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Transcontinental Inc. increases its revenues and profitability in the first quarter and declares a special dividend of $1.00 per participating share

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Transcontinental Inc. increases its revenues and profitability in the first quarter and declares a special dividend of $1.00 per participating share06:30 EDT Wednesday, March 13, 2013Highlights (in millions of dollars, except per share data) Q1-13Q1-12%    Revenues$528.7$487.68.4%Adjusted operating income before amortization (1) (Adjusted EBITDA)71.671.40.3%Adjusted operating income (1) (Adjusted EBIT)45.743.06.3%Adjusted net income applicable to participating shares (1)28.527.15.2%Per share0.370.3312.1%Net income applicable to participating shares17.8(33.3)---Per share0.23(0.41)---Note 1: Please refer to the table "Reconciliation of Non-IFRS financial measures" in this press release.Declared special dividend of $1.00 per participating share or approximately $78 million.Received US$200 million pursuant to the renegotiation of the Hearst Corporation agreement.Extended several multi-year agreements, namely with Best Buy and Future Shop, to print flyers with the addition of flyer distribution primarily in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces.Concluded new multi-year printing agreements for new business valued at about $30 million annually.Appointment of Ted Markle as President of TC Media.Acquired Groupe Modulo, publisher of French-language educational materials. MONTREAL, March 13, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Revenues for Transcontinental Inc. (TSX: TCL.A, TCL.B, TCL.PR.D) were up 8.4% in the first quarter, from $487.6 million to $528.7 million, mainly due to the acquisition of Quad/Graphics Canada, Inc. and Redux Media and the Métro Montréal daily paper in the Media Sector. This increase was, however, partly offset by the termination of the Zellers flyer printing and distribution contract due to the closure of the Zellers stores, and the incentives granted upon the renewal of some contracts in 2012.Adjusted operating income rose 6.3% in the first quarter, from $43.0 million to $45.7 million. The increase stems mainly from the synergies obtained from the acquisition of Quad/Graphics Canada, Inc. and the optimization of the operating structure in digital activities. However, the increase was mitigated by the reasons mentioned above. Net income applicable to participating shares rose, from a loss of $33.3 million, or $0.41 per share, to a profit of $17.8 million, or $0.23 per share. Note that last year the loss of $0.41 per share was mainly related to unusual items charged to income in the first quarter of 2012. Excluding unusual items, the adjusted net income applicable to participating shares rose 5.2%, from $27.1 million, or $0.33 per share, to $28.5 million, or $0.37 per share."The growth in our revenues and profitability demonstrates how effectively we executed our strategy," said François Olivier, President and Chief Executive Officer of TC Transcontinental. "In the Printing Sector, with the ongoing integration of Quad/Graphics Canada, Inc., we have generated further synergies this quarter. We are confident that we will be able to keep improving our profitability over last year given the additional synergies we expect to generate through the ongoing integration of Quad/Graphics Canada, Inc., and with the additional business from new multi-year agreements valued at about $30 million per year which will begin in the next two quarters. We continue to gain our customers' confidence with the quality and diversity of our solutions and expertise."Other HighlightsPrinting SectorConcluded new multi-year printing agreements with several retailers, namely Shoppers Drug Mart, to print point-of-sale promotional materials, and with Safeway U.S. to print flyers. These agreements will add about $30 million in annual sales.Extended several multi-year agreements, including a contract to print flyers for the well-known brands Best Buy and Future Shop, with the addition of flyer distribution in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces. These extensions demonstrate our customers' confidence in our expertise and the quality of products and services.Continued consolidation and restructuring of the printing network as part of the ongoing integration of Quad/Graphics Canada, Inc. This allows us to focus on the use of our most productive equipment and leverage the more than $700 million invested over the past several years to upgrade the printing platform.Media SectorLaunched four flagship brands on iPad. The iPad issues of Coup de pouce, Canadian Living, ELLE Québec and Elle Canada enhance TC Transcontinental's multi-platform offering with inspiring and relevant content as well as interactive features exclusive to the platform.Acquired Groupe Modulo, publisher of French-language educational materials. This transaction enriches TC Media's offering in the education field by further strengthening its leading position in higher education in Quebec. It also increases its presence in the educational market in Francophone communities in the rest of Canada.Financial HighlightsReceived US$200 million pursuant to the renegotiation of the Hearst Corporation agreement.In the first quarter ended January 31, 2013, under its share purchase program, the Corporation redeemed 1,161,600 Class A