Financial Results Fiscal 2013 Second Quarter Ended September

Financial Results Fiscal 2013 Second Quarter Ended September 30, 2012 
- Net earnings at $129.7 million, up 2.0% for the quarter 
- Net earnings at $251.5 million, down 0.1% since the beginning of
the fiscal year 
MONTREAL, QUEBEC -- (Marketwire) -- 11/07/12 -- Saputo Inc. (TSX:SAP)
(Saputo or the Company) reported today its financial results for the
second quarter of fiscal 2013, which ended on September 30, 2012. All
amounts in this news release are in Canadian dollars, unless
otherwise indicated, and are presented according to International
Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). 


 
--  Net earnings totalled $129.7 million, an increase of $2.6 million or
    2.0%. 
--  Earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization
    (EBITDA) amounted to $215.6 million, an increase of $2.5 million or
    1.2%. 
--  Revenues for the quarter amounted to $1.745 billion, a decrease of $46.0
    million or 2.6%. 
--  Basic earnings per share (EPS) was $0.66 and diluted EPS was $0.65 for
    the quarter, as compared to basic EPS of $0.63 and diluted EPS of $0.61
    for the corresponding quarter last fiscal year. 
 
                                                                            
                                                                            
(in millions of Canadian (CDN) dollars, except per share amounts)           
(unaudited)                                                                 
                                                                            
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                                           For the three-month periods ended
                             September 30,    September 30,         June 30,
                                      2012             2011             2012
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Revenues                           1,745.4          1,791.4          1,698.3
EBITDA                               215.6            213.1            203.0
Net earnings                         129.7            127.1            121.8
EPS                                                                         
  Basic                               0.66             0.63             0.61
 
 Diluted                             0.65             0.61             0.60
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--  In the United States (US), the average block market(1) per pound of
    cheese decreased by US$0.26 compared to the same period last fiscal
    year, decreasing revenues. 
--  In the US, market factors positively impacted EBITDA by approximately
    $10 million. 
--  A better dairy ingredients product mix offset unfavourable dairy
    ingredients market conditions, positively affecting both revenues and
    EBITDA of the USA and Canadian dairy products Divisions as compared to
    the same quarter of fiscal 2012. 
--  Dairy Products Division (Argentina) EBITDA decreased due to lower sales
    volumes and selling prices, mainly in the export market. 
--  The weakening of the Canadian dollar versus the US dollar during the
    quarter had a positive impact on revenues and EBITDA as compared to the
    same quarter last fiscal year. 
--  The Board of Directors approved a dividend of $0.21 per share payable on
    December 14, 2012 to common shareholders of record on December 4, 2012. 

 
(1) "Average block market" is the average daily price of a 40 pound
block of cheddar traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME),
used as the base price for cheese. 


 
                                                                            
                                                                            
(in millions of CDN dollars, except per share amounts)                      
(unaudited)                                                                 
                                                                            
