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METRO reports growth of 27.8% in 2012 fourth quarter adjusted net earnings per share(1)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

METRO reports growth of 27.8% in 2012 fourth quarter adjusted net earnings per share(1)07:00 EST Wednesday, November 14, 2012MONTREAL, Nov. 14, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - METRO INC. (TSX: MRU) announced its results today for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 29, 2012.2012 FOURTH QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS13-week quarter versus 12 weeks in 2011Net earnings of $145.1 million, or $1.46 per share, up 75.9%Adjusted net earnings(1) of $123.4 million, or $1.24 per share, up 27.8%Sales of $2,943.7 million, up 11.1%Same store sales up 1.1%Declared dividend of $0.215 per share, up 11.7%FISCAL 2012 HIGHLIGHTS53-week fiscal year versus 52 weeks in 2011Net earnings of $489.3 million, or $4.84 per share, up 27.7%Adjusted net earnings(1) of $470.6 million, or $4.65 per share, up 18.3%Sales of $12,010.8 million, up 5.4%Same store sales up 1.2% Fiscal Year(Millions of dollars,except for net earnings per share/EPS)2012 (13 weeks)%2011(12 weeks)%Change %Sales2,943.7100.02,649.5100.011.1EBITDA(1)246.38.4166.86.347.7Adjusted EBITDA(1) excluding share of earnings from our investment in Alimentation Couche-Tard209.27.1172.06.521.6Net earnings145.14.984.43.271.9Adjusted net earnings(1)123.44.298.93.724.8Fully diluted EPS1.46—0.83—75.9Adjusted fully diluted EPS(1)1.24—0.97—27.8       Fiscal Year(Millions of dollars,except for net earnings per share/EPS)2012(53 weeks)%2011(52 weeks)%Change %Sales12,010.8100.011,396.4100.05.4EBITDA(1)894.37.4766.36.716.7Adjusted EBITDA(1) excluding share of earnings from our investment in Alimentation Couche-Tard821.76.8744.46.510.4Net earnings489.34.1392.73.424.6Adjusted net earnings(1)470.63.9407.23.615.6Fully diluted EPS4.84—3.79—27.7Adjusted fully diluted EPS(1)4.65—3.93—18.3 PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE"We are very pleased with our strong fourth quarter and fiscal 2012 performance, resulting from our team's excellent execution, effective cost control, and sustained investments in our network. While we expect competitive activity will remain strong in 2013, we will continue(2) to emphasize our customer first strategies to driveour future growth," stated Eric R. La Flèche, President and Chief Executive Officer.PRESS RELEASEThis press release sets out the financial position and consolidated results of METRO INC. on September 29, 2012. It should be read in conjunction with the unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes in this press release.As of September 25, 2011, the Corporation has prepared its financial statements according to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements for the 13-week and 53-week periods ended September 29, 2012 have been prepared by management in accordance with IAS 34 "Interim Financial Reporting" and IFRS 1 "First-time Adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards". They should be read in conjunction with the audited annual consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes which were prepared in accordance with Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and the Management's Discussion & Analysis, including the IFRS conversion plan, presented in the Corporation's 2011 Annual Report. Given the change in accounting standards, they should be read in conjunction with the following information as well:a)the unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements for the 12-week period ended December 17, 2011, particularly the explanations on the transition to IFRS on September 26, 2010 (note 2), significant accounting policies (note 3) and additional annual information requirements under IFRS (note 13) since all of this information is not included in this press release;b)the explanations on the transition to IFRS on September 24, 2011 (note 2) and new accounting policies (note 3) in this press release.Unless otherwise stated, this press release is based upon information as at November 2, 2012 and all figures are presented according to IFRS.SALESSales in the fourth quarter and fiscal 2012 reached $2,943.7 million and $12,010.8 million, up 11.1% and 5.4% respectively compared to sales of $2,649.5 million and $11,396.4 million for the corresponding periods last year. The 2012 fiscal year was 53 weeks long, with one more week to the year and fourth quarter than last year. Excluding this extra week, fiscal 2012 and fourth quarter sales were up 3.4% and 2.5% respectively. Adonis stores and distributor Phoenicia's fourth quarter and fiscal 2012 sales contributed $63.3 million and $236.6 million respectively to the Corporation's sales. Same store sales were up 1.1% for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the corresponding period in 2011. We experienced very modest inflation in the fourth quarter of 2012, but lower than the Consumer Price Index reported by Statistics Canada.EARNINGS BEFORE FINANCIAL COSTS, TAXES, DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION (EBITDA)(1) EBITDA adjustments(1)   Fiscal Year   2012 (13 weeks) 2011(12 weeks) Change%(Millions of dollars, unless otherwise indicated)EBITDASalesEBITDA/Sales(%) EBITDASalesEBITDA/Sales(%) EBITDAEBITDA246.32,943.78.4 166.82,649.56.3 47.7Closure costs——  20.5—   Couche-Tard dilution gain(25.0)—  ——   Adjusted EBITDA221.32,943.77.5 187.32,649.57.1 18.2Share of earnings in Couche-Tard(12.1)—  (15.3)—   Adjusted EBITDA excluding share of earnings209.22,943.77.1 172.02,649.56.5 21.6       Fiscal Year   2012 (53 weeks) 2011(52 weeks) Change%(Millions of dollars, unless otherwise indicated)EBITDASalesEBITDA/Sales(%) EBITDASalesEBITDA/Sales(%) EBITDAEBITDA894.312,010.87.4 766.311,396.46.7 16.7Closure costs——  20.5—   Couche-Tard dilution gain(25.0)—  ——   Adjusted EBITDA869.312,010.87.2 786.811,396.46.9 10.5Share of earnings in Couche-Tard(47.6)—  (42.4)—   Adjusted EBITDA excluding share of earnings821.712,010.86.8 744.411,396.46.5 10.4EBITDA(1) for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $246.3 million, up 47.7% from $166.8 million for the same quarter last year. EBITDA(1) for fiscal 2012 was $894.3 million, up 16.7% from $766.3 million for fiscal 2011.In the fourth quarters of 2012 and 2011, we respectively recorded a non-recurring gain of $25.0 million before taxes and a non-recurring loss of $20.5 million before taxes.In August 2012, Alimentation Couche-Tard issued 7.3 million shares for net proceeds of approximately $330 million to finance part of its acquisition of Statoil Fuel & Retail ASA. As the Corporation did not participate in this share issue, our interest in Couche-Tard decreased from 11.6% to 11.1%. This dilution and our share in Couche-Tard's increased value as a result of the share issue amount to a deemed disposition and deemed proceeds of disposition of part of our investment for a net pre-tax gain of $25.0 million.In the fourth quarter of 2011, we closed our meat processing plant in Montreal and a grocery warehouse in Toronto to improve operational efficiency. Closure costs were $20.5 million before taxes.Excluding these non-recurring items, adjusted EBITDA(1) for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2012 were $221.3 million and $869.3 million respectively. Adjusted EBITDA(1) for the 2011 fourth quarter and fiscal year were $187.3 million and $786.8 million respectively.Adjusted EBITDA(1) for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2012 were up 18.2% and 10.5% respectively over those for the corresponding periods of fiscal 2011.Our share of earnings in Alimentation Couche-Tard, excluding the dilution gain of $25.0 million before taxes, were $12.1 million for the fourth quarter and $47.6 million for fiscal 2012, versus $15.3 million and $42.4 million for the corresponding periods of fiscal 2011. In its two last quarterly reports, Couche-Tard stated that non-recurring items were included in those quarters and that excluding them had reduced the adjusted net earnings(1) for its fourth quarter ended April 29, 2012 by $US 15.4 million and increased its adjusted net earnings(1) for the first quarter ended July 22, 2012 by $US 70.1 million.Excluding the non-recurring items and our share of earnings in Alimentation Couche-Tard, the adjusted EBITDA(1) for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2012 were $209.2 million and $821.7 million respectively, or 7.1 % and 6.8% of their respective sales. Adjusted EBITDA(1) for the corresponding periods last year were $172.0 million and $744.4 million respectively, or 6.5% of sales for both periods.Adjusted EBITDA(1), excluding our share of earnings in Alimentation Couche-Tard, for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2012 were up 21.6% and 10.4% respectively over those for the corresponding periods of fiscal 2011.The significant increase in adjusted EBITDA(1) for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same quarter of 2011 is also attributable to the results for the 53rd week of 2012 when several fixed costs were no longer in effect.Gross margins for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2012 were 18.5% and 18.4% respectively, up from 17.7% and 18.1% for the corresponding periods of 2011. Our merchandising strategies, the decrease of in-store losses, and the Adonis stores contributed to these increases. In addition, in the fourth quarter of 2011, a reclassification of approximately $10 million for the first three quarters was made between salaries at the expense level and the cost of goods sold. Excluding this reclassification, the gross margins in the fourth quarter of 2011 was 18.1%.DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION AND NET FINANCIAL COSTSTotal depreciation and amortization expenses for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2012 amounted to $41.8 million and $183.9 million respectively compared to $41.5 million and $179.3 million for the corresponding periods last year. Fourth quarter net financial costs totalled $11.7 million in 2012 versus $9.4 million last year, while fiscal 2012 net financial costs totalled $46.4 million versus $41.5 million last year. Interest rates averaged 4.2% for fiscal 2012 and the corresponding period last year.INCOME TAXESThe fourth quarter and fiscal 2012 income tax expenses of $47.7 million and $174.7 million represented effective tax rates of 24.7% and 26.3% respectively. The fourth quarter and fiscal 2011 income tax expenses of $31.5 million and $152.8 million represented effective tax rates of 27.2% and 28.0% respectively. On June 20, 2012, the Ontario Legislative Assembly adopted the budget tabled on March 27, 2012, thereby deferring the scheduled reductions in corporate tax rates of 0.5% on July 1, 2012 and of 1.0% on July 1, 2013 until an expected balanced budget in 2017-2018 is attained. With these reductions in tax rates being suspended and deferred conditionally, we have canceled in the third quarter of 2012, $3.0 million of deferred taxes in our statement of financial position for tax savings recorded in prior periods related to these reductions in tax rates, and recorded an equivalent non-recurring income tax expense. Excluding this non-recurring tax expense, our effective tax rate for fiscal 2012 was 25.8%.The tax rates for the 2012 periods were lower than those for the corresponding periods last year due to two federal corporate tax rate reductions of 1.5% each effective January 1, 2011 and 2012, as well as a 0.5% reduction in Ontario's effective July 1, 2011.NET EARNINGSNet earnings