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TVA Group Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results

·36 min read

MONTREAL, Oct. 29, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ - TVA Group Inc. ("TVA Group" or the "Corporation") announced today that it recorded operating revenues in the amount of $119.5 million for the third quarter of 2020, a year-over-year decrease of $6.1 million. Net income attributable to shareholders was $8.4 million for earnings per share of $0.19, compared with net income attributable to shareholders of $13.4 million for earnings per share of $0.31 for the same quarter of fiscal 2019.

Logo: TVA Group (CNW Group/TVA Group)
Logo: TVA Group (CNW Group/TVA Group)

Third quarter operating highlights:

  • $23,363,000 consolidated adjusted EBITDA1, a $7,778,000 unfavourable variance from the same quarter of 2019.

  • $16,938,000 in adjusted EBITDA1 in the Broadcasting segment, a $4,959,000 unfavourable variance due primarily to a 71.1% decrease in adjusted EBITDA1 of the specialty channels, particularly "TVA Sports" which recorded a significant increase in costs for the current quarter as a result of the postponement of the National Hockey League ("NHL") playoffs, partially offset by a significant increase in adjusted EBITDA1 generated by TVA Network and commercial production services.

  • $2,947,000 in adjusted EBITDA1 in the Film Production & Audiovisual Services segment ("MELS"), a $3,535,000 unfavourable variance caused primarily by the decreased profitability of soundstage, mobile and equipment rental and visual effects services as a result of the current public health crisis. The segment's other activities posted increased profitability.

  • $2,999,000 in adjusted EBITDA1 in the Magazines segment, a $555,000 favourable variance resulting mainly from the performance of all titles, as cost savings outweighed the decrease in revenues, combined with additional grants to help publishers during the public-health crisis.

  • $427,000 in adjusted EBITDA1 in the Production & Distribution segment, a $109,000 favourable variance due primarily to financial assistance from the Canada Media Fund to support production companies in the resumption of their activities.

_____________________________

1 See definition of adjusted EBITDA below.

"As expected, the COVID-19 pandemic continued impacting our business and on our third quarter 2020 results. The periodic resurgence of the virus and the various measures taken by government authorities to curb its spread continued to cause, among other things, a significant decline in advertising revenues; a large reduction in the sporting events broadcast by the 'TVA Sports' specialty channel, despite the broadcast of the NHL playoffs in the third quarter; and a need to adapt our work environments and methods in order to protect the health and safety of our employees and the public. That said, our teams are primed and ready to resume activities, although the scope and pace of the resumption is still subject to factors such as the implementation of social distancing measures, which complicate or slow the production of certain types of content, the shaky resumption of sporting events, and the precarious situation of some of our advertisers," commented France Lauzière, President and CEO of TVA Group.

"I am proud of the work our people have been doing to pursue our mission of informing and entertaining the public under these difficult conditions. TVA Group's total market share increased by 3.2 points1 to 41.5%1 in the third quarter of 2020, while the specialty channels posted a 3.3-point increase1 as a result of a 2.0-point gain1 by "LCN", which held its status as Quebec's most-watched specialty channel with a 7.1 share.1 The "TVA Sports" channel also registered a 1.9-point increase due to the broadcast of the NHL playoffs in the third quarter of 2020 and the fact that the Montreal Canadiens qualified for the playoffs. Two sporting events in which the Montreal Canadiens appeared were among the top 30 most–watched shows in Quebec during the quarter. Three of the top five shows in Quebec during the quarter were on TVA Network, including La Voix, which was a standout again with an average audience of more than 1.5 million viewers," said France Lauzière.

"The Film Production and Audiovisual Services segment's financial results continue to be affected by the pandemic. The public-health crisis brought all film shoots, including a Disney blockbuster, to a complete halt towards the end of the first quarter. Fortunately, shoots have been able to gradually start up again thanks to our people's efforts, which have made it possible for us to offer a full range of services again, in a safe environment. Also, we are very proud of the new service MELS has introduced, a virtual stage that offers an innovative alternative to conventional soundstages and facilitates compliance with physical distancing rules. The initiative is part of MELS' push to innovate and to pursue its technological shift," added the President of TVA Group.

"While the decline in the magazines' operating revenues continued in the third quarter, it was mitigated by the additional financial assistance the Corporation has received. Our constant efforts to realize organizational synergies enabled us to reduce our operating expenses and generate a 24% margin, which is quite an accomplishment in the current business environment. TVA Group remains the largest publisher of French-language magazines in Quebec3 and the segment is making a positive contribution to the Corporation's earnings.