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                                             For the six-month periods ended
                                    September 30, 2012    September 30, 2011
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Revenues                                       3,443.7               3,430.4
EBITDA                                           418.6                 422.7
Net earnings                                     251.5                 253.6
EPS                                                                         
  Basic                                           1.27                  1.25
  Diluted                                         1.25                  1.22
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Renewal of the Normal Course Issuer Bid 
The Company announced today that it has the intention to purchase, by
means of open market transactions through the facilities of the
Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) or such other means as may be permitted
by the TSX and under applicable laws, including by way of private
agreements under an issuer bid exemption order issued by a securities
regulatory authority in Canada, for cancellation purposes, some of
its common shares (Common Shares) by way of a normal course issuer
bid (Bid), subject to regulatory approval. Under the Bid, Saputo may
repurchase for cancellation up to 9,850,532 Common Shares over the
twelve-month period starting on November 15, 2012, representing
approximately 5% of its 197,010,649 issued and outstanding Common
Shares as of October 31, 2012. In connection with the Bid, Saputo has
established an automatic purchase plan (Plan). The Plan enables the
Company to provide standard instructions regarding how the Common
Shares are to be repurchased on the open market during self-imposed
blackout periods. The Plan is effective as of November 15, 2012 and
should terminate together with the Bid. It constitutes an automatic
plan for purposes of applicable Canadian securities legislation and
has been reviewed by the TSX. 
During the six calendar months ended October 31, 2012, the average
daily trading volume of Saputo's Common Shares was 265,749 shares.
Accordingly, the Company is entitled to purchase, on any trading day,
up to 66,437 Common Shares representing 25% of the average daily
trading volume of the issued and outstanding Common Shares. These
purchases will be made in accordance with applicable regulations over
a maximum period of 12 months beginning on November 15, 2012 and
ending on November 14, 2013. The consideration that the Company will
pay for any Common Shares acquired by it on the open market under the
Bid will be in cash at the market price of such Common Shares at the
time of acquisition. Purchases made by way of private agreements
would be at a discount to the prevailing market price of the common
shares at the time of the acquisition, as provided in the relevant
exemption order. Within the previous twelve months, Saputo purchased
4,786,800 of its Common Shares under the normal course issuer bid
established in November 2011, at a weighted average price of $40.68
per share, for a total consideration of $194,744,065. 
The Company believes that the purchase by Saputo of i
ts own shares
may, under appropriate circumstances, be a responsible investment of
funds on hand.  
To the Company's knowledge, no director, senior officer or associate
of a director or senior officer of Saputo, person acting jointly or
in concert with the Company, or person holding 10% or more of any
class of equity securities of Saputo currently intends to sell any
Common Shares under the Bid. However, sales by such persons through
the facilities of TSX may occur if the personal circumstances of any
such person change or if any such person makes a decision unrelated
to the Bid. The benefits to any such person whose Common Shares are
purchased under the Bid would be the same as the benefits available
to all other holders whose Common Shares are likewise purchased. 
Additional Information 
For more information on the second quarter results of fiscal 2013,
reference is made to the condensed interim consolidated financial
statements, the notes thereto and to the Management's Discussion and
Analysis for the second quarter of fiscal 2013. These documents can
be obtained on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and in the "Investors and
Media" section of the Company's web site, at www.saputo.com.  
Conference Call 
A conference call to discuss the second quarter results of fiscal
2013 will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern
Time. To participate in the conference call, dial 1-800-732-5617. To
ensure your participation, please dial in approximately five minutes
before the call.  
To listen to this call on the web, please enter
www.gowebcasting.com/3882 in your web browser.  
For those unable to participate, a replay of the conference will be
available until midnight, Wednesday, November 14, 2012. To access the
replay dial 1-800-558-5253, ID number 21607471. A webcast will also
be archived on www.saputo.com, in the "Investors and Media" section,
under Press Releases.  
About Saputo 
Saputo produces, markets, and distributes a wide array of products of
the utmost quality, including cheese, fluid milk, yogurt, dairy
ingredients and snack-cakes. Saputo is the 12th largest dairy
processor in the world, the largest in Canada, the third largest in
Argentina and among the top three cheese producers in the United
States. Our products are sold in more than 50 countries under
well-known brand names such as Saputo, Alexis de Portneuf, Armstrong,
Baxter, Dairyland, Danscorella, Dragone, DuVillage 1860, Frigo Cheese
Heads, Great Midwest, King's Choice, Kingsey, La Paulina, Neilson,
Nutrilait, Ricrem, Salemville, Stella, Treasure Cave, hop & go,
Rondeau and Vachon. Saputo is a publicly traded company whose shares
are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "SAP". 
CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS  
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the
meaning of securities laws. These statements are based, among other
things, on Saputo's assumptions, expectations, estimates, objectives,
plans and intentions as of the date hereof regarding projected
revenues and expenses, the economic, industry, competitive and
regulatory environments in which the Company operates or which could
affect its activities, its ability to attract and retain customers
and consumers, as well as the availability and cost of milk and other
raw materials and energy supplies, its operating costs and the
pricing of its finished products on the various markets in which it
carries on business. 
These forward-looking statements include, among others, statements
with respect to the Company's short and medium term objectives,
outlook, business projects and strategies to achieve those
objectives, as well as statements with respect to the Company's
beliefs, plans, objectives and expectations. The words "may",
