exports, to Quad/Graphics last September and by lower volume from the non-recurring revenue from the printing contract for the Canadian Census last year. Excluding acquisitions, divestitures and closures, the impact of the exchange rate and the paper component variance, organic revenue growth was essentially flat.For this same period, adjusted operating income decreased 7%, from $60.2 million to $55.8 million, driven primarily by a new provincial legislation in Quebec under Bill 88 that imposes greater recycling fees on publishers, lower volume from the non-recurring revenue from the printing contract for the Canadian Census last year and lower volume from its educational book publishing group due to the end of the school reform in Quebec. This decrease was partially offset by synergies from the use of its most productive assets. Net income applicable to participating shares decreased from $32.7 million, or $0.40 per share, to a loss of $106.2 million, or $1.31 per share. This decrease is mainly due to an impairment of assets of $180.0 million, in the newspaper and magazine activities of the Media sector, which is non-cash and non-operational. Excluding unusual items and discontinued operations, adjusted net income applicable to participating shares decreased 9%, from $39.1 million, or $0.48 per share, to $35.4 million, or $0.44 per share."Our second quarter results are in line with our strategy to strengthen our existing assets and develop our new media and marketing services. We are in the process of integrating our Quad/Graphics Canada, Inc. acquisition and we are on track to generate more than $40 million in synergies and therefore become even more efficient. We also secured a large part of our cash flow for the coming years by renewing six multi-year agreements valued at over $1.5 billion in revenues with major Canadian retail customers for both existing and new services. These agreements are a testament to the strength of our customer relationships and the confidence they have in our ability to execute their integrated marketing communication programs, to the quality of our state-of-the-art national printing platform and of our flyer distribution network, the reach of our national media properties and the success of our strategy to expand our product and service offering into new marketing and communication services. In addition, we continued to develop our offering of products and services by expanding our digital advertising representation house, with the acquisition of a majority stake in Redux Media, and by launching a television production house.Financially speaking, we continue to generate strong cash flow and have a solid financial position with a net debt to EBITDA ratio at 1.43x at the end of the quarter. For the balance of the year, we expect our results to ramp up, especially in the fourth quarter, as the previously announced synergies start to benefit our results in a more meaningful way. Therefore, we are very well positioned to continue to transform TC Transcontinental to meet our customers' evolving marketing needs," said François Olivier, President and Chief Executive Officer.Financial Highlights of the Quarter As at April 30, 2012, the adjusted net indebtedness ratio was 1.43x, as compared to 1.42x as at January 31, 2012.Transcontinental Inc. put in place a new $400 million five-year Unsecured Revolving Credit Facility that expires in February 2017. The current credit facility will remain in place until its expiry in September 2012 but has been reduced to $200 million.Transcontinental Inc. put in place a normal course issuer bid. It has been authorized to purchase for cancellation on the open market, between April 13, 2012 and April 12, 2013 up to 5% of its Class A Subordinate Voting Shares and Class B Shares. The program was not used as at April 30, 2012.For more detailed financial information, please see Management's Discussion and Analysis for the second quarter ended April 30, 2012 and the complete financial statements on our website at www.tc.tc, under "Investors."Operating Highlights of the QuarterRenewed and expanded, since January 2012, six multi-year agreements valued at over $1.5 billion in revenues with