TVA Group reports $2.6 million net loss attributable to shareholders for second quarter ended June 30, 2015

MONTREAL, July 28, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - TVA Group Inc. ("TVA Group" or "the Corporation") announced today that it recorded a net loss attributable to shareholders in the amount of $2.6 million, or $0.06 loss per share, for the second quarter of 2015, compared with net income attributable to shareholders of $9.2 million, or $0.39 earnings per share, in the same quarter of 2014.

Second quarter operating highlights:

  • $7,371,000 consolidated adjusted operating income[1], a $13,628,000 (-64.9%) negative variance compared with the same quarter of 2014;
  • $535,000 adjusted operating income in the Broadcasting & Production segment, a $17,535,000 (-97.0%) unfavourable variance caused mainly by the higher adjusted operating loss of "TVA Sports," largely related to broadcast of the National Hockey League ("NHL") playoffs during the quarter, and a 9.7% decline in advertising revenues at TVA Network;
  • $1,213,000 adjusted operating income in the Magazines segment, a $1,716,000 (‑58.6%) decrease due primarily to a 20.2% decline in newsstand revenues2 and a 10.3% decline in advertising revenues,[2] partially offset by the adjusted operating income generated by the magazines acquired from Transcontinental Inc. on April 12, 2015;
  • $5,623,000 adjusted operating income in the new Film Production & Audiovisual Services segment, which includes the operations of the properties acquired from Vision Globale A.R. ltée and its subsidiaries ("Vision Globale") on December 30, 2014.

"In the second quarter of 2015, the Broadcasting & Production segment's financial results continued to be affected by higher adjusted operating losses at our sports specialty services caused by the concentration of operating costs related to the NHL playoffs in the second quarter," commented Julie Tremblay, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation. "However, we are very encouraged by our total revenues from the sports services. In the second quarter of 2015, the revenues were 6 time more compared to the same quarter of 2014 and reached an important growth of 28.1% compared with our first quarter of 2015, which bodes well for the performance of "TVA Sports" going forward. At the same time, the advertising environment remains challenging, which is reflected in the 18.0% decline in TVA Network's adjusted operating income compared with the same quarter of 2014. On the ratings front, TVA Network slightly increased its market share from 21.4% to 22.0%, while its two main rivals lost market share. "TVA Sports", in its first season, as the exclusive broadcaster of French playoffs for the NHL, has become the most watched sports channel in Quebec. During the 12 games of the Montreal Canadiens presented in the playoffs, an average of 1,577,000 viewers, with peaks up to 2.5 million, was reached, representing a market share of 49.1%."

"In the Magazines segment, integration of the mastheads acquired from Transcontinental Inc. on April 12, 2015 into our existing operations began during the last quarter. The segment's profitability2 declined during the period because of lower newsstand and advertising revenues. The Corporation will be able to capitalize on the new titles' contribution and the initially identified synergies as of the third and fourth quarters of this year", continued Ms. Tremblay.

"Finally, we are very satisfied with the new Film Production & Audiovisual Services segment's financial results for the quarter, which measure up to the potential we saw when we made the acquisition. The results were driven by strong numbers for soundstage and equipment leasing for film production. There is every indication that the trend will continue in the coming months. As we hoped, the segment is reducing our sensitivity to fluctuations in advertising revenues," Ms. Julie Tremblay concluded.

Cash flows provided by operating activities totalled $46.5 million in the quarter, compared with $16.1 million in the same quarter of 2014. This $30.4 million increase was essentially due to the favourable net change in operating assets and liabilities, particularly a favourable variance related to accounts payable and accrued liabilities, programs, broadcast and distribution rights and inventories and broadcast and distribution rights payable, which was partially offset by a decrease related to accounts receivable.

