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MONTREAL, Nov. 4, 2021 /CNW/ - Quebecor Inc. ("Quebecor" or the "Corporation") today reported its consolidated financial results for the third quarter of 2021. Quebecor consolidates the financial results of its wholly owned Quebecor Media Inc. ("Quebecor Media") subsidiary.

Third quarter 2021 highlights

  • Revenues: $1.15 billion in the third quarter of 2021, up $36.5 million (3.3%) from the same period of 2020.

  • Adjusted EBITDA:1 $520.3 million, up $6.9 million (1.3%) despite the $18.8 million unfavourable impact of the recognition of a one‑time item in the Telecommunications segment in the third quarter of 2020.

  • Net income attributable to shareholders: $173.1 million ($0.71 per basic share), an increase of $32.2 million ($0.15 per basic share).

  • Adjusted income from continuing operating activities:2 $176.1 million ($0.73 per basic share), an increase of $3.0 million ($0.04 per basic share).

  • Cash flows from operations:3 $365.8 million, a $19.7 million (5.7%) increase.

  • The Telecommunications segment's revenues grew by $1.6 million (0.2%) in the third quarter of 2021 and its adjusted EBITDA decreased by $6.8 million (‑1.4%), reflecting the $18.8 million unfavourable impact of the recognition of a one-time item in the third quarter of 2020.

  • Videotron Ltd. ("Videotron") significantly increased its revenues from Internet access services ($15.9 million or 5.6%) and mobile telephony ($13.4 million or 8.0%) in the third quarter of 2021.

  • There was a net increase of 25,600 revenue-generating units4 ("RGUs") (0.4%) in the third quarter of 2021, including 40,900 connections (2.7%) to the mobile telephony service and 22,500 subscriptions (1.2%) to Internet access services.

  • Quebecor announced, on July 29, 2021, an investment by Videotron of nearly $830.0 million in the acquisition of 294 blocks of spectrum in the 3500 MHz band across the country, including 175 blocks in four Canadian provinces outside Québec: Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia.

  • On August 17, 2021, Videotron launched Vrai, a new Québec subscription platform that will meet the strong demand for unscripted lifestyle, documentary and entertainment content. Vrai offers thousands of hours of all-French, on‑demand content, including more than 40 first-run exclusive original Québec productions.

  • Quebecor unveiled the new QUB digital platform, on September 15, 2021, which brings together all of its news and entertainment content in one place. Available on the Internet and via a mobile app, QUB is differentiated by its vast quantity of multisource, multiformat content, including text, music, video and audio, available live or on demand in a single, easy‑to navigate environment that promotes content discoverability.

  • TVA Group Inc. ("TVA Group") announced, on July 16, 2021, that the studios of Canadian film and television industry leader MELS will be enlarged with the construction of MELS 4, with the support of the Government of Québec and the City of Montréal. The project will strengthen MELS' position on the market for foreign blockbusters and series.

  • Videotron and TVA Sports announced, on September 9, 2021, a partnership with the Lions de Trois‑Rivières, the new ECHL hockey team. The new Trois-Rivières arena will be named the "Colisée Vidéotron" and TVA Sports will be the exclusive official broadcaster of the Lions de Trois‑Rivières' home games as they begin their first season.

  • Event Management Gestev Inc., a subsidiary of the Sports and Entertainment Group, announced, on October 6, 2021, that it will be the new manager of the Cabaret du Casino de Montréal. It will operate the acoustically outstanding multipurpose venue and present unique programming to its thousands of visitors.

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1

See "Adjusted EBITDA" under "Definitions."

2

See "Adjusted income from continuing operating activities" under "Definitions."

3

See "Cash flows from operations" under "Definitions."

4

See "Key performance indicators" under "Definitions."

"With the economy recovering in many of our lines of business, we generated strong results in the third quarter of 2021, from both the financial and operational standpoints," said Pierre Karl Péladeau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Quebecor. "Our steady performance is reflected in increases of 3.3% in revenues, 1.3% in adjusted EBITDA and 5.7% in cash flow from operations, despite the unfavourable impact of a one-time item.

"Videotron and Fizz continue to stand out with their ability to reach new customers and to enhance the richness of their offerings. Together, they achieved an unprecedented 37% market share of new subscriber connections to mobile services in the third quarter of 2021, ranking them first and second respectively in Québec. Over the past 12 months, our mobile telephony and Internet access services have posted sustained growth, with increases in RGUs of 118,700 (8.2%) and 62,900 (3.6%) respectively.

