Power Financial Reports First Quarter 2019 Financial Results
Readers are referred to the sections "Non-IFRS Financial Measures and Presentation" and "Forward-Looking Statements" at the end of this release.
Power Financial Corporation (Power Financial or the Corporation) (TSX:PWF.TO) today reported earnings results for the three months ended March 31, 2019.
Consolidated Results of Power FinancialFor the period ended March 31
-- Power Financial announced on April 17, 2019 the successful completion of its substantial issuer bid to repurchase for cancellation $1.65 billion of its common shares. The Corporation also announced its participation in Great-West Lifeco Inc.'s (Lifeco) substantial issuer bid to repurchase for cancellation $2.0 billion of its common shares. Power Financial's proceeds from its participation in the Lifeco substantial issuer bid were $1.65 billion. As a result, the Corporation's direct interest in Lifeco decreased to 66.8% (67.8% at March 31, 2019). -- Lifeco's sales for the first quarter of 2019 were $90.2 billion, up 160% from the first quarter of 2018, primarily driven by a very large sale at Empower Retirement and a large fund management mandate in Europe. -- On April 3, 2019, Lifeco announced that its three Canadian life insurance companies, The Great-West Life Assurance Company, London Life Insurance Company and The Canada Life Assurance Company, are moving to one brand in Canada: Canada Life. Canada Life will become the brand under which the organization will create, deliver and communicate products and services in Canada across all of its lines of business. -- IGM Financial Inc. (IGM) reported record high quarter-end assets under management at March 31, 2019 of $160.5 billion, an increase of 7.6% in the quarter and 3.0% from the prior year driven by favourable investment returns. -- Pargesa Holding SA's (Pargesa) reported net asset value at March 31, 2019 increased 13.4% from December 31, 2018.
First Quarter Net earnings attributable to common shareholders were $536 million or $0.75 per share, compared with $586 million or $0.82 per share in 2018.
Contributions to Power Financial's net earnings were:
(in millions of dollars) 2019 2018 Lifeco 444 495 IGM 110 107 Pargesa 46 44 Power Financial Corporate and Other (64) (60) 536 586
Results of Great-West Lifeco, IGM Financial and Pargesa HoldingFor the period ended March 31
GREAT-WEST LIFECO INC.
First Quarter Net earnings attributable to common shareholders were $657 million or $0.67 per share, compared with $731 million or $0.74 per share in 2018.
On May 2, 2019, Lifeco declared a quarterly dividend of $0.4130 per common share, unchanged from the previous quarter.
IGM FINANCIAL INC.
First Quarter Net earnings available to common shareholders were $168 million or $0.70 per share, compared with $186 million or $0.77 per share in 2018. See contribution to Power Financial's net earnings in the table below.
On May 3, 2019, IGM declared a quarterly dividend of $0.5625 per common share, unchanged from the previous quarter.
PARGESA HOLDING SA
First Quarter Pargesa reported net earnings of SF91 million, compared with SF61 million in 2018. See contribution to Power Financial's net earnings in the tables below.
On May 8, 2019, Pargesa declared a dividend of SF2.56 per bearer share, an increase of 2.4% over the previous year.
Dividends on Power Financial Common Shares
The Board of Directors today declared a quarterly dividend of 45.55 cents on the Corporation's common shares, payable August 1, 2019 to shareholders of record June 28, 2019.
Dividends on Power Financial Preferred Shares
The Board of Directors also declared quarterly dividends on the Corporation's preferred shares.
Dividends payable August 15, 2019 to shareholders of record July 25, 2019:
Series - Stock Symbol Amount --- Series A - PWF.PR.A Floating rate  ---
 Equal to one quarter of 70% of the average prime rate of two major Canadian chartered banks for the period April 1 to June 30, 2019.
Dividends payable July 31, 2019 to shareholders of record July 10, 2019: Series Stock Symbol Amount Series Stock Symbol Amount --- --- Series D PWF.PR.E 34.375¢ Series O PWF.PR.O 36.25¢ Series E PWF.PR.F 32.8125¢ Series P PWF.PR.P 14.4125¢ Series F PWF.PR.G 36.875¢ Series Q PWF.PR.Q 20.4795¢ Series H PWF.PR.H 35.9375¢ Series R PWF.PR.R 34.375¢ Series I PWF.PR.I 37.50¢ Series S PWF.PR.S 30¢ Series K PWF.PR.K 30.9375¢ Series T PWF.PR.T 26.3438¢ Series L PWF.PR.L 31.875¢ Series V PWF.PR.Z 32.1875¢ --- ---
About Power Financial
Power Financial Corporation is a diversified international management and holding company with interests substantially in the financial services sector in Canada, the United States and Europe. It also has significant holdings in global industrial and services companies based in Europe. Power Financial Corporation is a member of the Power Corporation Group of Companies. To learn more, visit www.PowerFinancial.com.
