Power Corporation Reports First Quarter Financial Results and Dividend Increase of 7.6%

All figures are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted. Readers are referred to the sections entitled "Non-IFRS Financial Measures and Presentation" and "Forward-Looking Statements" at the end of this release.

MONTRÉAL, May 13, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Power Corporation of Canada (TSX: POW) today reported earnings results for the three months ended March 31, 2016.

FIRST QUARTER RESULTS

Operating earnings attributable to participating shareholders (a non-IFRS financial measure) for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 were $191 million or $0.41 per share, compared with $349 million or $0.76 per share in 2015.

Non-operating items, not included in operating earnings, were a net charge of $143 million mainly comprised of the Corporation's $203 million share of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert's (GBL) non-cash impairment charge resulting from the mark to market of its LafargeHolcim Ltd (LafargeHolcim) investment, and a gain of $67 million on the partial disposal of GBL's interest in Total SA (Total).   

Net earnings attributable to participating shareholders were $48 million or $0.10 per share, compared with $354 million or $0.77 per share in 2015.

RESULTS OF POWER FINANCIAL CORPORATION

FIRST QUARTER RESULTS

Power Financial reported operating earnings attributable to common shareholders for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 of $476 million or $0.67 per share, compared with $565 million or $0.79 per share in 2015. 

Non-operating items, not included in operating earnings, were a net charge of $217 million mainly comprised of Power Financial's share of GBL's non-operating items as discussed above. 

Net earnings attributable to common shareholders were $259 million or $0.36 per share, compared with $573 million or $0.80 per share in 2015.

As at March 31, 2016, Power Corporation held a 65.6% economic interest in Power Financial. Power Financial's contribution to Power Corporation's operating earnings was $313 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, compared with $371 million in 2015.

INCOME FROM INVESTMENTS

FIRST QUARTER RESULTS

Income from investments represented a loss of $46 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, compared with a gain of $41 million in 2015. The fair value of investments at the end of the quarter was $2,678 million, compared with $2,627 million at the end of 2015.

DIVIDEND ON PARTICIPATING SHARES

The Board of Directors today declared an increase of the quarterly dividend from 31.125 cents to 33.50 cents per share on the Participating Preferred Shares and the Subordinate Voting Shares of the Corporation, payable June 30, 2016 to shareholders of record June 9, 2016.

DIVIDENDS ON NON-PARTICIPATING PREFERRED SHARES

The Board of Directors also declared quarterly dividends on the Corporation's preferred shares, as follows:





SERIES – STOCK SYMBOL

RECORD DATE

PAYMENT DATE

AMOUNT

1986 Series – POW.PR.F 

June 23, 2016

July 15, 2016

At a floating rate equal to one quarter of
70% of the average prime rate of two
major Canadian chartered banks [1]

Series A – POW.PR.A

June 23, 2016

July 15, 2016

35¢

Series B – POW.PR.B

June 23, 2016

July 15, 2016

33.4375¢

Series C – POW.PR.C

June 23, 2016

July 15, 2016

36.25¢

Series D – POW.PR.D

June 23, 2016

July 15, 2016

31.25¢

Series G – POW.PR.G

June 23, 2016

July 15, 2016

35¢

[1] In accordance with the articles of the Corporation

 

ABOUT POWER CORPORATION

Power Corporation of Canada is a diversified international management and holding company with interests in companies in the financial services, communications and other business sectors in North America, Europe and Asia. To learn more, visit www.powercorporation.com.

EARNINGS SUMMARY




(unaudited)


(in millions of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)

Three months ended


March 31,


March 31,


2016


2015

Operating earnings





Power Financial

313


371


Other subsidiaries [1]

(27)


(18)


286


353

Corporate operations





Income from investments [2]

(46)


41


Operating and other expenses

(36)


(32)

Dividends on non-participating shares

(13)


(13)

Operating earnings (attributable to participating shareholders)

191


349

Other items (non-operating earnings) – see below

(143)


5

Net earnings (attributable to participating shareholders)

48


354

Earnings per share (attributable to participating shareholders)  





Operating earnings

0.41


0.76


Non-operating earnings

(0.31)


0.01


Net earnings

0.10


0.77

[1]

Comprised of: Power Energy Corporation, Square Victoria Communications Group Inc., and controlled portfolio investments (Alvest and Les Délices des 7 Vallées (held through Sagard Europe) and IntegraMed – consisting of IntegraMed America, Inc. and Vein Clinics of America (held through Sagard Capital)).

