Power Financial Reports First Quarter Financial Results and Dividends

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

TORONTO, May 11, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Power Financial Corporation (TSX: PWF) today reported earnings results for the three months ended March 31, 2017.

FIRST QUARTER RESULTS
Net earnings attributable to common shareholders for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 were $484 million or $0.68 per share, compared with $259 million or $0.36 per share in 2016.

Adjusted net earnings attributable to common shareholders (a non-IFRS financial measure) were $501 million or $0.70 per share, compared with $476 million or $0.67 per share in 2016.  

Other items, not included in adjusted net earnings, were a net charge of $17 million, representing the Corporation's share of restructuring charges recorded by Great-West Lifeco Inc. (Lifeco) related to its health and retail business in Ireland and the completion of integration activities of Empower Retirement.

RESULTS OF GREAT-WEST LIFECO, IGM FINANCIAL AND PARGESA HOLDING
FOR THE QUARTER ENDED MARCH 31, 2017

GREAT-WEST LIFECO INC.
Lifeco reported net earnings attributable to common shareholders of $591 million or $0.598 per share, compared with $620 million or $0.625 per share in 2016. Adjusted net earnings attributable to common shareholders were $619 million or $0.627 per share, compared with $620 million or $0.625 per share in 2016. Other items in the current quarter, not included in adjusted net earnings, were restructuring charges of $28 million, as discussed above.

At March 31, 2017, Power Financial and IGM Financial Inc. (IGM) held 67.6% and 4.0%, respectively, of Lifeco's common shares. Lifeco's contribution to Power Financial's adjusted net earnings was $419 million for the quarter, the same as in the corresponding period in 2016.

IGM FINANCIAL INC.
IGM reported net earnings available to common shareholders of $177 million or $0.74 per share, compared with $167 million or $0.69 per share in 2016.

At March 31, 2017, Power Financial and The Great-West Life Assurance Company, a subsidiary of Lifeco, held 61.5% and 3.8%, respectively, of IGM's common shares. IGM contributed $104 million to Power Financial's adjusted net earnings for the quarter, compared with $100 million in 2016.

PARGESA HOLDING SA
Pargesa Holding SA (Pargesa) reported net earnings of SF125 million, compared with a net loss of SF371 million in 2016. Adjusted net earnings were SF118 million, compared with SF77 million in 2016. Other items, not included in adjusted net earnings, were a contribution of SF7 million.

At March 31, 2017, Power Financial held an indirect equity interest of 27.8% in Pargesa. Pargesa's contribution to Power Financial's adjusted net earnings was $43 million for the quarter, compared with $29 million in 2016.

DIVIDEND ON COMMON SHARES
The Board of Directors today declared a quarterly dividend of 41.25 cents on the Corporation's common shares, payable August 1, 2017 to shareholders of record June 30, 2017.

DIVIDENDS ON 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

Series A – PWF.PR.A

July 25, 2017

August 15, 2017

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

Series D – PWF.PR.E

July 10, 2017

July 31, 2017

34.375¢

Series E – PWF.PR.F

July 10, 2017

July 31, 2017

32.8125¢

Series F – PWF.PR.G

July 10, 2017

July 31, 2017

36.875¢

Series H – PWF.PR.H

July 10, 2017

July 31, 2017

35.9375¢

Series I – PWF.PR.I

July 10, 2017

July 31, 2017

37.50¢

Series K – PWF.PR.K

July 10, 2017

July 31, 2017

30.9375¢

Series L – PWF.PR.L

July 10, 2017

July 31, 2017

31.875¢

Series O – PWF.PR.O

July 10, 2017

July 31, 2017

36.25¢

Series P – PWF.PR.P

July 10, 2017

July 31, 2017

14.4125¢

Series Q – PWF.PR.Q

July 10, 2017

July 31, 2017

13.2959¢

Series R – PWF.PR.R

July 10, 2017

July 31, 2017

34.375¢

Series S – PWF.PR.S

July 10, 2017

July 31, 2017

30¢

Series T – PWF.PR.T

July 10, 2017

July 31, 2017

26.25¢


[1] In accordance with the articles of the Corporation

 

ABOUT POWER FINANCIAL
Power Financial Corporation is a diversified management and holding company that has interests, directly or indirectly, in companies in the financial services sector in Canada, the United States and Europe. It also has diversified investments in industrial companies based in Europe. Power Financial Corporation is a member of the Power Corporation Group of Companies. To learn more, visit www.powerfinancial.com.

 

EARNINGS SUMMARY




(unaudited)

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

Three months ended

March 31,


2017

2016

Adjusted net earnings 



Lifeco

419

419

IGM

104

100

Pargesa

43

29


566

548

Corporate operations [1]

(34)

(41)

Dividends on perpetual preferred shares

(31)

(31)

Adjusted net earnings [2] 

501

476

Other items – see below

(17)

(217)

Net earnings [2] 

484

259

Earnings per share – Basic [2]  




Adjusted net earnings

0.70

0.67


Other items

(0.02)

(0.31)


Net earnings

0.68

0.36



[1]

Includes operating expenses, financing charges, depreciation, interest on cash and cash equivalents, foreign exchange gains (losses) and losses on investments.

[2]

Attributable to common shareholders.



OTHER ITEMS




(unaudited)

(in millions of Canadian dollars)

Three months ended
March 31,


2017

2016

Share of Lifeco's other items :




Restructuring charges

(20)

Share of Pargesa's other items:




Total SA – Gains on partial disposal

101


LafargeHolcim Ltd – Impairment charges

(308)


Engie – Impairment charges

(9)


Other income (charge)

3

(1)


(17)

(217)


 

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 and common shares are eligible dividends.

Non-IFRS Financial Measures and Presentation
Net earnings attributable to common shareholders are comprised of:

  • adjusted net earnings attributable to common shareholders; and
  • other items, 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 by a subsidiary or a jointly controlled corporation.

Management uses these financial measures in its presentation and analysis of the financial performance of Power Financial, and believes that they provide additional meaningful information to readers in their analysis of the results of the Corporation. Adjusted net 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 part of ongoing activities are excluded from this non-IFRS measure.

Adjusted net earnings attributable to common shareholders and adjusted net 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 whereby the Corporation's interests in Lifeco and IGM 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 Financial Corporation

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

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