Montreal, December 18, 2008
Transat A.T. Inc. and the Solidarity Fund QFL have signed an unsecured financing agreement under which the Solidarity Fund QFL will provide a maximum credit facility of $60 million.
“This agreement with a longstanding Transat partner is first and foremost a precautionary measure that will strengthen our ability to continue growing in tune with changing market conditions,” said François Laurin, Transat’s Vice-President, Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer.
"We're proud to continue this partnership with one of Québec's foremost companies. This agreement is in line with the Fund's philosophy of providing complementary financing, investing with a long-term view and backing companies through all the stages of their development, said Gaétan Morin, Executive Vice President, Investment, at the Solidarity Fund QFL.
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, accommodation, destination services and distribution. (TSX: TRZ.B, TRZ.A)
About the Solidarity Fund QFL
With net assets of $7.3 billion as at May 31, 2008, the Solidarity Fund QFL is a development capital company that through its RRSP channels the savings of Quebecers into investments in all sectors of the economy to help create and maintain jobs and to further Québec's economic growth. The Fund is a partner, either directly or through its network members, in 1,881 companies. It currently has more than 575,000 shareholders and has helped, on its own or with other financial partners, to create, maintain and protect over 126,000 jobs. For more information, visit www.fondsftq.com.
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