- Strong gross wireless activations with continuing ARPU growth
- Winbacks growing; NAS losses stable
- Steady Bell EBITDA growth; productivity improvements
- EPS of $0.83; $0.56 before special items
- Net earnings of $667 million; $445 million before special items
This news release contains forward-looking statements. For a description
of the related risk factors and assumptions please see the section
entitled "Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements" later in this
release. This release should be read in conjunction with BCE Inc.'s 2007
Second Quarter MD&A dated July 31, 2007 (available at
which is incorporated by reference in this release, filed by BCE Inc.
with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission under Form 6-K and with
Canadian securities commissions.
MONTREAL, Quebec, Aug. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell Canada's focus on
profitability in both its wireline and wireless segments led to steady EBITDA
growth as BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company,
today reported results for the second quarter of 2007.
BCE achieved two key objectives this quarter, concluding its review of
strategic alternatives while continuing to deliver on its business plan, with
a particular focus on improving its wireless segment, according to
Michael Sabia, Chief Executive Officer of Bell Canada.
"We concluded our review of strategic alternatives with the signing of a
Definitive Agreement for BCE to be taken private by an investor group led by
Teachers' Private Capital, Providence Equity Partners Inc., and
Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC. The transaction is valued at $51.7 billion and
offers BCE common shareholders $42.75 per share, a 40% premium over the
undisturbed average trading price in the first quarter of 2007," Mr. Sabia
"In addition, our wireless business regained momentum after two difficult
quarters with strong gross activations," Mr. Sabia said. "With forbearance
pending in a number of our key markets, an improving wireline business and the
introduction of the Bell Bundle, the company is now moving forward into the
second half of the year on a solid foundation."
The Bell wireless segment(1) had 389,000 gross activations this quarter,
a 6.0% increase compared to the same period last year and its best ever second
quarter result. Net activations this quarter were 63,000, significantly higher
than the 13,000 experienced in Q1 of this year. However, as a result of higher
churn, net activations were lower than the 97,000 in Q2 2006. Wireless network
revenues grew by 8.9% due to subscriber growth and a $3 increase in ARPU.
Wireless EBITDA increased by 14.9% to $401 million with EBITDA flow-through of
69%. EBITDA margins on network revenues increased to 43.6%.
"We are pleased with the progress made in wireless this quarter," said
George Cope, President and Chief Operating Officer of Bell Canada. "We were
able to get our subscriber base growing again while continuing to deliver
solid ARPU and EBITDA growth. Going forward, we must maintain momentum in our
sales channels, continue to improve our handset line-up, promote our SOLO
brand and renew our focus on reducing churn."
"We are also encouraged by the continued solid performance of our
wireline services against our business plan," Mr. Cope said. "We had another
quarter with fewer NAS losses than the previous year, good growth in video and
high-speed Internet service revenues, and steady levels of cost savings as all
units continued to focus on profitability."
Bell's residential unit had a strong quarter for winbacks accelerated by
the establishment by the Canadian government in early April of new criteria
relating to forbearance of local exchange services and the elimination of
winback restrictions. Local access line (NAS) losses decreased for the second
quarter in a row as Bell had moderating local line losses in its residential
and SMB units and higher wholesale demand. The company expects its residential
local access line losses will continue to stabilize throughout the balance of
2007 after it receives positive regulatory decisions on its forbearance
applications. Some of these decisions could be issued as early as August 2007
and will provide Bell with the flexibility, among other things, to bundle,
package and price local telephone services with other non-regulated services
in its major markets.
Bell's residential high-speed Internet revenues grew this quarter due to
a growing subscriber base and pricing initiatives. ARPU increases led to video
revenue growth of 12.6% this quarter. Bell's SMB unit had higher VAS/VCIO
revenues along with higher revenues from IP Broadband and high-speed Internet
services. The Enterprise unit had higher IP Broadband service revenue as it
continued to manage the pace of customer migrations to IP and was also able to
continue to improve its margins on customer deals won. However, ICT hardware
sales declined this quarter as lower margin opportunities were not pursued.