major Canadian retail customers in the food, hardware, general merchandise and pharmaceutical verticals. These agreements have been extended for periods varying from three to six years and besides printing, include flyer distribution through Publisac in Quebec and often include many other products and services from the Corporation's new marketing and media services, such as digital advertising representation, e-flyers, email marketing, mobile solutions, database analytics, premedia and custom communications.Closed the transaction for the indirect acquisition of the shares of Quad/Graphics Canada, Inc. and rapidly announced the reorganization of its print operations across Canada. About half of the Quad/Graphics' Canada, Inc. facilities have been closed so far. The integration is on track to deliver more than $40 million in synergies as expected.Recent management changes: On February 16th, Remi Marcoux stepped down as Executive Chairman of the Board and Isabelle Marcoux was elected Chair of the Board; on February 2nd, Alain Gignac was appointed Chief Marketing Activation Officer, a new senior management position with responsibility for the integration of print product and services, print and digital media, and interactive marketing solutions for major accounts; on May 9th, Natalie Larivière resigned as President of TC Media, effective end of June.Expanded its digital advertising representation by signing numerous deals and partnerships with Cinoche.com, PoolExpert®, Hearst Digital Media and Homes Publishing Group as well as acquiring a majority stake in Redux Media, a leading online advertising network. TC Transcontinental now reaches over 18.7 million unique monthly visitors per month in Canada or two thirds of all online Canadians, through more than 3,500 websites.Launched a television production house to create content for all communication platforms, from TV channels for general consumption to new Internet and mobile media for on-demand delivery. Also launched FRESH JUICE, a new healthy living media brand in collaboration with Loblaw Companies Limited.Broadened its extensive community newspaper network in Quebec by acquiring Édition Beauce and Courrier Frontenac and strengthened its position as the leader in the supplemental educational publishing market in Quebec by the acquisition of the shares of Les Éditions Caractère.Launched its third Sustainability Report, based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), an international standard for sustainability methodology. The Report meets Application Level B of the GRI standard. The full web report, a downloadable pdf as well as a highlights brochure are all available at www.tctranscontinental-ecodev.com.Highlights for the Six-month PeriodFor the first six-month period of fiscal 2012, Transcontinental's revenues increased 1%, from $1,013.5 million to $1,025.3 million. This increase was driven primarily by the acquisition of Quad/Graphics Canada, Inc. and numerous acquisitions and launches of community newspapers in Quebec. This growth was mitigated primarily by the sale of its black and white book printing business, destined for U.S. exports, to Quad/Graphics last September and lower volume from the non-recurring revenue from the printing contract for the Canadian Census last year. Adjusted operating income decreased 9%, from $108.9 million to $98.8 million. This decrease was primarily due to the non-recurrence of the Canadian Census contract, margin erosion from competitive pressures in the local solutions marketplace and new provincial legislation in Quebec under Bill 88 that imposes greater recycling fees on publishers. Net income applicable to participating shares decreased from $58.4 million, or $0.72 per share, to a loss of $139.5 million, or $1.72 per share. This decrease is mainly due to an impairment of assets of $180.8 million, which is non-cash and non-operational and to notices of re-assessment received from the federal and provincial tax authorities last February, totaling $58 million, for which the Corporation is currently contesting. Excluding unusual items and discontinued operations, adjusted net income applicable to participating shares decreased 8%, from $67.9 