"The Production & Distribution segment, which includes the Incendo group's operations, performed strongly given the situation, which has hit production activities particularly hard. The segment stepped up the resumption of its activities, including two co-productions with New Zealand. In addition to diversifying our revenue streams and expanding our presence internationally, this strategy puts us in a good position to take advantage of the strong demand for original content we expect in the future.

"In conclusion, I want to highlight the outstanding work of all our employees throughout Quebec. They have made it possible for us to continue informing and entertaining Quebecers, and they are the architects of our recovery – under circumstances that demand a good deal of agility and adaptability. I thank them all," Ms. Lauzière concluded.

_______________________________________

1 Numeris – Quebec Franco, July 1 to September 30, 2020 and 2019, Mo-Su, 2a-2a, t2+

2 Vividata, Fall 2020, Total Canada, 14+, July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020

Update on the COVID-19 situation

Third quarter results must be viewed in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented situation with major consequences for Canadians and for the global economy. As a provider of essential services, our priority is to continue our mission of informing and entertaining the public. We kept our 24/7 news services available to all on our various broadcasting platforms and provided free access to our "LCN" all-news specialty channel throughout the second quarter and also since October 15. TVA Group has taken and will continue to take all necessary measures to safeguard its employees' health and safety by delivering services remotely whenever possible, applying physical distancing rules in the workplace, and implementing stringent health precautions at its facilities.

We expect the financial impacts of this crisis will continue to be felt in the coming quarters, including:

  • significant reduction in advertising revenues, which will inevitably affect the Broadcasting and Magazines segments;

  • increase in bad debts as a result of the precarious situation of some advertisers;

  • significant variability in our revenues and content costs related to live broadcasts of sporting events organized by professional leagues, as they resume their activities while cancelling some events and making significant changes to formats and broadcast schedules;

  • possible reduction in the publication frequency of some periodicals, which would affect revenues in the Magazines segment;

  • variance in the level of activity at MELS and in the Production & Distribution segment resulting from the stoppage or resumption of our content production activities due to factors such as the need to comply with health precautions and physical distancing rules on sets, the closing of borders with some countries, and production insurance challenges.

In view of the economic slowdown caused by the public health crisis, the Corporation is continuously adjusting its workforce and service delivery in order to align its cost structure with the lower volume of activities. Affected employees receive benefits under the Corporation's assistance program to compensate for being placed on stand-by. This program provides financial assistance in addition to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy or Canada Emergency Response Benefit. Many of the entities in the Corporation's various business segments qualified for the Emergency Wage Subsidy, enabling the Corporation to mitigate some of the impacts of the crisis.

Given the uncertainty surrounding the duration of the pandemic and its potential impacts, we are currently unable to predict the overall effect it will have on our operating and financial results. However, we believe that our current sound financial health, our strong balance sheet and the steps we have taken will enable us to continue to deliver positive cash flows.

TVA Group continues to take steps on a daily basis to implement the action plans needed to maintain business continuity and the pursuit of its long-term strategies. Our management team is working to ensure sound management of the current crisis and to plan a gradual resumption of the Corporation's activities, while following government directives.

Definition

Adjusted EBITDA

In its analysis of operating results, the Corporation defines adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) before depreciation and amortization, financial expenses, operational restructuring costs and others, income taxes and share of loss (income) of associates. Adjusted EBITDA as defined above is not a measure of results that is consistent with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). It is not intended to be regarded as an alternative to other financial operating performance measures or to the statement of cash flows as a measure of liquidity. This measure should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for other performance measures prepared in accordance with IFRS. This measure is used by management and the Board of Directors to evaluate the Corporation's consolidated results and the results of its segments. This measure eliminates the significant level of impairment, depreciation and amortization of tangible and intangible assets and is unaffected by the capital structure or investment activities of the Corporation and its segments. Adjusted EBITDA is also relevant because it is a significant component of the Corporation's annual incentive compensation programs. The Corporation's definition of adjusted EBITDA may not be identical to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Conference call for investors

TVA Group will hold a conference call to discuss its third quarter 2020 results on October 30, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. EDT. There will be a question period reserved for financial analysts. To access the call, please dial 1-877-293-8052, followed by access code for participants 14876#. A recording of the call will be available from October 30 to November 30, 2020 by dialling 1-877-293-8133 followed by conference access code 14876# and recording access code 14876#.

