NATIONAL LIFE AND INDUSTRIAL ALLIANCE SELECT CGI FOR APPLICATIONS MANAGEMENT CONTRACT
CGI BUILDS LIFE INSURANCE BUSINESS WITH THIRD GTA WIN OF THE YEAR
CGI Group Inc. (CGI) (TSX: GIB.SV.A; NYSE: GIB) today announced the signing of a two-year, binding memorandum of understanding with National Life, a member of the Industrial Alliance Group of Companies. Starting January 1, 2005, CGI will participate in the management of life insurance policy administration and illustration applications as well as corporate systems for National Life. As part of this contract, 42 Toronto-based information technology professionals from National Life will be joining CGI.
Douglas McCuaig, senior vice-president & general manager, Greater Toronto Area & Atlantic Canada, CGI added: "We are very pleased to welcome our new professionals to the team as they add tremendous breadth and depth of experience to our insurance practice. They will now be part of a growing team as CGI continues to win new business in the insurance sector as we have demonstrated this year with three contract wins in the Greater Toronto Area."
CGI works with more than 800 insurance clients in US, Canada and Europe providing a comprehensive range of insurance industry solutions that streamline claims processing, policy administration, the introduction of new products, as well as customer and agent relationship management. Additionally, CGI offers full IT and business processing outsourcing services.
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.
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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