Subordinate Voting Shares at a weighted average price of $9.98, for a total consideration of $11.6 million. As of today, the Corporation has completed 96% of its share purchase program. TC Transcontinental plans to renew its normal course issuer bid when the current program expires, subject to regulatory approval.Extension for one year of the $400 million credit facility. The facility matures in February 2018. At January 31, 2013, an amount of $148 million had been drawn on this facility.Sustainable DevelopmentPublication of the fourth annual sustainability report, titled "simplify, collaborate, innovate". With the level of information provided in the report, TC Transcontinental has maintained its application level B rating under the Global Reporting Initiative. For more information about TC Transcontinental's commitments, achievements and progress in sustainability, please refer to the 2012 report on the Corporation's website at more detailed financial information, please see Management's Discussion and Analysis for the first quarter ended January 31st, 2013 as well as the financial statements in the "Investors" section of our website at contribution from the synergies obtained from the integration of Quad/Graphics Canada, Inc. will continue, particularly in the second and third quarters of 2013, partially offset however by the closure of the Zellers stores. New agreements to print flyers and marketing products worth an annualized value of around $30 million are slated to start at the end of the second quarter of 2013.The Media Sector will continue to be affected by difficult market conditions, particularly with respect to advertising spending by our national and local clients. To limit the potential impact of these conditions, efficiency measures are being implemented to protect and improve the sector's profit margins. We will also pursue our efforts to improve the profitability of our digital and interactive offering by further reducing our cost base while continuing to invest in the development of new products.Significant excess cash flows will continue to be generated in coming quarters, and we plan to invest about $70 million in property, plant and equipment, as well as intangible assets, in fiscal 2013. Our excellent financial position will also allow us to distribute a special dividend in the second quarter of 2013 of $1.00 per participating share, totaling approximately $78 million, while sustaining the financial flexibility that enables us to make strategic acquisitions and invest in in-house projects.Reconciliation of Non-IFRS Financial MeasuresFinancial data have been prepared in conformity with IFRS. However, certain measures used in this press release do not have any standardized meaning under IFRS and could be calculated differently by other companies. We believe that many readers analyze our results based on certain non-IFRS financial measures because such measures are more appropriate for evaluating the Corporation's operating performance. Internally, Management uses such non-IFRS financial information as an indicator of business performance, and evaluates management's effectiveness with specific reference to these indicators. These measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with IFRS.The following table reconciles IFRS financial measures to non-IFRS financial measures.Reconciliation of Non-IFRS financial measures(unaudited)       Three months ended January 31(in millions of dollars, except per share amounts) 2013  2012Net income (loss) applicable to participating shares$17.8 $(33.3)Dividends on preferred shares 1.7  1.7Net loss (income) related to discontinued operations (after tax) -  -Non-controlling interests (0.3)  -Unusual adjustments to income taxes -  42.0Income tax expenses 3.8  5.6Financial expenses related to unusual adjustments to income taxes -  16.0Financial expenses 7.9  7.7Impairment of assets 2.1  0.8Restructuring and other costs 12.7  2.5Adjusted operating income$45.7 $43.0Amortization 25.9  28.4Adjusted operating income before amortization$71.6 $71.4Net income (loss) applicable to participating shares$17.8 $(33.3)Net loss (income) from discontinued operations (after tax) -  -Unusual adjustments to income taxes (after tax) -  42.0Financial expenses related to unusual adjustments to income taxes (after tax) -  16.0Impairment of assets (after tax) 1.5  0.6Restructuring and other costs (after tax) 9.2  1.8Adjusted net income applicable to participating shares$28.5 $27.1Average number of participating shares outstanding 78.2  81.0Adjusted net income applicable to participating shares per share$0.37 $0.33         As at January 31, 2013   As at October 31, 2012Long-term debt$198.0 $204.1Current portion of long-term debt 163.4  283.5Cash (27.6)  (16.8)Net indebtedness$333.8 $470.8Adjusted operating income before amortization (last 12 months)$357.8 $357.6Net indebtedness ratio 0.93x  1.32xDividendsDividend on Participating SharesThe Corporation's Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.145 per Class A Subordinate Voting Shares and Class B Shares. This dividend is payable on April 26, 2013 to participating shareholders of record at the close of business on April 5, 2013.Dividend on Preferred sharesThe Board declared a quarterly dividend of $0.4161 per share on cumulative 5-year rate reset first preferred shares, series D. This dividend is payable on April 15, 2013. On an annual basis, this represents a dividend of $1.6875 per preferred share.Special DividendThe Corporation's Board of Directors declared a special dividend of $1.00 per Class A Subordinate Voting Shares and Class B Shares or approximately $78 million. This dividend is payable on April 26, 2013 to participating shareholders of record at the close of business on April 5, 2013.Additional InformationAnnual Meeting of ShareholdersTranscontinental Inc. will hold its Annual Meeting of Shareholders today at 10:00 AM at Salon Windsor of the Le Windsor building, 1170 Peel Street, Montreal. For those who are unable to attend in person, a live (audio only) webcast of the meeting will be available on the Corporation's website at CallUpon releasing its first quarter 2013 results, the Corporation will hold a conference call for the financial community today at 2:00 p.m. The dial-in numbers are (514) 807-9895 or (647) 427-7450 or 1-888-231-8191 and the access code is: 10295595. Media may hear the call in listen-only mode or tune in to the simultaneous audio broadcast on the Corporation's Web site, which will then be archived for 30 days. For media requests for information or interviews, please contact Nathalie St-Jean, Senior Advisor, Corporate Communications of TC Transcontinental, at (514) 954-3581.ProfileLargest printer and leading provider of media and marketing activation solutions in Canada, TC Transcontinental creates products and services that allow businesses to attract, reach and retain their target customers.  The Corporation specializes in print and digital media, the production of magazines, newspaper, books and custom content, mass and personalized marketing, interactive and mobile applications, TV production and door-to-door distribution.Transcontinental Inc. (TSX: TCL.A, TCL.B, TCL.PR.D), known by the brands TC Transcontinental, TC Media and TC Transcontinental Printing, has approximately 9,500 employees in Canada and the United States, and reported revenues of C$2.1 billion in 2012. Website StatementsThis press release contains certain forward-looking statements concerning the future performance of the Corporation. Such statements, based on the current expectations of management, inherently involve numerous risks and uncertainties, known and unknown. We caution that all forward-looking information is inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from the assumptions, estimates or expectations reflected or contained in the forward-looking information, and that actual future performance will be affected by a number of factors, many of which are beyond the Corporation's control, including, but not limited to, the economic situation, structural changes in its industries, exchange rate, availability of capital, energy costs, increased competition, as well as the Corporation's capacity to engage in strategic transactions and integrate acquisitions into its activities. The risks, uncertainties and other factors that could influence actual results are described in the Management's Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) for the fiscal year ended on October 31st, 2012 and in the 2012 Annual Information Form and have been updated in the MD&A for the first quarter ended January 31st, 2013.The forward-looking information in this release is based on current expectations and information available as at March 12, 2013. The Corporation's management disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements unless otherwise required by the Securities Authorities.CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (LOSS)     Unaudited      Three months endedJanuary 31(in millions of Canadian dollars, except per share data) 2013  2012      Revenues$528.7 $487.6Operating expenses 457.1  416.2Restructuring and other costs 12.7  2.5Impairment of assets 2.1  0.8      Operating income before amortization 56.8  68.1Amortization 25.9  28.4      Operating income 30.9  39.7Net financial expenses 7.9  23.7      Income before income taxes 23.0  16.0Income taxes 3.8  47.6      Net income (loss) from continuing operations 19.2  (31.6)Net income (loss) from discontinued operations -  -      Net income (loss) 19.2  (31.6)Non-controlling interests (0.3)  - Net income (loss) attributable to shareholders of the Corporation 19.5  (31.6)Dividends on preferred shares, net of related taxes 1.7  1.7Net income (loss) attributable to participating shares $17.8 $(33.3)      Net income (loss) per participating share - basic and diluted$0.23 $(0.41)      Weighted average number of participating shares outstanding - basic and diluted (in millions) 78.2  81.0                    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)     Unaudited       Three months endedJanuary 31(in millions of Canadian dollars) 2013  2012      Net income (loss) $19.2 $(31.6)      Other comprehensive income (loss)           Items that will be reclassified to net income (loss):       Net change related to cash flow hedges       Net change in the fair value of derivatives designated as cash flow hedges 2.1  (1.2)  Reclassification of the net change in the fair value of derivatives designated as cash flow hedges in prior periods, recognized in net income (loss) during the period (1.5)  2.6  Related income taxes 0.2  1.6  0.4  (0.2)       Cumulative translation differences       Unrealized exchange net gains (net losses) on the translation of the financial statements of foreign operations (0.3)  0.5  Unrealized exchange losses on the translation of