Forward-looking information disclaimer

The statements in this news release that are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements and are subject to important known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions which could cause the Corporation's actual results for future periods to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of the conditional, the use of forward-looking terminology such as "propose," "will," "expect," "may," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "plan," "foresee," "believe" or the negative of these terms or variations of them or similar terminology. Certain factors that may cause actual results to differ from current expectations include seasonality, operational risks (including pricing actions by competitors and the risk of loss of key customers in the Film Production & Audiovisual Services and Production & Distribution segments), programming, content and production cost risks, credit risk, government regulation risks, government assistance risks, changes in economic conditions, fragmentation of the media landscape, risk related to the Corporation's ability to adapt to fast-paced technological change and to new delivery and storage methods, labour relation risks, and the risks related to public health emergencies, including COVID-19, as well as any emergency measures implemented by government.

Investors and others are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors that may affect future results is not exhaustive and that undue reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statements. For more information on the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause the Corporation's actual results to differ from current expectations, please refer to the Corporation's public filings, available at www.sedar.com and www.groupetva.ca, including in particular the "Risks and Uncertainties" section of the Corporation's annual Management's Discussion and Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2019 and the "Risk Factors" section in the Corporation's 2019 annual information form, as well as the update on risks and uncertainties in the Interim Management's Discussion and Analysis for the three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2020.

The forward-looking statements in this news release reflect the Corporation's expectations as of October 29, 2020, and are subject to change after this date. The Corporation expressly disclaims any obligation or intention to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required to do so by the applicable securities laws.

TVA Group

TVA Group Inc., a subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., is a communications company engaged in the broadcasting, film production and audiovisual services, international production and distribution of television content, and magazine publishing industries. TVA Group Inc. is North America's largest broadcaster of French-language entertainment, information and public affairs programming and one of the largest private-sector producers of French-language content. It is also the largest publisher of French-language magazines and publishes some of the most popular English-language titles in Canada. The Corporation's Class B shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol TVA.B.

The condensed interim consolidated financial statements, with notes, and the interim Management's Discussion and Analysis for the three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2020, can be consulted on the Corporation's website at www.groupetva.ca.

TVA GROUP INC.

Consolidated statements of income

(unaudited)

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



Three-month periods
ended September 30

Nine-month periods
ended September 30


Note


2020


2019


2020


2019











Revenues

2

$

119,537

$

125,618

$

360,526

$

405,714











Purchases of goods and services

3


76,167


61,348


249,723


260,224

Employee costs

3


20,007


33,129


71,567


106,618

Depreciation and amortization



8,124


11,155


25,126


29,942

Financial expenses

4


634


1,038


1,969


3,042

Operational restructuring costs and others

5


2,734


392


4,838


5,037

Income before tax expense and share of loss (income) of associates



11,871


18,556


7,303


851











Tax expense



3,443


5,133


2,750


496











Share of loss (income) of associates



21


55


(405)


(292)

Net income


$

8,407

$

13,368

$

4,958

$

647











Net income attributable to:










Shareholders


$

8,404

$

13,361

$

4,937

$

422

Non-controlling interest



3


7


21


225





















Basic and diluted earnings per share attributable to shareholders

7 c)

$

0.19

$

0.31

$

0.11

$

0.01

See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

TVA GROUP INC.
Consolidated statements of comprehensive income (loss)

(unaudited)
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)


Three-month periods
ended September 30

Nine-month periods
ended September 30


Note


2020


2019


2020


2019











Net income


$

8,407

$

13,368

$

4,958

$

647











Other comprehensive items that will not be reclassified to income:










Defined benefit plans:










Re-measurement loss

9


(5,000)



(20,000)


Deferred income taxes



1,325



5,325





(3,675)



(14,675)












Comprehensive income (loss)


$

4,732

$

13,368

$

(9,717)

$

647











Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to:










Shareholders


$

4,729

$

13,361

$

(9,738)

$

422

Non-controlling interest



3


7


21


225











See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

TVA GROUP INC.
Consolidated statements of equity

(unaudited)
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)


Equity attributable to shareholders

Equity
attributable
to non-
controlling
interest

Total
equity


Capital
stock
(note 7)

Contributed
surplus

Retained
earnings

Accumula-
ted other
comprehen-
sive income (loss)

Defined
benefit
plans














Balance as at December 31, 2018

$

207,280

$

581

$

59,406

$

3,497

$

966

$

271,730

Net income




422



225


647

Balance as at September 30, 2019


207,280


581


59,828


3,497


1,191


272,377

Net income




16,030



5


16,035

Other comprehensive income





1,777



1,777

Balance as at December 31, 2019


207,280


581


75,858


5,274


1,196


290,189

Net income




4,937



21


4,958

Other comprehensive loss





(14,675)



(14,675)

