Adjusted income from continuing operations: $56.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 ($0.89 per basic share) compared with $55.6 million ($0.87 per basic share) in the same quarter of 2011, an increase of $0.4 million ($0.02 per basic share).
A number of financial transactions were carried out during 2012.
-- On December 17, 2012, Quebecor Media prepaid the balance outstanding under its term loan "B" credit facility for a cash consideration of $153.9 million.-- On October 11, 2012, the Corporation increased its interest in Quebecor Media further to the closing of the following transactions: -- Quebecor Media repurchased 20,351,307 of its common shares held by CDP Capital for an aggregate purchase price of $1.0 billion, paid in cash. All the repurchased shares were cancelled; -- Quebecor purchased 10,175,653 common shares of Quebecor Media held by CDP Capital. To evidence the obligation of the Corporation to pay the purchase price of such shares, the Corporation issued to CDP Capital $500.0 million aggregate principal amount of subordinated debentures, bearing interest at 4.125% and maturing in 2018, which are convertible into Class B Subordinate Voting Shares ("Class B shares") of Quebecor.-- Further to the completion of these transactions, Quebecor's interest in Quebecor Media increased from 54.7% to 75.4% and CDP Capital's interest decreased from 45.3% to 24.6%.-- To carry out the repurchase of 20,351,307 of its common shares for an aggregate purchase price of $1.0 billion, Quebecor Media was able to take advantage of favourable conditions on the debt markets. The following financial operations were carried out by Quebecor Media as part of this major transaction: -- Issuance, on October 11, 2012, of US$850.0 million aggregate principal amount of Senior Notes bearing interest at 5.75% and maturing in 2023, and $500.0 million aggregate principal amount of Senior Notes bearing interest at 6.625% and maturing in 2023, the latter being one of the largest single-tranche high-yield offerings ever completed in Canada; -- Quebecor Media increased the size of the offering as a result of oversubscription and favourable financing terms, which provided an opportunity to extend the maturities of its credit instruments by redeeming, in November 2012, US$320.0 million in aggregate principal amount of its 7.75% Senior Notes issued in 2007 and maturing in 2016.-- In March 2012, Videotron issued US$800.0 million aggregate principal amount of 5.0% Senior Notes maturing in 2022.-- In March 2012, Videotron redeemed all of its 6.875% Senior Notes maturing in January 2014 in the aggregate principal amount of US$395.0 million.-- In March and April 2012, Quebecor Media redeemed US$260.0 million principal amount of its 7.75% Senior Notes maturing in March 2016 and settled the related hedging contracts.-- Quebecor Media and TVA Group amended their bank credit facilities to extend the maturity dates to 2016 and 2017 respectively and to increase Quebecor Media's revolving credit facility maturing in 2016 by $200.0 million.-- The Corporation amended its $150.0 million revolving credit facility to extend the maturity from November 2014 to November 2015 and modify certain terms and conditions of the facility.-- Finally, Sun Media Corporation repaid the $37.6 million balance on its term loan credit facility and cancelled all its credit facilities.