[2]

Includes income from Sagard Investment Funds (excluding income from controlled portfolio investments) and income from other investments.

 

OTHER ITEMS (NON-OPERATING EARNINGS)

(unaudited)

Three months ended

(in millions of Canadian dollars)


March 31,


March 31,

2016

2015

Share of Power Financial's other items:





Pargesa Holding SA






Total – Gain on partial disposal

67


6



Suez Environnement Company – Gain on exchange


1



LafargeHolcim – Impairment charge

(203)




Engie – Impairment charge

(6)




Other (charge) income

(1)


(2)


(143)


5

 

INCOME FROM INVESTMENTS







(unaudited)




(in millions of Canadian dollars)

Three months ended



March 31,


March 31,



2016


2015

Sagard Investment Funds[1]





Sagard Europe[2]

(3)


(2)


Sagard Capital[3]

(34)


(3)


Sagard China 

(4)


34

Other Investments





Investment and hedge funds 

5


1


Other

(10)


11



(46)


41

[1]   

Income from investments for the Sagard Investment Funds is presented net of expenses of the separate dedicated teams.

[2]

Excludes the Corporation's share of the results of Alvest and Les Délices des 7 Vallées, presented in operating earnings of other subsidiaries.

[3]

Excludes the Corporation's share of the results of IntegraMed, presented in operating earnings of other subsidiaries.

 

INVESTMENTS



(unaudited)




(in millions of Canadian dollars)

March 31, 2016

December 31, 2015


Cost


Unrealized

gain (loss)


Fair value


Cost


Unrealized

gain (loss)


Fair value

Sagard Investment Funds













Sagard Europe [1] 

160


38


198


154


40


194


Sagard Capital [2]

270


190


460


268


202


470


Sagard China [3]

418


14


432


462


36


498

Other Investments













China Asset Management Co. Ltd.

282


28


310


282


28


310


Investment and hedge funds and other

288


176


464


281


213


494

Total [4] [5]

1,418


446


1,864


1,447


519


1,966

[1] 

Including Sagard Europe's investment in Alvest and Les Délices des 7 Vallées at fair value, the fair value of Sagard Europe's portfolio at March 31, 2016 was $263 million ($257 million at December 31, 2015).

[2] 

Including cash and Sagard Capital's investment in IntegraMed at fair value, the fair value of Sagard Capital's portfolio at March 31, 2016 was $952 million ($951 million at December 31, 2015).

[3] 

Including cash, the fair value of Sagard China's portfolio at March 31, 2016 was $638 million ($666 million at December 31, 2015).

[4] 

Total fair value includes $893 million of investments at March 31, 2016 ($972 million at December 31, 2015) valued using quoted prices in active markets.

[5] 

Including cash and controlled portfolio investments at fair value, held in the Sagard funds the total fair value of investments (as described above) was $2,627 million at March 31, 2016 ($2,678 million at December 31, 2015).

 

Eligible Dividends

For purposes of the Income Tax Act (Canada) and any similar provincial legislation, all of the above dividends on the Corporation's preferred shares (including the Participating Preferred Shares) and Subordinate Voting Shares are eligible dividends.

Non-IFRS Financial Measures and Presentation

In analyzing the financial results of the Corporation and consistent with the presentation in previous periods, net earnings attributable to participating shareholders are comprised of:

  • operating earnings attributable to participating shareholders; and
  • other items or non-operating earnings, which include the after-tax impact of any item that in management's judgment would make the period-over-period comparison of results from operations less meaningful. Other items include the Corporation's share of items presented as other items or non-operating earnings by a subsidiary or a jointly controlled corporation or associate.