"should", "will", "would", "believe", "plan", "expect", "intend",
"anticipate", "estimate", "foresee", "objective", "continue",
"propose" or "target", or the negative of these terms or variations
of them, the use of conditional tense or words and expressions of
similar nature, are intended to identify forward-looking statements.  
By their nature, forward-looking statements are subject to a number
of inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ
materially from the conclusion, forecast or projection stated in such
forward-looking statements. As a result, the Company cannot guarantee
that any forward-looking statements will materialize. Assumptions,
expectations and estimates made in the preparation of forward-looking
statements and risks that could cause actual results to differ
materially from current expectations are discussed in the Company's
materials filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities
from time to time, including the "Risks and Uncertainties" section of
the Management's Discussion and Analysis included in the Company's
2012 Annual Report. 
Forward-looking statements are based on Management's current
estimates, expectations and assumptions, which Management believes
are reasonable as of the date hereof, and, accordingly, are subject
to changes after such date. You should not place undue importance on
forward-looking statements and should not rely upon this information
as of any other date.  
Except as required under applicable securities legislation, Saputo
does not undertake to update or revise these forward-looking
statements, whether written or verbal, that may be made from time to
time by itself or on its behalf, whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise. 
OPERATING RESULTS  
Consolidated revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2012
amounted to $1.745 billion, a decrease of $46.0 million or 2.6% in
comparison to $1.791 billion for the corresponding quarter last
fiscal year. This decrease was mainly due to a lower average block
market per pound of cheese in the USA Dairy Products Sector and lower
sales volumes in the CEA Dairy Products Sector as compared to the
corresponding quarter last fiscal year. A more favourable dairy
ingredients product mix in the US and higher selling prices in
relation to the higher cost of milk in the Canadian Division
partially offset this decrease. The fluctuation of the Canadian
dollar increased revenues by approximately $7 million. 
For the six-month period ended September 30, 2012, revenues totalled
$3.444 billion, an increase of $13.3 million or 0.4% in comparison to
$3.430 billion for the corresponding period last fiscal year. Higher
selling prices in relation to the cost of milk as raw material in the
Canadian and Argentinian Divisions, as well as increased sales
volumes and a better product mix in the US and Canadian Divisions,
partially contributed to this increase. Offsetting this increase was
the negative impact of a lower average block market per pound of
cheese in the USA Dairy Products Sector, as well as decreased sales
volumes in the Argentinian Division, mainly in the export market. The
fluctuation of the Canadian dollar increased revenues by
approximately $34 million. 
Consolidated earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and
amortization (EBITDA) for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 amounted
to $215.6 million, an increase of $2.5 million or 1.2% in comparison
to $213.1 million for the same quarter last fiscal year. This
increase is explained by favourable market factors of approximately
$10 million and improved oper
ational efficiencies in the US. These
were partially offset by lower selling prices and sales volumes in
the Argentinian Division, mainly in the export market. The weakening
of the Canadian dollar compared to the US dollar positively impacted
EBITDA, as compared to the same period last fiscal year. 
For the six-month period ended September 30, 2012, EBITDA totalled
$418.6 million, a decrease of $4.1 million or 1.0% in comparison to
the $422.7 million for the corresponding period last fiscal year.
This decrease is mainly due to lower selling prices and sales volumes
in the Argentinean Division, mainly in the export market.
Additionally, unfavourable market factors in the US, as well as the
decisions rendered by the California Department of Food & Agriculture
to increase the cost of milk in California, negatively impacted
EBITDA, as compared to the corresponding period last fiscal year.
Partially offsetting this negative impact were increases in volume
and a favourable dairy ingredients product mix in the Canadian
Division, as well as improved operational efficiencies in the USA
Dairy Products Sector. The weakening of the Canadian dollar increased
EBITDA as compared to the same quarter last fiscal year. 
OTHER CONSOLIDATED RESULTS ITEMS 
Depreciation and amortization for the second quarter of fiscal 2013
totalled $27.1 million, an increase of $2.1 million as compared to
$25.0 million for the corresponding period last fiscal year. For the
six-month period ended September 30, 2012, depreciation and
amortization expense amounted to $54.3 million, an increase of $4.7
million as compared to $49.6 million for the corresponding period
last fiscal year. This increase in depreciation and amortization for
both the three and six-month periods reflects variations in the
depreciable asset base and fluctuations in foreign exchange between
the Canadian and the US dollar.  
Net interest expense for the three-month period ended September 30,
2012 decreased by $2.1 million in comparison to the same period last
fiscal year. For the six-month period ended September 30, 2012, net
interest expense decreased by $2.0 million. Without considering the
prior year's $2.3 million unrealized loss in foreign currency
denominated intercompany advance in Canada, net interest expense
would have been approximately at the same level in both years.  
Income taxes for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 totalled $52.4
million, reflecting an effective tax rate of 28.8% compared to 29.2%
for the same quarter last fiscal year. Income taxes for the six-month
period ended September 30, 2012 totalled $100.0 million, reflecting
an income tax rate of 28.4% in comparison to 29.2% for the same
period last fiscal year. The income tax rate varies and could
increase or decrease based on the amount of taxable income derived
and from which source, any amendments to tax laws and income tax
rates and changes in assumptions and estimates used for tax assets
and liabilities by the Company and its affiliates. 
Net earnings totalled $129.7 million for the quarter ended September
30, 2012 compared to $127.1 million for the same quarter last fiscal
year. For the six-month period ended September 30, 2012, net earnings
totalled $251.5 million as compared to $253.6 million for the same
period last fiscal year. These reflect the various factors analyzed
in this press release.  