for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $145.1 million, an increase of 71.9% over net earnings of $84.4 million for the same quarter of 2011. Fully diluted net earnings per share rose 75.9% to $1.46 from $0.83 last year. Excluding the Couche-Tard dilution gain of $25.0 million before taxes recorded in the fourth quarter of 2012 as well as the closure costs of $20.5 million before taxes in the corresponding quarter of 2011, our adjusted net earnings(1) for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $123.4 million and our adjusted fully diluted net earnings per share(1) were $1.24, for increases of 24.8% and 27.8% respectively.The significant increase in adjusted net earnings(1) for the fourth quarter of 2012 over the same quarter of 2011 is also attributable to the results for the 53rd week of 2012 when several fixed costs were no longer in effect.Net earnings for fiscal 2012 reached $489.3 million, up 24.6% from $392.7 million last year. Fully diluted net earnings per share were $4.84 compared to $3.79 last year, an increase of 27.7%. Excluding the non-recurring tax expense of $3.0 million and the Couche-Tard dilution gain of $25.0 million before taxes recorded in 2012 as well as the closure costs of $20.5 million before taxes in 2011, our adjusted net earnings(1) were $470.6 million and our adjusted fully diluted net earnings per share(1) were $4.65, increases of 15.6% and 18.3% respectively.Net earnings adjustments  Fiscal Year    2012(13 weeks)  2011(12 weeks) Change (%) (Millionsof dollars)Fully dilutedEPS (Dollars) (Millions of dollars)Fully dilutedEPS (Dollars) NetearningsFullydilutedEPSNet earnings145.11.46 84.40.83 71.975.9Closure costs after taxes—— 14.50.14   Couche-Tard dilution gain after taxes(21.7)(0.22) ——   Non-recurring tax expense—— ——   Adjusted net earnings(1)123.41.24 98.90.97 24.827.8          Fiscal Year   2012(53 weeks) 2011(52 weeks) Change (%) (Millionsof dollars)Fully dilutedEPS (Dollars) (Millionsof dollars)Fully dilutedEPS (Dollars) NetearningsFullydilutedEPSNet earnings489.34.84 392.73.79 24.627.7Closure costs after taxes—— 14.50.14   Couche-Tard dilution gain after taxes(21.7)(0.22) ——   Non-recurring tax expense3.00.03 ——   Adjusted net earnings(1)470.64.65 407.23.93 15.618.3QUARTERLY HIGHLIGHTS(Millions of dollars, unless otherwise indicated)2012(53 weeks)2011(52 weeks)Change%Sales   Q1(3)2,711.72,622.53.4Q2(3)2,651.92,557.53.7Q3(4)3,703.53,566.93.8Q4(5)2,943.72,649.511.1Fiscal12,010.811,396.45.4Net earnings   Q1(3)103.795.58.6Q2(3)96.185.712.1Q3(4)144.4127.113.6Q4(5)145.184.471.9Fiscal489.3392.724.6Adjusted net earnings (1)   Q1(3)103.795.58.6Q2(3)96.185.712.1Q3(4)147.4127.116.0Q4(5)123.498.924.8Fiscal470.6407.215.6Fully diluted net earnings per share (Dollars)   Q1(3)1.010.9111.0Q2(3)0.940.8214.6Q3(4)1.431.2316.3Q4(5)1.460.8375.9Fiscal4.843.7927.7Adjusted fully diluted net earnings per share(1)(Dollars)   Q1(3)1.010.9111.0Q2(3)0.940.8214.6Q3(4)1.461.2318.7Q4(5)1.240.9727.8Fiscal4.653.9318.3(3) 12 weeks      (4) 16 weeks      (5) 2012 - 13 weeks, 2011 - 12 weeksFirst, second and third quarter sales for 2012 reached $2,711.7 million, $2,651.9 million and $3,703.5 million respectively, up 3.4%, 3.7% and 3.8% from $2,622.5 million, $2,557.5 million and $3,566.9 million for the corresponding periods last year. Adonis stores and distributor Phoenicia sales contributed $33.0 million to the Corporation's sales for eight weeks in the first quarter, $59.0 million for the second quarter and $81.3 million for the third quarter of 2012. Same store sales were up 1.7% over those for 2011 in the first quarter, 1.0% in the second quarter and 1.0% in the third quarter of 2012. We experienced moderate inflation in our food basket in the first quarter which was, however, lower than in the previous quarter and lower than levels reported by Statistics Canada. We experienced modest impact from inflation in the second quarter of 2012 albeit lower than in the previous quarter. During the third quarter of 2012, we experienced very modest inflation which was lower than in the first two quarters.Fourth quarter sales for 2012 reached $2,943.7 million, up 11.1% from $2,649.5 million last year. Excluding the 53rd week of fiscal 2012, the sales increase for the fourth quarter was 2.5%. Adonis stores and distributor Phoenicia sales contributed $63.3 million to 2012 fourth quarter sales. During the fourth quarter of 2012, we experienced very modest inflation similar to the previous quarter.Net earnings for the first and second quarters of 2012 were $103.7 million and $96.1 million compared to $95.5 million and $85.7 million for the corresponding quarters last year, increases of 8.6% and 12.1%. Fully diluted net earnings per share rose 11.0% and 14.6% to $1.01 and $0.94 from $0.91 and $0.82 last year.Net earnings for the third quarter of 2012 were $144.4 million, up 13.6% from $127.1 million for the corresponding quarter of 2011. Fully diluted net earnings per share for the third quarter of 2012 were $1.43, up 16.3% from $1.23 for the same quarter of 2011. Excluding the non-recurring tax expense of $3.0 million, our adjusted net earnings(1) were $147.4 million and our adjusted fully diluted net earnings per share(1) were $1.46, up 16.0% and 18.7% respectively.Net earnings for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $145.1 million versus $84.4 million for the corresponding quarter of 2011, an increase of 71.9%. Fully diluted net earnings per share were $1.46 versus $0.83 last year, an increase of 75.9%. Excluding the Couche-Tard dilution gain of $25.0 million before taxes recorded in the fourth quarter of 2012 as well as the closure costs of $20.5 million before taxes in the corresponding quarter of 2011, our adjusted net earnings(1) for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $123.4 million and our adjusted fully diluted net earnings per share(1) were $1.24, for increases of 24.8% and 27.8% respectively. The significant increase in adjusted EBITDA(1) for the fourth quarter of 2012 is also attributable to the results for the 53rd week of 2012 when several fixed costs were no longer in effect. 2012 2011(Millions of dollars)Q1Q2Q3Q4Fiscal Q1Q2Q3Q4FiscalNet earnings103.796.1144.4145.1489.3 95.585.7127.184.4392.7Closure costs after taxes— ——— —  — — —14.514.5Couche-Tard dilution gain after taxes———(21.7)(21.7) —————Non-recurring tax expense——3.0—3.0 —————Adjusted net earnings(1)103.796.1147.4123.4470.6 95.585.7127.198.9407.2             2012 2011(Dollars and per share)Q1Q2Q3Q4Fiscal Q1Q2Q3Q4FiscalFully diluted net earnings1.010.941.431.464.84 0.910.821.230.833.79Closure costs after taxes————— ———0.140.14Couche-Tard dilution gain after taxes———(0.22)(0.22) —————Non-recurring tax expense——0.03—0.03 —————Adjusted fully diluted net earnings(1)1.010.941.461.244.65 0.910.821.230.973.93CASH POSITION OPERATING ACTIVITIESOperating activities generated cash flows of $126.8 million in the fourth quarter and $546.1 million over fiscal 2012, compared to $183.3 million and $542.4 million respectively in the corresponding periods of fiscal 2011. This decrease is due primarily to net changes in non-cash working capital items that required greater outflows in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to last year.INVESTING ACTIVITIESInvesting activities required outflows of $69.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 and $357.0 million in fiscal 2012 versus $53.0 million and $226.7 million in the corresponding periods of 2011. The increase in funds used in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to that of 2011 is due primarily to greater fixed asset acquisitions and disposals of a net $19.3 million in 2012 and greater business acquisitions of $5.8 million in 2011. The increase in funds used during fiscal 2012 compared to fiscal 2011 is due primarily to greater business acquisitions in 2012 compared to 2011, attributable to the acquisition of Adonis stores and their distributor Phoenicia for a cash consideration of $146.8 million (net of cash acquired totalling $3.0 million) as well as increased acquisitions of $80.8 million of fixed and intangible assets.During fiscal 2012, the Corporation and its retailers invested $281.8 million in our retail network, for a gross expansion of 383,200 square feet and a net expansion of 34,400 square feet or 0.2%. Major renovations and expansions of 19 stores were completed, 7 new stores were opened and 11 stores were closed.FINANCING ACTIVITIESFinancing activities required outflows of $82.7 million and $371.3 million in the fourth quarter and fiscal 2012 versus 2011 fourth quarter and fiscal year outflows of $75.3 million and $274.9 million. The increase in funds used in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to that of 2011 is due to a $57.5 million increase in net debt repayment and a $40.1 million decrease in the redemption of shares. The increase in funds used during fiscal 2012 compared to fiscal 2011 is due primarily to a $26.7 million increase in the redemption of shares and a $60.1 million increase in net debt repayment.FINANCIAL POSITIONWe do not anticipate(2) any liquidity risk and consider our financial position at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 as very solid. We had an unused authorized revolving credit facility of $284.6 million.At the end of the fourth quarter of 2012, the main elements of our non-current debt were as follows: Interest Rate Balance(Millions of dollars) MaturityRevolving Credit FacilityRates fluctuate with changes in bankers' acceptance rates 315.4 November 3, 2016Series A Notes 4.98% fixed rate  200.0 October 15, 2015Series B Notes 5.97% fixed rate  400.0 October 15, 2035On October 12, 2012, the revolving credit facility's maturity date was extended to November 3, 2017.At the end of the fourth quarter, we had foreign exchange forward contracts to hedge against the effect of foreign exchange rate fluctuations on our future foreign-denominated purchases of goods and services.Our main financial ratios were as follows: As atSeptember 29,2012As atSeptember 24,2011   Financial structure   Non-current debt (Millions of dollars)973.91,025.5 Equity (Millions of dollars)2,545.12,399.3 Non-current debt/total capital (%)27.729.9    Fiscal Year 20122011Results   EBITDA(1)/Financial costs (Times)19.318.5 SHARE CAPITAL REORGANIZATIONFollowing the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders held on January 31, 2012, our share capital has been changed as follows:each issued and outstanding Class B Share carrying 16 votes per share has been converted into one single vote Class A Subordinate Share;the Class B Shares, along with the rights, privileges, restrictions and conditions attached thereto, have been eliminated;the Class A Subordinate Shares have been redesignated as "Common Shares" and shall constitute the Corporation's sole class of equity shares carrying one vote per share;First Preferred Shares have been redesignated as "Preferred Shares".For ease of reading, we have restated all prior periods disclosed to reflect the share capital reorganization of January 31, 2012 as if it had always existed. Therefore, only the Common Shares are disclosed in this press release. This restatement is possible since Class B Shares and Class A Subordinate Shares were participating shares. The differences between these classes of shares were primarily voting rights, the exclusivity of Class B Shares held by Metro Merchants, and that Class B Shares were not listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.CAPITAL STOCK, STOCK OPTIONS AND PERFORMANCE SHARE UNITS      As atSeptember 29,2012As atSeptember 24,2011   Number of Common Shares