Definition

Adjusted operating income (loss)

In its analysis of operating results, the Corporation defines adjusted operating income (loss) as net income (loss) before depreciation of property, plant and equipment, amortization of intangible assets, financial expenses, operational restructuring costs, impairment of assets and other costs, income taxes and share of loss (income) of associated corporations. Adjusted operating income (loss) as defined above is not a measure of results that is consistent with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). Neither is it intended to be regarded as an alternative to other financial performance measures or to the statement of cash flows as a measure of liquidity. This measure should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for other performance measures prepared in accordance with IFRS. This measure is used by management and the Board of Directors to evaluate the Corporation's consolidated results and the results of its segments. This measure eliminates the significant level of impairment, depreciation and amortization of tangible and intangible assets and is unaffected by the capital structure or investment activities of the Corporation and its segments. Adjusted operating income (loss) is also relevant because it is a significant component of the Corporation's annual incentive compensation programs. The Corporation's definition of adjusted operating income (loss) may not be identical to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Forward-looking information disclaimer

The statements in this news release that are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements and are subject to important known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions which 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 generally can be identified by the use of the conditional, the use of forward-looking terminology such as "propose," "will," "expect," "may," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "plan," "foresee," "believe" or the negative of these terms or variations of them or similar terminology. Factors that may cause actual results to differ from current expectations include seasonality, operational risks (including pricing actions by competitors), programming, content and production cost risks, credit risk, government regulation risks, government assistance risks, changes in economic conditions, fragmentation of the media landscape, and labour relation risks. 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 the Corporation's actual results to differ from current expectations please refer to the Corporation's public filings available at www.sedar.com and http://groupetva.ca including, in particular, the "Risks and Uncertainties" section of the Corporation's annual Management's Discussion and Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2014 and the "Risk Factors" section of the Corporation's annual notice for 2014.

The forward-looking statements in this news release reflect the Corporation's expectations as of July 28, 2015, and are subject to change after this date. The Corporation expressly disclaims any obligation or intention to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by the applicable securities laws.

TVA Group

TVA Group Inc., a subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., is an integrated communications company engaged in the broadcasting, film and television production, and magazine publishing industries. TVA Group Inc. is the largest broadcaster of French-language entertainment, information and public affairs programming in North America, the largest publisher of French-language magazines, and one of the largest private-sector producers of French-language content. The Corporation's Class B shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol TVA.B.

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1 See definition of adjusted operating income (loss) below.
2 Excluding the magazines acquired on April 12, 2015.

 

TVA GROUP INC.
Interim consolidated statements of (loss) income


(unaudited)
(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per-share amounts)



Three-month periods
ended June 30

Six-month periods
ended June 30


Note


2015


2014


2015


2014











Revenues

2

$

159,424

$

109,700

$

285,938

$

215,021











Purchases of goods and services

3


109,869


55,934


203,280


134,403

Employee costs



42,184


32,767


82,978


65,644

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment and amortization of intangible assets



7,079


5,317


13,887


10,701

Financial expenses

4


870


975


2,805


2,095

Operational restructuring costs, impairment of assets and other costs

5


2,304



2,711


(Loss) income before (recovery) tax expense and share of loss of associated corporations



(2,882)


14,707


(19,723)


2,178











(Recovery) tax expense



(412)


3,628


(6,394)


(519)











Share of loss of associated corporations

10 a)


258


1,916


4,110


3,697

Net (loss) income


$

(2,728)

$

9,163

$

(17,439)

$

(1,000)











Net (loss) income attributable to:











Shareholders


$

(2,588)

$

9,163

$

(17,299)

$

(1,000)


Non-controlling interest



(140)



(140)






















Basic and diluted (loss) earnings per share attributable to shareholders

7 c)

$

(0.06)

$

0.39

$

(0.50)

$

(0.04)

See accompanying notes to interim condensed consolidated financial statements.

 


TVA GROUP INC.
Interim consolidated statements of comprehensive (loss) income


(unaudited)
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)



Three-month periods
ended June 30

Six-month periods
ended June 30


Note


2015


2014


2015


2014











Net (loss) income


$

(2,728)

$

9,163

$

(17,439)

$

(1,000)











Other comprehensive items that may be reclassified to income:











Derivative financial instrument

8


182



(365)



Deferred income taxes

8


(49)



98


Comprehensive (loss) income


$

(2,595)

$

9,163

$

(17,706)

$

(1,000)











Comprehensive (loss) income attributable to:











Shareholders


$

(2,455)

$

9,163

$

(17,566)

$

(1,000)


Non-controlling interest



(140)



(140)


See accompanying notes to interim condensed consolidated financial statements.

