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IGM Financial Inc. Reports First Quarter Earnings

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/09/14 -- Readers are referred to the disclaimer regarding Forward-Looking Statements and Additional IFRS Measures at the end of this Release.

IGM Financial Inc. (IGM or the Company) (TSX: IGM) today announced earnings results for the first quarter of 2014.

Net earnings available to common shareholders for the three months ended March 31, 2014 were $194.4 million or 77 cents per share compared to net earnings available to common shareholders of $180.5 million or 72 cents per share for the comparative period in 2013.

Revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2014 were $714.8 million compared to $652.7 million for the comparative period in 2013. Expenses were $461.7 million for the first quarter of 2014 compared to $418.7 million a year ago.

Total assets under management at March 31, 2014 were $137.3 billion compared to $125.8 billion at March 31, 2013. Mutual fund assets under management at March 31, 2014 were $122.5 billion compared to $108.5 billion at March 31, 2013.

Shareholders' equity at March 31, 2014 was $4.8 billion, compared to $4.5 billion at March 31, 2013. Return on average common equity for the three months ended March 31, 2014 was 16.9% compared to 16.8% for the comparative period in 2013.

Investors Group Operations

"Assets under management, which reached record highs during the quarter, were $70.9 billion at March 31, 2014," said Murray J. Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer of Investors Group Inc. "Our Consultant Network increased for the fourth consecutive quarter from 4,673 at the end of 2013 to 4,731 on March 31, 2014 - an all time high in the history of Investors Group."

Mutual fund sales for the first quarter of 2014 were $2.23 billion compared to $2.03 billion in the prior year, and mutual fund net sales for the first quarter were $410 million compared to net sales of $376 million a year ago.

The twelve month trailing redemption rate (excluding money market funds) was 9.3% at March 31, 2014, compared to 9.4% at December 31, 2013.

Mutual fund assets under management at March 31, 2014 were $70.9 billion compared to $63.0 billion at March 31, 2013.

Mackenzie Operations

Mutual fund sales for the first quarter of 2014 were $2.37 billion, an increase of 23.2% compared to $1.93 billion in the prior year. Mutual fund net sales for the first quarter were $354 million compared to net sales of $99 million a year ago.

Total sales for the first quarter of 2014 were $3.87 billion compared to $3.28 billion in the prior year. Total net sales for the first quarter were $782 million compared to total net sales of $254 million a year ago.

"This is our highest level of first quarter mutual fund net sales since 2006," said Jeffrey R. Carney, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mackenzie Financial Corporation. "Solid investment performance and demand for global equities, managed solutions and flexible income products have created strong sales momentum."

Mackenzie's total assets under management at March 31, 2014 were $68.4 billion compared to $64.3 billion at March 31, 2013. Mutual fund assets under management at March 31, 2014 were $48.1 billion compared to $42.4 billion a year ago.


The Board of Directors has declared a dividend of 53.75 cents per share on the Company's common shares and has declared a dividend of $0.36875 per share on the Company's 5.90% Non-Cumulative First Preferred Shares, Series "B". The common share dividend and the preferred share dividend are payable on July 31, 2014 to shareholders of record on June 30, 2014.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this Release, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements based on certain assumptions and reflect IGM Financial's current expectations. Forward-looking statements are provided to assist the reader in understanding the Company's financial position and results of operations as at and for the periods ended on certain dates and to present information about management's current expectations and plans relating to the future. Readers are cautioned that such statements may not be appropriate for other purposes. These statements may include, without limitation, statements regarding the operations, business, financial condition, expected financial results, performance, prospects, opportunities, priorities, targets, goals, ongoing objectives, strategies and outlook of the Company, as well as the outlook for North American and international economies, for the current fiscal year and subsequent periods. Forward-looking statements include statements that are predictive in nature, depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, or include words such as "expects", "anticipates", "plans", "believes", "estimates", "seeks", "intends", "targets", "projects", "forecasts" or negative versions thereof and other similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as "may", "will", "should", "would" and "could".

This information is based upon certain material factors or assumptions that were applied in drawing a conclusion or making a forecast or projection as reflected in the forward-looking statements, including the perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that are believed to be appropriate in the circumstances. While the Company considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to management, they may prove to be incorrect.

By its nature, this information is subject to inherent risks and uncertainties that may be general or specific and which give rise to the possibility that expectations, forecasts, predictions, projections or conclusions will not prove to be accurate, that assumptions may not be correct and that objectives, strategic goals and priorities will not be achieved.