 
                                                                            
                                                                            
SELECTED QUARTERLY FINANCIAL INFORMATION                                    
                                                                            
(in millions of CDN dollars, except per share amounts)                      
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Fiscal                                                                      
 years                 2013                             2012            2011
                 Q2      Q1      Q4       Q3      Q2      Q1      Q4      Q3
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Revenues    1,745.4 1,698.3 1,703.5  1,796.5 1,791.4 1,639.0 1,481.3 1,534.8
EBITDA        215.6   203.0   201.0    207.3   213.1   209.6   194.5   191.1
Net                                                                         
 earnings     129.7   121.8    (2.6)   129.8   127.1   126.6   100.4   112.1
Adjusted                                                                    
 net                                                                        
earnings(1)   129.7   121.8   122.4    129.8   127.1   126.6   112.0   112.1
EPS                                                                         
  Basic        0.66    0.61    0.00     0.64    0.63    0.62    0.49    0.55
  Diluted      0.65    0.60    0.00     0.64    0.61    0.61    0.48    0.54
Adjusted                                                                    
 EPS(1)                                                                     
  Basic        0.66    0.61    0.62     0.64    0.63    0.62    0.55    0.55
  Diluted      0.65    0.60    0.61     0.64    0.61    0.61    0.54    0.54
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(1)  Adjusted net earnings and adjusted earnings per share (basic and       
     diluted) are non-IFRS measures. Refer to the section "Measurement of   
     Results not in Accordance with International Financial Reporting       
     Standards" on page 7 of the Management's Discussion and Analysis       
     included in the Company's 2012 Annual Report for the definition of     
     these terms.                                                           
                                                                            
                                                                            
Consolidated selected factors positively (negatively) affecting EBITDA      
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Fiscal years                                   2013                    2012 
                                      Q2         Q1          Q4          Q3 
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Market factors(1)(2)                  10        (14)        (24)         (4)
Inventory write-down                   -         (3)          -          (4)
US currency exchange(1)                2          3           3           - 
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(1)  As compared to same quarter of previous fiscal year.                   
(2)  Market factors include the average block market per pound of cheese and
     its effect on the absorption of fixed costs and on the realization of  
     inventories, the effect of the relationship between the average block  
     market per pound of cheese and the cost of milk as raw material, as    
     well as the market pricing impact related to sales of dairy            
     ingredients.                                                           

 
INFORMATION BY SECTOR 


 
                                                                            
                                                                            
CEA Dairy Products Sector                                                   
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Fiscal                                                                      
 years                  2013                              2012          2011
                 Q2       Q1       Q4       Q3       Q2     Q1     Q4     Q3
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Revenues    1,020.7  1,025.0  1,009.6  1,042.2  1,032.5  970.2  921.2  995.2
EBITDA        122.0    127.8    121.9    131.9    135.7  125.3  113.0  126.0
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Selected factors positively (negatively) affecting EBITDA                   
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Fiscal years                                   2013                     2012
                                      Q2         Q1           Q4          Q3
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Market factors(1)(2)                   -          -          5.0         4.0
Inventory write-down                   -         (3)           -           -
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(1)  As compared to same quarter of previous fiscal year.                   
(2)  Market factors include the international market pricing impact related 
     to sales of dairy ingredients.                                         
                                                                            
                                                                            
USA Dairy Products Sector                                                   
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(in millions of CDN dollars)                                                
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Fiscal years            2013                            2012            2011
                  Q2      Q1      Q4      Q3      Q2      Q1      Q4      Q3
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Revenues       688.6   640.4   658.9   722.7   723.7   636.5   528.2   502.9
EBITDA          90.2    72.2    75.5    72.7    74.4    80.8    81.4    61.5
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Selected factors positively (negatively) affecting EBITDA                   
(in millions of CDN dollars)                                                
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Fiscal years                                   2013                    2012 
                                      Q2         Q1          Q4          Q3 
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Market factors(1) (2)                 10        (14)        (29)         (8)
Inventory write-down                   -          -           -          (4)
US currency exchange(1)                2          3           3           - 
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(1)  As compared to same quarter of previous fiscal year.                   
(2)  Market factors include the average block market per pound of cheese and
     its effect on the absorption of fixed costs and on the realization of  
     inventories, the effect of the relationship between the average block  
     market per pound of cheese and the cost of milk as raw material, as    
     well as the market pricing impact related to sales of dairy            
     ingredients.                                                           
                                                                            