"The appeal of our Helix platform continues to growth steadily month after month, as evidenced by an increase of over 145,000 RGUs in the third quarter of 2021, pushing the total number since the service launched in September 2019 past the 1 million mark. We also continue promoting high-quality, diverse content through our Club illico and Vrai subscription services, and we are pleased that more and more Quebecers are taking advantage of them, as evidenced by the 3.2% increase in the subscriber base over the past 12 months. Club illico is promising an outstanding 2021-2022 program line-up, with the largest number of original series and films released in a single year since the service was launched ", Pierre Karl Péladeau continued.

"Furthermore, our digital ambitions continue to propel our successes and drive forward-looking projects. As a leading player in our industry, we are very proud to be supporting the acceleration of Québec's digital transformation, notably through a partnership with the Québec‑based tech firm Groupe X-Telia inc., which offers an expansive range of Internet of Things solutions to meet the needs of Québec municipalities and businesses. Videotron also recently landed a major contract with the Société de Transport de Montréal (STM) for IoT services, strengthening its leadership position in Québec.

"The 3,500 MHz spectrum auction was also completed this quarter. Our announced investment of nearly $830.0 million to acquire 5G spectrum for Videotron attests to our determination to become Canada's fourth mobile carrier in order to create real competition, foster innovation and deliver better prices for Canadians. The spectrum acquisition will, among other things, enable us to take advantage of CRTC Decision 2021-130, which requires the incumbents Bell, Telus and Rogers to allow new carriers MVNO access to their networks. That was precisely how Videotron launched its wireless telephony service in 2006. When the current regulatory proceeding on technical arrangements and rates is completed, Videotron will therefore be able to launch its wireless service in the areas where it has acquired spectrum, namely Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia. All the carriers that acquired spectrum can launch an MVNO service and must roll out a network within 7 years," said Pierre Karl Péladeau.

"TVA Group continues to benefit from the business recovery in most of its segments, as indicated by the 26.1% and 52.0% increases in revenues and adjusted EBITDA respectively in the third quarter of 2021. The results were driven in particular by film production and audiovisual services, which were in high demand during the quarter, and by advertising revenues at the TVA Network and the specialty channels, which increased for the third consecutive quarter compared with the same period of the previous year. TVA Group's total market share was 38.2% in the third quarter of 2021 and our programs were among the most watched in Québec," said Pierre Karl Péladeau.

"Innovation has always been one of Quebecor's major competitive advantages and our recently unveiled QUB digital platform is a prime example. Quebecor is proud to promote local content and anticipate the needs of consumers and the market by bringing all the content from our powerful ecosystem of media outlets, platforms and brands, including TVA+, QUB music, QUB radio, Vrai, Le Journal de Montréal and Le Journal de Québec, together on a single platform," commented Pierre Karl Péladeau.

"I want to express my sincere gratitude to France Lauzière, who recently announced her resignation as President and Chief Executive Officer of TVA Group and Chief Content Officer of Quebecor Content, for her significant contribution to the Corporation over the past 20 years. At every stage of her career, she always impressed me with her commitment to the company's success. France played a key role in strengthening Group TVA's dominant position as Québec's television leader. She paved the way for some major innovations in content creation, content acquisition and multiplatform distribution that have been very important for showcasing Québec culture and have given our artists and crews a chance to shine," said Pierre Karl Péladeau.

"The continuing reopening of the economy is enabling us to stay on track toward our growth and profitability targets. In addition, our strong financial performance positions us very advantageously to capitalize on our many operational and technological advances and on our potential for cross-Canada expansion," Pierre Karl Péladeau concluded.

COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the economic environment in Canada and around the world. In order to limit the spread of the virus, the Québec government has imposed a number of restrictions and special preventive measures since the beginning of this health crisis, including the suspension of some business activities. The Québec government has gradually implemented a new reopening plan since May 2021 and has imposed the use of a vaccination passport starting September 1, 2021 to be admitted to certain locations or to participate in certain non-essential activities. Since March 2020, this health crisis has curtailed the operations of many of Quebecor's business partners and has led to a significant slowdown in some of the Corporation's segments. Among other impacts, the restrictions and preventive measures imposed by the Québec government caused a reduction in volume at Videotron's retail outlets; a reduction in advertising revenues, a decrease in sports events broadcast by the TVA Sports specialty channel in 2020 and a reduction in film and audiovisual content activity in the Media segment; and the cancellation of most shows and events in the Sports and Entertainment segment. Despite the constraints created by this pandemic, Quebecor has provided essential telecommunications and news services during this health crisis, while safeguarding the health and safety of the public and its employees. Due to the decrease in their revenues, most of the business units in the Media segment and Sports and Entertainment segment have qualified for the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy and subsidies totalling $9.4 million were recorded in the first nine months of 2021 as a reduction in employee costs ($14.4 million in the third quarter of 2020 and $43.9 million in the first nine months of 2020).

Non-IFRS financial measures

The Corporation uses financial measures not standardized under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"), such as adjusted EBITDA, adjusted income from continuing operating activities, cash flows from operations, free cash flows from continuing operating activities and consolidated net debt leverage ratio, and key performance indicators, including RGU. Definitions of the non‑IFRS measures and the key performance indicator used by the Corporation are provided in the "Definitions" and "Key Performance Indicator" sections.

Financial table

Table 1
Consolidated summary of income, cash flows and balance sheet
(in millions of Canadian dollars, except number of shares and per basic share data)



Three months
ended Sept. 30


Nine months
ended Sept. 30



2021


2020


2021


2020










Income









Revenues:









Telecommunications

$

939.5

$

937.9

$

2,781.9

$

2,681.7

Media


190.6


157.2


563.6


464.7

Sports and Entertainment


49.1


48.5


113.8


109.2

Inter‑segment


(31.0)


(31.9)


(88.8)


(84.6)


$

1,148.2

$

1,111.7

$

3,370.5

$

3,171.0

Adjusted EBITDA (negative adjusted EBITDA):1









Telecommunications

$

476.8

$

483.6

$

1,409.2

$

1,382.7

Media


36.6


24.9


54.6


36.6

Sports and Entertainment


11.0


7.6


16.2


6.6

Head Office


(4.1)


(2.7)


(5.6)


(0.1)



520.3


513.4


1,474.4


1,425.8

Depreciation and amortization


(194.3)


(195.9)


(586.2)


(589.7)

Financial expenses


(83.8)


(80.1)


(253.9)


(249.1)

Gain (loss) on valuation and translation of financial


6.0


(18.6)


7.2


8.9

instruments

Restructuring of operations and other items


(12.4)


(18.9)


3.7


(33.1)

Loss on debt refinancing




(80.9)


Income taxes


(56.6)


(56.4)


(140.4)


(147.7)

Income from discontinued operations





33.8

Net income

$

179.2

$

143.5

$

423.9

$

448.9

Income from continuing operations attributable


173.1

$

140.9

$

417.9

$

413.6

to shareholders

$

Net income attributable to shareholders


173.1


140.9


417.9


447.4

Adjusted income from continuing operating activities1


176.1


173.1


464.3


429.5

Per basic share:









Income from continuing operations attributable to shareholders


0.71


0.56


1.71


1.64

Net income attributable to shareholders


0.71


0.56


1.71


1.77

Adjusted income from continuing operating activities1


0.73


0.69


1.90


1.70

_____________

1 See "Non-IFRS Financial Measures."



Three months
ended Sept. 30


Nine months
ended Sept. 30






2021


2020


2021


2020
















Additions to property, plant and equipment and

to intangible assets1













Telecommunications



$

139.5

$

157.7

$

428.9

$

431.5



Media




12.3


7.9


27.6


23.2



Sports and Entertainment




1.0


0.9


2.6


2.5



Head Office




1.7


0.8


3.8


1.4







154.5


167.3


462.9


458.6



Cash flows













Cash flows from operations:1







.






