INTERTAPE POLYMER GROUP INC.
NYSE : ITP
TSX : ITP

INTERTAPE POLYMER GROUP INC.

November 10, 2009 17:32 ET

Intertape Polymer Group Reports Third Quarter 2009 Results

MONTREAL, QUEBEC and BRADENTON, FLORIDA--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2009) - Intertape Polymer Group Inc. (TSX:ITP)(NYSE:ITP) ("Intertape" or the "Company") today released results for the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2009. All dollar amounts are US denominated unless otherwise indicated.

"The third quarter is historically our strongest and this year is no exception. I am pleased with our results which indicate the effectiveness of our cost reductions and the development and sales of new products. Owing to the seasonal aspects of our business, we expect lower fourth quarter results," stated Intertape Chairman, Eric E. Baker.

Net earnings for the third quarter of 2009 were $2.0 million or $0.03 per share, both basic and diluted, compared to net earnings of $4.2 million or $0.07 per share both basic and diluted for the same period last year. Both of the Company's Divisions made progress when compared with the first half of 2009, as economic conditions improved and the North American housing market showed initial signs of recovery, most notably in the sale of new houses. Net loss for the nine months of 2009 totaled $5.8 million ($0.10 per share, basic and diluted) compared to net earnings of $7.0 million ($0.12 per share, basic and diluted) for the same period in 2008.

Third quarter sales were down 19% to $163.7 million, compared to sales of $202.0 million in the third quarter of 2008, reflecting a 16.2% decrease in sales for the Tapes & Films ("T&F") Division and a 29.8% reduction for the Engineered Coated Products ("ECP") Division. Sales for the first nine months of the year were $454.7 million compared to $584.0 million for the same period in 2008, a decrease of 22.1%.

Gross profit for the third quarter totaled $26.4 million, compared to $29.2 million a year ago, reflecting an increased contribution from the T&F Division, largely offset by a decrease in the ECP Division. The gross margin increased to 16.1%, from 14.5% in the third quarter of 2008, as a result of the increase in the gross margin of the T&F Division, mitigated by a decline in the ECP Division's gross margin. Gross profit and gross margin for the first nine months of 2009 were $62.7 million and 13.8% respectively, compared to $83.7 million and 14.3% for the first nine months of 2008.

Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses totaled $17.8 million for the third quarter of 2009, $0.3 million higher than the $17.5 million for the third quarter of 2008. For the first nine months of 2009, SG&A expenses were $49.8 million compared to $52.3 million for the same period in 2008. SG&A expenses for 2009 reflect cost reduction initiatives implemented by the Company starting in the fourth quarter of 2008 and throughout the first half of 2009.

Third quarter 2009 EBITDA was $16.1 million compared to $18.8 million for the third quarter in 2008. For the first nine months of 2009, EBITDA was $35.2 million compared to $52.4 million for the same period in 2008.

The Company used cash flows from operating activities in the third quarter of 2009 of $10.4 million compared to $9.2 million of cash flows generated in the third quarter of 2008. The cash usage in 2009 was largely due to decreased accounts payable and accrued liabilities. For the first nine months of 2009, the Company generated cash flows from operating activities of $10.4 million compared to $8.6 million for the same period of 2008.

Over the most recent quarter, the Company increased its outstanding debt by $9.0 million. Following substantial debt reduction in the first half of the year, debt reduced year-to-date totals $10.2 million. The Company's asset based loan has one financial covenant, a fixed charge ratio, the target for which is 1.0 to 1.0. This covenant becomes effective only when unused availability drops below $25.0 million. While Intertape did not meet the ratio as at September 30, 2009, this covenant was not in effect as unused availability was $30.8 million. To date in the fourth quarter, the Company has maintained availability in excess of $25.0 million and expects to remain above that level into 2010.

Other

As part of the Company's ongoing objectives to lower costs, enhance customer order fulfillment and effectively optimize inventory investment, the Company will consolidate operations currently performed at its Hawkesbury, Ontario plant. The Hawkesbury plant will be closed by the end of the year and operations will be transferred to the Company's Truro, Nova Scotia plant. The Company expects to incur a charge in the fourth quarter associated with this closure.