outstanding (Thousands)97,186101,084Stock options:   Number outstanding (Thousands)1,6831,776 Exercise prices (Dollars)24.73 to 58.4120.20 to 47.14 Weighted average exercise price (Dollars)39.2735.38Performance share units:   Number outstanding (Thousands)284310 NORMAL COURSE ISSUER BID PROGRAMThe Corporation decided to renew the issuer bid program as an additional option for using excess funds. Thus, we will be able to decide, in the shareholders' best interest, to reimburse debt or to repurchase Corporation Shares. The Board of Directors authorized the Corporation to repurchase, in the normal course of business, between September 10, 2012 and September 9, 2013, up to 6,000,000 of its Common Shares representing approximately 6.2 % of its issued and outstanding shares at the close of the Toronto Stock Exchange on August 31, 2012. Repurchases are made through the stock exchange at market price and in accordance with its policies and regulations, and in any other manner allowed by the stock exchange and by any other securities regulatory agency, including off-board transactions. Common Shares so repurchased will be cancelled. Under the normal course issuer bid program covering the period from September 8, 2011 to September 7, 2012, the Corporation repurchased 4,239,800 Common Shares at an average price of $50.99 for a total of $216.2 million.Under the normal course issuer bid program covering the period from September 10, 2012 to September 9, 2013, the Corporation repurchased, up to November 2, 2012, 333,300 Common Shares at an average price of 57.65 $, for a total of $19.2 million.DIVIDENDSOn September 25, 2012, the Corporation's Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.215 per Common Share payable November 21, 2012, an increase of 11.7% over the dividend declared for the same quarter last year. On an annualized basis, this dividend represents 21.3% of 2011 net earnings.SHARE TRADINGThe value of METRO shares remained in the $43.76 to $59.68 range over fiscal 2012. During this period, a total of 70.0 million shares traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The closing price at the end of fiscal 2012 was $58.40 compared to $44.69 at the end of fiscal 2011. The closing price on Friday, November 2, 2012 was $58.86.NEW ACCOUNTING POLICIESRECENTLY ISSUED Classification and measurement of financial assets and financial liabilitiesIn November 2009, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) published IFRS 9 "Financial Instruments". This new standard simplifies the classification and measurement of financial assets set out in IAS 39 "Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement". Financial assets are to be measured at amortized cost or fair value. They are to be measured at amortized cost if the two following conditions are met:a)the assets are held within a business model whose objective is to collect contractual cash flows; andb) the contractual cash flows are solely payments of principal and interest on the outstanding principal.All other financial assets are to be measured at fair value through net earnings. The entity may, if certain conditions are met, elect to use the fair value option instead of measurement at amortized cost. As well, the entity may choose upon initial recognition to measure non-trading equity investments at fair value through comprehensive income. Such a choice is irrevocable.In October 2010, the IASB issued revisions to IFRS 9, adding the requirements for classification and measurement of financial liabilities contained in IAS 39 and further points. For financial liabilities measured at fair value through net earnings using the fair value option, the amount of change in a liability's fair value attributable to changes in its credit risk is recognized directly in other comprehensive income.In December 2011, the IASB deferred the mandatory effective date of IFRS 9 to fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2015. Early adoption is permitted under certain conditions. An entity is not required to restate comparative financial periods for its first-time application of IFRS 9, but must comply with the new disclosure requirements.Offsetting financial assets and financial liabilitiesIn December 2011, the IASB issued amendments to IAS 32 "Financial Instruments: Presentation" clarifying the requirements for offsetting financial assets and financial liabilities. These amendments shall be applied to annual periods beginning on or after January 1, 2014.The IASB also issued amendments to IFRS 7 "Financial Instruments: Disclosures" improving disclosure on offsetting of financial assets and financial liabilities. These amendments shall be applied to annual and interim periods beginning on or after January 1, 2013.Consolidated Financial StatementsIn May 2011, the IASB published IFRS 10 "Consolidated Financial Statements" which is a replacement of SIC-12 "Consolidation - Special Purpose Entities", and certain parts of IAS 27 "Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements". IFRS 10 uses control as the single basis for consolidation, irrespective of the nature of the investee, employing the following factors to identify control:a) power over the investee;b) exposure or rights to variable returns from involvement with the investee;c) the ability to use power over the investee to affect the amount of the investor's returns.IFRS 10 shall be applied to fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2013. Early adoption is permitted under certain conditions.Joint ArrangementsIn May 2011, the IASB published IFRS 11 "Joint Arrangements" which supersedes IAS 31 "Interests in Joint Ventures" and SIC-13 "Jointly Controlled Entities - Non-Monetary Contributions by Venturers". IFRS 11 requires that joint ventures be accounted for using the equity method of accounting and eliminates the need for proportionate consolidation. This new standard shall be applied to fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2013. Early adoption is permitted under certain conditions.Disclosure of Interests in Other EntitiesIn May 2011, the IASB published IFRS 12 "Disclosure of Interests in Other Entities" which requires that an entity disclose information on the nature of and risks associated with its interests in other entities (i.e. subsidiaries, joint arrangements, associates or unconsolidated structured entities) and the effects of those interests on its financial statements. IFRS 12 shall be applied to fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2013. Early adoption is permitted under certain conditions. Entities may, without early adoption of IFRS 12, choose to incorporate only some of the required disclosures in their financial statements.Fair Value MeasurementIn May 2011, the IASB published IFRS 13 "Fair Value Measurement" to establish a single framework for fair value measurement of financial and non-financial items. IFRS 13 defines fair value as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. It also requires disclosure of certain information on fair value measurements. IFRS 13 shall be applied to fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2013. Early adoption is permitted.Employee BenefitsIn June 2011, the IASB issued amendments to IAS 19 "Employee Benefits". Changes in defined benefit obligations and plan assets are to be recognized in comprehensive income when they occur, thus eliminating the corridor approach and accelerating recognition of past service cost. Net interest is to be recognized in net earnings and calculated using the discount rate by reference to market yields at the end of the reporting period on high quality corporate bonds. The actual return on plan assets minus net interest is to be recognized in other comprehensive income. These amendments shall be applied to fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2013. Early adoption is permitted.Presentation of Financial StatementsIn June 2011, the IASB issued amendments to IAS1 "Presentation of Financial Statements". Items of other comprehensive income and the corresponding tax expense are required to be grouped into those that will and will not subsequently be reclassified through net earnings. These amendments shall be applied to fiscal years beginning on or after July 1, 2012. Early adoption is permitted.At present, the Corporation is assessing the impact of the above-mentioned amendments on its earnings, financial position and cash flows.EVENT AFTER THE REPORTING PERIODOn October 22, 2012, we announced a conditional agreement to dispose of our food service operation, the Distagro division, which supplies restaurant and gas station chains. The disposal for a consideration of approximately $15 million excluding working capital and a net gain after taxes of approximately $7 million should take place in the next few weeks.The transaction will be recorded in our financial statements as a discontinued operation and the Corporation's consolidated income statements for current and prior periods will be restated. Related Distagro sales and expenditures will be recorded as a net loss on a discontinued operation under a separate income statement section.FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATIONWe have used, throughout this report, different statements that could, within the context of regulations issued by the Canadian Securities Administrators, be construed as being forward-looking information. In general, any statement contained herein, which does not constitute a historical fact, may be deemed a forward-looking statement. Expressions such as "continue", "drive", "anticipate" and other similar expressions are generally indicative of forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained herein are based upon certain assumptions regarding the Canadian food industry, the general economy, our annual budget, as well as our 2013 action plan.These forward-looking statements do not provide any guarantees as to the future performance of the Corporation and are subject to potential risks, known and unknown, as well as uncertainties that could cause the outcome to differ significantly. An economic slowdown or recession, or the arrival of a new competitor, are examples described under the "Risk Management" section of the 2011 Annual Report which could have an impact on these statements. We believe these statements to be reasonable and pertinent as at the date of publication of this report and represent our expectations. The Corporation does not intend to update any forward-looking statement contained herein, except as required by applicable law.IFRS AND NON-IFRS MEASUREMENTSIn addition to the IFRS earnings measurements provided, we have included certain IFRS and non-IFRS earnings measurements. These measurements are presented for information purposes only. They do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measurements presented by other public companies.EARNINGS BEFORE FINANCIAL COSTS, TAXES, DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION (EBITDA)EBITDA is a measurement of earnings that excludes financial costs, taxes, depreciation and amortization. It is an additional IFRS measurement and it is presented separately in the condensed consolidated statements of income. We believe that EBITDA is a measurement commonly used by readers of financial statements to evaluate a company's operational cash-generating capacity and ability to discharge its financial expenses.ADJUSTED EBITDA, ADJUSTED NET EARNINGS AND ADJUSTED FULLY DILUTED NET EARNINGS PER SHAREAdjusted EBITDA, adjusted net earnings and adjusted fully diluted net earnings per share are earnings measurements that exclude non-recurring items. They are non-IFRS measurements. We believe that presenting earnings without non-recurring items leaves readers of financial statements better informed as to the current period and corresponding period's earnings, thus enabling them to better evaluate the Corporation's performance and judge its future outlook.OUTLOOKWe are very pleased with our strong fourth quarter and fiscal 2012 performance, resulting from our team's excellent execution, effective cost control, and sustained investments in our network. While we expect competitive activity will remain strong in 2013, we will continue(2) to emphasize our customer first strategies to drive(2) our future growth.CONFERENCE CALLFinancial analysts and institutional investors are invited to participate in a conference call on the 2012 fourth quarter and fiscal year results at 10:00 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, November 14, 2012. To access the conference call, please dial 647 427-7450 or 1 888 231-8191. The media and investing public may access this conference via a listen mode only.