Bell delivered $122 million of cost savings this quarter across its
wireline and wireless segments, continuing its commitment to cost reduction.
Bell's revenues were $3,648 million this quarter, an increase of 1.4%
compared to Q2 2006. BCE's revenues increased by 1.5% to $4,438 million due to
higher revenues at Bell, Bell Aliant and Telesat.
Bell's operating income was $681 million, a decrease of 1.0% compared to
the same period last year as higher amortization and restructuring expense
offset higher EBITDA(2). BCE's operating income increased 0.4% to $898 million
as higher EBITDA offset higher amortization and restructuring expenses.
Bell's EBITDA grew by 3.2% to $1,398 million due to ARPU growth, cost
reductions and lower pension expenses, more than offsetting the continued
erosion of higher margin legacy voice and data services. BCE's EBITDA grew by
2.5% to $1,777 million this quarter due to EBITDA growth at Bell and Telesat.
BCE reported cash from operating activities of $1,414 million this
quarter, or 8.6% higher than last year. Free cash flow(3) (FCF) this quarter
was $236 million compared to FCF of $66 million last year, due to an increase
in cash from operating activities and lower capital expenditures partly offset
by an increase in dividends paid by Bell Aliant.
BCE's net earnings per share (EPS) was $0.83 for the quarter compared to
$0.53 for the same period last year. The increase relates to a gain from
Bell Aliant's sale of Aliant Directory Services (ADS), a favourable tax
settlement and a lower number of BCE common shares outstanding partly offset
by higher restructuring and other charges.
EPS before restructuring and other items, net gains on investments and
costs incurred to form Bell Aliant(4), the figure used for financial guidance
purposes, was $0.56 in the quarter, compared to $0.54 in the same period last
year reflecting a lower number of BCE common shares outstanding.
Bell launched the Bell Bundle this quarter, offering residential
customers savings on each of two or more services from long distance,
Internet, video and wireless. Approximately two thirds of bundle sales in the
quarter generated a new product sale and virtually all bundle sales generated
either a new product sale or a product upgrade.
Customer service levels continued to improve this quarter. Bell's first
call resolution in consumer call centers improved by 4.2 percentage points to
78.7% compared to the same period last year. Missed appointment rates for
wireline installations and repairs improved by 7% and 25% respectively and
residential high-speed Internet repair times improved by almost 50%. Network
quality continued to improve for wireless customers. Bell also opened
9 new corporate stores and added 36 new retail partner locations. Compared to
the end of Q2 2006, Bell has increased the number of its corporate stores by
30% and its retail partner locations by 8.4%.
Bell Wireline Segment
The Bell Wireline segment continued to perform well against plan as
record customer winbacks contributed to reduced year over year local access
line (NAS) losses for the second quarter in a row since the launch of
competing services by cable companies.
- Bell Wireline revenues decreased by 0.8% to $2,654 million this quarter
as gains in video, high-speed Internet, IP Broadband, and VAS/VCIO
revenues were more than offset by legacy revenue erosion and a decline
in ICT sales.
- Bell Wireline operating income decreased 13.1% to $390 million despite
relatively flat EBITDA due to higher amortization and restructuring and
- Bell Wireline EBITDA declined 0.8% to $997 million as the ongoing
erosion of our residential NAS customer base was largely offset by
pricing initiatives, cost savings and lower pension expenses.
- Local and access revenues declined by 3.7% to $910 million due mainly
to the loss of NAS and related line features to cable competitors. With
local and access revenue declines of 7.8% in Q3 2006, 6.0% in Q4 2006,
and 5.3% in Q1 2007, this quarters' decline of 3.7% represents the
third quarter in a row that the rate of revenue erosion was curtailed.