Segmented Information

Tapes & Films ("T&F") Division

Sales for the T&F Division for the third quarter were $135.2 million, representing a 16.2% decrease compared to $161.4 million for the third quarter of 2008. The rate of sales volumes decline was slower than prior quarters and was 5.3% on a year-over-year basis. New products and entry into new distribution channels have partially alleviated difficult but improving economic conditions.

Selling prices for the third quarter were 10.9% lower than in the third quarter of 2008, primarily impacted by lower resin-based raw material prices. Sales for the T&F Division for the first nine months of 2009 totaled $377.6 million compared to $469.6 million for the first nine months of 2008, a 19.6% decrease. Sales volumes for the first nine months declined 13.0% compared to the first nine months of 2008. The remainder of the decline was attributable to lower selling prices resulting from a decline in raw material costs.

Third quarter gross profits for the T&F Division totaled $24.4 million compared to $23.6 million for the third quarter of 2008. Gross margins increased to 18.0% from 14.6% a year ago reflecting cost reduction initiatives combined with the effect of the unusually high resin-based raw material prices which impacted costs and selling prices in the third quarter of 2008. T&F Division gross profits and gross margins for the first nine months of 2009 and 2008 were $57.7 million (15.3%) and $70.2 million (15.0%) respectively. T&F Division's EBITDA for the third quarter was $16.3 million compared to $15.8 million for the comparable period a year ago. For the first nine months of 2009 and 2008, the T&F Division's EBITDA was $36.4 million and $47.0 million respectively.



Tapes and Films Division EBITDA Reconciliation to GAAP Net Earnings
(Loss)
(in millions of US dollars)

For the periods ended Three months Nine months
September 30, 2009 2008 2009 2008
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$ $ $ $

Divisional net earnings
before income taxes 8.9 8.5 14.1 25.1
Depreciation and amortization 7.4 7.3 22.3 21.9
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EBITDA 16.3 15.8 36.4 47.0
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EBITDA margin 12.0% 9.8% 9.7% 10.0%
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Engineered Coated Products ("ECP") Division

Sales for the ECP Division for the third quarter were $28.5 million, representing a 29.8% decrease compared to $40.6 million for the third quarter a year ago. Year-over-year sales volumes decreased 9.1%. Lower resin-based raw material costs and intense pricing pressure continued to significantly impact selling prices during the quarter. New product sales growth within the residential construction market has helped to mitigate some of the decline in existing product sales. Nine month sales for the ECP Division totaled $77.1 million compared to $114.4 million for the same period of 2008, a 32.6% decrease. Sales volumes for the first nine months of 2009 declined 5.0% compared to the first nine months of 2008.

Gross profits for the ECP Division for the third quarter totaled $2.0 million, representing a gross margin of 7.0%, compared to $5.6 million and a gross margin of 13.8% for the third quarter of 2008. Decreases in gross profit and gross margin are indicative of the declining trading margins caused by depressed customer demand and the Division's lack of pricing power in that context. ECP Division gross profits and gross margins for the first nine months of 2009 and 2008 were $5.0 million (6.5%) and $13.5 million (11.8%), respectively.

The ECP Division's EBITDA for the third quarter was $0.8 million compared to $3.8 million for the same quarter of 2008. For the first nine months of 2009 and 2008, the ECP Division's EBITDA was $1.4 million and $7.5 million, respectively.



ECP Division EBITDA Reconciliation to GAAP Net Earnings (Loss)
(in millions of US dollars)

For the periods ended Three months Nine months
September 30, 2009 2008 2009 2008
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$ $ $ $

Divisional net earnings (loss)
before income taxes (0.9) 2.3 (3.4) 3.1
Depreciation and amortization 1.7 1.5 4.8 4.4
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EBITDA 0.8 3.8 1.4 7.5
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EBITDA margin 2.8% 9.3% 1.8% 6.6%
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Outlook

"During the third quarter, we saw our customer base increase inventory levels. This restocking could translate into lower demand in the fourth quarter. Propylene-related raw material costs have escalated significantly in the past three months. Unfortunately there is no pricing power in the market and therefore we expect lower fourth quarter gross margins," said Intertape Executive Director, Melbourne F. Yull.