Management uses these financial measures in its presentation and analysis of the financial performance of Power Corporation, and believes that they provide additional meaningful information to readers in their analysis of the results of the Corporation. Operating earnings, as defined by the Corporation, assist the reader in comparing the current period's results to those of previous periods as items that are not considered to be ongoing operating activities are excluded from this non-IFRS measure.

Operating earnings attributable to participating shareholders and operating earnings per share are non-IFRS financial measures that do not have a standard meaning and may not be comparable to similar measures used by other entities.

The Corporation also uses a non-consolidated basis of presentation to present and analyze its results, financial position and cash flows. In this basis of presentation, Power Corporation's interests in Power Financial and other subsidiaries are accounted for using the equity method. Presentation on a non-consolidated basis is a non-IFRS presentation. However, it is useful to the reader as it presents the holding company's (parent) results separately from the results of its operating subsidiaries.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this news release, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements based on certain assumptions and reflect the Corporation's current expectations, or with respect to disclosure regarding the Corporation's public subsidiaries, reflect such subsidiaries' disclosed current expectations. Forward-looking statements are provided for the purposes of assisting the reader in understanding the Corporation's financial performance, financial position and cash flows as at and for the periods ended on certain dates and to present information about management's current expectations and plans relating to the future and the reader is cautioned that such statements may not be appropriate for other purposes. These statements may include, without limitation, statements regarding the operations, business, financial condition, expected financial results, performance, prospects, opportunities, priorities, targets, goals, ongoing objectives, strategies and outlook of the Corporation and its subsidiaries, as well as the outlook for North American and international economies for the current fiscal year and subsequent periods. Forward-looking statements include statements that are predictive in nature, depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, or include words such as "expects", "anticipates", "plans", "believes", "estimates", "seeks", "intends", "targets", "projects", "forecasts" or negative versions thereof and other similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as "may", "will", "should", "would" and "could".

By its nature, this information is subject to inherent risks and uncertainties that may be general or specific and which give rise to the possibility that expectations, forecasts, predictions, projections or conclusions will not prove to be accurate, that assumptions may not be correct and that objectives, strategic goals and priorities will not be achieved. A variety of factors, many of which are beyond the Corporation's and its subsidiaries' control, affect the operations, performance and results of the Corporation and its subsidiaries and their businesses, and could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations of estimated or anticipated events or results. These factors include, but are not limited to: the impact or unanticipated impact of general economic, political and market factors in North America and internationally, interest and foreign exchange rates, global equity and capital markets, management of market liquidity and funding risks, changes in accounting policies and methods used to report financial condition (including uncertainties associated with critical accounting assumptions and estimates), the effect of applying future accounting changes, business competition, operational and reputational risks, technological change, changes in government regulation and legislation, changes in tax laws, unexpected judicial or regulatory proceedings, catastrophic events, the Corporation's and its subsidiaries' ability to complete strategic transactions, integrate acquisitions and implement other growth strategies, and the Corporation's and its subsidiaries' success in anticipating and managing the foregoing factors.

The reader is cautioned to consider these and other factors, uncertainties and potential events carefully and not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Information contained in forward-looking statements is based upon certain material assumptions that were applied in drawing a conclusion or making a forecast or projection, including management's perceptions of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other considerations that are believed to be appropriate in the circumstances, including that the list of factors in the previous paragraph, collectively, are not expected to have a material impact on the Corporation and its subsidiaries. While the Corporation considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to management, they may prove to be incorrect.

Other than as specifically required by applicable Canadian law, the Corporation undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, whether as a result of new information, future events or results, or otherwise.

Additional information about the risks and uncertainties of the Corporation's business and material factors or assumptions on which information contained in forward-looking statements is based is provided in its disclosure materials, including its most recent Management's Discussion and Analysis and Annual Information Form, filed with the securities regulatory authorities in Canada and available at www.sedar.com.

 

SOURCE Power Corporation of Canada

For further information: Mr. Stéphane Lemay, Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary, 514-286-7400

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