Quebecor World Inc.
TSX : IQW

Quebecor World Inc.

July 02, 2009 17:31 ET

Quebecor World's U.S. and Canadian Plans of Reorganization Approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Court and Quebec Superior Court

MONTREAL, CANADA--(Marketwire - July 2, 2009) - Quebecor World Inc. and its affiliated debtors and debtors-in-possession announce that, following hearings held jointly in the Quebec Superior Court and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York on June 30, 2009, the Quebec Superior Court and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court (together the "Courts") rendered orders sanctioning Quebecor World's Second Amended and Restated Plan of Reorganization and Compromise (the "Canadian Plan") and confirming the Third Amended Joint Plan of Reorganization (the "U.S. Plan," and, together with the Canadian Plan, the "Plans"). Both the Quebec Superior Court and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court ruled that Quebecor World and its affiliated U.S. debtors and debtors-in-possession had met all of the applicable statutory requirements to sanction the Canadian Plan and confirm the U.S. Plan. The orders of the Quebec Superior Court and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court allow for the possibility of Quebecor World and its affiliated debtors and debtors-in-possession as well as other represented stakeholders to appear before the Courts at a joint hearing to be held on July 13, 2009 in order to report on the status of any issues that remain outstanding relating to the terms of the new securities to be issued by Quebecor World under the Plans.

The sanction of the Canadian Plan by the Quebec Superior Court and confirmation of the U.S. Plan by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court follow their respective approvals by the creditors of Quebecor World on June 22, 2009. Subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions provided for in the Plans, Quebecor World therefore remains on track with its current timetable and anticipates the consummation of the Plans to occur in mid-July 2009.

"We are very pleased that our U.S. and Canadian Plans have been approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and the Quebec Superior Court. This is a major milestone in successfully restructuring our Company to benefit all stakeholders," said Jacques Mallette, President and CEO. "We look forward to exiting creditor protection in mid-July and moving forward with the implementation of our business plan as a strong competitor in the industry."

The confirmation order entered by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court on the U.S. Plan will be available on the website of the U.S. claims agent, Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc. The sanction order rendered by the Quebec Superior Court on the Canadian Plan will be available on the website of Ernst & Young Inc., which acts as Monitor under the CCAA Proceedings at www.ey.com/ca/quebecorworld. These websites are linked from the restructuring section of the Quebecor World website at www.quebecorworld.com.

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 Quebecor World Inc.'s (the "Company") industry and its 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. The Company has based these forward-looking statements on its 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. For example, they do not include the effect of dispositions, acquisitions, other business transactions, asset write-downs or other charges announced or occurring after the forward-looking statements are made.

Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to have been 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, including, but not limited to, factors and assumptions relating to the Company's ability to emerge from the insolvency proceedings, and actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements.

Important factors and assumptions as well as the Company'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 the Company's filings with the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and the securities regulatory authorities in Canada, available at www.sec.gov and www.sedar.com (copies of which are available on www.quebecorworld.com). The Company 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 the Company's filings with the SEC and the securities regulatory authorities in Canada and other uncertainties and potential events when relying on its forward-looking statements to make decisions with respect to the Company.

The Company is currently subject to court protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act in Canada ("CCAA"), and various U.S. subsidiaries have filed petitions under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code ("Chapter 11"). In light of the CCAA and Chapter 11 Proceedings, the Company's existing Multiple Voting Shares, Redeemable First Preferred Shares and Subordinate Voting Shares are not anticipated to have any value following the implementation of any plan of reorganization.

Unless mentioned otherwise, the forward-looking statements in this press release reflect the Company's expectations as of July 2, 2009, being the date at which they have been approved, 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 applicable securities laws.

About Quebecor World

Quebecor World Inc. 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 20,000 employees working in approximately 90 printing and related facilities in the United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru.

Web address: www.quebecorworld.com

Contact Information

  • Quebecor World Inc.
    Tony Ross
    Vice President, Communications
    514-877-5317
    800-567-7070
    or
    Quebecor World Inc.
    Roland Ribotti
    Vice President, Corporate Finance and Treasurer
    514-877-5143
    800-567-7070