Telecommunications




337.3


325.9


980.3


951.2



Media




24.3


17.0


27.0


13.4



Sports and Entertainment




10.0


6.7


13.6


4.1



Head Office




(5.8)


(3.5)


(9.4)


(1.5)







365.8


346.1


1,011.5


967.2



Free cash flows from continuing operating activities1




213.5


168.4


381.4


548.2



Cash flows provided by continuing operating activities




368.2


339.4


859.5


1,054.5
























Sept. 30 2021


Dec. 31 2020



Balance sheet













Cash and cash equivalents







$

480.7

$

136.7



Working capital








478.3


(70.4)



Net assets related to derivative financial instruments








389.6


597.1



Total assets








10,534.0


9,861.6



Total debt (current and long‑term)








6,256.8


5,773.4



Lease liabilities (current and long‑term)








181.6


173.3



Convertible debentures, including embedded derivatives








148.9


156.5



Equity attributable to shareholders








1,255.0


1,112.6



Equity








1,372.7


1,214.1



Number of common shares outstanding (in millions)








241.1


248.2



Consolidated net debt leverage ratio1








2.80x


2.68x



















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1 See "Non-IFRS Financial Measures."


2021/2020 third quarter comparison

Revenues: $1.15 billion, a $36.5 million (3.3%) increase.

  • Revenues increased in Telecommunications ($1.6 million or 0.2% of segment revenues), Media ($33.4 million or 21.2%), and Sports and Entertainment ($0.6 million or 1.2%).

Adjusted EBITDA: $520.3 million, a $6.9 million (1.3%) increase.

  • Adjusted EBITDA increased in Media ($11.7 million or 47.0% of segment adjusted EBITDA) and Sports and Entertainment ($3.4 million or 44.7%).

  • Adjusted EBITDA decreased in the Telecommunications segment ($6.8 million or -1.4%), reflecting the $18.8 million unfavourable impact of the recognition of a one-time item in the third quarter of 2020.

  • The change in the fair value of Quebecor and Quebecor Media stock options and in the value of Quebecor stock‑price‑based share units resulted in a $6.4 million favourable variance in the Corporation's stock-based compensation charge in the third quarter of 2021 compared with the same period of 2020.

Net income attributable to shareholders: $173.1 million ($0.71 per basic share) in the third quarter of 2021, compared with $140.9 million ($0.56 per basic share) in the same period of 2020, an increase of $32.2 million ($0.15 per basic share).

  • The main favourable variances were:

  • The main unfavourable variances were:

Adjusted income from continuing operating activities: $176.1 million ($0.73 per basic share) in the third quarter of 2021, compared with $173.1 million ($0.69 per basic share) in the same period of 2020, an increase of $3.0 million ($0.04 per basic share).

Cash flows from operations: $365.8 million, a $19.7 million (5.7%) increase due to the $12.8 million decrease in additions to property, plant and equipment and to intangible assets, and the $6.9 million increase in adjusted EBITDA.

Cash flows provided by continuing operating activities: $368.2 million, a $28.8 million (8.5%) increase due primarily to the favourable net change in non-cash balances related to operating activities.

2021/2020 year-to-date comparison

Revenues: $3.37 billion, a $199.5 million (6.3%) increase.

  • Revenues increased in Telecommunications ($100.2 million or 3.7% of segment revenues), Media ($98.9 million or 21.3%), and Sports and Entertainment ($4.6 million or 4.2%).

Adjusted EBITDA: $1.47 billion, a $48.6 million (3.4%) increase.

  • Adjusted EBITDA increased in Telecommunications ($26.5 million or 1.9% of segment adjusted EBITDA), despite the $12.6 million unfavourable impact of the recognition of a one-time item in the third quarter of 2020, Media ($18.0 million or 49.2%), and Sports and Entertainment ($9.6 million).

  • There was a decrease at Head Office ($5.5 million) due, among other things, to a budget variance in intersegment charges.

  • The change in the fair value of Quebecor and Quebecor Media stock options and in the value of Quebecor stock‑price‑based share units resulted in a $3.1 million favourable variance in the Corporation's stock-based compensation charge in the first nine months of 2021 compared with the same period of 2020.

Net income attributable to shareholders: $417.9 million ($1.71 per basic share) in the first nine months of 2021, compared with $447.4 million ($1.77 per basic share) in the same period of 2020, a decrease of $29.5 million ($0.06 per basic share).

  • The main unfavourable variances were:

  • The main favourable variances were:

Adjusted income from continuing operating activities: $464.3 million ($1.90 per basic share) in the first nine months of 2021, compared with $429.5 million ($1.70 per basic share) in the same period of 2020, an increase of $34.8 million ($0.20 per basic share).