million, or $0.84 per share, to $62.5 million, or $0.77 per share.Reconciliation of Non-IFRS Financial MeasuresFinancial data have been prepared in conformity with IFRS. However, certain measures used in this press release do not have any standardized meaning under IFRS and could be calculated differently by other companies. We believe that many readers analyze our results based on certain non-IFRS financial measures because such measures are more appropriate for evaluating the Corporation's operating performance. Internally, Management uses such non-IFRS financial information as an indicator of business performance, and evaluates management's effectiveness with specific reference to these indicators. These measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with IFRS.The following table reconciles IFRS financial measures to non-IFRS financial measures.Reconciliation of Non-IFRS financial measures(unaudited)             Three months ended April 30 Six months ended April 30(in millions of dollars, except per share amounts) 2012  2011  2012  2011Net income (loss) applicable to participating shares$(106.2) $32.7 $(139.5) $58.4Dividends on preferred shares 1.7  1.7  3.4  3.4Net loss (income) related to discontinued operations (after tax) 1.3  (0.7)  1.3  (1.3)Non-controlling interest 0.2  0.5  0.2  0.8Unusual adjustments to income taxes -  -  42.0  -Income tax expenses (10.0)  7.4  (4.4)  13.1Expenses related to long-term debt prepayment -  5.8  -  5.8Financial expenses related to unusual adjustments to income taxes -  -  16.0  -Financial expenses 6.1  8.7  13.8  19.5Gain on business acquisition (31.7)  -  (31.7)  -Impairment of assets 180.0  -  180.8  3.5Restructuring and integration expenses and acquisition costs 14.4  4.1  16.9  5.7Adjusted operating income$55.8 $60.2 $98.8 $108.9Amortization 28.3  30.0  57.2  61.0Adjusted operating income before amortization$84.1 $90.2 $156.0 $169.9Net income (loss) applicable to participating shares$(106.2) $32.7 $(139.5) $58.4Net loss (income) from discontinued operations (after tax) 1.3  (0.7)  1.3  (1.3)Unusual adjustments to income taxes (after tax) -  -  42.0  -Expenses related to long-term debt prepayment (after tax) -  4.2  -  4.2Financial expenses related to unusual adjustments to income taxes (after tax) -  -  16.0  -Gain on business acquisition (after tax) (31.7)  -  (31.7)  -Impairment of assets (after tax) 162.1  -  162.7  2.5Restructuring and integration expenses and acquisition costs (after tax) 9.9  2.9  11.7  4.1Adjusted net income applicable to participating shares$35.4 $39.1 $62.5 $67.9Average number of participating shares outstanding 81.1  81.0  81.0  81.0Adjusted net income applicable to participating shares per share$0.44 $0.48 $0.77 $0.84                    As at April 30, 2012  As atOctober 31, 2011Long-term debt      $210.4 $292.5Current portion of long-term debt       325.1  271.9Cash and cash equivalents       (22.2)  (75.0)Net indebtedness      $513.3 $489.4Amount to be paid to Quad/Graphics following the closing of the transaction to acquire the shares of Quad/Graphics Canada       -  50.0Adjusted net indebtedness      $513.3 $539.4Adjusted operating income before amortization (last 12 months)      $359.5 $373.4Net indebtedness ratio       1.43x  1.31xAdjusted net indebtedness ratio       1.43x  1.44xDividendAt its June 7, 2012 meeting, the Corporation's Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.145 per Class A Subordinate Voting Shares and Class B Shares. This dividend is payable on July 20, 2012 to participating shareholders of record at the close of business on July 3, 2012. On an annual basis, this represents a dividend of $0.58 per share. Furthermore, at the same meeting, the Board also declared a quarterly dividend of $0.4196 per share on cumulative 5-year rate reset first preferred shares, series D. This dividend is payable on July 16, 2012. On an annual basis, this represents a dividend of $1.6875 per preferred share.Additional InformationUpon releasing its second quarter results, Transcontinental Inc. will hold a conference call for the financial community today at 4:15 p.m. The dial-in numbers are (514) 807-9895 or (647) 427-7450 or 1-888-231-8191 and