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TVA Group Reports a $9.4 Million Net Income Attributable to Shareholders in the Fourth Quarter Ended December 31, 2012

Thursday, February 28, 2013

TVA Group Reports a $9.4 Million Net Income Attributable to Shareholders in the Fourth Quarter Ended December 31, 201209:34 EST Thursday, February 28, 2013MONTREAL, CANADA--(Marketwire - Feb. 28, 2013) - TVA Group Inc. (the "Corporation") (TSX:TVA.B) announces that it recorded net income attributable to shareholders in the amount of $9.4 million, or $0.40 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with $11.5 million, or $0.48 per share, in the same quarter of 2011. Fourth quarter operating highlights: Operating income(1) in the Television segment up $1,006,000 (5.6%) to $19,103,000, mainly because of: positive impact on operating income of the deconsolidation of the results of SUN News since July 1, 2012; $2,402,000 increase in operating income at the specialty services; Partially offset by: the decrease in operating income at TVA Network due mainly to a 5.6% decline in its advertising revenues. Operating income in the Publishing segment down $697,000 (-27.2%) to $1,863,000, mainly because of an overall 4.9% decrease in its operating revenues. "The Television segment's fourth quarter 2012 financial results were impacted by the decrease in TVA Network's advertising revenues, which were flat for fiscal 2012 as a whole," said Pierre Dion, President and CEO of the Corporation. "The combined market shares of TVA Group's channels grew by 6.3% to 33.5 shares for the period of October 1 to December 31, 2012. The total revenues of our French-language specialty services grew 21.3% in the fourth quarter of 2012 and 33.6% in 2012 as a whole". "The Publishing segment's operating margin was 10.7% despite the decreases in advertising revenues and in newsstand revenues in the last quarter of 2012. Efforts are continuing to launch new initiatives and brand strategies in order to generate new revenue streams in the Publishing segment in 2013." Cash flows provided by operating activities totalled $12.6 million for the quarter, compared with $2.8 million in the same quarter of 2011. The $9.8 million increase was essentially due to the favourable variance in non-cash items, particularly accounts receivable.(1)Refer to definition of operating income (loss) on the next page. 2012 results For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, the Corporation's consolidated operating income was $45.6 million, compared with $50.5 million in the previous year. The 9.8% decrease was due entirely to the Publishing segment and resulted mainly from the increase in operating expenses caused by the fees set for 2010, 2011 and 2012 for business contributions to the cost of waste recovery services (Bill 88), combined with lower operating revenues in the segment. Consolidated operating revenues totalled $457.4 million, compared with $445.5 million in 2011, a 2.7% increase. During the same period, the Corporation recorded a net loss attributable to shareholders in the amount of $4.1 million, or $0.17 per share, compared with net income attributable to shareholders in the amount of $25.6 million, or $1.08 per share, in 2011. Definition Operating income (loss) In its analysis of operating results, the Corporation defines operating income (loss) as net income (loss) before amortization of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets, financial expenses, impairment of goodwill, gain on disposal of businesses, operational restructuring costs, impairment of assets and other costs, income taxes, after-tax share of income (loss) of associated corporations and net loss attributable to non-controlling interest. Operating income (loss) as defined above is not a measure of results that is consistent with IFRS. Neither is it intended to be regarded as an alternative to other financial performance measures or to the statement of cash flows as a measure of liquidity. This measure is not intended to represent funds available for debt service, dividend payment, reinvestment or other discretionary uses, and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for other performance measures prepared in accordance with IFRS. Operating income (loss) is used by the Corporation because management believes it is a meaningful measure of performance. This measure is used by management and the Board of Directors to evaluate the Corporation's consolidated results and the results of its business sectors. Measurements such as operating income (loss) are also commonly used by the investment community to analyze and compare the performance of companies in the industries in which the Corporation is active. The Corporation's definition of operating income (loss) may not be identical to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Forward-looking Statements The statements in this news release that are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements and are subject to important known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions which could cause