Cash flows from operations: $1.01 billion, a $44.3 million (4.6%) increase due to the $48.6 million increase in adjusted EBITDA, partially offset by a $4.3 million increase in additions to property, plant and equipment and to intangible assets.

Cash flows provided by continuing operating activities: $859.5 million, a $195.0 million decrease, due primarily to the unfavourable net change in non‑cash balances related to operating activities, partially offset by the increase in adjusted EBITDA.

Consolidated net debt leverage ratio: 2.80x at September 30, 2021 compared with 2.68x at December 31, 2020.

Investing and financing operations

  • On July 5, 2021, Quebecor Media completed the early redemption of the entirety of its 6.625% Senior Notes due January 15, 2023, in aggregate principal amount of $500.0 million, at a redemption price of 107.934% of their principal amount, in accordance with a notice issued on June 3, 2021.

  • On July 6, 2021, Videotron completed the early redemption of the entirety of its 5.000% Senior Notes due July 15, 2022, in aggregate principal amount of US$800.0 million, at a redemption price of 104.002% of their principal amount, in accordance with a notice issued on June 3, 2021. The related hedges in an asset position were also unwound.

Senior management

  • On April 14, 2021, France Lauzière decided to take time off from her professional duties for family reasons. Ms. Lauzière is now resigning from her position as President and Chief Executive Officer of TVA Group and Chief Content Officer of Quebecor Content, for the same reasons. She will remain available to work with the company on strategic projects. Pierre Karl Péladeau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Quebecor, will continue to serve as acting President of TVA Group and Quebecor Content.

3500 MHz spectrum auction

On July 29, 2021, Quebecor announced an investment of nearly $830.0 million in the acquisition by Videotron of 294 blocks of spectrum in the 3500 MHz band across the country. More than half of the investment is concentrated in four Canadian provinces outside Québec: southern and eastern Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia. Quebecor now holds 175 blocks of spectrum in the 3500 MHz band (with an average size of 32 MHz) in four Canadian provinces outside Québec and plans to roll out its mobile telephony service to certain rural and urban areas in the rest of Canada. Videotron made an initial deposit of $166.0 million in the third quarter of 2021 for the acquisition of these spectrum licences. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada ("ISED") had initially set October 4, 2021 as the date for payment of the balance. However, delivery of the licenses has been postponed to give ISED time to conduct technical consultations with respect to the 3500 MHz band. ISED has not yet determined the date on whish the spectrum licences will be issued and delivered, as well as the date the final payment of $664.0 million will become due. In late August 2021, two competitors launched legal proceedings in Federal Court contesting the awarding of 3500 MHz licences in Western Canada to Videotron. These cases are currently before the Federal Court. On October 22, 2021, the Federal Court dismissed an application for an interlocutory injunction filed by one of these competitors to halt the granting of spectrum licences in Western Canada.

Capital stock

On August 4, 2021, the Corporation authorized a normal course issuer bid for a maximum of 1,000,000 Class A Shares representing approximately 1.3% of issued and outstanding Class A Shares, and for a maximum of 6,000,000 Class B Shares representing approximately 3.6% of issued and outstanding Class B Shares as of July 30, 2021. The purchases can be made from August 15, 2021 to August 14, 2022 at prevailing market prices on the open market through the facilities of the Toronto Stock Exchange or other alternative trading systems. All shares purchased under the bid will be cancelled.

On August 6, 2021, the Corporation entered into an automatic securities purchase plan ("the plan") with a designated broker whereby shares may be repurchased under the plan at times when such purchases would otherwise be prohibited pursuant to regulatory restrictions or self-imposed blackout periods. The plan received prior approval from the Toronto Stock Exchange. It came into effect on August 15, 2021 and will terminate on the same date as the normal course issuer bid.

Under the plan, before entering a self-imposed blackout period, the Corporation may, but is not required to, ask the designated broker to make purchases under the normal course issuer bid. Such purchases shall be made at the discretion of the designated broker, within parameters established by the Corporation prior to the blackout periods. Outside the blackout periods, purchases will be made at the discretion of the Corporation's management.

In the first nine months of 2021, the Corporation purchased and cancelled 7,064,650 Class B Shares for a total cash consideration of $225.9 million (4,695,800 Class B Shares for a total cash consideration of $143.4 million in the same period of 2020). The excess of $184.2 million of the purchase price over the carrying value of Class B Shares repurchased was recorded in reduction of retained earnings ($115.7 million in the same period of 2020).