the access code is: 86629492#. Media may hear the call in listen-only mode or tune in to the simultaneous audio broadcast on the Corporation's Web site, which will then be archived for 30 days. For media requests for information or interviews, please contact Nancy Bouffard, Director, Internal and External Communications of TC Transcontinental, at 514 954-2809.ProfileTC Transcontinental creates marketing products and services that allow businesses to attract, reach and retain their target customers. The Corporation is the largest printer in Canada and the fourth-largest in North America. As the leading publisher of consumer magazines and French-language educational resources, and of community newspapers in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces, it is also one of Canada's major media groups. TC Transcontinental is also the leading door-to-door distributor of advertising material in Canada through its Publisac network in Quebec and Targeo in the rest of Canada. Thanks to a wide digital network of more than 3,500 websites, the Corporation reaches over 18.7 million unique visitors per month in Canada. TC Transcontinental also offers interactive marketing products and services that use new communication platforms supported by marketing strategy and planning services, database analytics, premedia, e-flyers, email marketing, custom communications and mobile solutions.Transcontinental Inc. (TSX: TCL.A, TCL.B, TCL.PR.D), known by the brands TC Transcontinental, TC Media and TC Transcontinental Printing, has approximately 11,000 employees in Canada and the United States, and reported revenues of C$2.0 billion in 2011. For more information about the corporation, please visit www.tc.tcForward-looking StatementsThis press release contains certain forward-looking statements concerning the future performance of the Corporation. Such statements, based on the current expectations of management, inherently involve numerous risks and uncertainties, known and unknown. We caution that all forward-looking information is inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from the assumptions, estimates or expectations reflected or contained in the forward-looking information, and that actual future performance will be affected by a number of factors, many of which are beyond the Corporation's control, including, but not limited to, the economic situation, structural changes in its industries, exchange rate, availability of capital, energy costs, increased competition, as well as the Corporation's capacity to engage in strategic transactions and integrate acquisitions into its activities. The risks, uncertainties and other factors that could influence actual results are described in the Management's Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) for the fiscal year ended on October 31st, 2011 and in the Annual Information Form and have been updated in the MD&A for the second quarter ended April 30th, 2012.The forward-looking information in this release is based on current expectations and information available as at June 7, 2012. The Corporation's management disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements unless otherwise required by the Securities Authorities.CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (LOSS)           Unaudited                        Three months ended Six months ended April 30 April 30(in millions of Canadian dollars, except per share data)2012 2011 2012 2011            Revenues$  529.4 $498.7 $1,025.3 $1,013.5Operating expenses 445.3  408.5  869.3  843.6Restructuring, integration and acquisition costs 14.4  4.1  16.9  5.7Impairment of assets 180.0  -  180.8  3.5Gain on business acquisition (31.7)  -  (31.7)  -            Operating income (loss) before amortization (78.6)  86.1  (10.0)  160.7Amortization 28.3  30.0  57.2  61.0            Operating income (loss) (106.9)  56.1  (67.2)  99.7Financial expenses 6.1  14.5  29.8  25.3            Income (loss) before income taxes (113.0)  41.6  (97.0)  74.4Income taxes (recovered) (10.0)  7.4  37.6  13.1            Net income (loss) from continuing operations (103.0)  34.2  (134.6)  61.3Net income (loss) from discontinued operations (1.3)  0.7  (1.3)  1.3            Net income (loss) (104.3)  34.9  (135.9)  62.6Non-controlling interests 0.2  0.5  0.2  0.8Net income (loss) attributable to shareholders of the Corporation (104.5)  34.4  (136.1)  61.8Dividends on preferred shares, net of related taxes 1.7  1.7  3.4  3.4Net income (loss) attributable to participating shares$(106.2) $32.7 $(139.5) $58.4            Net income (loss) per participating share - basic and diluted            Continuing operations$(1.29) $0.39 $(1.70) $0.70 Discontinued operations (0.02)  0.01  (0.02)  0.02 $(1.31) $0.40 $(1.72) $0.72            Weighted average number of shares outstanding - basic (in millions) 81.0  81.0  81.0  81.0            Weighted average number of shares outstanding - diluted (in millions) 81.0  81.1  81.0  81.1  CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)Unaudited                        Three months ended Six months ended April 30 April 30(in millions of Canadian dollars)2012 2011 2012 2011            Net income (loss)$(104.3) $ 34.9 $(135.9) $62.6            Other comprehensive income (loss)                       Items that will be reclassified to net income (loss):            Net change related to cash flow hedges             Net change in the fair value of derivatives designated as cash flow hedges (0.4)  4.9  (1.6)  5.3  Reclassification of the net change in the fair value of derivatives designated as cash flow hedges inprior periods, recognized in net income (loss) during the period 2.3  (3.1)  4.9  (1.6)  Related income taxes 1.2  0.5  2.8  1.2  0.7  1.3  0.5  2.5            Cumulative translation differences             Net losses on the translation of the financial statements of self-sustaining foreign operations (0.6)  (3.8)  (0.1)  (5.5)            Items that will not be reclassified to net income (loss):            Changes in actuarial gains and losses of defined benefit pension plans             Actuarial gains and losses of defined benefit pension plans (14.7)  (11.1)  (30.3)  11.4  Related income taxes (3.9)  (3.0)  (8.8)  3.0  (10.8)  (8.1)  (21.5)  8.4            Other comprehensive income (loss) (10.7)  (10.6)  (21.1)  5.4Comprehensive income (loss)$(115.0) $24.3 $(157.0) $68.0            Attributable to:            Shareholders of the Corporation$(115.2) $23.8 $(157.2) $67.2 Non-controlling interests 0.2  0.5  0.2  0.8 $(115.0) $24.3 $(157.0) $68.0CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN EQUITY     Unaudited                           (in millions of Canadian dollars)              Attributable to shareholders of the Corporation     Sharecapital Contributedsurplus Retainedearnings Accumulatedothercomprehensiveincome (loss) Total Non-controllinginterests Totalequity               Balance as at October 31, 2011$ 478.1 $ 1.8 $ 754.1 $(28.1) $ 1,205.9 $ 0.8 $ 1,206.7Net income (loss)-  - (136.1)  -   (136.1) 0.2 (135.9)Other comprehensive loss-  - -  (21.1) (21.1) - (21.1)Shareholders' contributions and distributions to shareholders               Exercise of stock options0.3 - -  - 0.3 - 0.3 Dividends-  - (26.1)  - (26.1) - (26.1) Stock-option based compensation-  0.4 -  - 0.4 - 0.4Balance as at April 30, 2012$ 478.4 $ 2.2 $ 591.9 $  (49.2) $1,023.3 $ 1.0 $ 1,024.3               Balance as at November 1, 2010$ 477.9 $ 1.1 $ 673.1 $  (4.5) $ 1,147.6 $ 0.8 $ 1,148.4Net income- - 61.8  - 61.8 0.8 62.6Other comprehensive income- - -  5.4 5.4 - 5.4Shareholders' contributions and distributions to shareholders               Exercise of stock options0.2 - -  - 0.2 - 0.2 Dividends- - (21.2)  - (21.2) (0.8) (22.0) Stock-option based compensation- 0.3 -  - 0.3 - 0.3Balance as at April 30, 2011$ 478.1 $ 1.4 $ 713.7 $  0.9 $ 1,194.1 $ 0.8 $ 1,194.9CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITIONUnaudited      (in millions of Canadian dollars)As at April 30, 2012 As atOctober 31,2011      Current assets      Cash and cash equivalents$22.2 $75.0 Accounts receivable 419.1  436.3 Income taxes receivable 7.1  14.7 Inventories 85.6  80.2 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 14.7  18.3  548.7  624.5      Property, plant and equipment 688.7  690.6Intangible assets 186.0  149.6Goodwill 511.4  682.5Deferred income taxes 286.8  197.7Other assets 