Non-GAAP Information

This release contains a non-GAAP financial measure, EBITDA. The Company believes the inclusion of such a non-GAAP financial measure improves the transparency of the Company's disclosure, and is used by management and the Company's investors in evaluating the Company's performance. The Company has provided a reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

A reconciliation of the Company's EBITDA to GAAP net earnings (loss) is set out in the EBITDA reconciliation table below. EBITDA should not be construed as net earnings (loss) before income taxes, net earnings (loss) or cash flows from operating activities as determined by GAAP. The Company defines EBITDA as net earnings (loss) before (i) income taxes (recovery); (ii) financial expenses, net of amortization; (iii) refinancing expenses net of amortization; (iv) amortization of other intangibles and capitalized software costs; and (v) depreciation. Other companies in our industry may calculate EBITDA differently than we do. EBITDA is not a measurement of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities or as an alternative to net earnings (loss) as indicators of the Company's operating performance or any other measure of performance derived in accordance with GAAP. The Company has included this non-GAAP financial measure because it is used by management in evaluating the Company's performance.



EBITDA Reconciliation to GAAP Net Earnings (Loss)
(in millions of US dollars)

For the periods ended Three months Nine months
September 30, 2009 2008 2009 2008
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$ $ $ $

Net earnings (loss) -
as reported 2.0 4.2 (5.8) 7.0
Add back (deduct):
Financial expenses,
net of amortization 3.2 4.7 11.8 13.1
Refinancing expenses,
net of amortization 2.9
Income taxes (recovery) 1.4 0.8 1.3 (1.0)
Depreciation and amortization 9.5 9.1 27.9 30.4
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EBITDA 16.1 18.8 35.2 52.4
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Conference Call

A conference call to discuss Intertape's 2009 third quarter results will be held on Wednesday, November 11, 2009, at 10 A.M. Eastern Time. Participants may dial 1-800-288-8960 (U.S. and Canada) and 1-612-332-0530 (International). The conference call will be simultaneously broadcast on our website: www.intertapepolymer.com (Go to "Investor Relations", "Conference Call Notice" and click on "WebCast" icon for live Web Cast).

You may access a replay of the call by dialing 1-800-475-6701 (U.S. and Canada), or 1-320-365-3844 (International), and entering the Access Code 121868. The recording will be available from Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 12:00 P.M. until Friday, December 11, 2009 at 11:59 P.M., Eastern Time.

About Intertape Polymer Group

Intertape Polymer Group is a recognized leader in the development and manufacture of specialized polyolefin plastic and paper based packaging products and complementary packaging systems for industrial and retail use. Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec and Sarasota/Bradenton, Florida, the Company employs approximately 2,100 employees with operations in 17 locations, including 13 manufacturing facilities in North America and one in Europe.

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain statements and information included in this press release constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation and the Federal Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may relate to the Company's future outlook and anticipated events, the Company's business, its operations, financial condition or results. Particularly, statements about the Company's objectives and strategies to achieve those objectives are forward-looking statements and are identified by terms such as "believe", "expect", "intend" "anticipate" and similar expressions. While these statements are based on certain factors and assumptions, which management considers to be reasonable based on information currently available to it, they may prove to be incorrect. Forward-looking information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. The risks include, but are not limited to, exchange rate risk, deteriorating economic conditions, fluctuations in the amount of available funds under the Company's ABL, ability to meet debt service obligations, cost and availability of raw materials, timing and market acceptance of new products, competition, international operations, compliance with environmental regulations and protection of intellectual property. A discussion of risk factors is also contained in the Company's filings with the Canadian securities regulators and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Except as required by applicable law, the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. This press release contains a non-GAAP financial measure as defined under SEC rules. The Company believes such a non-GAAP financial measure improves the transparency of the Company's disclosures, and improves the period-to-period comparability of the Company's results from its core business operations. As required by SEC rules, the Company has provided a reconciliation of the measure to the most directly comparable GAAP measure.