Dividend

On November 3, 2021, the Board of Directors of Quebecor declared a quarterly dividend of $0.275 per share on its Class A Shares and Class B Shares, payable on December 14, 2021 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 19, 2021. This dividend is designated an eligible dividend, as provided under subsection 89(14) of the Canadian Income Tax Act and its provincial counterpart.

Detailed financial information

For a detailed analysis of Quebecor's third quarter 2021 results, please refer to the Management Discussion and Analysis and condensed consolidated financial statements of Quebecor, available on the Corporation's website at <www.quebecor.com/en/investors/financial-documentation> or from the SEDAR filing service at <www.sedar.com>.

Conference call for investors and webcast

Quebecor will hold a conference call to discuss its third quarter 2021 results on November 4, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. EDT. There will be a question period reserved for financial analysts. To access the conference call, please dial 1‑877‑293 8052, access code for participants 20561#. The conference call will also be broadcast live on Quebecor's website at <www.quebecor.com/en/investors/conferences-and-annual-meeting>. It is advisable to ensure the appropriate software is installed before accessing the call. Instructions and links to free player downloads are available at the Internet address shown above. Anyone unable to attend the conference call will be able to listen to a recording by dialing 1-877-293-8133, access code 20561#, recording access code 0100757#. The recording will be available until February 2, 2022.

Cautionary statement regarding forward-looking statements

The statements in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements and are subject to significant known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions that 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 may be identified by the use of the conditional or by forward-looking terminology such as the terms "plans," "expects," "may," "anticipates," "intends," "estimates," "projects," "seeks," "believes," or similar terms, variations of such terms or the negative of such terms. Certain factors that may cause actual results to differ from current expectations include seasonality (including seasonal fluctuations in customer orders), operating risk (including fluctuations in demand for Quebecor's products and pricing actions by competitors), new competition, and Quebecor's ability to retain its current customers and attract new ones, risks related to fragmentation of the advertising market, insurance risk, risks associated with capital investments (including risks related to technological development and equipment availability and breakdown), environmental risks, risks associated with cybersecurity and the protection of personal information, risks associated with service interruptions resulting from equipment breakdown, network failure, the threat of natural disaster, epidemics, pandemics or other public health crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic, political instability is some countries, risks associated with emergency measures implemented by various governments, risks associated with labour agreements, credit risk, financial risks, debt risks, risks related to interest rate fluctuations, foreign exchange risks, risks associated with government acts and regulations, risks related to changes in tax legislation, and changes in the general political and economic environment. 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 Quebecor's actual results to differ from current expectations, please refer to Quebecor's public filings, available at <www.sedar.com> and <www.quebecor.com>, including, in particular, the "Risks and Uncertainties" section of Quebecor's Management Discussion and Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2020.

The forward-looking statements in this press release reflect Quebecor's expectations as of November 4, 2021 and are subject to change after that date. Quebecor 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, except as required by applicable securities laws.

About Quebecor

Quebecor, a Canadian leader in telecommunications, entertainment, news media and culture, is one of the best-performing integrated communications companies in the industry. Driven by their determination to deliver the best possible customer experience, all of Quebecor's subsidiaries and brands are differentiated by their high-quality, multiplatform, convergent products and services.

Quebecor (TSX: QBR.A, QBR.B) is headquartered in Québec and employs more than 10,000 people in Canada.

A family business founded in 1950, Quebecor is strongly committed to the community. Every year, it actively supports more than 400 organizations in the vital fields of culture, health, education, the environment, and entrepreneurship.