- Bell Wireline experienced fewer losses in its residential unit, as it
experienced the best quarter to date for customer winbacks, as well as
higher wholesale demand and moderating losses in the SMB unit. NAS
levels declined by 114,000 this quarter, an improvement compared to the
decline of 129,000 in Q2 2006.
- Long distance revenues declined by 8.6% to $307 million this quarter
due to ongoing NAS erosion and substitution related impacts. However,
the rate of decline of long distance revenues continues to show steady
improvement due to various pricing actions.
- Data revenues increased 0.3% this quarter to $880 million due to growth
in Internet revenues, higher IP Broadband revenues, and higher sales of
VAS/VCIO solutions to SMB customers partly offset by the further
erosion of legacy data services and lower enterprise ICT hardware
- The Fiber-to-the-node program continued with 4,227 network nodes now
deployed reflecting an increase of 435 this quarter.
High-speed Internet services performed well this quarter with solid
subscriber and portal revenue growth as Bell continues to be Canada's leading
Internet service provider.
- Total subscribers grew by 9.7% to 1,959,000.
- Net additions of 29,000 subscribers, were 16.0% higher than Q2 2006,
reflecting the success of our packages, retail execution and low levels
- Portal revenues grew by 23%.
- Sympatico / MSN had 19.7 million unique visitors this quarter, an
increase of 7.1% compared to last year.
- Sympatico / MSN also had 79 million video streams, or three times more
than last year.
- We launched Home Office Internet Solution, a suite of Internet products
and services for home office customers.
Bell's video unit reported strong financial performance this quarter due
to its increased ARPU reflecting price increases implemented over the last
year, programming package upgrades, and higher pay-per-view revenues. The
subscriber base, however, decreased during the quarter due primarily to the
deactivation of non-paying accounts over and above the normal run rate
resulting from an increased focus on accounts receivable collection and cash
flow. Bell remains Canada's leading digital TV and HD provider.
- Revenues grew by 12.6% to $322 million this quarter
- ARPU increased by $4 to $58.
- EBITDA grew by 21.4% to $68 million with EBITDA margins of 21.1%
- At the end of the quarter, there were 1,817,000 video subscribers,
7,000 less than at the end of Q1 but 3.4% higher than the end of Q2
- The video subscriber base decreased by 7,000 this quarter due to the
deactivation of 8,000 non-paying accounts, continued softness in
independent retail channels, and higher churn.
- Churn increased to 1.3%.
Bell Wireless Segment
The Bell Wireless segment experienced a significant improvement in gross
and net additions compared to the first quarter and continued to deliver
steady financial results.
- Bell Wireless revenues grew 7.4% to $1,006 million due to higher ARPU
and a larger subscriber base, partly offset by lower equipment
revenues. Wireless network revenues increased by 8.9%.
- Operating income increased by 21.8% to $291 million reflecting higher
- EBITDA increased 14.9% to $401 million with EBITDA flow-through of 69%.
EBITDA margins on network revenues were 43.6%, an increase of
2.3 percentage points.
- Blended ARPU increased by $3 to $54. Wireless data revenue growth
contributed to the increase.
- Blended churn of 1.8% was 0.2 percentage points higher than Q2 of 2006
reflecting an increase in postpaid churn of 0.3 percentage points to
1.4% due to the impact of wireless local number portability and a
tighter policy on upgrades. Prepaid churn decreased slightly to 3.1%.
- The Bell Wireless customer base reached 5,884,000, an increase of 4.8%.
- Bell wireless had the best Q2 ever for total gross activations at
389,000, a 6.0% increase from last year due to higher prepaid
activations. Postpaid activations improved significantly from Q1 levels
but were 6.2% lower than Q2 2006.
- Total net activations were 63,000 this quarter, significantly higher
than the 13,000 net activations in Q1 as sales strengthened month by
month during the quarter.
