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TD and Air Canada Finalize Long-Term Agreement for Air Canada Credit Card Loyalty Program
- Agreement provides clarity to TD Aeroplan customers and should offer a smooth transition to Air Canada's new loyalty program, which is expected to launch in 2020
- TD to become the primary credit card issuer for Air Canada's new loyalty program through to 2030, solidifying TD's position as Canada's leading issuer of credit cards
TORONTO, Nov. 26, 2018 /CNW/ - The Toronto-Dominion Bank ("TD") and Air Canada today announced the finalization of a long-term loyalty program agreement (the "Loyalty Agreement"). Under the terms of the Loyalty Agreement, TD will become the primary credit card issuer for Air Canada's new loyalty program when it launches in 2020 through to 2030. The Loyalty Agreement was finalized in conjunction with Air Canada entering into a definitive share purchase agreement with Aimia Inc. ("Aimia") for the acquisition of Aimia Canada Inc., which operates the Aeroplan loyalty business (the "Transaction"). The closing of the Transaction is subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, including receipt of Aimia shareholder approval and customary regulatory approvals. The Loyalty Agreement will become effective upon the closing of the Transaction.
"We're excited about this agreement, which will bring long-term stability, continuity and value for our TD Aeroplan customers," said Bharat Masrani, Group President and Chief Executive Officer, TD Bank Group. "We're pleased to have taken this important step in becoming the primary credit card issuer for Air Canada's new loyalty program, which reinforces our strength in the Canadian Credit Cards business and positions us well for future growth."
If the proposed Transaction is completed, TD will pay $622 million plus applicable sales tax to Air Canada, of which $547 million ($446 million after sales and income taxes) will be recognized as an expense during the first quarter of 2019, and $75 million will be recognized as an intangible asset amortized over the Loyalty Agreement term, both of which are expected to be reported as items of note. In addition, TD will prepay $308 million plus applicable sales tax for the future purchase of loyalty points over a ten year period. TD also expects to incur additional pre-tax costs of approximately $100 million over two years to build the functionality required to facilitate the new program. The proposed transaction is expected to reduce TD's CET 1 ratio on close by approximately 13 basis points.
If the proposed Transaction is completed, TD Aeroplan cardholders will become members of Air Canada's new loyalty program and their miles will be transitioned. In the interim, TD Aeroplan customers can continue to earn and redeem miles as they do today.
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With regard to the proposed Transaction and the Loyalty Agreement, there can be no assurance that the Transaction will be completed in the timeframe anticipated and that the Loyalty Agreement will become effective, that Aimia shareholder and regulatory approvals will be obtained, or that other closing conditions to the Transaction will be satisfied on the proposed terms and timeframe. There can be no assurance that TD will realize the anticipated benefits or results; actual results could differ materially from the expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements. Examples of material assumptions made by TD in the forward-looking statements, including TD's expectations regarding the costs TD expects to incur, include assumptions regarding costs, process, and timeline to launch cards based on TD's experience.
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