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DEFINITIONS

Adjusted EBITDA

In its analysis of operating results, the Corporation defines adjusted EBITDA, as reconciled to net income under IFRS, as net income before depreciation and amortization, financial expenses, gain (loss) on valuation and translation of financial instruments, restructuring of operations and other items, loss on debt refinancing, income tax, and income from discontinued operations. Adjusted EBITDA as defined above is not a measure of results that is consistent with IFRS. It is not intended to be regarded as an alternative to IFRS financial performance measures or to the statement of cash flows as a measure of liquidity. It should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. The Corporation uses adjusted EBITDA in order to assess the performance of its investment in Quebecor Media. The Corporation's management and Board of Directors use this measure in evaluating its consolidated results as well as the results of the Corporation's operating segments. This measure eliminates the significant level of impairment and depreciation/amortization of tangible and intangible assets and is unaffected by the capital structure or investment activities of the Corporation and its business segments. Adjusted EBITDA is also relevant because it is a component of the Corporation's annual incentive compensation programs. A limitation of this measure, however, is that it does not reflect the periodic costs of tangible and intangible assets used in generating revenues in the Corporation's segments. The Corporation also uses other measures that do reflect such costs, such as cash flows from operations and free cash flows from continuing operating activities. The Corporation's definition of adjusted EBITDA may not be the same as similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Table 2 provides a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to net income as disclosed in Quebecor's condensed consolidated financial statements.

Table 2
Reconciliation of the adjusted EBITDA measure used in this press release to the net income measure used in the condensed consolidated financial statements
(in millions of Canadian dollars)




Three months
ended Sept. 30


Nine months
ended Sept. 30




2021


2020


2021


2020











Adjusted EBITDA (negative adjusted EBITDA):










Telecommunications


$

476.8

$

483.6

$

1,409.2

$

1,382.7

Media



36.6


24.9


54.6


36.6

Sports and Entertainment



11.0


7.6


16.2


6.6

Head Office



(4.1)


(2.7)


(5.6)


(0.1)




520.3


513.4


1,474.4


1,425.8

Depreciation and amortization



(194.3)


(195.9)


(586.2)


(589.7)

Financial expenses



(83.8)


(80.1)


(253.9)


(249.1)

Gain (loss) on valuation and translation of financial

instruments



6.0


(18.6)


7.2


8.9

Restructuring of operations and other items



(12.4)


(18.9)


3.7


(33.1)

Loss on debt refinancing





(80.9)


Income taxes



(56.6)


(56.4)


(140.4)


(147.7)

Income from discontinued operations






33.8

Net income


$

179.2

$

143.5

$

423.9

$

448.9

Adjusted income from continuing operating activities

The Corporation defines adjusted income from continuing operating activities, as reconciled to net income attributable to shareholders under IFRS, as net income attributable to shareholders before gain (loss) on valuation and translation of financial instruments, restructuring of operations and other items, and loss on debt refinancing, net of income tax related to adjustments and net income attributable to non-controlling interest related to adjustments, and before the income from discontinued operations attributable to shareholders. Adjusted income from continuing operating activities, as defined above, is not a measure of results that is consistent with IFRS. It should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. The Corporation uses adjusted income from continuing operating activities to analyze trends in the performance of its businesses. The above‑listed items are excluded from the calculation of this measure because they impair the comparability of financial results. Adjusted income from continuing operating activities is more representative for forecasting income. The Corporation's definition of adjusted income from continuing operating activities may not be identical to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Table 3 provides a reconciliation of adjusted income from continuing operating activities to the net income attributable to shareholders' measure used in Quebecor's condensed consolidated financial statements.

Table 3
Reconciliation of the adjusted income from continuing operating activities measure used in this press release to the net income attributable to shareholders' measure used in the condensed consolidated financial statements
(in millions of Canadian dollars)




Three months
ended Sept. 30


Nine months
ended Sept. 30




2021


2020


2021


2020











Adjusted income from continuing operating activities


$

176.1

$

173.1

$

464.3

$

429.5

Gain (loss) on valuation and translation of financial

instruments



6.0


(18.6)


7.2


8.9

Restructuring of operations and other items



(12.4)


(18.9)


3.7


(33.1)

Loss on debt refinancing





(80.9)


Income taxes related to adjustments1



3.4


4.5


23.6


7.0

Net income attributable to non-controlling interest

related to adjustments




0.8



1.3

Discontinued operations






33.8

Net income attributable to shareholders


$

173.1

$

140.9

$

417.9

$

447.4

1 Includes impact of fluctuations in income tax applicable to adjusted items, either for statutory reasons or in connection with tax transactions.