 


TVA GROUP INC.
Interim consolidated statements of equity


(unaudited)
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)


Equity attributable to shareholders

Equity
attributable to

non-controlling

interest

Total
equity


Capital
stock
(note 7)

Contributed
surplus

Retained earnings

Accumulated
other

comprehensive
(loss) income
(note 8)














Balance as at December 31, 2013

$

98,647

$

581

$

203,683

$

5,148

$

$

308,059

Net loss




(1,000)




(1,000)

Balance as at June 30, 2014


98,647


581


202,683


5,148



307,059

Net loss




(40,088)




(40,088)

Other comprehensive loss





(8,766)



(8,766)

Balance as at December 31, 2014


98,647


581


162,595


(3,618)



258,205

Business acquisition (note 6)






565


565

Net loss




(17,299)



(140)


(17,439)

Issuance of share capital, net of transaction costs


108,725






108,725

Other comprehensive loss





(267)



(267)

Balance as at June 30, 2015

$

207,372

$

581

$

145,296

$

(3,885)

$

425

$

349,789

See accompanying notes to interim condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

TVA GROUP INC.
Interim consolidated balance sheets

 

(unaudited)
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)


Note

June 30,
2015

December 31,
2014







Assets












Current assets







Cash


$

8,009

$


Accounts receivable



154,894


136,811


Income taxes



6,621


5,256


Programs, broadcast and distribution rights and inventories



60,034


74,765


Prepaid expenses



8,489


3,734




238,047


220,566

Non-current assets







Broadcast and distribution rights



43,566


31,989


Investments



14,331


12,111


Property, plant and equipment



201,872


201,429


Licences and other intangible assets



99,976


83,647


Goodwill

6


83,138


48,266


Defined benefit plan asset



5,543


2,964


Deferred income taxes



3,970


1,060




452,396


381,466

Total assets


$

690,443

$

602,032







Liabilities and equity












Current liabilities







Bank overdraft


$

$

4,486


Accounts payable and accrued liabilities



131,591


88,746


Income taxes



312


777


Broadcast and distribution rights payable



88,004


45,660


Provisions



5,037


4,331


Deferred revenues



23,269


8,690


Credit facility from parent corporation

10 b)



100,000


Short-term debt



2,813


938




251,026


253,628

Non-current liabilities







Long-term debt



74,118


72,757


Other liabilities



12,490


9,967


Deferred income taxes



3,020


7,475




89,628


90,199

Equity







Capital stock

7


207,372


98,647


Contributed surplus



581


581


Retained earnings



145,296


162,595


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

8


(3,885)


(3,618)


Equity attributable to shareholders



349,364


258,205


Non-controlling interest



425





349,789


258,205







Guarantees

11





Total liabilities and equity


$

690,443

$

602,032

See accompanying notes to interim condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

On July 28, 2015, the Board of Directors approved the interim condensed consolidated financial statements for the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2015 and 2014.

 

TVA GROUP INC.
Interim consolidated statements of cash flows


(unaudited)
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)






Three-month periods
 ended June 30

Six-month periods
 ended June 30


Note


2015


2014


2015


2014











Cash flows related to operating activities











Net (loss) income


$

(2,728)

$

9,163

$

(17,439)

$

(1,000)


Adjustments for:












Depreciation and amortization



7,148


5,367


14,063


10,802



Share of loss of associated corporations



258


1,916


4,110


3,697



Deferred income taxes



(334)


396


(6,027)


961



Loss on valuation of derivative financial instruments



2



17





4,346


16,842


(5,276)


14,460


Net change in non-cash balances related to operating activities



42,122


(762)


76,871


6,492

Cash flows provided by operating activities



46,468


16,080


71,595


20,952

Cash flows related to investing activities











Additions to property, plant and equipment



(6,034)


(5,481)


(12,094)


(11,820)


Additions to intangible assets



(391)


(727)


(899)


(1,495)


Net change in investments

10 a)


(539)


(1,346)


(2,620)


(2,767)


Net business acquisitions

6


(55,200)



(55,200)


(501)

