CGI CLOSES ACQUISITION OF AGTI
CGI Group Inc. (CGI) (TSX: GIB.SV.A; NYSE: GIB) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of AGTI. On November 5, 2004 CGI announced the signing of a binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the complete acquisition of AGTI. Since December 6, 2000 CGI has held a 49% equity position in AGTI. Founded in 1996, AGTI is a privately-held, Montreal-based information technology (IT) consulting company with revenues of CDN$50 million.
AGTI is a leader in business and IT consulting, project and change management, and productivity improvement. As part of the transaction, 350 senior-level professionals located in Montreal, Quebec City, Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton will join CGI. AGTI brings CGI high-caliber professionals with vast expertise and knowledge in several vertical sectors including government, distribution, manufacturing and energy.
Founded in 1976, CGI is among the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in North America. CGI and its affiliated companies employ approximately 25,000 professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia Pacific as well as from centers of excellence in India and Canada. CGI's annualized revenue run rate is currently CDN$3.8 billion (US$2.8 billion) and at September 30, 2004, CGI's order backlog was CDN$13 billion (US$10.3 billion). CGI's shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.SV.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in the S&P/TSX Composite Index as well as the S&P/TSX Capped Information Technology and MidCap Indices. Website: www.cgi.com.
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These factors include and are not restricted to the timing and size of contracts, acquisitions and other corporate developments; the ability to attract and retain qualified employees; market competition in the rapidly-evolving information technology industry; general economic and business conditions, foreign exchange and other risks identified in the Management's Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) in CGI Group Inc.'s Annual Report or Form 40-F filed with the SEC, the Company's Annual Information Form filed with the Canadian securities authorities, as well as assumptions regarding the foregoing. The words "believe", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "anticipate", "foresee", "plan", and similar expressions and variations thereof, identify certain of such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. In particular, statements relating to future revenue from outsourcing contracts are forward-looking statements. CGI disclaims any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.
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