Balance as at September 30, 2020

$

207,280

$

581

$

80,795

$

(9,401)

$

1,217

$

280,472

See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

TVA GROUP INC.
Consolidated balance sheets

(unaudited)
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)


Note

September 30,
2020

December 31,
2019







Assets












Current assets






Cash


$

2,925

$

3,383

Accounts receivable



131,891


154,653

Tax credits and government assistance receivable



35,604


5,899

Income taxes



4,891


2,508

Audiovisual content



72,359


88,422

Prepaid expenses



5,580


3,105




253,250


257,970

Non-current assets






Audiovisual content



54,983


54,678

Investments



10,701


10,598

Property, plant and equipment



163,885


175,653

Right-of-use assets



11,073


8,530

Intangible assets



25,194


29,311

Goodwill



23,703


23,703

Deferred income taxes



21,492


14,703




311,031


317,176

Total assets


$

564,281

$

575,146













Liabilities and equity












Current liabilities






Bank overdraft


$

5,616

$

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities



106,695


103,945

Content rights payable



60,348


83,244

Deferred revenues



18,080


16,883

Current portion of lease liabilities



3,269


3,238

Income taxes



2,179


309

Short-term debt



29,227


44,846




225,414


252,465

Non-current liabilities






Lease liabilities



10,028


7,978

Other liabilities



42,585


18,076

Deferred income taxes



5,782


6,438




58,395


32,492

Equity






Capital stock

7


207,280


207,280

Contributed surplus



581


581

Retained earnings



80,795


75,858

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income

9


(9,401)


5,274

Equity attributable to shareholders



279,255


288,993

Non-controlling interest



1,217


1,196




280,472


290,189

Contingencies

11





Total liabilities and equity


$

564,281

$

575,146

See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

TVA GROUP INC.
Consolidated statements of cash flows

(unaudited)
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)



Three-month periods
ended September 30

Nine-month periods
ended September 30


Note


2020


2019


2020


2019

Cash flows related to operating activities










Net income


$

8,407

$

13,368

$

4,958

$

647

Adjustments for:










Depreciation and amortization



8,124


11,155


25,126


29,942

Share of loss (income) of associates



21


55


(405)


(292)

Deferred income taxes



(303)


429


(2,120)


(144)

Gain on disposal of an asset

5




(253)


Others



13


59


(12)


41




16,262


25,066


27,294


30,194

Net change in non-cash operating assets and liabilities



(37,587)


7,776


(4,498)


15,490

Cash flows (used in) provided by operating activities



(21,325)


32,842


22,796


45,684

Cash flows related to investing activities










Additions to property, plant and equipment



(2,458)


(2,399)


(9,246)


(9,350)

Additions to intangible assets



(549)


(1,486)


(2,070)


(3,642)

Business acquisitions

6



(972)



(35,477)

Others



271


293


672


293

Cash flows used in investing activities



(2,736)


(4,564)


(10,644)


(48,176)

Cash flows related to financing activities










Net change in bank overdraft



(258)


(3,627)


5,616


1,029

Net change in revolving credit facility



25,252


(19,721)


(15,614)


Repayment of term loan




(2,582)



(8,114)

Repayment of lease liabilities



(836)


(849)


(2,559)


(3,081)

Others





(53)


(105)

Cash flows provided by (used in) financing activities



24,158


(26,779)


(12,610)


(10,271)

Net change in cash



97


1,499


(458)


(12,763)

Cash at beginning of period



2,828


3,850


3,383


18,112

Cash at end of period


$

2,925

$

5,349

$

2,925

$

5,349

Interest and taxes classified as operating activities










Net interest paid


$

268

$

619

$

1,279

$

2,398

Net income taxes paid



2,310


873


5,383


3,646

See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

TVA GROUP INC.
Notes to condensed consolidated financial statements

Three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2020 and 2019 (unaudited)
(Tabular amounts are expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share and per option amounts)

