On March 13, 2013, the Board of Directors of Quebecor declared a quarterly dividend of $0.05 per share on its Class A Multiple Voting Shares ("Class A shares") and Class B shares, payable on April 22, 2013 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 28, 2013. This dividend is designated to be an eligible dividend, as provided under subsection 89(14) of the Canadian Income Tax Act and its provincial counterpart.
Normal course issuer bid
On August 9, 2012, the Corporation filed a normal course issuer bid for a maximum of 980,357 Class A shares, representing approximately 5% of the issued and outstanding Class A shares, and for a maximum of 4,351,276 Class B shares, representing approximately 10% of the public float of the Class B shares as of July 31, 2012. Purchases can be made from August 13, 2012 to August 12, 2013 at prevailing market prices, on the open market, through the facilities of the Toronto Stock Exchange. All shares purchased under the bid have been or will be cancelled.
In 2012, the Corporation purchased and cancelled 1,058,800 Class B shares for a total cash consideration of $38.3 million (928,100 Class B shares for a total cash consideration of $30.2 million in 2011). The excess of $30.3 million of the purchase price over the carrying value of Class B shares repurchased was recorded in reduction of retained earnings in 2012 ($23.1 million in 2011).
Detailed financial information
For a detailed analysis of Quebecor's fourth quarter and full-year 2012 results, please refer to the Management Discussion and Analysis and consolidated financial statements of Quebecor, available on the Corporation's website at: www.quebecor.com/en/quarterly_doc_quebecor_inc or from the SEDAR filing service at www.sedar.com.
Conference call for investors and webcast
Quebecor will hold a conference call to discuss Quebecor's fourth quarter and full-year 2012 results on March 14, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. EDT. There will be a question period reserved for financial analysts. To access the conference call, please dial 1 877 293-8052, access code for participants 58308#. A tape recording of the call will be available from March 14 to June 14, 2013 by dialling 1 877 293-8133, conference number 656419#, access code for participants 58308#. The conference call will also be broadcast live on Quebecor's website at www.quebecor.com/en/content/conference-call. It is advisable to ensure the appropriate software is installed before accessing the call. Instructions and links to free player downloads are available at the Internet address shown above.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
The statements in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements and are subject to significant known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions that 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 may be identified by the use of the conditional or by forward-looking terminology such as the terms "plans," "expects," "may," "anticipates," "intends," "estimates," "projects," "seeks," "believes," or similar terms, variations of such terms or the negative of such terms. Certain factors that may cause actual results to differ from current expectations include seasonality (including seasonal fluctuations in customer orders), operating risk (including fluctuations in demand for Quebecor's products and pricing actions by competitors), insurance risk, risks associated with capital investment (including risks related to technological development and equipment availability and breakdown), environmental risks, risks associated with labour agreements, risks associated with commodities and energy prices (including fluctuations in the cost and availability of raw materials), credit risk, financial risks, debt risks, risks related to interest rate fluctuations, foreign exchange risks, risks associated with government acts and regulations, risks related to changes in tax legislation, and changes in the general political and economic environment. 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 Quebecor's actual results to differ from current expectations, please refer to Quebecor's public filings available at www.sedar.com and www.quebecor.com including, in particular, the "Risks and Uncertainties" section of Quebecor's Management Discussion and Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2012.
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