Cash flows from operations and free cash flows from continuing operating activities

Cash flows from operations

Cash flows from operations represents adjusted EBITDA, less additions to property, plant and equipment and to intangible assets (excluding licence acquisitions and renewals). Cash flows from operations represents funds available for interest and income tax payments, expenditures related to restructuring programs, business acquisitions, licence acquisitions and renewals, payment of dividends, repayment of long-term debt and lease liabilities, and share repurchases. Cash flows from operations is not a measure of liquidity that is consistent with IFRS. It is not intended to be regarded as an alternative to IFRS financial performance measures or to the statement of cash flows as a measure of liquidity. Cash flows from operations is used by the Corporation's management and Board of Directors to evaluate the cash flows generated by the operations of all of its segments, on a consolidated basis, in addition to the operating cash flows generated by each segment. Cash flows from operations is also relevant because it is a component of the Corporation's annual incentive compensation programs. The Corporation's definition of cash flows from operations may not be identical to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Free cash flows from continuing operating activities

Free cash flows from continuing operating activities represents cash flows provided by continuing operating activities calculated in accordance with IFRS, less cash flows used for additions to property, plant and equipment and to intangible assets (excluding expenditures related to licence acquisitions and renewals), plus proceeds from disposal of assets. Free cash flows from continuing operating activities is used by the Corporation's management and Board of Directors to evaluate cash flows generated by the Corporation's operations. Free cash flows from continuing operating activities represents available funds for business acquisitions, licence acquisitions and renewals, payment of dividends, repayment of long-term debt and lease liabilities, and share repurchases. Free cash flows from continuing operating activities is not a measure of liquidity that is consistent with IFRS. It is not intended to be regarded as an alternative to IFRS financial performance measures or to the statement of cash flows as a measure of liquidity. The Corporation's definition of free cash flows from continuing operating activities may not be identical to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Tables 4 and 5 provide a reconciliation of cash flows from operations and free cash flows from continuing operating activities to cash flows provided by continuing operating activities reported in the condensed consolidated financial statements.

Table 4
Cash flows from operations
(in millions of Canadian dollars)




Three months ended
Sept. 30

Nine months ended
Sept. 30






2021


2020


2021


2020


Adjusted EBITDA (negative adjusted EBITDA)












Telecommunications



$

476.8

$

483.6

$

1,409.2

$

1,382.7


Media




36.6


24.9


54.6


36.6


Sports and Entertainment




11.0


7.6


16.2


6.6


Head Office




(4.1)


(2.7)


(5.6)


(0.1)






520.3


513.4


1,474.4


1,425.8


Minus












Additions to property, plant and equipment:1












Telecommunications




(103.5)


(115.7)


(316.5)


(298.2)


Media




(6.4)


(3.2)


(10.6)


(6.7)


Sports and Entertainment




(0.3)


(0.1)


(0.4)


(0.2)


Head Office




(0.4)


(0.8)


(1.6)


(1.3)






(110.6)


(119.8)


(329.1)


(306.4)


Additions to intangible assets:2












Telecommunications




(36.0)


(42.0)


(112.4)


(133.3)


Media




(5.9)


(4.7)


(17.0)


(16.5)


Sports and Entertainment




(0.7)


(0.8)


(2.2)


(2.3)


Head Office




(1.3)



(2.2)


(0.1)






(43.9)


(47.5)


(133.8)


(152.2)


Cash flows from operations












Telecommunications




337.3


325.9


980.3


951.2


Media




24.3


17.0


27.0


13.4


Sports and Entertainment




10.0


6.7


13.6


4.1


Head Office




(5.8)


(3.5)


(9.4)


(1.5)





$

365.8

$

346.1

$

1,011.5

$

967.2


1 Reconciliation to cash flows used for additions to property, plant and equipment as per condensed consolidated financial statements:

Three months ended Sept. 30

Nine months ended Sept. 30



2021



2020


2021


2020




Additions to property, plant and equipment

$ (110.6)


$ (119.8)


$ (329.1)


$ (306.4)



Net variance in current non-cash items related to additions to property, plant and equipment (excluding government credits receivable for major capital projects)

(9.8)


(18.3)


(8.6)


(18.4)



Cash flows used for additions to property, plant and equipment

$ (120.4)


$ (138.1)


$ (337.7)


$ (324.8)



2 Reconciliation to cash flows used for additions to intangible assets as per condensed consolidated financial statements:

Three months ended Sept. 30

Nine months ended Sept. 30



2021



2020


2021


2020




Additions to intangible assets

$ (43.9)


$ (47.5)


$ (133.8)


$ (152.2)



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