Intertape Polymer Group Inc.
Consolidated Earnings
Periods ended September 30,
(In thousands of US dollars, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
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Three months Nine months
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2009 2008 2009 2008
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$ $ $ $

Sales 163,688 201,978 454,668 584,013
Cost of sales 137,295 172,772 391,926 500,280
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Gross profit 26,393 29,206 62,742 83,733
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Selling, general and
administrative expenses 17,756 17,490 49,773 52,315
Stock-based compensation
expense 255 348 767 1,098
Research and development
expenses 1,449 1,334 4,117 4,303
Financial expenses
Interest 4,050 4,230 12,105 14,553
Other (525) 806 505 (523)
Refinancing 6,031
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22,985 24,208 67,267 77,777
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Earnings (loss) before
income taxes 3,408 4,998 (4,525) 5,956
Income taxes (recovery)
Current 155 (374) 549 (48)
Future 1,253 1,153 773 (990)
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1,408 779 1,322 (1,038)
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Net earnings (loss) 2,000 4,219 (5,847) 6,994
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Earnings (loss) per share
Basic 0.03 0.07 (0.10) 0.12
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Diluted 0.03 0.07 (0.10) 0.12
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Intertape Polymer Group Inc.
Consolidated Deficit
Periods ended September 30,
(In thousands of US dollars)
(Unaudited)
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Three months Nine months
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2009 2008 2009 2008
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$ $ $ $

Balance, beginning of period (168,367) (64,959) (160,533) (67,482)
Cummulative impact of
accounting changes relating
to inventories (252)
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Balance, beginning of
period, as restated (168,367) (64,959) (160,533) (67,734)
Net earnings (loss) 2,000 4,219 (5,847) 6,994
Repurchase of common shares 13
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Balance, end of period (166,367) (60,740) (166,367) (60,740)
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Weighted average number of
common shares outstanding

Basic 58,951,050 58,956,350 58,951,050 58,956,350
Diluted 58,981,300 58,956,350 58,951,050 58,956,350



Intertape Polymer Group Inc.
Consolidated Comprehensive Income (Loss)
Periods ended September 30,
(In thousands of US dollars)
(Unaudited)
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Three months Nine months
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2009 2008 2009 2008
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$ $ $ $

Net earnings (loss) 2,000 4,219 (5,847) 6,994
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Other comprehensive income
(loss):
Changes in fair value of
interest rate swap
agreements, designated as
cash flow hedges (net of
future income taxes of nil
for the three and nine
months ended September 30,
2009, $105 and $680 for
the three and nine months
ended September 30, 2008,
respectively) 103 179 (137) (1,158)
Settlement of interest rate
swap agreements, recorded in
the consolidated earnings
(net of income taxes of
$1,080) 1,840
Changes in fair value of
investment in publicly
traded securities designated
as available-for-sale (21) 1,044
Gain on sale of investment
in publicly traded
securities, recorded in the
consolidated earnings (1,044) (1,044)
Changes in fair value of
forward foreign exchange
rate contracts, designated
as cash flow hedges (net of
future income taxes of nil
for the three and nine
months ended September 30,
2009) 1,732 3,154
Settlement of forward
foreign exchange rate
contracts, recorded in the
consolidated earnings
(net of income taxes of
nil for the three and nine
months ended September 30,
2009) (423) (353)
Gain on forward foreign
exchange rate contracts
recorded in the consolidated
earnings pursuant to
recognition of the hedged
item in cost of sales (453)
Reduction in net investment
in a foreign subsidiary (125) (1,143)
Changes in accumulated
currency translation
adjustments 8,073 (6,401) 13,236 (9,356)
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Other comprehensive income
(loss) 8,420 (6,222) 15,322 (9,817)
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Comprehensive income (loss)
for the period 10,420 (2,003) 9,475 (2,823)
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Intertape Polymer Group Inc.
Consolidated Cash Flows
Periods ended September 30,
(In thousands of US dollars)
(Unaudited)
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Three months Nine months
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2009 2008 2009 2008
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$ $ $ $