At March 31, 2019, Power Financial held the following economic interests: 67.8% - Great-West Lifeco (TSX: GWO)  www.greatwestlifeco.com 61.5% - IGM Financial (TSX:IGM.TO) www.igmfinancial.com 27.8% - Pargesa Holding (SIX: PARG) www.pargesa.ch 88.6% - Wealthsimple Financial Corp.  www.wealthsimple.com
 On April 17, 2019, following the Corporation's participation in Lifeco's substantial issuer bid, Power Financial's interest in Lifeco decreased to approximately 66.8%.  Interest held by Lifeco, IGM and the Corporation.
Earnings Summary --- (unaudited) Three months ended (in millions of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts) March 31, --- 2019 2018 Adjusted net earnings Lifeco  444 495 IGM   110 107 Pargesa  46 44 --- 600 646 Corporate operations  (29) (26) Dividends on perpetual preferred shares (35) (34) --- Adjusted net earnings  536 586 Other items − − --- Net earnings  536 586 --- Earnings per share - Basic  Adjusted net earnings 0.75 0.82 Other items − − --- Net earnings 0.75 0.82 ---
 The contributions from Lifeco and IGM are adjusted for their share of the results of Wealthsimple Financial Corp. and Portag3 Ventures Limited Partnership, based on their respective interests. Contributions from IGM and Pargesa reflect adjustments in accordance with IAS 39.  In the first quarter, IGM invested a further $66.8 million in Personal Capital Corporation which increased its voting interest to 22.7%. IGM has significant influence and accounts for its interest as an associate using the equity method. This reclassification of the investment to an associate, under IAS 39, resulted in a gain included in the contribution to Power Financial's net earnings.  Includes operating expenses, financing charges, depreciation, income taxes, interest on cash and cash equivalents, foreign exchange gains (losses) and income (losses) from investments.  Attributable to common shareholders.
Contribution to Power Financial's Net Earnings --- Three months Contribution to Power ended March Financial's net earnings 31, 2019 Contribution to Consolidation entries (unaudited) net earnings (in millions of Canadian dollars) as reported --- Lifeco 445 (1) 444 IGM 103 7 110 Pargesa 34 12 46 ---
Adjustments to Pargesa's Contribution Power Financial has deferred the adoption of IFRS 9 and continues to apply IAS 39. The following table presents adjustments to the contribution of Pargesa to Power Financial's earnings in accordance with IAS 39: --- (unaudited) Three months ended (in millions of Canadian dollars) March 31, --- --- 2019 2018 --- Gain on partial disposal of interest in adidas  18 − Gain on disposal of private equity funds  − 21 Reversal of unrealized (gains) losses on private equity funds (6) 1 --- --- Total 12 22 --- ---
 On January 1, 2018, Pargesa adopted IFRS 9 which resulted in the reclassification of the majority of its investments (excluding private equity funds) from available for sale (AFS) to fair value through other comprehensive income (FVOCI). All changes in fair value of equity investments designated as FVOCI are recognized permanently in other comprehensive income. Power Financial continues to apply IAS 39 and has adjusted its share of these items.  Investments in private equity funds were reclassified from AFS to fair value through profit and loss (FVPL) and unrealized gains accumulated to December 31, 2017 were permanently transferred to retained earnings. Power Financial continues to apply IAS 39 and has adjusted its share of these gains.
Non-IFRS Financial Measures and Presentation
Net earnings attributable to common shareholders are comprised of:
-- Adjusted net earnings attributable to common shareholders; and -- Other items, which include the after-tax impact of any item that in management's judgment would make the period-over-period comparison of results from operations less meaningful. Other items include the Corporation's share of items presented as Other items by a subsidiary or a jointly controlled corporation.
Management uses these financial measures in its presentation and analysis of the financial performance of Power Financial, and believes that they provide additional meaningful information to readers in their analysis of the results of the Corporation. Adjusted net earnings, as defined by the Corporation, assist the reader in comparing the current period's results to those of previous periods as items that are not considered to be part of ongoing activities are excluded from this non-IFRS measure.
Adjusted net earnings attributable to common shareholders and adjusted net earnings per share are non-IFRS financial measures that do not have a standard meaning and may not be comparable to similar measures used by other entities.
The Corporation also uses a non-consolidated basis of presentation to present and analyze its results whereby the Corporation's interests in Lifeco, IGM, Portag3 Ventures Limited Partnership and Wealthsimple Financial Corp. are accounted for using the equity method. Presentation on a non-consolidated basis is a non-IFRS presentation. However, it is useful to the reader as it presents the holding company's (parent) results separately from the results of its operating subsidiaries.
Net asset value is commonly used by holding companies to determine their value. Pargesa's net asset value is determined on the basis of current market values for listed shareholdings, plus the fair value of private equity activities and Groupe Bruxelles Lambert treasury shares, less net debt. This measure presents the fair value of the net assets of the holding company to management and investors and assists the reader in determining the value of the holding company. This news release may also contain other non-IFRS financial measures which are publicly disclosed by the Corporation's subsidiaries such as sales, assets under management and assets under administration.
Refer to the "Non-IFRS Financial Measures and Presentation" section of the Corporation's most recent Management's Discussion and Analysis for the definition of non-IFRS financial measures and their reconciliation with IFRS financial measures.
For purposes of the Income Tax Act (Canada) and any similar provincial legislation, all of the above dividends on the Corporation's preferred and common shares are eligible dividends.
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