(1) See section on "IFRS and Non-IFRS Measurements"(2) See section on "Forward-looking Information"Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial StatementsMETRO INC.September 29, 2012Condensed consolidated statements of incomePeriods ended September 29, 2012 and September 24, 2011(Unaudited) (Millions of dollars, except for net earnings per share) Fiscal Year Fiscal Year2012(13 weeks)2011(12 weeks)2012(53 weeks)2011(52 weeks)Sales2,943.7 2,649.5 12,010.8 11,396.4Cost of sales and operating expenses (note 5)(2,734.5) (2,477.5) (11,189.1) (10,652.0)Share of an associate's earnings37.1 15.3 72.6 42.4Closure expenses— (20.5) — (20.5)Earnings before financial costs, taxes, depreciation and amortization246.3 166.8 894.3 766.3Depreciation and amortization (note 5)(41.8) (41.5) (183.9) (179.3)Operating income204.5 125.3 710.4 587.0Financial costs, net (note 5)(11.7) (9.4) (46.4) (41.5)Earnings before income taxes192.8 115.9 664.0 545.5Income taxes (note 6)(47.7) (31.5) (174.7) (152.8)Net earnings145.1 84.4 489.3 392.7        Attributable to:       Equity holders of the parent143.3 84.4 481.8 392.7Non-controlling interests1.8 — 7.5 — 145.1 84.4 489.3 392.7        Net earnings per share (Dollars) (note 7)       Basic1.47 0.83 4.87 3.81Fully diluted1.46 0.83 4.84 3.79See accompanying notesCondensed consolidated statements of comprehensive incomePeriods ended September 29, 2012 and September 24, 2011(Unaudited) (Millions of dollars) Fiscal Year Fiscal Year 2012(13 weeks) 2011(12 weeks) 2012(53 weeks) 2011(52 weeks)Net earnings145.1 84.4 489.3 392.7Other comprehensive income (note 10)        Change in the fair value of a derivative designated as cash flow hedge— — — 0.4 Changes in defined benefit plans         Actuarial losses  (16.1) (83.7) (65.6) (66.8)  Asset ceiling effect  0.1 3.8 (2.7) 0.5  Minimum funding requirement  (4.2) (5.1) 0.1 (2.5) Share of an associate's other comprehensive income0.1 — (0.6) 0.1 Corresponding income taxes5.4 21.7 19.0 17.4Comprehensive income130.4 21.1 439.5 341.8            Attributable to:       Equity holders of the parent128.6 21.1 432.0 341.8Non-controlling interests1.8 — 7.5 — 130.4 21.1 439.5 341.8See accompanying notesCondensed consolidated statements of financial position(Unaudited) (Millions of dollars) As atSeptember 29,2012 As atSeptember 24,2011 As atSeptember 26,2010ASSETS      Current assets     Cash and cash equivalents73.3 255.5 214.7Accounts receivable332.8 300.3 311.3Inventories784.4 728.3 699.3Prepaid expenses6.6 11.7 9.7Current taxes13.9 2.2 1.7 1,211.0 1,298.0 1,236.7Assets held for sale0.6 6.6 — 1,211.6 1,304.6 1,236.7Non-current assets     Investment in an associate324.5 258.7 220.9Other financial assets21.6 17.0 15.8Fixed assets1,280.3 1,226.1 1,217.2Investment properties22.1 27.0 27.8Intangible assets373.1 297.2 304.0Goodwill1,859.5 1,649.1 1,603.7Deferred taxes56.3 45.8 48.8Defined benefit assets1.4 1.6 20.3 5,150.4 4,827.1 4,695.2LIABILITIES AND EQUITY      Current liabilities     Bank loans0.3 0.3 1.0Accounts payable1,086.4 1,061.1 1,064.1Current taxes60.5 46.2 50.8Provisions11.2 17.3 9.2Current portion of debt12.1 378.1 4.7 1,170.5 1,503.0 1,129.8Non-current liabilities     Debt (note 8)973.9 656.2 1,004.3Defined benefit liabilities156.9 132.2 97.0Provisions3.1 4.0 4.8Deferred taxes147.7 119.0 124.5Other liabilities13.9 13.4 15.9Non-controlling interest139.3 — — 2,605.3 2,427.8 2,376.3Equity     Capital stock (note 9)664.6 682.6 702.1Contributed surplus4.6 3.8 8.2Retained earnings1,976.1 1,763.6 1,608.4Accumulated other comprehensive income (note 10)(101.0) (51.2) (0.3)Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent2,544.3 2,398.8 2,318.4Non-controlling interests0.8 0.5 0.5 2,545.1 2,399.3 2,318.9 5,150.4 4,827.1 4,695.2See accompanying notesCondensed consolidated statements of changes in equityPeriods ended September 29, 2012 and September 24, 2011(Unaudited) (Millions of dollars) Attributable to the equity holders of the parent    (53 weeks)Capitalstock(note 9) Contributedsurplus Retainedearnings Accumulatedothercomprehensiveincome(note 10) Total Non-controllinginterests TotalequityBalance as at September 24, 2011682.6 3.8 1,763.6 (51.2) 2,398.8 0.5 2,399.3Net earnings    481.8   481.8 7.5 489.3Other comprehensive income      (49.8) (49.8)   (49.8)Comprehensive income      — — 481.8 (49.8) 432.0 7.5 439.5Shares issued for cash0.1       0.1   0.1Stock options exercised10.3  (2.3)     8.0   8.0Shares redeemed(28.7)       (28.7)   (28.7)Share redemption premium    (186.3)   (186.3)   (186.3)Acquisition of treasury shares(0.3)       (0.3)   (0.3)Treasury share acquisition premium  (2.3)     (2.3)   (2.3)Released treasury shares0.6 (0.6)     —   —Share-based compensation cost  6.1     6.1   6.1Performance share units cash settlement  (0.1)     (0.1)   (0.1)Dividends    (82.9)   (82.9)   (82.9)Share conversion fees    (0.1)   (0.1)   (0.1)Reclassification of non-controlling interest liability        — (7.2) (7.2) (18.0) 0.8 (269.3) — (286.5) (7.2) (293.7)Balance as at September 29, 2012664.6 4.6 1,976.1 (101.0) 2,544.3 0.8 2,545.1See accompanying notes                            Attributable to the equity holders of the parent    (52 weeks)Capitalstock(note 9) Contributedsurplus Retainedearnings Accumulatedothercomprehensiveincome(note 10) Total Non-controllinginterests TotalequityBalance as at September 26, 2010702.1 8.2 1,608.4 (0.3) 2,318.4 0.5 2,318.9Net earnings    392.7   392.7   392.7Other comprehensive income      (50.9) (50.9)   (50.9)Comprehensive income— — 392.7 (50.9) 341.8 — 341.8Stock options exercised9.1 (2.1)     7.0   7.0Shares redeemed(27.9)       (27.9)   (27.9)Share redemption premium    (160.4)   (160.4)   (160.4)Acquisition of treasury shares(1.3)       (1.3)   (1.3)Treasury shares acquisition premium  (7.6)     (7.6)   (7.6)Released treasury shares0.6 (0.6)     —   —Share-based compensation cost  6.3     6.3   6.3Performance share units cash settlement  (0.4)     (0.4)   (0.4)Dividends    (77.1)   (77.1)   (77.1) (19.5) (4.4) (237.5) — (261.4) — (261.4)Balance as at September 24, 2011682.6 3.8 1,763.6 (51.2) 2,398.8 0.5 2,399.3See accompanying notes           Condensed consolidated statements of cash flowsPeriods ended September 29, 2012 and September 24, 2011(Unaudited) (Millions of dollars) Fiscal Year Fiscal Year 2012(13 weeks) 2011(12 weeks) 2012(53 weeks) 2011(52 weeks)Operating activities       Earnings before income taxes192.8 115.9 664.0 545.5Non-cash items        Share of an associate's earnings(37.1) (15.3) (72.6) (42.4) Closure expenses— 8.9 — 8.9 Depreciation and amortization41.8 41.5 183.9 179.3 Amortization of deferred financing costs0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 Loss (gain) on disposal and write-offs of fixed and intangible assets and investment properties(4.5) 12.5 (5.4) 10.0 Impairment losses on fixed and intangible assets and investment properties2.1 12.0 10.3 14.8 Impairment loss reversals on fixed and intangible assets(3.6) (5.5) (10.0) (5.5) Share-based compensation cost2.0 1.4 6.1 6.3 Difference between amounts paid for employee benefits and current period cost(24.4) (5.1) (43.3) (14.9) Financial costs, net11.7 9.4 46.4 41.5 180.9 175.9 779.7 743.9Net change in non-cash working capital items(19.8) 45.1 (44.4) (7.1)Interest paid(3.8) (2.4) (48.0) (45.1)Income taxes paid(30.5) (35.3) (141.2) (149.3) 126.8 183.3 546.1 542.4Investing activities       Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired totalling $3.0 in 2012 (note 4)— (5.8) (146.8) (74.2)Proceeds on disposal of assets held for sale— — 6.6 —Net change in other financial assets0.1 — (4.6) 5.4Dividends from an associate1.5 1.3 6.2 4.7Additions to fixed assets(85.9) (44.5) (210.5) (148.1)Proceeds on disposal of fixed assets22.1 — 26.9 2.6Proceeds on disposal of investment properties1.9 2.8 3.5 2.8Additions to intangible assets and goodwill(8.9) (6.8) (38.3) (19.9) (69.2) (53.0) (357.0) (226.7)Financing activities       Net change in bank loans(1.2) (0.8) (15.5) (0.7)Shares issued (note 9)1.7 0.3 8.1 7.0Shares redeemed (note 9)(2.5) (42.6) (215.0) (188.3)Acquisition of treasury shares (note 9)— (8.9) (2.6) (8.9)Performance share units cash settlement— — (0.1) (0.4)Increase in debt388.6 0.7 391.1 8.4Repayment of debt(448.2) (2.8) (454.9) (12.1)Use of non-current provisions— (0.3) — (0.3)Net change in other liabilities(0.2) (1.4) 0.5 (2.5)Dividends(20.9) (19.5) (82.9) (77.1) (82.7) (75.3) (371.3) (274.9)Net change in cash and cash equivalents(25.1) 55.0 (182.2) 40.8Cash and cash equivalents — beginning of period98.4 200.5 255.5 214.7Cash and cash equivalents — end of period73.3 255.5 73.3 255.5See accompanying notes      Notes to interim condensed consolidated financial statementsPeriods ended September 29, 2012 and September 24, 2011(Unaudited) (Millions of dollars, unless otherwise indicated)1. STATEMENT PRESENTATIONMETRO INC. (the Corporation) is a company incorporated under the laws of Quebec. The Corporation is one of Canada's leading food retailers and distributors and operates a network of supermarkets, discount stores and drugstores. Its head office is located at 11011 Maurice-Duplessis Blvd., Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H1C 1V6. Its various components constitute a single operating segment.As of September 25, 2011, the Corporation has prepared its financial statements according to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements for the 13-week and 53-week periods ended September 29, 2012 have been prepared by management in accordance with IAS 34 "Interim Financial Reporting" and IFRS 1 "First-time Adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards". They should be read in conjunction with the audited annual consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes which were prepared in accordance with Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) presented in the Corporation's 2011 Annual Report. Given the change in accounting standards, they should be read in conjunction with the following information as well:a)the unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements for the 12-week period ended December 17, 2011, particularly the explanations on the transition to IFRS on September 26, 2010 (note 2), significant accounting policies (note 3) and additional annual information requirements under IFRS (note 13) since all of this information is not included in this press release;b)the explanations on the transition to IFRS on September 24, 2011 (note 2) and new accounting policies (note 3) in this press release.Some of the corresponding figures have been