Montreal, December 24, 2007
Transat A.T. Inc. announces it has been repaid $10.8 million out of $11 million face value in non-bank asset-backed commercial paper (ABCP) securities, following the successful restructuring and distribution of the assets of Skeena Capital Trust Series A Notes.
On August 22, Transat announced that it had $154.5 million invested in 10 different ABCP trusts, all impacted by an ongoing disruption of credit markets. Today's announcement brings the total amount of Transat funds blocked in ABCP securities to $143.5 million.
Despite liquidity concerns related to ABCP products, Transat has sufficient cash available to meet all of its financial, operational and regulatory obligations. Over 90% of Transat's ABCP investments are in vehicles whose underlying assets are rated AAA — the highest credit quality — by Dominion Bond Rating Service (DBRS).
Transat A.T. Inc. is an integrated international tour operator with more than 60 destination countries and that distributes products in over 50 countries. A holiday travel specialist, Transat operates mainly in Canada and Europe, as well as in the Caribbean, Mexico and the Mediterranean Basin. Montreal-based Transat is also active in air transportation, destination services and distribution. (TSX: TRZ.B, TRZ.A)
Caution regarding forward-looking statements
This news release may contain forward-looking statements regarding, without limitations, the Corporation’s financial, operational and regulatory obligations, and the risks related to the repayment of asset-backed commercial paper held by the company. Factors that could lead actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements also include general economic conditions, competition, extreme weather conditions, disease outbreaks, war, terrorism, and other risks detailed from time to time in the Corporation’s continuous disclosure documents.
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