the Corporation's actual results for future periods to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of the conditional, the use of forward-looking terminology such as "propose," "will," "expect," "may," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "plan," "foresee," "believe" or the negative of these terms or variations of them or similar terminology. Certain factors that may cause actual results to differ from current expectations include seasonality, operational risks (including pricing actions by competitors), programming content and production cost risks, credit risk, government regulation risks, governmental assistance risks, changes in economic conditions, fragmentation of the media landscape and labour relations. Investors and others are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors that may affect future results is not exhaustive and that undue reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statements. For more information on the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause the Corporation's actual results to differ from current expectations please refer to the Corporation's public filings available at www.sedar.com and http://groupetva.ca including, in particular, the "Risks and Uncertainties" section of the Corporation's annual Management's Discussion and Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2012.The forward-looking statements in this news release reflect the Corporation's expectations as of February 28, 2013, and are subject to change after this date. The Corporation expressly disclaims any obligation or intention to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by the applicable securities laws. TVA Group TVA Group Inc., a subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., is an integrated communications company involved in the creation, production, broadcast and distribution of audiovisual products, and in magazine publishing. TVA Group Inc. is the largest broadcaster of French-language entertainment, information and public affairs programming and publisher of French-language magazines in North America, and one of the largest private-sector producers of French-language content in North America. The Corporation's Class B shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol TVA.B. The audited annual consolidated financial statements with notes and the annual Management's Discussion and Analysis can be consulted on the Corporation's website at http://groupetva.caTVA GROUP INC.Consolidated Statements of Income (Loss)(unaudited)(in thousand of dollars, except per share amounts) Three-month periods ended December 31Years ended December 312012201120122011Revenues$127,004$131,636$457,366$445,495Purchase of goods and services67,82169,098253,092242,935Employee costs38,21741,881158,717152,036Amortization of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets4,9704,90920,34217,437Financial expenses1,3041,5705,4655,947Impairment of goodwill−−32,200−Gain on disposal of businesses−−(12,881)−Operational restructuring costs, impairmentof assets and other costs− 1,032117 1,665Income before income taxes and share of income of associated corporations14,692 13,146314 25,475Income taxes3,4074,2645,4499,613After-tax share of loss (income) of associated corporations1,859 (289)3,391 (574)Net income (loss)$9,426$9,171$(8,526)$16,436Net income (loss) attributable to:Shareholders$9,426$11,468$(4,112)$25,603Non-controlling interest−(2,297)(4,414)(9,167)Basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share attributable to shareholders$0.40 $ 0.48$(0.17) $ 1.08TVA GROUP INC.Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)(unaudited)(in thousands of dollars)Three-month periods ended December 31Years ended December 312012201120122011Net income (loss)$9,426$9,171$(8,526)$16,436Other comprehensive loss:Defined benefit plans:Actuarial gains and losses and net change in asset limit and minimum funding liability(7,606) (22,725)(7,606) (23,148)Deferred income taxes2,0426,0172,0426,131(5,564)(16,708)(5,564)(17,017)Comprehensive income (loss)$3,862$(7,537)$(14,090)$(581)Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to:Shareholders$3,862$(5,240)$(9,676)$8,586Non-controlling interest−(2,297)(4,414)(9,167)TVA GROUP INC.Consolidated Statements of Equity (unaudited)(in thousands of dollars)Years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011 Equity attributable to shareholdersCapital stockContributed surplusRetained earningsEquity attributable to non-controlling interestTotal equityBalance as at December 31, 2010$98,647$−$170,784$4,511$273,942Net income (loss)−−25,603(9,167)16,436Other comprehensive loss−−(17,017)−(17,017)Dividends−−(2,377)−(2,377)Contributions related to non-controlling interest−−−10,04510,045Balance as at December 31, 201198,647−176,9935,389281,029Net loss−−(4,112)(4,414)(8,526)Other comprehensive loss−−(5,564)−(5,564)Contributions related to non-controlling interest−−−3,5283,528Disposal of interest in SUN News−581−(4,503)(3,922)Balance as at December 31, 2012$98,647$581$167,317$−$266,545TVA GROUP INC.Consolidated Balance