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CGI CONCLUDES CREDIT FACILITY AGREEMENTS WITH TOTAL VALUE OF CDN$440 MILLIONMontreal, Quebec, November 13, 2002 -
CGI Group Inc. (CGI) (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE: GIB;) today announced that it has signed an agreement with a banking syndicate pertaining to two unsecured credit facilities. As part of the agreement, CGI has secured a $265 million, three-year term revolving credit facility for the financing of acquisitions and outsourcing contracts. In addition, CGI now has access to a $150 million revolving credit facility for its operating activity needs and working capital purposes.
The credit facilities were concluded with a banking syndicate comprised of the following: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, The Toronto-Dominion Bank and Caisse centrale Desjardins, as co-arrangers; as well as Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank of Canada and United Overseas Bank Limited, as participants. Also, through a separate agreement with Bank of Montreal, the Company has access to a $25 million operating facility for cash management purposes.
Founded in 1976, CGI is the fourth largest independent information technology services firm in North America, based on its headcount. CGI and its affiliated companies employ more than 14,600 professionals. CGI's annualized revenue run-rate totals CDN$2.3 billion (US$1.5 billion). As at September 30, 2002, CGI's order backlog currently totals CDN$10.4 billion (US$6.7 billion). CGI provides end-to-end IT services and business solutions to more than 3,000 clients worldwide from more than 60 offices. CGI's shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). They are included in the TSX 100 Composite Index as well as the S&P/TSX Canadian Information Technology and Canadian MidCap Indices.
All statements in this press release that do not directly and exclusively relate to historical facts constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of that term in Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements represent CGI Group Inc.'s intentions, plans, expectations, and beliefs, and are subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors, of which many are beyond the control of the Company. These factors could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements.
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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