reclassified in line with the presentation adopted for the current fiscal year.2. EXPLANATIONS ON THE TRANSITION TO IFRSThis note explains the principal adjustments made in converting the unaudited consolidated financial statements from GAAP to IFRS, specifically the consolidated statement of financial position as at September 24, 2011, as well as the consolidated statements of income, consolidated statements of comprehensive income and consolidated statements of cash flows for the 12-week period and fiscal year ended September 24, 2011.The adjustments regarding the consolidated statements of financial position as at September 26, 2010 were disclosed in note 2 to the unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements for the 12-week period ended December 17, 2011 and are not reproduced in this note.To facilitate comprehension, the adjustments are presented in two different ways. In the first, the adjustments are itemized according to IFRS standards and the three following categories: 1) optional exemptions under IFRS 1 that apply only once at the time of changeover to IFRS, 2) recurring differences in accounting treatment between GAAP and IFRS, 3) reclassifications for presentation purposes that have no impact on net earnings. In the second, the adjustments are itemized according to financial statement items.TERMINOLOGYThere are differences between IFRS and GAAP terminology. The following table lists the main differences:GAAP terminologyIFRS terminologyStatement of earningsStatement of incomeBalance sheetLong-termInvestment in a company subject to significant influenceFuture income taxesAccrued benefit assets or liabilitiesShareholders' equityStatement of financial positionNon-currentInvestment in an associateDeferred taxesDefined benefit assets or liabilitiesEquityNotes to financial statementsReportable segmentVariable interest entitiesAssets or liabilities held for tradingDefinite/indefinite useful livesCapital leasesEmployee future benefitsProjected benefit method prorated on services/ Accumulated benefit methodAccrued benefit obligationsStock-based compensation and other stock-based paymentsNotes to financial statementsOperating segmentSpecial purpose entitiesFinancial assets or liabilities at fair valuethrough net earningsFinite/indefinite useful livesFinance leasesEmployee benefitsProjected unit credit methodDefined benefit obligationsShare-based payment transactionsFIRST-TIME ADOPTION OF IFRSAt the date of transition, IFRS 1 authorizes certain exemptions from retrospective application. The following optional exemptions were used:Employee benefitsAll actuarial gains and losses on the date of transition were recognized in retained earnings.Business combinationsThe IFRS 3 "Business Combinations" was not applied to business combinations that occurred before the transition date.RECONCILIATION OF CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL POSITION AND EQUITY   As at September 24, 2011     Adjustments   Notes GAAP IFRS 1 Accountingtreatment Presentation IFRSASSETS           Current assets           Cash and cash equivalents  255.5       255.5Accounts receivablei 306.9     (6.6) 300.3Inventories  728.3       728.3Prepaid expenses  11.7       11.7Income taxes receivable  2.2       2.2Deferred taxesn 19.2     (19.2) —   1,323.8 — — (25.8) 1,298.0Assets held for salei —     6.6 6.6   1,323.8 — — (19.2) 1,304.6Non-current assets           Investment in an associater —   1.3 257.4 258.7Other financial assetss 274.7   (0.3) (257.4) 17.0Fixed assetst 1,321.3   (63.7) (31.5) 1,226.1Investment propertiesu —   (4.5) 31.5 27.0Intangible assetsd 308.5   (11.3)   297.2Goodwille 1,649.9   (0.8)   1,649.1Deferred taxesq 1.2 11.2 14.2 19.2 45.8Defined benefit assetsv 79.4 (47.3) (30.5)   1.6   4,958.8 (36.1) (95.6) — 4,827.1LIABILITIES AND EQUITY           Current liabilities           Bank loans  0.3       0.3Accounts payablel 1,078.4     (17.3) 1,061.1Income taxes payable  46.2       46.2Provisionsl —     17.3 17.3Deferred taxesn 11.2     (11.2) —Current portion of debtm 8.8     369.3 378.1   1,144.9 — — 358.1 1,503.0Non-current liabilities           Debtm 1,025.5     (369.3) 656.2Defined benefit liabilitiesv 44.0 38.1 50.1   132.2Provisionsl —     4.0 4.0Deferred taxesq 158.5 (10.9) (39.8) 11.2 119.0Other liabilitiese, l 17.9     (4.5) 13.4   2,390.8 27.2 10.3 (0.5) 2,427.8Equity           Capital stock  682.6       682.6Contributed surplush 1.7   2.1   3.8Retained earningsw 1,883.7 (63.3) (56.8)   1,763.6Accumulated other comprehensive incomex —   (51.2)   (51.2)Equity attributable to the equity holders of the parent  2,568.0 (63.3) (105.9) — 2,398.8Non-controlling interestse —     0.5 0.5   2,568.0 (63.3) (105.9) 0.5 2,399.3   4,958.8 (36.1) (95.6) — 4,827.1RECONCILIATION OF CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME   12-week period ended September 24, 2011     Adjustments   Notes GAAP Accountingtreatment Presentation IFRS          Saleso 2,656.7   (7.2) 2,649.5Cost of sales and operating expensesy (2,479.0) (5.7) 7.2 (2,477.5)Share of an associate's earningsb 15.2 0.1   15.3Closure expensesc (20.2) (0.3)   (20.5)Earnings before financial costs, taxes, depreciation and amortization  172.7 (5.9) — 166.8Depreciation and amortizationz (45.0) 3.5   (41.5)Operating income  127.7 (2.4) — 125.3Financial costs, net  (9.4)     (9.4)Earnings before income taxes  118.3 (2.4) — 115.9Income taxesaa (32.2) 0.7   (31.5)Net earnings  86.1 (1.7) — 84.4          Net earnings per share (Dollars)         Basic  0.85     0.83Fully diluted  0.84     0.83                       Fiscal year ended September 24, 2011     Adjustments   Notes GAAP Accountingtreatment Presentation IFRS          Saleso 11,430.6   (34.2) 11,396.4Cost of sales and operating expensesy (10,679.6) (6.6) 34.2 (10,652.0)Share of an associate's earningsb 42.6 (0.2)   42.4Closure expensesc (20.2) (0.3)   (20.5)Earnings before financial costs, taxes, depreciation and amortization  773.4 (7.1) — 766.3Depreciation and amortizationz (195.2) 15.9   (179.3)Operating income  578.2 8.8 — 587.0Financial costs, net  (41.5)     (41.5)Earnings before income taxes  536.7 8.8 — 545.5Income taxesaa (150.4) (2.4)   (152.8)Net earnings  386.3 6.4 — 392.7          Net earnings per share (Dollars)         Basic  3.75     3.81Fully diluted  3.73     3.79RECONCILIATION OF CONSOLIDATED COMPREHENSIVE INCOME  12-week period ended September 24, 2011   Adjustments  NotesGAAPAccountingtreatmentIFRSNet earnings  86.1 (1.7) 84.4Other comprehensive income     Changes in defined benefit plans      Actuarial lossesf—(83.7)(83.7)  Asset ceiling effectf—3.83.8  Minimum funding requirementf—(5.1)(5.1) Corresponding income taxesf—21.721.7Comprehensive income 86.1(65.0)21.1        Fiscal year ended September 24, 2011   Adjustments  NotesGAAPAccountingtreatmentIFRSNet earnings 386.36.4392.7Other comprehensive income     Change in the fair value of a derivative designated as cash flow hedge 0.4 0.4 Changes in defined benefit plans      Actuarial lossesf—(66.8)(66.8)  Asset ceiling effectf—0.50.5  Minimum funding requirementf—(2.5)(2.5) Share of an associate's other comprehensive incomeb—0.10.1 Corresponding income taxesf(0.1)17.517.4Comprehensive income 386.6(44.8)341.8RECONCILIATION OF CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOWS  12-week period ended September 24, 2011   Adjustments  NotesGAAPAccountingtreatmentPresentationIFRSOperating activities     Net earnings 86.1(1.7) 84.4 Income taxesaa, p—(0.7)32.231.5Earnings before income taxes 86.1(2.4)32.2115.9Non-cash items      Share of an associate's earningsb(15.2)(0.1) (15.3) Closure costs 8.9  8.9 Depreciation and amortizationz45.0(3.5) 41.5 Amortization of deferred financing costs 0.2  0.2 Loss on disposal and write-offs of fixed and intangible assets and investment propertiesc12.20.3 12.5 Deferred taxesp16.8 (16.8)— Impairment losses on fixed and intangible assets and investment propertiesd—12.0 12.0 Impairment loss reversals on fixed and intangible assetsd—(5.5) (5.5) Share-based compensation cost 1.4  1.4 Difference between amounts paid for employee benefits and current period costf(4.0)(1.1) (5.1) Financial costs, netp— 9.49.4  151.4(0.3)24.8175.9Net change in non-cash working capital itemse, l, p32.30.212.645.1Interest paidp— (2.4)(2.4)Income taxes paidp— (35.3)(35.3)  183.7(0.1)(0.3)183.3Investing activities     Business acquisitionse(5.9)0.1 (5.8)Dividends from an associate 1.3  1.3Additions to fixed assets (44.5)  (44.5)Proceeds on disposal of fixed assetsk2.8 (2.8)—Proceeds on disposal of investment propertiesk— 2.82.8Additions to intangible assets (6.8)  (6.8)  (53.1)0.1—(53.0)Financing activities     Net change in bank loans (0.8)  (0.8)Shares issued 0.3  0.3Shares redeemed (42.6)  (42.6)Acquisition of treasury shares (8.9)  (8.9)Increase in debt 0.7  0.7Repayment of debt (2.8)  (2.8)Use of non-current provisionsl— (0.3)(0.3)Net change in other liabilitiesl(2.0) 0.6(1.4)Dividends (19.5)  (19.5)  (75.6)—0.3(75.3)Net change in cash and cash equivalents 55.0——55.0Cash and cash equivalents — beginning of period 200.5  200.5Cash and cash equivalents — end of period 255.5——255.5              Fiscal year ended September 24, 2011   Adjustments  NotesGAAPAccountingtreatmentPresentationIFRSOperating activities     Net earnings 386.36.4 392.7 Income taxesaa, p—2.4150.4152.8Earnings before income taxes 386.38.8150.4545.5Non-cash items      Share of an associate's earningsb(42.6)0.2 (42.4) Closure costs 8.9  8.9 Depreciation and amortizationz195.2(15.9) 179.3 Amortization of deferred financing costs 0.4  0.4 Loss on disposal and write-offs of fixed and intangible assets and investment propertiesc9.70.3 10.0 Interest income from investmentsp(0.1) 0.1— Deferred taxesp14.6 (14.6)— Impairment losses on fixed and intangible assets and investment propertiesd—14.8 14.8 Impairment loss reversals on fixed and intangible assetsd—(5.5) (5.5) Share-based compensation cost 6.3  6.3 Difference between amounts paid for employee benefits and current fiscal year costf(11.1)(3.8) (14.9) Financial costs, netp— 41.541.5  567.6(1.1)177.4743.9Net change in non-cash working capital itemse, l, p(24.4)0.816.5(7.1)Interest paidp— (45.1)(45.1)Income taxes paidp— (149.3)(149.3)  543.2(0.3)(0.5)542.4Investing activities     Business acquisitionse(74.5)0.3 (74.2)Net change in other financial assets 5.4  5.4Dividends from an associate 4.7  4.7Additions to fixed assets (148.1)  (148.1)Proceeds on disposal of fixed assetsk5.4 (2.8)2.6Proceeds on disposal of investment propertiesk— 2.82.8Additions to intangible assets (19.9)  (19.9)  (227.0)0.3—(226.7)Financing activities     Net change in bank loans (0.7)  (0.7)Shares issued 7.0  7.0Shares redeemed (188.3)  (188.3)Acquisition of treasury shares (8.9)  (8.9)Performance share units cash settlement (0.4)  (0.4)Increase in debt 8.4  8.4Repayment of debt (12.1)  (12.1)Use of non-current provisionsl— (0.3)(0.3)Net change in other liabilitiesl(3.3) 0.8(2.5)Dividends (77.1)  (77.1)  (275.4)—0.5(274.9)Net change in cash and cash equivalents 40.8——40.8Cash and cash equivalents — beginning of year 214.7  214.7Cash and cash equivalents — end of year 255.5——255.5NOTES TO RECONCILIATIONS BY STANDARD IFRS 1a) Employee benefitsAt the date of transition to IFRS, use of the exemption from retrospective application, allowing all actuarial gains and losses to be recognized in retained earnings, entailed the following adjustments:Increase / (decrease)NotesSeptember 24, 2011Financial position:   Deferred tax assetsq11.2 Defined benefit assetsv(47.3) Defined benefit liabilitiesv38.1 Deferred tax liabilitiesq(10.9) Retained earningsw(63.3)ACCOUNTING TREATMENTb) Investment in an associateStarting