Sheets(unaudited)(in thousands of dollars)December 31, 2012 and 201120122011AssetsCurrent assetsCash$10,619$1,756Accounts receivable115,925117,644Current income tax assets3,1524,014Programs, broadcast and distribution rights and inventories67,57961,954Prepaid expenses2,4262,690Assets held for sale−8,370199,701196,428Non-current assetsBroadcast and distribution rights33,56335,488Investments17,65112,865Property, plant and equipment98,494102,007Licences and other intangible assets112,056114,539Goodwill39,78171,981Deferred income taxes725545302,270337,425Total assets$501,971$533,853Liabilities and equityCurrent liabilitiesBank overdraft$−$3,980Accounts payable and accrued liabilities89,09282,086Current income tax liabilities816503Broadcast and distribution rights payable16,96615,778Provisions8621,533Deferred revenues6,1366,535Current portion of long-term debt−17,756Liabilities held for sale−1,538113,872129,709Non-current liabilitiesLong-term debt74,43874,635Other liabilities38,49939,696Deferred income taxes8,6178,784121,554123,115EquityCapital stock98,64798,647Contributed surplus581−Retained earnings167,317176,993Equity attributable to shareholders266,545275,640Non-controlling interest−5,389266,545281,029Total liabilities and equity$501,971$533,853TVA GROUP INC.Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (unaudited)(in thousands of dollars)Three-month periods ended December 31Years ended December 312012201120122011Cash flows related to operating activitiesNet income (loss)$9,426$9,171$(8,526)$16,436Non-cash items:Amortization5,0754,99920,76217,796Impairment of goodwill−−32,200−Gain on disposal of businesses−−(12,881)−Operational restructuring costs, impairment of assets and other costs− 116− 699After-tax share of loss (income) of associated corporations1,859(289)3,391(574)Deferred income taxes6452,5661,6755,217Cash flows from current operations17,00516,56336,62139,574Net change in non-cash items(4,409)(13,799)(1,279)(14,716)Cash flows provided by operating activities12,5962,76435,34224,858Cash flows related to investing activitiesAdditions to property, plant and equipment(4,162)(7,992)(21,830)(30,016)Additions to intangible assets(1,070)(2,392)(3,265)(5,830)Disposal of businesses, net of cash−−18,663−Cash of SUN News at the date of deconsolidation− −(430)−Net change in investments(2,181)−(3,674)236Cash flows used in investing activities(7,413)(10,384)(10,536)(35,610)Cash flows related to financing activitiesNet change in bank overdraft−445(3,980)423Net change in revolving credit facility(246)4,994(17,982)1,694Financing costs(47)−(391)−Non-controlling interest−2,2053,52810,045Dividends paid−−−(2,377)Cash flows (used in) provided by financing activities(293)7,644(18,825)9,785Net change in cash4,890245,981(967)Cash at beginning of period5,7294,6144,6385,605Cash at end of period$10,619$4,638$10,619$4,638Cash consists of the following:Cash$10,619$1,756$10,619$1,756Cash from operations held for sale−2,882−2,882$10,619$4,638$10,619$4,638Supplementary informationInterests paid$2,236$2,449$5,024$5,431Net income taxes paid6073182,578974Net change in additions to property, plant and equipment and intangible assets funded by accounts payable and accrued liabilities1,1841,013(966)(546)TVA GROUP INC.Segmented information(unaudited)(in thousands of dollars)The following tables set operating income and assets information:Three-month periods ended December 31Years ended December 312012201120122011RevenuesTelevision$110,477$114,447$394,075$378,854Publishing17,38418,28667,35770,622Intersegment items(857)(1,097)(4,066)(3,981)127,004131,636457,366445,495Operating income(1)Television19,10318,09740,79039,944Publishing1,8632,5604,76710,58020,96620,65745,55750,524Amortization of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets4,9704,90920,34217,437Financial expenses1,3041,5705,4655,947Impairment of goodwill−−32,200−Gain on disposal of businesses−−(12,881)−Operational restructuring costs, impairment of assets and other costs − 1,032117 1,665Income before income taxes and share of income of associated corporations$14,692 $ 13,146$314 $ 25,475The intersegment items represent the elimination of normal course business transactions between the Corporation's business segments regarding revenues. (1)The Chief Executive Officer uses operating income as a profit measure for assessing each segment's performance. Operating income is a non-IFRS measure and is defined as net income before amortization of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets, financial expenses, impairment of goodwill, gain on disposal of businesses, operational restructuring costs, impairment of assets and other costs, income taxes, after-tax share of loss (income) of associated corporations and net loss attributable to non-controlling interest. December 31, 2012December 31, 2011Total assetsTelevision$448,529$449,943Publishing53,44283,910$501,971$533,853GoodwillTelevision$2,539$2,539Publishing37,24269,442$39,781$71,981FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Contact Information: Denis Rozon, CPA, CAVice-President and Chief Financial Officer(514) 598-2808