TVA Group Inc. ("TVA Group" or the "Corporation") is governed by the Quebec Business Corporations Act. TVA Group is a communications company engaged in the broadcasting, film production & audiovisual services, international production & distribution of television content, and magazines businesses (note 10). The Corporation is a subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc. ("Quebecor Media" or the "parent corporation") and the ultimate parent corporation is Quebecor Inc. ("Quebecor"). The Corporation's head office is located at 1600 de Maisonneuve Boulevard East, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The Corporation's businesses experience significant seasonality due to, among other factors, seasonal advertising patterns, consumers' viewing, reading and listening habits, demand for production services from international and local producers, and demand for content from global broadcasters. Because the Corporation depends on the sale of advertising for a significant portion of its revenues, operating results are also sensitive to prevailing economic conditions, including changes in local, regional and national economic conditions, particularly as they may affect advertising spending.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a major impact on the economic environment in Canada and around the world. On March 13, 2020, the Quebec government imposed a series of restrictions and special preventive measures to limit the spread of the virus, including the suspension of business activities deemed non-essential. Since then, the Quebec government has gradually implemented a recovery plan, which was followed at the end of September by another set of restrictions due to the second wave of the pandemic. This new plan includes regional restrictions based on the alert level in each region and remains subject to change as the pandemic evolves. These measures continue to impact the Corporation's business. The crisis curtailed the operations of many business partners and led to a significant slowdown in some of the Corporation's segments in the first nine months of 2020. Among other impacts, the virus and the measures to curb its spread caused a significant decline in advertising revenues, a large reduction in the sporting events broadcast on the "TVA Sports" specialty channel, a reduction in the publication frequency of some periodicals and the temporary suspension of most of our content production activities. Activity has since picked up at some of the Corporation's most severely affected segments, particularly sporting events broadcasting, soundstage, mobile and equipment rental, and film and audiovisual content production. However, the business slowdown continues and the recovery remains very fragile, particularly with the pandemic entering its second wave. However, the Corporation has continued and will continue to provide essential services to inform in addition to entertain the population, while putting in place internal measures to safeguard the health and safety of its employees and the public. The Corporation is providing television viewers with continuous coverage of the crisis on TVA Network and the "LCN" specialty channel. Because of the economic slowdown, the Corporation is continuously adjusting the work assignments of its workforce. The affected employees are receiving benefits under the Corporation's assistance program to make up for being placed on stand-by. This program provides financial assistance in addition to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy or Canada Emergency Response Benefit. Many of the business units in the Corporation's business segments have qualified for the Emergency Wage Subsidy, and the subsidies receivable for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2020 have been recorded as a reduction in employee costs or as payments to employees receiving the Corporation's support program following the elimination of positions. Given the uncertainty about the future course of the pandemic, it is not possible to determine all its impacts with certainty at this time.

Accordingly, the results of operations for interim periods should not necessarily be considered indicative of full-year results.

1. Basis of presentation

These consolidated financial statements were prepared in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") issued by the International Accounting Standards Board ("IASB"), except that they do not include all disclosures required under IFRS for annual consolidated financial statements. In particular, these consolidated financial statements were prepared in accordance with IAS 34, Interim Financial Reporting, and accordingly are condensed consolidated financial statements. These condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Corporation's 2019 annual consolidated financial statements, which describe the accounting policies used to prepare these condensed consolidated financial statements.

These condensed consolidated financial statements were approved by the Corporation's Board of Directors on October 29, 2020.

Certain comparative figures for the three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2019 have been restated to conform to the presentation adopted for the three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2020.

2. Revenues


Three-month periods
ended September 30

Nine-month periods
ended September 30



2020


2019


2020


2019










Advertising services

$

50,563

$

49,360

$

155,408

$

187,501

Royalties


34,411


34,354


105,441


103,402

Rental, postproduction and distribution services and other services rendered(1)


17,256


24,873


52,415


61,555

Product sales(2)


17,307


17,031


47,262


53,256


$

119,537

$

125,618

$

360,526

$

405,714



(1)

Revenues from rental of soundstages, mobiles, equipment and rental space amounted to $5,026,000 and $17,252,000 during the three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2020 respectively ($11,652,000 and $23,888,000 during the same periods of 2019). Service revenues also include the activities of the new Production & Distribution segment.

(2)

Revenues from product sales include newsstand and subscription sales of magazines and sales of audiovisual content.

3. Purchases of goods and services and employee costs

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





Three-month periods
ended September 30

Nine-month periods
ended September 30



2020


2019


2020


2019










Purchases of goods and services:









Rights and audiovisual content costs

$

52,929

$

35,416

$

180,707

$

175,269

Printing and distribution


4,112


4,629


10,774


15,592

Services rendered by the parent corporation:









- Commissions on advertising sales


5,172


5,214


16,080


19,856

- Others


1,876


2,243


6,374


6,703

Building costs


3,949


4,294


11,693


13,111

Marketing, advertising and promotion


4,298


3,673


9,736


12,437

Others


3,831


5,879


14,359


17,256



76,167


61,348


249,723


260,224

Employee costs(1)

$

20,007

$

33,129

$

71,567

$

106,618


$

96,174

$

94,477

$

321,290

$

366,842



(1)

For the three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2020, employee costs are presented net of the $11,072,000 and $25,616,000 respectively that the Corporation benefited under the Emergency Wage Subsidy for employees whose work assignments were maintained.

