Quebecor World Inc.

Quebecor World Inc.

June 26, 2008 12:16 ET

Quebecor World Concludes Sale of European Operations to HHBV

MONTREAL, CANADA--(Marketwire - June 26, 2008) - Quebecor World Inc. (TSX:IQW) announces it has completed the previously announced sale of its European operations to Hombergh/De Pundert Group (HHBV), a Netherlands based investment group. The transaction is valued at approximately EUR135 million.

Under the terms of the agreement, Quebecor World received EUR52 million in cash. HHBV will assume approximately EUR61 million of net debt, and a EUR21.5 million five-year note bearing interest at 7% per year payable to Quebecor World. The sale was made substantially on an "as is, where is" basis and was not subject to the approval of either Quebecor World's or HHBV's shareholders.

"We are pleased to conclude this transaction which will allow us to focus on our business in the Americas and which should enable us to exit creditor protection in North America as a stronger player in our industry," said Jacques Mallette, President and CEO of Quebecor World. "I thank our European employees for their support and would like to ensure our European customers we will continue to provide them with a full-service offering to grow their businesses in North America and Latin America."

Quebecor World's European operations consisted of 16 printing and related facilities employing approximately 3,500 people in Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Spain and Sweden producing magazines, catalogs, retail inserts, direct mail products, book and directories.

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The forward-looking statements in this press release reflect the Company's expectations as of June 26, 2008 and are subject to change after this date. The Company 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 by the applicable securities laws.

Quebecor World Inc. is currently subject to Court protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (Canada), and various U.S. subsidiaries have filed petitions under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

About Quebecor World

Quebecor World Inc. (TSX:IQW) is a world leader in providing high-value, complete marketing and advertising solutions to leading retailers, catalogers, branded-goods companies and other businesses with marketing and advertising activities, as well as complete, full-service print solutions for publishers. The Company is a market leader in most of its major product categories, which include advertising inserts and circulars, catalogs, direct mail products, magazines, books, directories, digital premedia, logistics, mail list technologies and other value-added services. Quebecor World has approximately 25,000 employees working in more than 100 printing and related facilities in the United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, India, Mexico, and Peru.

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About Hombergh/De Pundert Group

Hombergh/De Pundert Group is a Netherlands based investment group whose expertise lies predominantly in the industrial sector. The Group has various investments in the concrete business and energy sector. As part of its investments strategy, the Hombergh/De Pundert Group seeks majority stakes in companies which have a strong management and operate in sectors which require consolidation.

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