Cash flows used in investing activities



(62,164)


(7,554)


(70,813)


(16,583)

Cash flows related to financing activities











Decrease of bank overdraft





(4,486)



Net change of revolving credit facilities



2,909



3,098



Repayment of credit facility from parent corporation

10 b)




(100,000)



Issuance of share capital, net of transaction costs

7




108,725



Repayment of derivative financial instruments



(54)



(110)


Cash flows provided by financing activities



2,855



7,227


Net change in cash



(12,841)


8,526


8,009


4,369

Cash at beginning of period



20,850


3,560



7,717

Cash at end of period


$

8,009

$

12,086

$

8,009

$

12,086

Interest and taxes reflected as operating activities











Net interest paid


$

836

$

2,113

$

2,551

$

2,031


Income taxes paid (net of refunds)



44


1,755


1,460


4,701

See accompanying notes to interim condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

TVA GROUP INC.
Notes to interim condensed consolidated financial statements

Three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2015 and 2014 (unaudited)
(Tabular amounts are expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share and per option amounts)

TVA Group Inc. ("TVA Group" or the "Corporation") is governed by the Québec Business Corporations Act. TVA Group is an integrated communications company engaged in the broadcasting, film and audiovisual production, and magazine publishing industries (note 12). The Corporation is a subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc. ("Quebecor Media" or "the parent corporation") and its ultimate parent corporation is Quebecor Inc. ("Quebecor"). The Corporation's head office is located at 1600 de Maisonneuve Boulevard East, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The Corporation's businesses experience significant seasonality due to, among other factors, seasonal advertising patterns, consumers' viewing and reading habits, and demand for production services from international and local producers. Because the Corporation depends on the sale of advertising for a significant portion of its revenues, operating results are also sensitive to prevailing economic conditions, including changes in local, regional and national economic conditions, particularly as they may affect advertising expenditures. Accordingly, the results of operations for interim periods should not necessarily be considered indicative of full-year results.

1. Basis of presentation

These consolidated financial statements were prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board ("IASB"), except that they do not include all disclosures required under IFRS for annual consolidated financial statements. In particular, these consolidated financial statements were prepared in accordance with IAS 34, Interim Financial Reporting, and accordingly, they are condensed consolidated financial statements. These condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Corporation's 2014 annual consolidated financial statements, which describe the accounting policies used to prepare these financial statements.

Certain comparative figures for the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2014 have been restated to conform with the presentation adopted for the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2015.

2. Revenues

The breakdown of revenues between advertising services, royalties and other services rendered and product sales is as follows:




Three-month periods

ended June 30

Six-month periods

ended June 30



2015


2014


2015


2014










Advertising services

$

74,729

$

60,230

$

131,974

$

116,376

Royalties and other services rendered


56,699


25,894


104,844


52,336

Product sales


27,996


23,576


49,120


46,309


$

159,424

$

109,700

$

285,938

$

215,021

 

3. Purchases of goods and services

The main components of purchases of goods and services are as follows:



Three-month periods

ended June 30

Six-month periods

ended June 30



2015


2014


2015


2014










Royalties, rights and production costs

$

75,209

$

35,666

$

144,353

$

92,688

Printing and distribution


8,778


4,406


12,778


8,500

Services rendered by parent corporation


7,832


5,647


13,435


11,443

Building costs


5,497


2,244


9,829


4,680

Marketing, advertising and promotion


4,543


2,354


9,110


6,595

Other


8,010


5,617


13,775


10,497


$

109,869

$

55,934

$

203,280

$

134,403

 

4. Financial expenses




Three-month periods

ended June 30

Six-month periods

ended June 30



2015


2014


2015


2014










Interest on long-term debt

$

773

$

1,123

$

1,611

$

2,245

Interest on credit facility from parent corporation (note 10 b))




805


Foreign exchange loss (gain)


25


(51)


166


(14)

Amortization of financing costs


69


50


176


101

Interest expense (revenues) on net defined benefit asset or liability


13


(71)


26


(143)

Other


(10)


(76)


21


(94)


$

870

$

975

$

2,805

$

2,095

 

5. Operational restructuring costs, impairment of assets and other costs

For the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2015, the Corporation reported operational restructuring costs following the elimination of positions in the amounts of $1,835,000 and $2,080,000 respectively, including $465,000 in the Broadcasting & Production segment, $1,280,000 in the Magazines segment and $90,000 ($335,000 for the six month period ended June 30, 2015) in the Film Production & Audiovisual Services segment.