OPERATING ACTIVITIES
Net earnings (loss) 2,000 4,219 (5,847) 6,994
Non-cash items
Depreciation, amortization
and accretion expense 9,480 9,081 27,974 27,306
Loss on disposal of
property, plant and
equipment 155 304 478 207
Write-off of debt issue
expenses in connection with
debt refinancing 3,111
Write-down of inventories 782 1,046
Reversal of a portion of
write-down of inventories (390) (2,082)
Future income taxes 1,253 1,153 773 (990)
Stock-based compensation
expense 255 349 767 1,099
Pension and post-retirement
benefits funding in excess
of amounts expensed 435 (340) 1,228 (1,240)
Gain on forward foreign
exchange rate contracts 453
Change in fair value of
forward foreign exchange
rate contracts (110)
Unrealized foreign exchange
loss 3 57
Gain on sale of publicly
traded securities (1,044) (1,044)
Foreign exchange gain
resulting from reduction
in net investment in a
foreign subsidiary (125)
Other 166 288
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Cash flows from operations
before changes in working
capital items 13,438 14,766 23,513 36,487
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Changes in working capital
items
Trade receivables 164 (5,100) (4,922) (18,349)
Other receivables (688) 231 451 (460)
Inventories (1,445) (4,713) 12,243 (16,043)
Parts and supplies (9) (283) (420) (638)
Prepaid expenses 172 (270) (700) 17
Accounts payable and
accrued liabilities (21,996) 4,560 (19,770) 7,620
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(23,802) (5,575) (13,118) (27,853)
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Cash flows from operating
activities (10,364) 9,191 10,395 8,634
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INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Property, plant and equipment (2,435) (8,972) (9,695) (17,964)
Proceeds on the disposal of
property, plant and equipment 10 8 10 3,122
Proceeds on disposal of
investment in publicly
traded securities 1,044 1,044
Other assets (53) (260) (107) (684)
Intangible assets (2,637) (933) (2,637)
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Cash flows from investing
activities (1,434) (11,861) (9,681) (18,163)
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FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Long-term debt 9,143 9,622 13,752 136,211
Debt issue expenses (2,643)
Repayment of long-term debt (182) (6,187) (23,928) (127,999)
Repurchase of common shares (18)
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Cash flows from financing
activities 8,961 3,435 (10,194) 5,569
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Net increase (decrease)
in cash (2,837) 765 (9,480) (3,960)
Effect of foreign currency
translation adjustments 319 (621) 479 (632)
Cash, beginning of period 8,907 10,793 15,390 15,529
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Cash, end of period 6,389 10,937 6,389 10,937
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Intertape Polymer Group Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
As at
(In thousands of US dollars)
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September 30, 2009 December 31, 2008
(Unaudited) (Audited)
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$ $

ASSETS
Current assets
Cash 6,389 15,390
Trade receivables 82,003 75,467
Other receivables 3,834 4,093
Inventories 82,647 90,846
Parts and supplies 14,796 14,119
Prepaid expenses 3,767 3,037
Derivative financial instruments 2,091
Future income taxes 9,129 9,064
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204,656 212,016
Property, plant and equipment 278,966 289,763
Other assets 22,134 22,364
Intangible assets 3,662 3,956
Future income taxes 48,103 47,067
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557,521 575,166
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LIABILITIES
Current liabilities
Accounts payable and
accrued liabilities 59,486 78,249
Installments on long-term debt 1,002 623
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60,488 78,872
Long-term debt 240,850 250,802
Pension and post-retirement benefits 10,113 9,206
Derivative financial instruments 1,750 2,969
Other liabilities 779
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313,980 341,849
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SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Capital stock 348,143 348,174
Contributed surplus 13,891 13,124
Deficit (166,367) (160,533)
Accumulated other comprehensive income 47,874 32,552
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(118,493) (127,981)
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243,541 233,317
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557,521 575,166
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Contact Information

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    Rick Leckner
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