with the first quarter of its 2012 fiscal year, the publicly traded associate in which the Corporation has an interest issued its first IFRS consolidated financial statements. The Corporation's share of the adjustments related to the conversion of the associate's consolidated financial statements from GAAP to IFRS was made up of the following items:Increase / (decrease)NotesSeptember 24, 2011Financial position:   Investment in an associater1.3 Deferred tax liabilitiesq0.1 Retained earningsw1.1 Accumulated other comprehensive incomex0.1 September 24, 2011Increase / (decrease)12 weeks52 weeksNet earnings:   Share in an associate's earnings0.1(0.2)Comprehensive income:   Share in an associate's comprehensive income 0.1c) Fixed assetsUnder IFRS, the roof and HVAC are separate building components whose useful life is less than the building's. The roof and HVAC are depreciated over 20 years and the rest of the building over 50 years. Under GAAP, all of the building was depreciated over 40 years. This adjustment had the following impacts:  Increase / (decrease)Notes  September 24, 2011Financial position:    Fixed assetst  16.8 Deferred tax assetsq  (1.0) Deferred tax liabilitiesq  3.4 Retained earningsw  12.4             September 24, 2011Increase / (decrease)Notes 12 weeks52 weeksNet earnings:     Depreciation and amortizationz 0.11.1 Closure expenses  (0.3)(0.3) Income taxesaa 0.1(0.2)Cash flows:     Loss on disposal and write-offs of fixed andintangible assets and investment properties  0.30.3d) Impairment of assetsUnder IFRS, impairment testing is conducted at the level of the asset itself, a cash generating unit (CGU) or group of CGUs. A CGU is the smallest identifiable group of assets that generates cash inflows that are largely independent of the cash inflows from other assets or groups of assets. Each store is a separate CGU, and impairment testing is performed at the store level. Impairment testing of warehouses is conducted at the level of the different groups of CGUs. As for goodwill, certain private labels and support assets that cannot be allocated wholly to a single CGU, impairment testing is conducted at the level of the unique operating segment. Impairment testing of investment properties, investment in an associate, banners, certain private labels and loyalty programs is conducted at the level of the asset itself. Under GAAP, impairment testing was done at the level of the asset itself, a group of assets or a reporting unit. These adjustments had the following impacts:Increase / (decrease)Notes  September 24, 2011Financial position:     Fixed assetst  (80.5) Investment propertiesu  (4.5) Intangible assets   (11.3) Deferred tax assetsq  15.5 Deferred tax liabilitiesq  (9.0) Retained earningsw  (71.8)             September 24, 2011Increase / (decrease)Notes 12 weeks52 weeksNet earnings:     Impairment lossesy (12.0)(14.8) Impairment loss reversalsy 5.55.5 Depreciation and amortizationz 3.414.8 Income taxesaa 0.8(1.4)e) Business combinationsUnder IFRS, business combination-related costs are expensed when incurred. Only restructuring costs for the acquired business that would have been incurred even if there had been no business combination may be included in the purchase price allocation. Non-controlling interests are presented in equity. Under GAAP, business combination-related costs were considered in purchase price allocation. Restructuring costs for the acquired business could be included in the purchase price allocation. Non-controlling interests were presented in other liabilities. These adjustments had the following impacts:Increase / (decrease)Notes  September 24, 2011Financial position:     Goodwill   (0.8) Other financial assetss  (0.3) Deferred tax liabilitiesq  (0.3) Other liabilities   (0.5) Retained earningsw  (0.8) Non-controlling interests   0.5   September 24, 2011Increase / (decrease)Notes 12 weeks52 weeksNet earnings:     Operating expensesy (0.3)(1.1) Income taxesaa 0.10.3Cash flows:     Business acquisitions  0.10.3 Net change in non-cash working capital items  0.20.8f) Employee benefits Actuarial gains or losses Under IFRS, actuarial gains or losses are recognized in comprehensive income. Under GAAP, they were deferred and amortized using the corridor method and recognized in net earnings. This adjustment had the following impacts:Increase / (decrease)Notes  September 24, 2011Financial position:     Deferred tax assetsq  (1.1) Defined benefit assetsv  (23.2) Defined benefit liabilitiesv  39.5 Deferred tax liabilitiesq  (17.0) Retained earningsw  3.0 Accumulated other comprehensive incomex  (49.8)             September 24, 2011Increase / (decrease)Notes 12 weeks52 weeksNet earnings:     Employee benefit expensey 2.04.1 Income taxesaa (0.5)(1.1)Comprehensive income:     Actuarial losses  (83.7)(66.8) Corresponding income taxes  21.317.0Past service costUnder IFRS, past service cost for vested benefits is recognized immediately in net earnings. Under GAAP, past service cost was amortized on a straight-line basis over the average remaining service period of active participants, regardless of vesting. This adjustment had the following impacts:Increase / (decrease)Notes  September 24, 2011Financial position:     Deferred tax assetsq  1.7 Defined benefit liabilitiesv  10.6 Deferred tax liabilitiesq  (0.9) Retained earningsw  (8.0)           September 24, 2011Increase / (decrease)Notes 12 weeks52 weeksNet earnings:     Employee benefit expensey (0.8)(0.2) Income taxesaa 0.2 Asset ceiling and minimum funding requirementUnder IFRS, in the case of a surplus funded plan, defined benefit assets are limited to the availability of future contribution reductions calculated on a going concern and solvency basis. Furthermore, an additional liability could be recorded when minimum funding requirements exceed economic benefits available. Ceiling and minimum funding requirement effects are recognized for each period and recorded in comprehensive income. Under GAAP, in the case of a surplus funded plan, accrued benefit assets were limited to the availability of future contribution reductions calculated on a going concern basis. Any variances regarding the ceiling were recorded in net earnings. This adjustment had the following impacts:Increase / (decrease)Notes  September 24, 2011Financial position:     Defined benefit assetsv  (11.1) Deferred tax liabilitiesq  (3.0) Retained earningsw  (6.6) Accumulated other comprehensive incomex  (1.5)           September 24, 2011Increase / (decrease)Notes 12 weeks52 weeksNet earnings:     Employee benefit expensey (0.1)(0.1)Comprehensive income:     Asset ceiling effect  3.80.5 Minimum funding requirement  (5.1)(2.5) Corresponding income taxes  0.40.5Post-employment benefitsPost-employment benefits plans consist of pension benefits, post-employment life insurance, and post-employment health care. Certain plans provide post-employment life insurance and health care benefits only to employees with a minimum of 20 years of service and aged 65 at retirement. Under IFRS, vested rights to these plans are recognized only when employees turn 45, if hired before then. Under GAAP, recognition was from an employee's hiring date for employees hired before they were 45 years old. As the recognition date is later under IFRS than under GAAP, recognized obligations are less under IFRS. This adjustment had the following impacts:Increase / (decrease)NotesSeptember 24, 2011Financial position:   Defined benefit assetsv3.8 Deferred tax assetsq(0.9) Retained earningsw2.9g) Income taxesUnder IFRS, differences between the carrying amount and tax base of intangible assets with indefinite useful lives have to be recognized as deferred tax assets or liabilities based on applicable tax rates when the asset is to be realized. Since these intangible assets are not amortized, they are deemed to be realized upon their disposal and therefore the capital gains tax rate was used. Under GAAP, the common practice was to use the corporate tax rate in accounting for deferred taxes. This adjustment had the following impacts:Increase / (decrease)NotesSeptember 24, 2011Financial position:   Deferred tax liabilitiesq(13.1) Retained earningsw13.1h) Share-based paymentUnder IFRS, when stock option awards vest gradually, each tranche is considered as a separate award with recognition of the compensation expense over the vesting term of each tranche. Under GAAP, all tranches were considered as a single award with straight-line recognition of the compensation expense over the total vesting term of all tranches. This adjustment had the following impacts:Increase / (decrease)NotesSeptember 24, 2011Financial position:   Contributed surplus 2.1 Retained earningsw(2.1)PRESENTATIONi) Assets held for saleUnder IFRS, assets held for sale are presented separately in the consolidated statement of financial position. Under GAAP, they were included in accounts receivable. The impact of this reclassification as at September 24, 2011 was $6.6.j) Investment in an associateUnder IFRS, investments accounted for using the equity method are presented separately in the consolidated statement of financial position. Under GAAP, they were included in investments and other assets. The impact of this reclassification as at September 24, 2011 was $257.4 (notes r and s).k) Investment propertiesUnder IFRS, investment properties are held for capital appreciation and to earn rentals. They are not occupied by the owner for its ordinary activities. They are presented separately in the consolidated statement of financial position. Under GAAP, the concept of investment properties did not exist and such land and buildings were included in fixed assets. This reclassification has the following impacts:Increase / (decrease)Notes  September 24, 2011Financial position:     Fixed assetst  (31.5)   Investment properties u   31.5         September 24, 2011Increase / (decrease)  12 weeks52 weeksCash flows:     Proceeds on disposal of fixed assets  (2.8)(2.8) Proceeds on disposal of investment properties  2.82.8l) ProvisionsUnder IFRS, current and non-current provisions are presented separately in the consolidated statement of financial position. Under GAAP, they were included in accounts payable and other long-term liabilities. This reclassification had the following impacts:Increase / (decrease) September 24, 2011Financial position:   Current provisions 17.3 Accounts payable (17.3) Non-current provisions 4.0 Other liabilities (4.0)       September 24, 2011Increase / (decrease)12 weeks52 weeksCash flows:   Net change in non-cash working capital items(0.3)(0.5) Non-current provisions used(0.3)(0.3) Net change in other liabilities0.60.8m) DebtUnder IFRS, financial liabilities at the closing date will mature within the next 12 months are presented in current items in the statement of financial position, even if a refinancing agreement is entered into after the closing date and before the financial statements are authorized for issue. Under GAAP, they were presented with the non-current items in the statement of financial position. The impact of this reclassification as at September 24, 2011 was $369.3 for the Credit A Facility.n) Deferred taxesUnder IFRS, deferred tax assets and liabilities are classified as non-current items in the consolidated statement of financial position. Under GAAP, the current and non-current portions of deferred tax assets and liabilities were presented separately. The impacts of this reclassification of current deferred tax assets and liabilities as at September 24, 2011 were $19.2 and $11.2 (note q).o) Loyalty programsUnder IFRS, the cost of loyalty program points is recorded as a reduction