As well, during the three-month period ended June 30, 2015, the Corporation recorded professional fees and integration costs in the amount of $469,000 ($631,000 for the six-month period ended June 30, 2015) in connection with the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Vision Globale A.R. ltée ("Vision Globale") and the acquisition of magazines from Transcontinental Inc.

6. Business acquisitions and disposal

On April 12, 2015, the Corporation acquired 14 magazines from Transcontinental Inc., four of which are owned and operated in partnership, as well as three websites, custom publishing contracts and book publishing operations, for a cash purchase price of $55,500,000. A $2,012,000 amount payable was also recorded as a preliminary adjustment based on a predetermined working capital target agreed to by the parties.

The acquisition was in keeping with the Corporation's strategy to invest in the production and diffusion of diverse, rich, high-quality entertainment content. The intangible assets acquired essentially consist of client lists and mastheads. The goodwill related to this acquisition mainly reflects content quality and anticipated synergies.

The preliminary allocation of the fair value of assets and liabilities associated with this acquisition is as follows:







Assets acquired




Current assets

$

22,062


Investment


2,237


Property, plant and equipment


867


Intangible assets


19,250


Goodwill


34,051


Deferred income taxes


400



78,867

Liabilities assumed




Current liabilities


(20,790)



(20,790)

Net assets acquired at fair value


58,077

Non-controlling interest


(565)


$

57,512




Consideration



Cash


55,500

Amount payable


2,012


$

57,512

 

As part of this transaction, the Corporation simultaneously transferred the acquired book publishing operations to Sogides Group Inc., a corporation under common control, for an agreed price of $811,000, consisting of $300,000 in cash and a balance receivable of $511,000. The net assets transferred include current assets of $898,000, a publishing fund of $127,000 and a current liability of $214,000.

The Corporation's consolidated revenues and its consolidated pro forma net loss would have been $308,027,000 and $18,477,000 respectively if this net business acquisition had occurred at the beginning of the six-month period ended June 30, 2015.

An amount of $7,635,000 of the goodwill is deductible for income tax purposes.

Vision Globale

As of June 30, 2015, the Corporation had recorded a $1,217,000 balance payable as a preliminary adjustment to the purchase price for the acquisition of Vision Globale in 2014. As a result, the preliminary allocation of the fair value of assets and liabilities for this acquisition has been reviewed, leading to recognition of a $373,000 deferred income tax asset, $821,000 in additional goodwill and a $23,000 downward adjustment to long-term liabilities. As the purchase price allocation process was not completed as of June 30, 2015, the amounts allocated to assets and liabilities may be changed subsequently.

7. Capital stock

a) Authorized capital stock

An unlimited number of Class A common shares, participating, voting, without par value.
An unlimited number of Class B shares, participating, non-voting, without par value.
An unlimited number of preferred shares, non-participating, non-voting, with a par value of $10 each, issuable in series.

b) Issued and outstanding capital stock



June 30,

 2015


December 31,

2014







4,320,000 Class A common shares

$

72


$

72

38,885,535 Class B shares (19,450,906 in 2014)


207,300



98,575


$

207,372


$

98,647

 

On March 20, 2015, the Corporation completed a subscription rights offering to its shareholders, whereby it received gross proceeds totalling $110,000,000 from the issuance of 19,434,629 Class B non-voting shares. Transaction costs of $1,745,000, less $470,000 in income tax, were charged to capital stock as a reduction of gross proceeds from the issuance. The transaction costs include $1,100,000 in commitment fees paid to Quebecor Media.

c) (Loss) earnings per share attributable to shareholders

The following table shows the computation of (loss) earnings per basic and diluted share attributable to shareholders:



Three-month periods

ended June 30

Six-month periods

ended June 30



2015


2014


2015


2014










Net (loss) income attributable to shareholders

$

(2,588)

$

9,163

$

(17,299)

$

(1,000)










Weighted average number of basic and diluted shares outstanding


43,205,535


23,770,906


34,449,274


23,770,906










Basic and diluted (loss) earnings per share attributable to shareholders

$

(0.06)

$

0.39

$

(0.50)

$

(0.04)

 

The (loss) earnings per diluted share calculation does not take into consideration the potential dilutive effect of stock options of the Corporation, since their impact is anti-dilutive.