4. Financial expenses




Three-month periods
ended September 30

Nine-month periods
ended September 30



2020


2019


2020


2019










Interest on short-term debt

$

145

$

551

$

760

$

2,052

Amortization of financing costs


13


48


48


145

Interest on lease liabilities


175


160


457


504

Interest expense on net defined benefit liability


77


97


239


306

Foreign exchange loss (gain)


104


22


128


(17)

Others


120


160


337


52


$

634

$

1,038

$

1,969

$

3,042

5. Operational restructuring costs and others



Three-month periods
ended September 30

Nine-month periods
ended September 30


2020

2019

2020

2019










Operational restructuring costs

$

903

$

186

$

3,153

$

3,082

Others


1,831


206


1,685


1,955


$

2,734

$

392

$

4,838

$

5,037

Operational restructuring costs

The segment breakdown of the Corporation's net operational restructuring costs in connection with the elimination of positions and the implementation of rationalization plans for the three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2020 and 2019 is as follows:



Three-month periods
ended September 30

Nine-month periods
ended September 30


2020

2019

2020

2019










Broadcasting

$

433

$

34

$

1,872

$

1,181

Film Production & Audiovisual Services


368


2


1,050


113

Magazines


102


150


231


1,788


$

903

$

186

$

3,153

$

3,082

Others

During the quarter ended September 30, 2020, the Corporation made an upward adjustment to the contingent consideration related to the acquisition of Incendo in 2019 (note 6) following a review of the assumptions and the range of probabilities for the achievement of financial conditions used in the initial recognition of the transaction. The remeasurement led to an additional $1,728,000 charge related to the conditional consideration, bringing the total expense for business acquisitions to $2,009,000. During the first nine months of 2019, the Corporation recorded a $2,061,000 charge in respect of business acquisitions, including a $1,794,000 obligation to invest in the broadcasting system in connection with the acquisition of the companies in the Serdy Média inc. and Serdy Vidéo inc. groups (note 6).

During the nine-month period ended September 30, 2020, the Corporation recognized a $253,000 gain on disposal of an asset, for proceeds on disposal of $310,000.

6. Business acquisitions

(a) Serdy

On February 13, 2019, the Corporation acquired the shares of the companies in the Serdy Média inc. and Serdy Vidéo inc. groups, including the "Évasion" and "Zeste" channels, for a total purchase price of $25,604,000, including a $1,604,000 adjustment upon a predetermined working capital target agreed to by the parties, less $519,000 in acquired cash.

The acquisition is consistent with the Corporation's strategic objective of enhancing its array of television content for its viewers and advertisers. The goodwill associated with the acquisition arises mainly from the quality of the content and the expected synergies.

As a condition of approval of the transaction, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission required the Corporation to make investments with tangible benefits in the order of $1,794,000, specifically investments in the Canadian broadcasting system to support French-language productions. This obligation was recognized in operational restructuring costs and others as an acquisition cost.

Allocation of the purchase price was finalized during the fourth quarter of 2019.

(b) Incendo

On April 1, 2019, the Corporation closed an agreement reached on February 22, 2019 to acquire the shares of the companies in the Incendo group for a cash consideration of $10,392,000 (net of $859,000 in acquired cash and a $644,000 reimbursement due to an adjustment based on a predetermined working capital target agreed to by the parties) and a balance payable at fair value of $6,818,000 on the acquisition date. The purchase price is also subject to adjustments related to the achievement of financial conditions in the three years following the acquisition date. The contingent consideration was set at $1,739,000 on that date, according to the discounted future cash flows of the future contingent adjustments. The discounted future value is determined according to significant inputs not based on observable market data, assumptions and a range of probabilities for the achievement of financial conditions. During the three-month period ended September 30, 2020, the Corporation remeasured the contingent consideration (note 5). On the acquisition date, the Corporation paid $11,036,000, which was the agreed purchase price before an adjustment contingent upon a predetermined working capital target agreed to by the parties, less acquired cash in the amount of $859,000.

This acquisition is in keeping with the Corporation's strategy of diversifying its revenue streams and expanding its international footprint, especially in English-language markets. The goodwill associated with this acquisition arises primarily from the organization's expertise and expected future growth.

Allocation of the purchase price was finalized during the fourth quarter of 2019.

The final breakdown of the fair value of assets and liabilities related to these acquisitions is as follows:


(1)

Goodwill is not tax deductible.