28.1  20.2 $2,249.7 $2,365.1      Current liabilities      Accounts payable and accrued liabilities$266.1 $293.5 Provisions 20.4  10.7 Income taxes payable 88.7  33.5 Deferred subscription revenues and deposits 32.0  32.5 Current portion of long-term debt 325.1  271.9  732.3  642.1      Long-term debt  210.4  292.5Deferred income taxes 117.9  127.2Provisions 10.3  8.7Other liabilities 154.5  87.9  1,225.4  1,158.4      Equity      Share capital 478.4  478.1 Contributed surplus 2.2  1.8 Retained earnings 591.9  754.1 Accumulated other comprehensive loss (49.2)  (28.1) Attributable to shareholders of the Corporation 1,023.3  1,205.9 Non-controlling interests 1.0  0.8  1,024.3  1,206.7 $2,249.7 $2,365.1CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWSUnaudited Three months ended Six months ended April 30  April 30(in millions of Canadian dollars)2012 2011 2012 2011            Operating activities            Net income (loss)$(104.3) $34.9 $  (135.9) $62.6 Less: Net income (loss) from discontinued operations (1.3)  0.7  (1.3)  1.3 Net income (loss) from continuing operations (103.0)  34.2  (134.6)  61.3             Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) from continuing operations and cash flowsfrom operating activities:             Amortization 34.4  37.1  68.2  73.9  Impairment of assets 180.0  -  180.8  3.5  Gain on business acquisition (31.7)  -  (31.7)  -  Financial expenses on long-term debt 6.4  8.1  13.3  18.2  Interest on tax contingencies -  -  16.0  -  Expenses related to long-term debt prepayment -  5.8  -   5.8  Net loss (gain) on disposal of assets 0.1  (0.3)  (0.3)  (0.3)  Income taxes (recovered) (10.0)  7.4  37.6  13.1  Stock-option based compensation 0.2  0.1  0.4  0.3  Gain on pension plans curtailment (3.5)  -  (3.5)  -  Other (3.1)  (0.3)  (2.5)  (2.0) Cash flows generated by operating activities before changes in non-cash operatingitems and income tax paid                    69.8  92.1  143.7  173.8 Changes in non-cash operating items (28.1)  (8.4)  (44.4)  (21.1) Income tax paid (2.1)  (16.6)  (4.4)  (23.1) Cash flows from continuing operations 39.6  67.1  94.9  129.6 Cash flows from discontinued operations -   0.3  -   -  39.6  67.4  94.9  129.6            Investing activities            Business acquisitions (57.8)  (0.6)  (57.8)  (5.4) Acquisitions of property, plant and equipment (8.6)  (8.0)  (16.9)  (28.5) Disposals of property, plant and equipment 0.1  0.5  0.5  0.6 Increase in intangible assets and other assets (4.8)  (3.2)  (9.5)  (8.1) Cash flows from investments in continuing operations (71.1)  (11.3)  (83.7)  (41.4) Cash flows from investments in discontinued operations -   (0.4)  -   (0.8)  (71.1)  (11.7)  (83.7)  (42.2)            Financing activities            Reimbursement of long-term debt (73.1)  (100.8)  (81.2)  (108.1) Increase in revolving term credit facility 89.9  24.5  55.8  31.0 Financial expenses on long-term debt (6.3)  (8.2)  (12.6)  (16.1) Expenses related to long-term debt prepayment -   (3.4)  -   (3.4) Dividends on participating shares (11.8)  (8.9)  (22.7)  (17.8) Dividends on preferred shares (1.7)  (1.7)  (3.4)  (3.4) Issuance of participating shares 0.2  0.1  0.3  0.2 Bond forward contract -   -  -   (6.0) Cash flows from the financing of continuing operations (2.8)  (98.4)  (63.8)  (123.6)            Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalentsdenominated inforeign currencies (0.3)  (0.5)  (0.2)  (0.8)            Decrease in cash and cash equivalents (34.6)  (43.2)  (52.8)  (37.0)Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 56.8  42.5  75.0  36.3Cash and cash equivalents (bank overdraft) at end of period$22.2 $(0.7) $22.2 $(0.7)            Non-cash investing and financing activities            Net change in capital asset acquisitions financed by accounts payable$0.3 $(0.4) $(2.2) $(14.0)For further information: Media Nancy Bouffard Director, Internal and External Communications TC Transcontinental Telephone : 514 954-2809 nancy.bouffard@tc.tc www.tc.tc  Financial Community Jennifer F. McCaughey Senior Director, Investor Relations and Financial Communications TC Transcontinental Telephone : 514 954-2821 jennifer.mccaughey@tc.tc www.tc.tc