                                                                            
Other pertinent information                                                 
(in US dollars, except for average exchange rate)                           
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Fiscal years                                       2013                 2012
                                              Q2     Q1     Q4     Q3     Q2
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Average block market per pound of cheese   1.750  1.539  1.522  1.760  2.006
Closing block price(1) per pound of                                         
 cheese                                    2.075  1.650  1.490  1.563  1.720
Average whey market price(2) per pound     0.550  0.500  0.630  0.650  0.590
Spread(3)                                  0.060  0.072  0.017  0.023  0.040
US average exchange rate to Canadian                                        
 dollar(4)                                 0.995  1.010  1.002  1.023  0.976
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(1)  Closing block price is the price of a 40 pound block of cheddar traded 
     on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) on the last business day of   
     each quarter.                                                          
(2)  Average whey powder market price is based on Dairy Market News         
     published information.                                                 
(3)  Spread is the average block market per pound of cheese less the result 
     of the average cost per hundredweight of Class III and/or Class 4b milk
     price divided by 10.                                                   
(4)  Based on Bank of Canada published information.                         
                                                                            
                                                                            
Grocery Products Sector                                                     
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Fiscal years                  2013                        2012          2011
                         Q2     Q1     Q4     Q3     Q2     Q1     Q4     Q3
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Revenues               36.1   32.9   35.0   31.6   35.2   32.3   31.9   36.8
EBITDA                  3.4    3.1    3.7    2.7    2.9    3.4    0.1    3.6
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OUTLOOK  
The Dairy Products Division (Canada) continues its efforts to
recuperate lost volumes resulting from a challenging Canadian dairy
market. Capital investments in the growing specialty cheese and
value-added milk categories will continue in order to increase
capacity and strengthen the Company's market presence. Also, efforts
to pursue additional efficiencies and decrease costs will be
maintained by a continual review of overall activities. We have
initiated a project to consolidate distribution activities of the
Greater Montreal area into one distribution center located in
Saint-Laurent, Quebec. This new center will comprise the distribution
and logistics activities currently being conducted at our
Saint-Laurent, Boucherville and Saint-Leonard locations, as well as
some administrative offices of the Canadian Division. These changes
will be implemented gradually as of the end of fiscal 2013 and should
be completed in March 2014. 
The Dairy Products Division (Europe) continues to face challenges
with respect to obtaining milk supply at prices competitive with the
selling price of cheese. Nevertheless, the Division will work towards
increasing sales volumes. 
The Dairy Products Division (Argentina) will continue to seek volume
growth in both the domestic and export markets. The Division
anticipates an i
ncrease in prices and demand for dairy products in
the export market for the remainder of the fiscal year. A three-year
project has begun to gradually increase manufacturing capacity and
face future market growth. Capital expenditures will be part of our
normal annual spending. The Division continues to face challenges
mitigating the increasing cost of milk as raw material, while
remaining competitive with selling prices in the export market. The
Division will continue to analyze its operations in order to improve
overall efficiencies. 
The USA Dairy Products Sector continues to seek opportunities to
mitigate the effect of higher milk costs resulting from amendments to
the milk pricing formula in California. In addition, the Sector
continues to monitor the fluctuating dairy markets in an effort to
take appropriate decisions to mitigate the impact on its operations.
The Sector will also continue to focus on improving operational
efficiencies. 
The Grocery Products Sector will continue to focus on increasing
sales volumes in the snack-cake category. The main focus continues to
be the development of sales in the US market. 
Prior to the annual shareholders' meeting of the Company held on July
31, 2012, two directors decided not to renew their mandates. One of
them was acting as Lead Director of the Board and Chairman of the
Corporate Governance and Human Resources Committee. Consequently, Mr.
Pierre Bourgie, who has been a director of the Company for the last
15 years, was appointed in such roles. Additionally, two new
directors, Mr. Henry E. Demone and Ms. Annalisa King, were elected to
the Board of Directors at the annual shareholders' meeting.  
Our goal remains to continue to improve overall efficiencies and
pursue growth internally and through acquisitions.
Contacts:
Sandy Vassiadis
Director, Corporate Communications
514-328-3347
 
 
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