- Rev A has now been overlaid to all of Bell's high-speed Evolution, Data
Optimized (EVDO) network, encompassing a footprint of approximately 68%
of the Canadian population. Rev A enables peak download speeds of more
than 3 Mbps and upload speeds of 1.8 Mbps. Upload tests have
demonstrated that EVDO Rev A is 2 times faster than High Speed Downlink
Packet Access (HSDPA) networks.
- SIRIUS Satellite Radio's commercial-free music programming is now
exclusively available on Bell Mobility multimedia phones.
Bell Aliant Regional Communications
Bell Aliant's revenues were $826 million this quarter, or 1.3% higher than
Q2 2006 due to growth in Internet and information technology services
offsetting declines in legacy voice and data services. Operating income
increased 5.8% to $183 million due to higher revenues, lower amortization
expense and lower restructuring costs.
Telesat's revenues increased 34% to $161 million this quarter due to
revenues from a non-recurring sale of satellite capacity and from the recent
launch of Anik F3 satellite which became operational on May 1st. Operating
income was $60 million, up 54% due to higher revenues partly offset by higher
Normal Course Issuer Bid
No common shares were purchased under the normal course issuer bid (NCIB)
during Q2 2007 as the program was suspended pending completion of the
company's review of strategic alternatives. Although BCE has completed this
review and has entered into a Definitive Agreement to be acquired, share
purchases under the NCIB remain suspended.
Refer to the section entitled "Caution Concerning Forward-Looking
Statements" later in this news release for a discussion concerning the
material risk factors that could affect, and the material assumptions
underlying, our 2007 guidance.
Revenue growth 3% - 5%
EBITDA growth 4% - 6%
Capital intensity 16% - 17%
EPS growth (ii) 4% - 7%
Free cash flow $700M - $900M
BCE confirmed the 2007 financial guidance above. However, as previously
stated, it expects to achieve the lower end of the guidance range for
Revenue and EBITDA growth.
(i) Bell's 2007 financial guidance for revenues, EBITDA and capital
intensity is exclusive of Bell Aliant.
(ii) Before restructuring and other items, net gains on investments and
costs incurred to form Bell Aliant.
The information contained in this news release is unaudited.
(1) Consistent with North American industry practices, total wireless
gross activations, net activations and subscribers include 100% of
Virgin Mobile's subscribers. Wireless ARPU, churn, usage per
subscriber and cost of acquisition continue to be computed by
including 50% of Virgin Mobile's results, a level corresponding to
Bell's ownership position.
(2) The term EBITDA does not have any standardized meaning according to
Canadian GAAP. It is therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar
measures presented by other companies. We define EBITDA (earnings
before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) as operating
revenues less operating expenses, meaning it represents operating
income before amortization expense and restructuring and other items.
We use EBITDA, among other measures, to assess the operating
performance of our ongoing businesses without the effects of
amortization expense and restructuring and other items. We exclude
these items because they affect the comparability of our financial
results and could potentially distort the analysis of trends in
business performance. We exclude amortization expense because it
largely depends on the accounting methods and assumptions a company
uses, as well as non-operating factors such as the historical cost of
capital assets. Excluding restructuring and other items does not
imply they are necessarily non-recurring.
EBITDA allows us to compare our operating performance on a consistent
basis. We believe that certain investors and analysts use EBITDA to
measure a company's ability to service debt and to meet other payment
obligations, or as a common measurement to value companies in the
The most comparable Canadian GAAP financial measure is operating
income. Please refer to the section of the BCE 2007 Q2 MD&A entitled
"Non-GAAP Financial Measures", which is incorporated by reference in
this news release, for a reconciliation of EBITDA to operating
income. For 2007, we expect growth in operating income to be between
8% to 10% for Bell Canada, excluding Bell Aliant.
