Torstar has not recorded its share of Black Press' results in either 2012 or 2011 as Torstar's carrying value in Black Press was previously reduced to nil. Torstar's share of Black Press's net income would have been $3.9 million in 2012, up from $3.3 million in 2011. Torstar will begin again to report its share of Black Press's results once the unrecognized losses ($0.7 million as of December 31, 2012) have been offset by net income or other comprehensive income.
On February 29, 2012 Torstar sold a portion of its 50% interest in Tuango. As a result of the sale transaction and revised shareholders' agreement, Torstar lost joint control of Tuango and moved from proportionately consolidating Tuango to accounting for it as an associated business using the equity method. Torstar's share of Tuango's net income for the period from February 29, 2012 to December 31, 2012 was $0.4 million.
Torstar ceased to equity account for Q-ponz when it was sold in early 2012. No amounts were recorded related to the Q-ponz results in 2012 ($0.5 million loss in 2011).
Other income and gain on sale of assets
During 2012, Torstar recognized other income of $10.4 million and a gain on sale of assets of $9.8 million.
Torstar recognized a gain on sale of assets of $3.7 million from the sale of Sing Tao's land and buildings in Toronto. Torstar's share of the proceeds included $2.5 million of cash and $3.5 million for a mortgage receivable which will mature in 18 to 24 months from the date of sale.
Torstar also recorded a gain on sale of assets of $3.4 million on the sale of a portion of its 50% joint venture interest in Tuango as noted above. Net proceeds were $3.9 million and Torstar retained a 38.2% interest in Tuango. As a result of the move from proportionately consolidating Tuango to accounting for it as an associated business using the equity method, the investment was remeasured and the investment in associated businesses was recorded at fair value, resulting in a remeasurement gain of $10.4 million which has been included in other income.
In November 2012, Torstar recorded a gain of $2.7 million in connection with the sale of the assets of Insurance Hotline. Net proceeds of $7.0 million were comprised of $2.0 million in cash and a 12.6% interest in Kanetix Ltd. (an online Canadian insurance marketplace) valued at $5.0 million. This investment has been recorded at cost and is included in portfolio investments. At the same time, Torstar received an additional $4.0 million of cash in exchange for Media inventory to be provided to Kanetix Ltd. over the next two years.
In 2011, Torstar recognized other income of $19.1 million. When a business combination is achieved in stages, the acquirer is required to remeasure its previously held interest in the acquiree to the acquisition date fair value and recognize the resulting gain or loss, if any, in profit or loss. This remeasurement resulted in other income of $19.1 million in 2011 related to Torstar's increased ownership of Metro and save.ca.
Gain on sale of CTV Inc.
In 2011, Torstar recorded a gain of $74.6 million on the sale of its remaining interest in CTV. The transaction closed on April 1, 2011 and Torstar received cash proceeds of $291.6 million.
Income and other taxes
There were several items in Torstar's net income before taxes in 2012 and 2011 that were not tax-affected and therefore had an impact on Torstar's effective tax rate in both years. This included the 2012 remeasurement gain on Tuango, the 2011 gain on the sale of CTV, and the 2011 remeasurement gain on the Metro and save.ca transactions. In addition, Torstar recorded $0.8 million in 2012 and $10.0 million in 2011 as a tax benefit from the recognition of tax losses that had previously not been recognized.
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