in sales. Under GAAP, it was recorded in the cost of sales and operating expenses. The impact of this reclassification for the 12-week period ended September 24, 2011 was $7.2 and $34.2 for the year ended September 24, 2011 (note y).p) Interest and income taxes paidUnder IFRS, interest and income taxes paid are incorporated in the consolidated statement of cash flows. Under GAAP, interest and income taxes paid were presented as supplementary information. This reclassification had the following impacts: September 24, 2011Increase / (decrease) 12 weeks52 weeksCash flows:   Financial costs, net9.441.5 Interest paid(2.4)(45.1) Interest income from investments 0.1 Income taxes32.2150.4 Income taxes paid(35.3)(149.3) Deferred income taxes(16.8)(14.6) Net change in non-cash working capital items12.917.0SUMMARY OF FINANCIAL STATEMENT ADJUSTMENTSFINANCIAL POSITIONq) Deferred tax assets and liabilitiesDeferred tax assets      September 24, 2011Increase / (decrease)NotesIFRS 1AccountingtreatmentPresentationExemption from retrospective applicationa11.2  Fixed assetsc (1.0) Impairment of assetsd 15.5 Employee benefits     Actuarial gains or lossesf (1.1)  Past service costf 1.7  Post-employment benefitsf (0.9) Reclassification of current portionn  19.2  11.214.219.2          Deferred tax liabilities       September 24, 2011Increase / (decrease)NotesIFRS 1 AccountingtreatmentPresentationExemption from retrospective applicationa(10.9)  Investment in an associateb 0.1 Fixed assetsc 3.4 Impairment of assetsd (9.0) Business combinationse (0.3) Employee benefits     Actuarial gains or lossesf (17.0)  Past service costf (0.9)  Asset ceiling and minimum funding requirementf (3.0) Income taxesg (13.1) Reclassification of current portionn  11.2  (10.9)(39.8)11.2r) Investment in an associate   September 24, 2011Increase / (decrease)NotesAccountingtreatmentPresentationShare of an associate's IFRS conversionb1.3 Reclassification of other financial assetsj 257.4  1.3257.4s) Other financial assets  September 24, 2011Increase / (decrease)NotesAccountingtreatmentPresentationBusiness combinationse(0.3) Reclassification of investment in an associatej (257.4)  (0.3)(257.4) t) Fixed assets  September 24, 2011Increase / (decrease)NotesAccountingtreatmentPresentationComponentsc16.8 Impairment of assetsd(80.5) Reclassification of investment propertiesk (31.5)  (63.7)(31.5) u) Investment properties  September 24, 2011Increase / (decrease)NotesAccountingtreatmentPresentationImpairment of assetsd(4.5) Reclassification of fixed assetsk 31.5  (4.5)31.5v) Defined benefit assets and liabilities Defined benefit assets     September 24, 2011Increase / (decrease)NotesIFRS 1AccountingtreatmentExemption from retrospective applicationa(47.3) Employee benefits    Actuarial lossesf (23.2) Asset ceiling and minimum funding requirementf   (11.1) Post-employment benefitsf 3.8  (47.3)(30.5)        Defined benefit liabilities     September 24, 2011Increase / (decrease)NotesIFRS 1AccountingtreatmentExemption from retrospective applicationa38.1 Employee benefits    Actuarial lossesf 39.5 Past service costf 10.6  38.150.1w) Retained earnings  September 24, 2011Increase / (decrease)NotesIFRS 1AccountingtreatmentExemption from retrospective applicationa(63.3) Investment in an associateb 1.1Fixed assetsc 12.4Impairment of assetsd (71.8)Business combinationse (0.8)Employee benefits    Actuarial gains or lossesf 3.0 Past service costf (8.0) Asset ceiling and minimum funding requirementf (6.6) Post-employment benefitsf 2.9Income taxesg 13.1Share-based paymenth (2.1)  (63.3)(56.8)x) Accumulated other comprehensive income  September 24, 2011Increase / (decrease)NotesAccountingtreatmentInvestment in an associateb0.1Employee benefits   Actuarial lossesf(49.8) Asset ceiling and minimum funding requirementf(1.5)  (51.2)NET EARNINGSy) Cost of sales and operating expenses  September 24, 2011  12 weeks52 weeksIncrease / (decrease)NotesAccountingtreatmentPresentationAccountingtreatmentPresentationImpairment of assets      Impairment lossesd(12.0) (14.8)  Impairment loss reversalsd5.5 5.5 Business combinationse(0.3) (1.1) Employee benefits      Actuarial gains or lossesf2.0 4.1  Past service costf(0.8) (0.2)  Asset ceiling and minimum funding requirementf(0.1) (0.1) Loyalty programso     7.2 34.2  (5.7)7.2(6.6)34.2z) Depreciation and amortization  September 24, 2011  12 weeks52 weeksDecrease / (increase)NotesAccountingtreatmentAccountingtreatmentFixed assetsc0.11.1Impairment of assetsd3.414.8  3.515.9aa) Income taxes  September 24, 2011  12 weeks52 weeksDecrease / (increase)NotesAccountingtreatmentAccountingtreatmentFixed assetsc0.1(0.2)Impairment of assetsd0.8(1.4)Business combinationse0.10.3Employee benefits    Actuarial gains or lossesf(0.5)(1.1) Past service costf0.2    0.7(2.4)3. NEW ACCOUNTING POLICIESRECENTLY ISSUED Classification and measurement of financial assets and financial liabilitiesIn November 2009, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) published IFRS 9 "Financial Instruments". This new standard simplifies the classification and measurement of financial assets set out in IAS 39 "Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement". Financial assets are to be measured at amortized cost or fair value. They are to be measured at amortized cost if the two following conditions are met:a) the assets are held within a business model whose objective is to collect contractual cash flows; andb) the contractual cash flows are solely payments of principal and interest on the outstanding principal.All other financial assets are to be measured at fair value through net earnings. The entity may, if certain conditions are met, elect to use the fair value option instead of measurement at amortized cost. As well, the entity may choose upon initial recognition to measure non-trading equity investments at fair value through comprehensive income. Such a choice is irrevocable.In October 2010, the IASB issued revisions to IFRS 9, adding the requirements for classification and measurement of financial liabilities contained in IAS 39 and further points. For financial liabilities measured at fair value through net earnings using the fair value option, the amount of change in a liability's fair value attributable to changes in its credit risk is recognized directly in other comprehensive income.In December 2011, the IASB deferred the mandatory effective date of IFRS 9 to fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2015. Early adoption is permitted under certain conditions. An entity is not required to restate comparative financial periods for its first-time application of IFRS 9, but must comply with the new disclosure requirements.Offsetting financial assets and financial liabilitiesIn December 2011, the IASB issued amendments to IAS 32 "Financial Instruments: Presentation" clarifying the requirements for offsetting financial assets and financial liabilities. These amendments shall be applied to annual periods beginning on or after January 1, 2014.The IASB also issued amendments to IFRS 7 "Financial Instruments: Disclosures" improving disclosure on offsetting of financial assets and financial liabilities. These amendments shall be applied to annual and interim periods beginning on or after January 1, 2013.Consolidated Financial StatementsIn May 2011, the IASB published IFRS 10 "Consolidated Financial Statements" which is a replacement of SIC-12 "Consolidation-Special Purpose Entities", and certain parts of IAS 27 "Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements". IFRS 10 uses control as the single basis for consolidation, irrespective of the nature of the investee, employing the following factors to identify control:a) power over the investee;b) exposure or rights to variable returns from involvement with the investee;c) the ability to use power over the investee to affect the amount of the investor's returns.IFRS 10 shall be applied to fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2013. Early adoption is permitted under certain conditions.Joint ArrangementsIn May 2011, the IASB published IFRS 11 "Joint Arrangements" which supersedes IAS 31 "Interests in Joint Ventures" and SIC-13 "Jointly Controlled Entities - Non-Monetary Contributions by Venturers". IFRS 11 requires that joint ventures be accounted for using the equity method of accounting and eliminates the need for proportionate consolidation. This new standard shall be applied to fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2013. Early adoption is permitted under certain conditions.Disclosure of Interests in Other EntitiesIn May 2011, the IASB published IFRS 12 "Disclosure of Interests in Other Entities" which requires that an entity disclose information on the nature of and risks associated with its interests in other entities (i.e. subsidiaries, joint arrangements, associates or unconsolidated structured entities) and the effects of those interests on its financial statements. IFRS 12 shall be applied to fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2013. Early adoption is permitted under certain conditions. Entities may, without early adoption of IFRS 12, choose to incorporate only some of the required disclosures in their financial statements.Fair Value MeasurementIn May 2011, the IASB published IFRS 13 "Fair Value Measurement" to establish a single framework for fair value measurement of financial and non-financial items. IFRS 13 defines fair value as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. It also requires disclosure of certain information on fair value measurements. IFRS 13 shall be applied to fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2013. Early adoption is permitted.Employee BenefitsIn June 2011, the IASB issued amendments to IAS 19 "Employee Benefits". Changes in defined benefit obligations and plan assets are to be recognized in comprehensive income when they occur, thus eliminating the corridor approach and accelerating recognition of past service cost. Net interest is to be recognized in net earnings and calculated using the discount rate by reference to market yields at the end of the reporting period on high quality corporate bonds. The actual return on plan assets minus net interest is to be recognized in other comprehensive income. These amendments shall be applied to fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2013. Early adoption is permitted.Presentation of Financial StatementsIn June 2011, the IASB issued amendments to IAS 1 "Presentation of Financial Statements". Items of other comprehensive income and the corresponding tax expense are required to be grouped into those that will and will not subsequently be reclassified through net earnings. These amendments shall be applied to fiscal years beginning on or after July 1, 2012. Early adoption is permitted.At present, the Corporation is assessing the impact of the above-mentioned amendments on its earnings, financial position and cash flows.4. BUSINESS ACQUISITIONSADONIS AND PHOENICIAOn October 23, 2011, the Corporation acquired 55% of the net assets of Adonis, a Montreal-area retailer with four existing stores and a fifth one under construction that was opened in December 2011, as well as Phoenicia, an importer and wholesaler with a distribution centre in Montreal and another in the Greater Toronto Area. These businesses specialize in perishable and ethnic food products. In the fourth quarter of 2012, an adjustment of $0.7 was recorded for a final purchase price paid by the Corporation for the 55% interest of $161.4 with a remaining balance of $11.6 to be paid. The acquisition was accounted for using the purchase method. The Corporation