(3) The term free cash flow does not have any standardized meaning
according to Canadian GAAP. It is therefore unlikely to be comparable
to similar measures presented by other companies. We define it as
cash from operating activities after capital expenditures, total
dividends and other investing activities. We consider free cash flow
to be an important indicator of the financial strength and
performance of our business because it shows how much cash is
available to repay debt and to reinvest in our company. We present
free cash flow consistently from period to period, which allows us to
compare our financial performance on a consistent basis. We believe
that free cash flow is also used by certain investors and analysts in
valuing a business and its underlying assets. The most comparable
Canadian GAAP financial measure is cash from operating activities.
Please refer to the section of the BCE 2007 Q2 MD&A entitled
"Non-GAAP Financial Measures", which is incorporated by reference in
this news release, for a reconciliation of free cash flow to cash
from operating activities. For 2007, BCE expects to generate
approximately $700 million to $900 million in free cash flow. This
amount reflects expected cash from operating activities of
approximately $5.6 billion to $5.8 billion less capital expenditures,
total dividends and other investing activities.
(4) The term net earnings (or EPS) before restructuring and other items,
net gains on investments, and costs incurred to form Bell Aliant does
not have any standardized meaning according to Canadian GAAP. It is
therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by
We use net earnings (or EPS) before restructuring and other items,
net gains on investments, and costs incurred to form Bell Aliant,
among other measures, to assess the operating performance of our
ongoing businesses without the effects of after-tax restructuring and
other items, net gains on investments, and costs incurred to form
Bell Aliant. We exclude these items because they affect the
comparability of our financial results and could potentially distort
the analysis of trends in business performance. Excluding these items
does not imply they are necessarily non-recurring.
The most comparable Canadian GAAP financial measure is net earnings
applicable to common shares. Please refer to the section of the BCE
2007 Q2 MD&A entitled "Non-GAAP Financial Measures", which is
incorporated by reference in this news release, for a reconciliation
of net earnings before restructuring and other items, net gains on
investments, and costs incurred to form Bell Aliant to net earnings
applicable to common shares on a total and per share basis.
Call with Financial Analysts
BCE will hold a conference call for financial analysts to discuss its
second quarter results on Wednesday, August 1 at 8:00 a.m. (Eastern). Media
are welcome to participate on a listen-only basis.
To participate, please dial (416) 641-6105 or toll-free 1-866-696-5895
shortly before the start of the call. A replay will be available for one week
by dialing (416) 695-5800 or 1-800-408-3053 and entering passcode 3230467#.
This conference call will also be webcast live and archived for 90 days on
BCE's website at:
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BCE will also hold a conference call for the media to discuss its second
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To participate, please dial (514) 861-0443 or 1-866-542-4238 shortly
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Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements made in this press release, including, but not limited
to, the statements appearing under the "Outlook" section, and other statements
that are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements and are subject
to important risks, uncertainties and assumptions.
The results or events predicted in these forward-looking statements may
differ materially from actual results or events. As a result, you are
cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The
forward-looking statements contained in this press release represent the
expectations of BCE Inc., Bell Canada and their respective subsidiaries, joint
ventures and associated companies (collectively we, us, our or BCE) as of
August 1, 2007 and, accordingly, are subject to change after such date.
However, we disclaim any intention and assume no obligation to update or
revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information,
future events or otherwise. Except as otherwise indicated by BCE, these
statements do not reflect the potential impact of any non-recurring or other
special items or of any dispositions, monetizations, mergers, acquisitions,
other business combinations or other transactions that may be announced or
that may occur after the date hereof.
A number of Canadian economic and market assumptions were made by BCE in
making forward-looking statements for 2007 contained in this release,
including but not limited to: (i) Canadian GDP growth in 2007 to be
essentially in line with GDP growth in 2006, consistent with estimates by the
Conference Board of Canada, (ii) the Bank of Canada prime rate to increase
from its 2006 year-end level and the Consumer Price Index, as estimated by
Statistics Canada, to decline from its 2006 year-end level, (iii) growth in
the overall Canadian telecommunications market revenues in 2007 to be in line
with Canadian GDP growth, (iv) revenues of the residential wireline voice
telecommunications market in Canada to continue to decrease in 2007 due to
wireless substitution, competition and other factors including the Internet,
(v) intense wireline competition in both the business and residential
telecommunications markets in Canada to continue in 2007 mainly from cable
companies, and (vi) the 2007 revenue growth rates of the Canadian wireless and
video industries to be in line with 2006 and the 2007 revenue growth rate of
the Canadian Internet market to be slightly lower than 2006.
