Groupe Orléans Express pursues expansion in Quebec



    MONTREAL, Aug. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Groupe Orléans Express inc. announces
having concluded an agreement to acquire some assets from Groupe Gaudreault
inc. in the fields of transit and intercity transportation, chartered bus
transportation and various school bus transportation contracts. Subject to
final approval from the transportation regulatory and public transportation
bodies involved, the transaction will give Groupe Orléans Express inc. the
green light to handle, through new companies, most of the Lanau Bus operations
and all of the Lanau Com, Lanau Mécano, Les Transports Fagnant, Sabem, Autobus
Lachenaie and Autocars Murray Hill operations. The parties have agreed to keep
confidential the value as well as the terms and conditions of the transaction.
    This acquisition confirms the leading role of Groupe Orléans Express inc.
in the area of people transportation. With a fleet of 375 vehicles after the
closing of the transaction, some 800 employees will carry out its
hereafter-complementary activities in Quebec and the Maritimes. "Combined with
the existing Groupe Orléans Express operations, this acquisition not only
consolidates our position in Quebec and in Canada, it also allows us to offer
new services to our clientele, particularly in the fields of transit and
school transportation, and also a wider service territory that reflects the
company's diversification plan," declared Groupe Orléans Express inc.
President and CEO Sylvain Langis.
    Pending approval, areas to benefit from Groupe Orléans Express inc.
transit and intercity transportation services are the RCM Les Moulins, RCM
L'Assomption and a large section of the Lanaudière region under the
responsibility of the Conseil régional de transport de Lanaudière (Lanaudière
Regional Transport Council). Regarding school transportation, Groupe Orléans
Express inc. will serve des Affluents, des Samares and Wilfrid-Laurier School
Boards.

    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 services operated
in the maritime provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward
Island. The company actually employs close to 500 people and oertes 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). In the
Maritimes, Each year, Groupe Orléans Express inc. carries 1.7 millions
passengers.
    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.

    
    BACKGROUNDER, GROUPE ORLEANS EXPRESS

    Groupe Orléans Express is the leading intercity carrier of bus passengers
in Quebec and second in Canada. The company is owned at 75% by Keolis SA,
premier private public passenger carrier in France, and at 25% by President
and CEO Sylvain Langis.
    In the Maritimes, Groupe Orléans Express inc. provides motorcoach
intercity transportation through its subsidiary Acadian Lines.
    Keolis is a major international player in managing and operating public
transportation networks.

    In business since

    1990 and in 2002 became a subsidiary of multinational Keolis SA

    Services

    Over 1.7 millions passengers and almost one million packages transported
yearly; upon transaction completion, the company will bring to destination
more than 6 millions passengers annually.

    Service areas

    At this time
    ------------

    In Quebec, Groupe Orléans Express buses travel an average of 12 million
kilometers on the road of Montreal, Quebec City, the Mauricie, Lower St.
Laurence and Gaspé regions. It also operates buses on the Quebec City-Montreal
corridor.

    Upon transaction completion
    ---------------------------
    Transit and intercity transportation: RCM Les Moulins, RCM L'Assomption
and a large section of the Lanaudière region under the responsibility of the
Conseil régional de transport de Lanaudière (Lanaudière Regional Transport
Council.
    School transportation: des Affluents, des Samares and Wilfrid-Laurier
School Boards.

    President and CEO

    Sylvain Langis.

    Headquarters

    740 Notre-Dame West, Suite 1000, Montreal, Quebec H3C 3X6
    514 395-4001

    General Manager

    To be announced upon transaction completion

    New business locations

    1,500 Raymond-Gaudreault, Repentigny, Quebec
    2,450 des Entreprises Blvd., Terrebonne, Quebec

    Number of employees

    At this time
    ------------

    Over 500 people in Quebec and the Maritimes

    Upon transaction completion
    ---------------------------

    Approximately 800 employees

    Number of vehicles

    At this time
    ------------

    Transit and intercity transportation: 105 buses, some specially equipped
to carry handicapped people.

    Upon transaction completion
    ---------------------------

    Transit and intercity transportation: 220 buses
    School transportation: 155buses

    Web Site

    www.orleansexpress.com
    




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