(2)

The current portion of the amounts payable and of the contingent consideration in connection with the acquisition of the Incendo groups is presented under "Accounts payable and accrued liabilities," while the long-term portion is presented under "Other liabilities" on the consolidated balance sheets.



Serdy

Incendo

Total








Non-cash assets acquired







Current assets

$

11,997

$

14,004

$

26,001

Non-current audiovisual content


3,893


4,191


8,084

Property, plant and equipment


1,720


156


1,876

Intangible assets


8,661


12,575


21,236

Right-of-use assets


1,469


249


1,718

Deferred income taxes


241



241

Goodwill(1)


4,813


9,788


14,601



32,794


40,963


73,757

Liabilities assumed







Current liabilities


5,404


17,390


22,794

Lease liabilities


1,469


249


1,718

Deferred income taxes



4,375


4,375



6,873


22,014


28,887

Net assets acquired at fair value

$

25,921

$

18,949

$

44,870








Consideration







Cash

$

25,085

$

10,392

$

35,477

Amounts payable and contingent consideration(2)



8,557


8,557

Investment in Canal Évasion inc., 8.3% owned by the Corporation


836



836


$

25,921

$

18,949

$

44,870

7. Capital stock

(a) Authorized capital stock

An unlimited number of Class A Common Shares, participating, voting, without par value.

An unlimited number of Class B Shares, participating, non-voting, without par value.

An unlimited number of Preferred Shares, non-participating, non-voting, with a par value of $10 each, issuable in series.

(b) Issued and outstanding capital stock



September 30,

2020



December 31,

2019








4,320,000 Class A common shares

$

72



$

72

38,885,535 Class B shares


207,208




207,208


$

207,280



$

207,280

(c) Earnings per share attributable to shareholders

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



Three-month periods
ended September 30

Nine-month periods
ended September 30



2020


2019


2020


2019










Net income attributable to shareholders

$

8,404

$

13,361

$

4,937

$

422










Weighted average number of basic and diluted shares outstanding


43,205,535


43,205,535


43,205,535


43,205,535










Basic and diluted earnings per share attributable to shareholders

$

0.19

$

0.31

$

0.11

$

0.01

The earnings per diluted share calculation does not take into consideration the potential dilutive effect of stock options of the Corporation, because their impact is non-dilutive.

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

(a) Class B stock option plan for officers



Nine-month period ended
September 30, 2020


Number

Weighted
average
exercise price





Balance as at December 31, 2019

515,000

$

2.43

Granted

310,000


1.40

Cancelled

(10,000)


2.16

Balance as at September 30, 2020

815,000

$

2.04

Of the options outstanding as at September 30, 2020, 35,000 Corporation Class B stock options could be exercised at an average price of $6.85.

(b) Quebecor Media stock option plan



Nine-month period ended
September 30, 2020


Number

Weighted
average
exercise price





Balance as at December 31, 2019

31,600

$

69.19

Exercised

(23,800)


68.83

Balance as at September 30, 2020

7,800

$

70.29

Of the options outstanding as at September 30, 2020, 7,800 Quebecor Media stock options could be exercised at an average price of $70.29.

For the three-month period ended September 30, 2020, 5,000 Quebecor Media stock options were exercised for a cash consideration of $180,000 (for the three-month period ended September 30, 2019, 11,050 stock options were exercised for a cash consideration of $580,000).

For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2020, 23,800 Quebecor Media stock options were exercised for a cash consideration of $1,182,000 (for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2019, 31,650 stock options were exercised for a cash consideration of $1,362,000).

(c) Quebecor stock option plan



Nine-month period ended
September 30, 2020


Number

Weighted
average
exercise price





Balance as at December 31, 2019

420,500

$

28.82

Granted

210,295


33.19

Cancelled

(20,000)


26.52

Balance as at September 30, 2020

610,795

$

30.40

Of the options outstanding as at September 30, 2020, no Quebecor stock options could be exercised.

(d) Deferred stock unit ("DSU") and performance stock unit ("PSU") plans

TVA Group has a DSU plan and a PSU plan for some management employees based on TVA Group Class B Non-Voting Shares ("TVA Group Class B Shares"). Quebecor also has DSU and PSU plans for its employees and those of its subsidiaries, based on, among other things, Quebecor Class B Shares. Under these plans, the DSUs vest over six years and will be redeemed for cash only upon the participant's retirement or cessation of employment, as the case may be. The PSUs vest over three years and will be redeemed for cash at the end of that period, subject to achievement of financial targets. Under the TVA Group plan, holders of DSUs and PSUs are entitled to take dividends on TVA Group Class B Shares in the form of additional units. Under the Quebecor plan, holders of DSUs and PSUs are entitled to receive dividends on Quebecor Class B Shares in the form of additional units.