8.   Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)








Cash flow

hedge

Defined

benefits plan

Total









Balance as at December 31, 2013 and June 30, 2014


$

$

5,148

$

5,148

Other comprehensive loss




(8,766)


(8,766)

Balance as at December 31, 2014




(3,618)


(3,618)

Other comprehensive loss



(267)



(267)

Balance as at June 30, 2015


$

(267)

$

(3,618)

$

(3,885)

 

The Corporation is using an interest rate swap to secure future interest expenses on a $41,250,000 portion of its $75,000,000 secured term loan, which bears interest at a floating rate. This interest rate swap is designated as a cash flow hedge and therefore the effective portion of the hedge is reported in other comprehensive loss while the ineffective portion is immediately recognized in loss. In the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2015, losses of $2,000 and $17,000 respectively relating to the ineffective portion of the hedge were recognized in loss under financial expenses.

9. Stock-based compensation and other stock-based payments




Six-month period ended June 30, 2015


Corporation's Class B

stock options

Quebecor Media

stock options


Number

Weighted average
exercise price

Number

Weighted
average

exercise price








Balance as at December 31, 2014

525,368

$

15.25

355,432

$

55.43

Granted

80,000


6.85

50,000


70.56

Exercised


(46,772)


46.55

Expired

(59,631)


21.28


Cancelled

(82,366)


13.68

(8,200)


67.80

Stock options related to Executive transferred to TVA Group


148,500


55.72

Stock options related to Executive transferred to Quebecor Media


(233,360)


53.71

Balance as at June 30, 2015

463,371

$

13.30

265,600

$

61.14

 

Of the options outstanding as at June 30, 2015, 363,371 Corporation Class B stock options at an average exercise price of $14.91 and 5,400 Quebecor Media stock options at an average price of $60.89 could be exercised.

During the three-month period ended June 30, 2015, 35,147 Quebecor Media stock options were exercised for a cash consideration of $447,000 (no stock options were exercised in the same period of 2014). During the six-month period ended June 30, 2015, 46,772 Quebecor Media stock options were exercised for a cash consideration of $739,000 (21,375 stock options were exercised for a cash consideration of $352,000 during the same period of 2014).

During the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2015, the Corporation recorded a compensation expense of $6,000 and a compensation expense reversal of $5,000 respectively in relation to the Corporation's Class B stock options  (compensation expense reversals of $15,000 and $46,000 respectively in the same periods of 2014) and a compensation expense reversal of $103,000 and a compensation expense of $831,000 respectively in relation to Quebecor Media stock options (compensation expenses of $197,000 and $597,000 respectively in the same periods of 2014) .

10. Related party transactions

a) Share of loss and capital contributions to SUN News

On February 13, 2015, Sun Media Corporation, a corporation under common control, announced the discontinuation of the operations of SUN News. As at June 30, 2015, the share of SUN News' loss included costs related to the discontinuation of operations.

In April 2015, as part of a corporate reorganization, Sun Media Corporation was folded into Quebecor Media, which now holds a 51% interest in SUN News.

In 2015, the Corporation continues making capital contributions to cover operating losses up to the closure date as well as costs related to the discontinuation of operations.

During the three-month period ended June 30, 2015, the partners in SUN News made a capital contribution of $1,100,000 ($3,300,000 in the same period of 2014), including $539,000 from the Corporation ($1,617,000 in 2014) and $561,000 from the other partner ($1,683,000 in 2014).

