May 19, 2010 08:09 ET

Investment Canada Approves Proposed Acquisition of Worldcolor by Quad/Graphics

SUSSEX, WISCONSIN and MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 19, 2010) - Quad/Graphics, Inc. ("Quad/Graphics") and World Color Press Inc. ("Worldcolor") (TSX:WC)(TSX:WC.U) announced today that on May 18, 2010, they were advised that the Minister of Industry (Canada) had granted approval under the Investment Canada Act for the previously announced acquisition of Worldcolor by Quad/Graphics. The acquisition, which will be effected by plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act (the "Arrangement"), is subject to customary closing conditions for transactions of this type, including receipt of court and shareholder approvals. If all necessary approvals are obtained and the conditions to the completion of the Arrangement are satisfied or waived, it is expected that the Arrangement will be completed in the early summer of 2010.

Forward-looking statements

To the extent any statements made in this press release contain information that is not historical, these statements are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are forward-looking information within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of applicable Canadian securities legislation (collectively "forward-looking statements"). These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, prospects of Quad/Graphics and Worldcolor, as well as their respective objectives, goals, strategies, beliefs, intentions, plans, estimates, projections and outlook, and can generally be identified by the use of words such as "may", "will", "expect", "intend", "estimate", "anticipate", "plan", "foresee", "believe" or "continue" or the negatives of these terms, variations on them and other similar expressions. In addition, any statements that refer to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events or circumstances are forward-looking statements. Quad/Graphics and Worldcolor have based these forward-looking statements on their current expectations about future events. Forward-looking statements do not take into account the effect of transactions or other items announced or occurring after the statements are made.

Although Quad/Graphics and Worldcolor believe that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, they can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to be correct, and forward-looking statements inherently involve risks and uncertainties, and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. Certain material factors or assumptions are applied in making forward-looking statements, and actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements.

Important factors and assumptions as well as Worldcolor's ability to anticipate and manage the risks associated therewith that could cause actual results to differ materially from these expectations are detailed from time to time in Worldcolor's filings with the securities regulatory authorities in Canada (the "Canadian Securities Administrators") and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") which are available at, and Worldcolor cautions that any such list of important factors that could affect future results is not exhaustive. Investors and others should carefully consider the factors detailed from time to time in Worldcolor's filings with the Canadian Securities Administrators and the SEC and other uncertainties and potential events when relying on its forward-looking statements to make decisions with respect to Worldcolor.

Unless mentioned otherwise, the forward-looking statements in this press release reflect Quad/Graphics' and Worldcolor's expectations as of May 19, 2010, being the date at which they have been approved, and are subject to change after this date. Quad/Graphics and Worldcolor expressly disclaim 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 by applicable securities laws.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

This press release relates to a proposed business combination transaction between Worldcolor and Quad/Graphics. On March 5, 2010, Quad/Graphics filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4, which included a preliminary proxy circular/prospectus. Quad/Graphics filed with the SEC an Amendment No. 1 to the registration statement on Form S-4 on April 14, 2010, and an Amendment No. 2 to the registration statement on Form S-4 on May 5, 2010. This press release is not a substitute for the preliminary proxy circular/prospectus that Quad/Graphics has filed with the SEC or any other documents that Worldcolor or Quad/Graphics may file with the Canadian Securities Administrators or the SEC or send to their respective shareholders in connection with the Arrangement. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY CIRCULAR/PROSPECTUS AND ALL OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED OR THAT WILL BE FILED WITH THE CANADIAN SECURITIES ADMINISTRATORS OR THE SEC, INCLUDING THE PROXY CIRCULAR/PROSPECTUS THAT WILL BE PART OF THE DEFINITIVE REGISTRATION STATEMENT ON FORM S-4, AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN OR WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. All such documents, if filed, would be available free of charge on SEDAR (, at the SEC's website ( or by directing a request to Worldcolor, at 999 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West, Suite 1100, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 3L4 or by calling (800) 567-7070, in the case of filings by Worldcolor, or to Quad/Graphics, at N63 W23075 Highway 74, Sussex, Wisconsin, 53089-2827, Attention Andrew R. Schiesl, Vice President and General Counsel, or by calling (414) 566-2017, in the case of filings by Quad/Graphics.

About Quad/Graphics

Quad/Graphics ( is a leading printer of catalogs, magazines and other commercial products. Headquartered in Sussex, Wisconsin (26 miles west of Milwaukee) and with 11 plants in the United States and several overseas, the company provides services ranging from front-end design and photography through digital imaging, printing, finishing, mailing/distribution and data-driven marketing solutions such as data optimization and analytics.

About Worldcolor

Worldcolor is an industry leader in providing high-value and comprehensive print, digital and related services to retailers, catalogers, publishers, branded-goods companies and other businesses worldwide. Founded in 1903, Worldcolor's products include advertising inserts and circulars, catalogs, direct mail products, magazines, books, directories, digital premedia, logistics and mail list technologies. During its century-long existence, Worldcolor has had a rich tradition of leadership and excellence. Its employees are focused on helping customers meet their needs from facilities located in the U.S., Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. More information about Worldcolor can be found on its Web site at

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