The following table shows changes in outstanding DSUs and PSUs during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2020:



Outstanding units


Corporation stock units

Quebecor stock units


DSU

PSU

DSU

PSU






Balance as at December 31, 2019

177,256

131,129

29,150

16,148

Granted

496

Cancelled

(20,692)

(4,322)

Redeemed

(131,129)

(16,148)

Balance as at September 30, 2020

156,564

25,324

(e) Deferred stock unit ("DSU") plan for directors

As at September 30, 2020, the total number of DSUs outstanding under this plan was 352,920 (300,088 as at December 31, 2019).

(f) Stock-based compensation expense

For the three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2020, compensation expenses totalling respectively of $688,000 and $574,000 respectively was recorded in respect of all stock-based compensation plans ($302,000 and $1,470,000 for the same periods of 2019).

9. Pension plans and post-retirement benefits

The loss on remeasurement of defined benefit plans recognized on the consolidated statement of comprehensive income for the three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2020 mainly reflects the decrease in the discount rate.

10. Segmented information

Management made changes to the Corporation's management structure at the beginning of the year. As a result of those changes, the custom publishing, commercial print production and premedia services previously provided by the Magazines segment were combined with the Broadcasting segment's existing commercial production activities. Financial information for comparative periods has been restated to take into account the new presentation.

At the beginning of the second quarter of 2019, the Corporation reorganized its business segments to better reflect changes in its operations and management structure following the acquisition of Incendo group on April 1, 2019 (note 6). Accordingly, the new Production & Distribution segment was created.

As well, since February 13, 2019, following the acquisition of the companies in the Serdy Média inc. and Serdy Vidéo inc. groups (note 6), the activities of the "Évasion" and "Zeste" specialty services have been included in the Broadcasting segment's results, while postproduction activities have been included in the Film Production & Audiovisual Services segment's results.

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

  • The Broadcasting segment, which includes the operations of TVA Network, specialty services, the marketing of digital products associated with the various televisual brands, and commercial production and custom publishing services;

  • The Film Production & Audiovisual Services segment, which through its subsidiaries Mels Studios and Postproduction G.P. and Mels Dubbing Inc. provides soundstage, mobile and production equipment rental services, as well as dubbing and described video, postproduction and visual effects;

  • The Magazines segment, which through its subsidiaries, notably TVA Publications inc. and Les Publications Charron & Cie inc., publishes magazines in various fields including the arts, entertainment, television, fashion and decorating, and markets digital products associated with the various magazine brands;

  • The Production & Distribution segment, which through the companies in the Incendo group produces and distributes television shows, movies and television series for the world market.



Three-month periods
ended September 30

Nine-month periods
ended September 30



2020


2019


2020


2019










Revenues









Broadcasting

$

97,400

$

92,775

$

292,228

$

318,979

Film Production & Audiovisual Services


11,856


20,468


37,298


47,669

Magazines


12,569


12,723


32,899


42,904

Production & Distribution


1,884


3,097


9,506


6,576

Intersegment items


(4,172)


(3,445)


(11,405)


(10,414)



119,537


125,618


360,526


405,714

Adjusted EBITDA(1)









Broadcasting


16,938


21,897


24,237


22,771

Film Production & Audiovisual Services


2,947


6,482


6,626


8,425

Magazines


2,999


2,444


6,553


7,036

Production & Distribution


427


318


1,522


640

Intersegment items


52



298




23,363


31,141


39,236


38,872

Depreciation and amortization


8,124


11,155


25,126


29,942

Financial expenses


634


1,038


1,969


3,042

Operational restructuring costs and others


2,734


392


4,838


5,037

Income before tax expense and share of loss (income) of associates

$

11,871

$

18,556

$

7,303

$

851

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


(1)

The Chief Executive Officer uses adjusted EBITDA as a measure of financial performance for assessing the performance of each of the Corporation's segments. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) before depreciation and amortization, financial expenses, operational restructuring costs and others, income taxes and share of loss (income) of associates. Adjusted EBITDA as defined above is not a measure of results that is consistent with IFRS.

11. Contingencies

Lawsuits were brought by and against the Corporation, and against Quebecor and some of its subsidiaries, in connection with business disputes with a cable operator. At this stage in the proceedings, management of the Corporation does not expect their outcome to have a material adverse effect on the Corporation's results or its financial position.

SOURCE TVA Group

Cision
Cision

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