During the six-month period ended June 30, 2015, the partners in SUN News made a capital contribution of $5,900,000 ($6,200,000 in the same period of 2014), including $2,891,000 from the Corporation ($3,038,000 in 2014) and $3,009,000 from the other partner ($3,162,000 in 2014).

b) Repayment of credit facility

On December 30, 2014, in connection with the funding of the acquisition of the assets of Vision Globale, the Corporation obtained a $100,000,000 credit facility from Quebecor Media. On March 20, 2015, the Corporation reimburse the credit facility using the proceeds from the subscription rights offering (note 7). The Corporation recognized and paid an $805,000 interest expense in connection with this transaction in the first quarter of 2015, which is included in financial expenses.

11. Guarantees

In the normal course of business, the Corporation enters into indemnification agreements with third parties as part of certain transactions, including acquisition contracts for goods, service agreements and leases. These indemnification agreements require the Corporation to compensate the third parties for costs incurred as a result of specific circumstances. The terms of these indemnification agreements vary from transaction to transaction, based on the contract terms. The nature of these indemnification agreements prevents the Corporation from making a reasonable estimate of the maximum potential amount it could be required to pay to third parties for all of its commitments. In the first quarter of 2014, the liability risk under specific commitments, which totalled $4,700,000 at December 31, 2013, was recognized in purchases of goods and services.

12. Segmented information

At the beginning of 2015, the Corporation revised its business segments to better reflect changes in its operations and management structure following the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Vision Globale on December 30, 2014. Accordingly, the new Film Production & Audiovisual Services segment was created.

Since April 12, 2015, following the transaction with Transcontinental Inc., the operations of the acquired magazines have been included in the Magazines segment's results, while custom publishing operations have been included in the Broadcasting & Production segment's results.

The Corporation's operations now consist of the following segments:

  • The Broadcasting & Production segment, which includes the operations of TVA Network (including the subsidiary and divisions TVA Productions Inc., TVA Nouvelles and TVA Interactif), specialty services, the marketing of digital products associated with the various televisual brands, the commercial production, dubbing, custom publishing and premedia services of TVA Accès inc., and distribution of audiovisual products by the TVA Films division;  
  • The Magazines segment, which through its subsidiaries, including TVA Publications Inc. and Les Publications Charron & Cie inc., includes the publication of French- and English-language magazines in various fields such as the arts, entertainment, television, fashion, sports and decoration, as well as the marketing of digital products associated with the various magazine brands;
  • The Film Production & Audiovisual Services segment, which since December 30, 2014 has included the soundstage and equipment leasing, post-production and visual effects services provided by Mels Studios and Postproduction G.P., (formerly Montréal Studios et Équipements s.e.n.c.).

 





Three-month periods

ended June 30

Six-month periods
ended June 30



2015


2014


2015


2014










Revenues










Broadcasting & Production

$

113,405

$

94,240

$

218,419

$

185,176


Magazines


28,259


15,958


41,715


31,096


Film Production & Audiovisual Services


18,822



27,906



Intersegment items


(1,062)


(498)


(2,102)


(1,251)



159,424


109,700


285,938


215,021

Adjusted operating income (loss) 1










Broadcasting & Production


535


18,070


(7,948)


9,859


Magazines


1,213


2,929


2,151


5,115


Film Production & Audiovisual Services


5,623



5,477




7,371


20,999


(320)


14,974

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment and amortization of intangible assets


7,079


5,317


13,887


10,701

Financial expenses


870


975


2,805


2,095

Operational restructuring costs, impairment of assets and other costs


2,304



2,711


(Loss) income before (recovery) tax expense and share of loss of associated corporations

$

(2,882)

$

14,707

$

(19,723)

$

2,178

 

The above-noted intersegment items represent the elimination of normal course business transactions between the Corporation's business segments regarding revenues.

 

(1)

The Chief Executive Officer uses adjusted operating income (loss) as a measure of financial performance for assessing the performance of each of the Corporation's segments. Adjusted operating income (loss) is defined as net income (loss) before depreciation of property, plant and equipment, amortization of intangible assets, financial expenses, operational restructuring costs, impairment of assets and other costs, income taxes and share of loss (income) of associated corporations. Adjusted operating income (loss) as defined above is not a measure of results that is consistent with IFRS.

 

SOURCE TVA Group

For further information: Denis Rozon, CPA, CA, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, 514 598-2808

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