Groupe Orléans Express - Groupe Gaudreault, transaction confirmed



    MONTREAL, Sept. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Groupe Orléans Express inc. has
confirmed that it has obtained all of the necessary authorizations from the
regulatory authorities and organizational entities involved in transportation
for the acquisition of select assets of Groupe Gaudreault for urban and
intercity transportation, charter coach transportation, and for select
contracts in the school transportation sector.
    Groupe Orléans Express inc. will now play a pivotal role in personal
transportation in Quebec and in Canada with a fleet of 375 vehicles and 800
employees. "Effective immediately, we are taking over all of the activities of
Lanau Com, Lanau Mécano, Les Transports Fagnant, Sabem, Autobus Lachenaie and
Autocars Murray Hill, as well as the majority of Lanau Bus operations. This
purchase represents enormous potential since we are adding to our current
intercity and charter consumer services, as well as to our contract operations
in the urban and school sectors," declared Groupe Orléans Express inc.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Sylvain Langis.
    Furthermore, Groupe Orléans Express is proud to announce that Mr. Denis
Andlauer, who until now handled operations for Réseau de transport de la
Capitale (RTC) in Québec City, will take over operations for the new assets
acquired by Groupe Orléans Express inc.. Mr Andlauer has sound experience in
the public transit service industry, and his arrival at Groupe Orléans Express
is a definite asset. His offices will be located at 1 500 rue Raymond
Gaudreault in Repentigny.
    The parties have agreed to keep the terms and value of the transaction
confidential.

    About Groupe Orléans Express

    Specialized in intercity transportation, courier services and chartered
motorcoaches, Orléans Express operates in Québec the Montreal/Quebec City
intercity route, as well as the Mauricie, Lower St. Laurence and Gaspé
regions. The Group's activities also include the intercity and charter
services operated in the maritime provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and
Prince Edward Island. The company actually employs close to 500 people and
operates a fleet of 105 motorcoaches.
    Groupe Orléans Express inc. is a subsidiary of Keolis SA (75% ownership),
leading privately-owned public passenger road carrier in France, and President
and CEO Sylvain Langis (25% ownership). Troughout its Québec and Maritimes
network, Groupe Orléans Express inc. carries 1.7 millions passengers each
year.

    About Keolis SA

    Keolis is the leading operator of public transport in France and a major
operator in Europe. The group, which reported a turnover of (euro)3.2 billion
in 2008, carries more than 2 billion passengers per year. The company employs
40,000 staff. Since 2006, a consortium comprising AXA Private Equity and
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec own a majority position (51,5%) of
Keolis.




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