CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A) (NYSE: GIB) announced today that it has renewed its $1.5 billion credit facility for an additional five years, through December 2016. The facility, which can be extended annually, includes an accordion feature providing for an additional $750 million, bringing the facility’s potential capacity to $2.25 billion.
“I’m pleased that this global network of banks continues to demonstrate such a high degree of confidence in our ability to execute our build and buy strategy,” said Michael E. Roach, President and Chief Executive Officer. “This new credit facility will enable us to continue investing in our business to bring additional capabilities and offerings to the marketplace.”
Comprised of 18 financial institutions from Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia, the bank syndicate is being led by National Bank Financial; Desjardins Capital Markets; Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce; Citigroup Global Markets Inc.; and, TD Securities in their capacity as Co-Lead Arrangers and Joint Bookrunners, with National Bank of Canada acting as Administrative Agent. The remaining participants include: Bank of America, N.A.; Bank of Montreal; JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.; Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (Canada); Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation of Canada; Royal Bank of Canada; Comerica Bank; Deutsche Bank AG; HSBC Bank Canada; Alberta Treasury Branches; Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec; ICICI Bank Canada; and, PNC Bank.
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in the world. CGI and its affiliated companies employ approximately 31,000 professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices and centers of excellence in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific. As at September 30, 2011, CGI's revenue was $4.3 billion and its order backlog was $13.5 billion. CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in both the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the FTSEXGood Index. Website: www.cgi.com.
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