In addition, BCE Inc.'s and Bell Canada's 2007 guidance is also based on
various internal financial and operational assumptions. Our guidance related
to Bell Canada (excluding Bell Aliant) is based on certain assumptions
concerning Bell Canada, including but not limited to: (i) revenue growth
estimates for 2007 being based upon an assumption of increasing average
revenue per unit ("ARPU") across various lines of service, (ii) a wireless
subscriber growth rate of 4% to 6%, a video subscriber growth rate of 0% to 2%
and a high-speed Internet subscriber growth rate of 8% to 10%, (iii) Bell
Canada's residential network access services (NAS) losses to stabilize in 2007
compared to 2006, (iv) Bell Canada's 2007 total net benefit plans cost, which
assumes a discount rate of 5.3%, expected to be approximately $325 million,
(v) the funding of our total net benefit plans in 2007 estimated to be
approximately $300 million, (vi) Bell Canada's capital intensity in 2007 being
estimated to be in the 16% to 17% range, and (vii) 2007 productivity
improvements at Bell Canada estimated at approximately $450 million.
Our guidance related to BCE Inc. is based on certain assumptions,
including but not limited to: (i) in 2007, BCE to incur restructuring costs in
the range of $100 million to $150 million, excluding costs associated with the
review of strategic alternatives and to complete the privatization
transaction, (ii) amortization expense for 2007 in the range of $3,200 million
to $3,300 million, (iii) BCE's effective tax rate in 2007 to be approximately
26%, excluding non-recurring items, and (iv) no significant escalation in cash
taxes in 2007 as we accelerate the use of Bell Canada's R&D tax credits.
The foregoing assumptions, although considered reasonable by BCE at the
time of preparation of the related guidance and other forward-looking
statements made at the date of this press release, may prove to be inaccurate.
Accordingly, our actual results could differ materially from our expectations
as set forth in this news release.
Risk factors that could cause actual results or events to differ
materially from current expectations include, among other things: the
intensity of competitive activity from both traditional and new players, which
is increasing following the introduction of new technologies that have reduced
barriers to entry that existed in the industry, and its impact on our ability
to retain existing, and attract new, customers, and on pricing strategies and
financial results; the increase in wireless competitive activity that could
result from Industry Canada's consultation concerning the possible licensing
of additional wireless spectrum; the potential adverse impact on our business
of wireless number portability; general economic and market conditions and the
level of consumer confidence and spending, and the demand for, and prices of,
our products and services; our ability to implement our strategies and plans
in order to produce the expected benefits and growth prospects; our ability to
transform our cost structure, improve productivity and contain capital
intensity while maintaining quality of services; our ability to anticipate,
and respond to, changes in technology, industry standards and client needs and
migrate to and deploy new technologies, including VoIP, and offer new products
and services rapidly and achieve market acceptance thereof; events affecting
the functionality of our networks or of the networks of other
telecommunications carriers on which we rely to provide our services; our
ability to improve and upgrade, on a timely basis, our various IT systems and
software on which many aspects of our businesses, including customer billing,
depend; our ability to effectively manage labour relations, negotiate
satisfactory labour agreements, including new agreements replacing expired
labour agreements, while avoiding work stoppages, and maintain service to
customers and minimize disruptions during strikes and other work stoppages;
our ability to maintain customer service and our networks operational in the
event of the occurrence of epidemics, pandemics and other health risks; health
concerns about radio frequency emissions; potential legislation restricting
in-vehicle use of cell phones; the availability and cost of capital required
to implement our business plan and fund capital and other expenditures and the
material adverse impact that BCE Inc.'s announcement on June 30, 2007 that it
had entered into a definitive agreement (Definitive Agreement) for the