debt designated as a hedge of a net investment in foreign operations (0.4)  -  (0.7)  0.5      Items that will not be reclassified to net income (loss):      Changes in actuarial gains and losses in respect of defined benefit pension plans       Actuarial gains (losses) in respect of defined benefit pension plans 9.1  (15.6)  Related income taxes 2.2  (4.9)  6.9  (10.7)      Other comprehensive income (loss) 6.6  (10.4)Comprehensive income (loss)$25.8 $(42.0)      Attributable to:      Shareholders of the Corporation$26.1 $(42.0) Non-controlling interests (0.3)  - $25.8 $(42.0)  CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN EQUITYUnaudited (in millions of Canadian dollars) Attributable to shareholders of the Corporation       Share capital Contributedsurplus Retainedearnings Accumulatedothercomprehensiveloss Total Non-controllinginterests Total equity                     Balance as at November 1, 2012$467.7 $2.5 $514.2 $(84.4) $900.0 $1.4 $901.4Net income (loss) -  -  19.5  -  19.5  (0.3)  19.2Other comprehensive income -  -  -  6.6  6.6  -  6.6Shareholders' contributions and distributions to shareholders                     Participating share redemptions (6.4)  -  (5.2)  -  (11.6)  -  (11.6) Dividends -  -  (13.0)  -  (13.0)  (1.4)  (14.4) Stock-option based compensation -  0.2  -  -  0.2  -  0.2Balance as at January 31, 2013$461.3 $2.7 $515.5 $(77.8) $901.7 $(0.3) $901.4                     Balance as at November 1, 2011$478.1 $1.8 $750.3 $(28.1) $1,202.1 $0.8 $1,202.9Net loss -  -  (31.6)  -  (31.6)  -  (31.6)Other comprehensive loss -  -  -  (10.4)  (10.4)  -  (10.4)Shareholders' contributions and distributions to shareholders                     Exercise of stock options 0.1  -  -  -  0.1  -  0.1 Dividends -  -  (12.6)  -  (12.6)  -  (12.6) Stock-option based compensation -  0.2  -  -  0.2  -  0.2Balance as at January 31, 2012$478.2 $2.0 $706.1 $(38.5) $1,147.8 $0.8 $1,148.6 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION      Unaudited           (in millions of Canadian dollars) As atJanuary 31,2013  As atOctober 31,2012      Current assets      Cash$27.6 $16.8 Accounts receivable 378.2  449.8 Income taxes receivable 7.8  38.9 Inventories 78.7  82.5 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 17.1  14.7  509.4  602.7      Property, plant and equipment 633.0  651.2Intangible assets 170.7  171.5Goodwill 505.8  487.0Deferred income taxes 157.6  192.6Other assets 28.6  31.2 $2,005.1 $2,136.2      Current liabilities      Accounts payable and accrued liabilities$226.2 $336.8 Provisions 15.5  15.5 Income taxes payable 8.7  50.3 Deferred revenues and deposits 59.1  39.3 Current portion of long-term debt 163.4  283.5  472.9  725.4      Long-term debt  198.0  204.1Deferred income taxes  38.5  68.4Provisions 48.7  45.3Other liabilities  345.6  191.6  1,103.7  1,234.8      Equity      Share capital 461.3  467.7 Contributed surplus 2.7  2.5 Retained earnings 515.5  514.2 Accumulated other comprehensive loss (77.8)  (84.4) Attributable to shareholders of the Corporation 901.7  900.0 Non-controlling interests (0.3)  1.4  901.4  901.4 $2,005.1 $2,136.2                  CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS      Unaudited       Three months endedJanuary 31(in millions of Canadian dollars) 2013  2012      Operating activities      Net income (loss)$19.2 $(31.6) Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) and cash flows from operating activities:       Amortization 32.2  33.3  Impairment of assets 2.1  0.8  Financial expenses on long-term debt 5.9  6.9  Interest on tax reassessment -  16.0  Net gain on disposal of assets (0.2)  (0.4)  Income taxes 3.8  47.6  Stock-option based compensation 0.2  0.2  Other 2.2  0.6 Cash flows generated by operating activities before changes in non-cash operating items and income tax paid 65.4  73.4 Changes in non-cash operating items 154.8  (14.2) Income tax paid (10.8)  (2.3) Cash flows from continuing operations 209.4  56.9 Cash flows from discontinued operations -  (1.6)  209.4  55.3      Investing activities      Business combinations (23.3)  -  Acquisitions of property, plant and equipment (11.1)  (8.3) Disposals of property, plant and equipment 0.3  0.4 Increase in intangible assets (4.2)  (4.7) Cash flows from investments in continuing operations (38.3)  (12.6)      Financing activities      Reimbursement of long-term debt (80.6)  (8.1) Net decrease in revolving term credit facility (46.5)  (34.1) Financial expenses on long-term debt (6.6)  (6.3) Dividends on participating shares (11.3)  (10.9) Dividends on preferred shares (1.7)  (1.7) Dividends on non-controlling interests (1.4)  - Issuance of participating shares -  0.1 Participating share redemptions (12.1)  - Cash flows from the financing of continuing operations (160.2)  (61.0)      Effect of exchange rate changes on cash denominated in foreign currencies (0.1)  0.1      Net change in cash 10.8  (18.2)Cash at beginning of period 16.8  75.0Cash at end of period$27.6 $56.8      Non-cash investing and financing activities      Net change in capital asset acquisitions financed by accounts payable$(4.8) $(2.5) SOURCE: Transcontinental inc.For further information: Media Nathalie St-Jean Senior Advisor, Corporate Communications TC Transcontinental Telephone : 514 954-3581 Financial Community Jennifer F. McCaughey Senior Director, Investor Relations and External Corporate Communications TC Transcontinental Telephone : 514 954-2821