controls the acquired businesses and consolidated their earnings as of the date of acquisition. The final total purchase price allocation was as follows:Net assets acquired at their fair value  Cash3.0 Accounts receivable10.6 Inventories24.3 Prepaid expenses0.5 Fixed assets11.9 Intangible assets   Finite useful life10.7  Indefinite useful life63.4 Goodwill206.8 Bank loans(15.5) Accounts payable(5.4) Debt(10.4) Deferred tax liabilities(6.4) 293.5  Cash consideration149.8Balance due11.6Total consideration for the Corporation's interest (55%)161.4Non-controlling interest (45%)132.1 293.5The non-controlling interest was measured at 45% of the fair value of the acquired companies' net assets.The goodwill from the acquisition corresponds to the growth potential of Adonis stores and the broadening of the Corporation's customer base through improvement of the ethnic food offering in all its stores. In the goodwill's tax treatment, 53% of the goodwill will be treated as an eligible capital property with related tax deductions and 47% as non-deductible.Since their acquisition, the acquired businesses have increased Corporation sales and net earnings by $236.6 and $16.0 respectively. If the acquisition had taken place at the beginning of fiscal 2012, the acquired businesses would have increased Corporation sales and net earnings by an additional amount of $16.5 and $1.1 respectively.Acquisition-related costs of $1.1 were recorded in cost of sales and operating expenses.AFFILIATED STORESDuring fiscal 2011, the Company acquired 11 affiliated stores which it already supplied. The total purchase price was $74.2 in cash. The acquisition of these stores was accounted for using the purchase method. The stores' results have been consolidated as of their respective acquisition dates. The final purchase price allocation was as follows:Net assets acquired at their fair value  Inventories 10.2 Fixed assets 12.7 Deferred tax assets 2.4 Goodwill 48.9Cash consideration 74.2The goodwill resulting from the acquisition corresponds to the additional contribution expected from these stores. The tax treatment of the goodwill was an eligible capital property with the related tax deductions.Acquisition-related costs of $0.3 were recorded in cost of sales and operating expenses.5. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE NATURE OF EARNINGS COMPONENTS  Fiscal YearFiscal Year 2012 (13 weeks)2011(12 weeks)2012 (53 weeks)2011(52 weeks)Sales2,943.72,649.512,010.811,396.4Cost of sales and operating expenses     Cost of sales(2,400.2)(2,181.0)(9,800.3)(9,333.6) Wages and fringe benefits(161.8)(132.7)(662.1)(620.9) Employee benefit expense(11.6)(8.2)(49.1)(45.7) Rents, taxes and common costs(62.5)(56.6)(262.1)(253.8) Electricity and natural gas(28.3)(26.8)(114.0)(111.0) Impairment losses on fixed, intangible assets and investment properties(2.1)(12.0)(10.3)(14.8) Impairment loss reversals on fixed and intangible assets3.65.510.05.5 Other expenses(71.6)(65.7)(301.2)(277.7) (2,734.5)(2,477.5)(11,189.1)(10,652.0)Share of an associate's earnings     Share of earnings12.115.347.642.4 Dilution gain25.0—25.0— 37.115.372.642.4Closure costs—(20.5)—(20.5)Depreciation and amortization     Fixed assets(34.1)(33.9)(150.5)(146.1) Investment properties——(0.1)(0.1) Intangible assets(7.7)(7.6)(33.3)(33.1) (41.8)(41.5)(183.9)(179.3)Financing costs, net     Current interest(0.9)(0.2)(2.9)(1.1) Non-current interest(11.2)(9.8)(45.1)(43.3) Amortization of deferred financing costs(0.1)(0.2)(0.3)(0.4) Interest income0.60.82.23.5 Passage of time(0.1)—(0.3)(0.2) (11.7)(9.4)(46.4)(41.5)Earnings before income taxes192.8115.9664.0545.5Impairment losses and impairment loss reversals recorded during the periods were particularly on food stores where cash flows decreased or increased due to local competition.In August 2012, Alimentation Couche-Tard issued 7.3 million shares for net proceeds of approximately $330 to finance part of its acquisition of Statoil Fuel & Retail ASA. As the Corporation did not participate in this share issue, its interest in Couche-Tard decreased from 11.6% to 11.1%. This dilution and the Corporation's share in Couche-Tard's increased value as a result of the share issue amount to a deemed disposition and deemed proceeds of disposition of part of its investment for a net pre-tax gain of $25.0.In the fourth quarter of 2011, non-recurring closure costs of $20.5 before taxes, consisting of dismantling expenses, asset write-offs and others, were incurred for the closure of the Montreal meat-processing plant and a grocery warehouse in Toronto.6. INCOME TAXESThe effective income tax rates were as follows: Fiscal YearFiscal Year(Percentage)2012(13 weeks)2011(12 weeks)2012(53 weeks)2011(52 weeks)Combined statutory income tax rate27.228.827.228.8Changes     Impact on deferred taxes due to postponement of 1.5% futurereductions of Ontario tax rate——0.5— Share of an associate's earnings(2.9)(2.3)(1.8)(1.3)Others0.40.70.40.5 24.727.226.328.07. NET EARNINGS PER SHAREBasic net earnings per share and fully diluted net earnings per share were calculated using the following number of shares: Fiscal YearFiscal Year(Millions)2012(13 weeks)2011(12 weeks)2012(53 weeks)2011(52 weeks)     Weighted average number of sharesoutstanding - Basic97.2101.598.9103.1Dilutive effect under:     Stock option plan0.40.40.40.4 Performance share unit plan0.30.20.30.1Weighted average number of sharesoutstanding - Fully diluted97.9102.199.6103.68. DEBTIn the first quarter of fiscal 2012, the Corporation obtained a new $600.0 five-year revolving credit facility and cancelled the unused $400.0 revolving line of credit maturing on August 15, 2012. The Corporation used part of the new credit facility to pay back the $369.3 Credit A Facility when it matured on August 15, 2012. The new credit facility bears interest at rates that fluctuate with changes in banker's acceptance rates and is unsecured. As at September 29, 2012, $284.6 from the $600.0 revolving credit facility remained undrawn.9. CAPITAL STOCKAUTHORIZEDFollowing the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders held on January 31, 2012, the Corporation's share capital has been changed as follows:each issued and outstanding Class B share carrying 16 votes per share has been converted into one single vote Class A Subordinate Share;the Class B shares, along with the rights, privileges, restrictions and conditions attached thereto, have been eliminated;the Class A Subordinate Shares have been redesignated as "Common Shares" and constitute the Corporation's sole class of equity shares carrying one vote per share;First Preferred Shares have been redesignated as "Preferred Shares".OUTSTANDINGTo facilitate reading, the Corporation has restated all prior periods disclosed to reflect the share capital reorganization of January 31, 2012 as if it had always existed. Therefore, only the Common Shares are disclosed in this note. This restatement is possible since Class B Shares and Class A Subordinate Shares were participating shares. The differences between these classes of shares were primarily voting rights, the exclusivity of Class B Shares held by Metro Merchants, and that Class B Shares were not listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The outstanding Common Shares were summarized as follows: Common Shares Number(Thousands)  Balance as at September 26, 2010105,069 702.1Shares issued for cash1 —Shares redeemed for cash, excluding premium of $160.4(4,147) (27.9)Acquisition of treasury shares, excluding premium of $7.6(190) (1.3)Released treasury shares94 0.6Stock options exercised257 9.1Balance as at September 24, 2011101,084 682.6Shares issued for cash2 0.1Shares redeemed for cash, excluding premium of $186.3(4,213) (28.7)Acquisition of treasury shares, excluding premium of $2.3(50) (0.3)Released treasury shares92 0.6Stock options exercised271 10.3Balance as at September 29, 201297,186 664.6STOCK OPTION PLANThe outstanding options were summarized as follows: Number(Thousands)Weightedaverageexercise price(Dollars)Balance as at September 26, 20101,77732.29Granted29047.06Exercised(257)27.30Cancelled(34)34.67Balance as at September 24, 20111,77635.38Granted29353.76Exercised(271)29.77Cancelled(115)38.44Balance as at September 29, 20121,68339.27The exercise prices of the outstanding options ranged from $24.73 to $58.41 as at September 29, 2012 with expiration dates up to 2019 with 521 of those options exercisable at a weighted average exercise price of $31.47.The compensation expense for these options amounted to $0.8 for the 13-week period ended September 29, 2012 (2011 - $0.6) and to $2.3 for fiscal 2012 (2011 - $2.5).PERFORMANCE SHARE UNIT PLANThe number of performance share units (PSUs) outstanding was as follows:   Number(Units)Balance as at September 26, 2010 308,904Granted 110,756Settled (104,153)Cancelled (5,778)Balance as at September 24, 2011 309,729Granted 97,043Settled (94,499)Cancelled (28,096)Balance as at September 29, 2012 284,177The number of Corporation Common Shares held in trust for participants was as follows:  Number(Units)Balance as at September 26, 2010 203,548Acquisition of treasury shares 190,000Released treasury shares (93,608)Balance as at September 24, 2011 299,940Acquisition of treasury shares 50,000Released treasury shares (91,907)Balance as at September 29, 2012 258,033The compensation expense for the PSU plan amounted to $1.2 for the 13-week period ended September 29, 2012 (2011 - $0.8) and to $3.8 for fiscal 2012 (2011 - $3.8).10. ACCUMULATED OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME Cash flow hedgeDefined benefitplansShare of anassociate TotalBalance as at September 26, 2010(0.3)——(0.3) Change in the fair value of a derivative designated as cash flow hedge0.4  0.4 Changes in defined benefit plans      Actuarial losses (66.8) (66.8)  Asset ceiling effect 0.5 0.5  Minimum funding requirement (2.5) (2.5) Share of an associate's other comprehensive income  0.10.1 Corresponding income taxes(0.1)17.5 17.4Balance as at September 24, 2011—(51.3)0.1(51.2) Changes in defined benefit plans      Actuarial losses (65.6) (65.6)  Asset ceiling effect (2.7) (2.7)  Minimum funding requirement 0.1 0.1 Share of an associate's other comprehensive income  (0.6)(0.6) Corresponding income taxes 18.90.119.0Balance as at September 29, 2012—(100.6)(0.4)(101.0)11. EVENT AFTER THE REPORTING PERIODOn October 22, 2012, the Corporation announced a conditional agreement to dispose of its food service operation, the Distagro division, which supplies restaurant and gas station chains. The disposal for a consideration of approximately $15 excluding working capital and a net gain after taxes of approximately $7 should take place in the next few weeks.The transaction will be recorded in the financial statements as a discontinued operation and the Corporation's consolidated income statements for current and prior periods will be restated. Related Distagro sales and expenditures will be recorded as a net loss on a discontinued operation under a separate income statement section.12. APPROVAL OF FINANCIAL STATEMENTSThe condensed consolidated financial statements for the 13-week and 53-week periods ended September 29, 2012 (including comparative figures) were approved for issue by the Board of Directors on November 13, 2012. SOURCE: METRO INC.For further information: François Thibault Senior Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Tel.: (514) 643-1003 METRO INC. Investor Relations Department Telephone: (514) 643-1055 E-mail: finance@metro.ca METRO INC. corporate information and press releases are available on the Internet at the following address: www.metro.ca