purchase of BCE Inc. by an investor group led by Teachers' Private Capital,
Providence Equity Partners Inc. and Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC. may have
on such availability and cost of capital; that the proposed disposition of
Telesat is subject to approvals and other closing conditions, and the adverse
impact on BCE's liquidity should this transaction not be completed at all or
as proposed; the impact of pending or future litigation and of adverse changes
in laws or regulations, including tax laws, or in how they are interpreted, or
of adverse regulatory initiatives or proceedings, including decisions by the
CRTC affecting our ability to compete effectively; increased pension fund
contributions; BCE Inc.'s dependence on the ability of its subsidiaries, joint
ventures and associated companies to pay dividends or otherwise make
distributions to it to service BCE Inc.'s indebtedness and to pay associated
dividends; the impact of Bell Aliant's performance and the tax treatment of
income trusts on Bell Aliant's ability to make cash distributions to its
unitholders; stock market volatility; the potential for licences on which we
rely to provide services to be revoked or not renewed when they expire; launch
and in-orbit risks and the ability to obtain appropriate insurance coverage at
favourable rates, concerning Telesat's satellites, certain of which are used
by Bell ExpressVu to provide services.
The completion of the proposed transaction contemplated by the Definitive
Agreement is subject to a number of terms and conditions, including, without
limitation: (i) approval of the CRTC, Competition Bureau, Industry Canada and
other applicable governmental authorities; (ii) required BCE Inc. shareholder
approval; (iii) necessary court approvals, and (iv) certain termination rights
available to the parties under the Definitive Agreement. There can be no
assurance that these approvals will be obtained, the other conditions to the
transaction will be satisfied in accordance with their terms, and/or the
parties to the Definitive Agreement will not exercise their termination
rights. In such cases, the proposed transaction could be modified,
restructured or terminated, as applicable. Failure to complete the proposed
transaction could have a material adverse impact on the market price of BCE
Inc.'s shares. In addition, depending on the circumstances in which the
proposed transaction is not completed, BCE Inc. could have to pay the investor
group significant fees and costs.
For additional information with respect to certain of these and other
assumptions and risk factors, please refer to the sections entitled
"Competitive Environment", "Regulatory Environment" and "Assumptions and Risks
Underlying Our Forward-Looking Statements" of BCE Inc.'s 2006 annual MD&A
contained on pages 39 to 55 of the Bell Canada Enterprises 2006 Annual Report
filed by BCE Inc. with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC),
under Form 40-F (available at www.sec.gov), and with the Canadian securities
commissions (available at www.sedar.com), as updated in the sections entitled
"Updates to Regulatory Environment" and "Assumptions and Risks Underlying Our
Forward-Looking Statements" of BCE Inc.'s 2007 First and Second Quarter MD&As,
dated May 1, 2007 and July 31, 2007, respectively, filed by BCE Inc. with the
SEC under Form 6-K (also available at www.sec.gov) and with the Canadian
securities commissions (also available at www.sedar.com). The above-mentioned
sections of BCE Inc.'s 2006 annual MD&A and 2007 First and Second Quarter
MD&As are incorporated by reference in this news release and are also
available on BCE Inc.'s website www.bce.ca.
About BCE Inc.
BCE is Canada's largest communications company, providing the most
comprehensive and innovative suite of communication services to residential
and business customers in Canada. Under the Bell brand, the Company's services
include local, long distance and wireless phone services, high-speed and
wireless Internet access, IP-broadband services, information and
communications technology services (or value-added services) and
direct-to-home satellite and VDSL television services. Other BCE holdings
include Telesat Canada, a pioneer and world leader in satellite operations and
systems management, and an interest in CTVglobemedia, Canada's premier media
company. BCE shares are listed in Canada and the United States.
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