A variety of material factors, many of which are beyond the Company's and its subsidiaries' control, affect the operations, performance and results of the Company, and its subsidiaries, and their businesses, and could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations of estimated or anticipated events or results. These factors include, but are not limited to: the impact or unanticipated impact of general economic, political and market factors in North America and internationally, interest and foreign exchange rates, global equity and capital markets, management of market liquidity and funding risks, changes in accounting policies and methods used to report financial condition (including uncertainties associated with critical accounting assumptions and estimates), the effect of applying future accounting changes, operational and reputational risks, business competition, technological change, changes in government regulations and legislation, changes in tax laws, unexpected judicial or regulatory proceedings, catastrophic events, the Company's ability to complete strategic transactions, integrate acquisitions and implement other growth strategies, and the Company's and its subsidiaries' success in anticipating and managing the foregoing factors.

The reader is cautioned that the foregoing list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect any of the Company's forward-looking statements. The reader is also cautioned to consider these and other factors, uncertainties and potential events carefully and not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

Other than as specifically required by applicable Canadian law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statements are made, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, whether as a result of new information, future events or results, or otherwise.

Additional information about the risks and uncertainties of the Company's business and material factors or assumptions on which information contained in forward-looking statements is based is provided in its disclosure materials filed with the securities regulatory authorities in Canada, available at www.sedar.com.

Additional IFRS Measures

This release contains additional IFRS measures. Terms by which additional IFRS measures are identified include "earnings before income taxes" and "net earnings available to common shareholders". Additional IFRS measures are used to provide management and investors with additional measures to assess earnings performance. These measures are considered additional IFRS measures as they are in addition to the minimum line items required by IFRS and are relevant to an understanding of the entity's financial performance.

The Consolidated Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) of operating results are available on IGM Financial Inc.'s website at www.igmfinancial.com.

IGM Financial Inc. is one of Canada's premier personal financial services companies, and one of the country's largest managers and distributors of mutual funds and other managed asset products, with over $138 billion in total assets under management as of April 30, 2014. Its activities are carried out principally through Investors Group, Mackenzie Financial Corporation and Investment Planning Counsel. IGM Financial Inc. is a member of the Power Financial Corporation group of companies.

Media Note: A live webcast of IGM's Analyst conference call for the First Quarter 2014 will be held Friday May 9, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. (ET) at www.igmfinancial.com. Media and interested parties may alternatively choose to listen to the live analyst teleconference call by dialing 1-866-226-1793 or 416-340-2218.


Consolidated Statements of Earnings

(unaudited)                                      Three months ended March 31
(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except
 shares and per share amounts)                          2014            2013

  Management fees                                  $ 485,766       $ 442,870
  Administration fees                                 95,223          85,585
  Distribution fees                                   92,411          81,445
  Net investment income and other                     22,002          23,465
  Proportionate share of affiliate's
   earnings                                           19,444          19,333
                                                     714,846         652,698

  Commission                                         243,169         218,029
  Non-commission                                     195,777         177,898
  Interest                                            22,749          22,749
                                                     461,695         418,676

Earnings before income taxes                         253,151         234,022
Income taxes                                          56,490          51,298

Net earnings                                         196,661         182,724
Perpetual preferred share dividends                    2,213           2,213

Net earnings available to common
 shareholders                                      $ 194,448       $ 180,511

Average number of common shares
(in thousands)
  - Basic                                            252,368         251,971
  - Diluted                                          253,413         252,455

Earnings per share (in dollars)
  - Basic                                             $ 0.77          $ 0.72
  - Diluted                                           $ 0.77          $ 0.72

Financial Highlights

As at and for the three months ended March 31
(unaudited)                                        2014      2013    Change

Net earnings available to
 common shareholders
 ($ millions)                                   $ 194.4   $ 180.5       7.7%

Diluted earnings per
 share                                             0.77      0.72       6.9

Return on equity                                   16.9%     16.8%

Dividends per share                              0.5375    0.5375         -


Total assets under
 management (1)
 ($ millions)                                 $ 137,315 $ 125,796       9.2%
  Investors Group
    Mutual funds                                 70,877    62,999      12.5
      Mutual funds                               48,059    42,410
      institutional and
      other accounts                             20,308    21,855
    Total                                        68,367    64,265       6.4
    Mutual funds                                  3,587     3,080      16.5


For the three months      Investors
 ended March 31, 2014         Group           Mackenzie   Counsel Total (2)
Mutual Funds and
 Institutional Sales                   Mutual
 ($ millions)                           Funds     Total

      Gross sales           $ 2,229   $ 2,374   $ 3,866     $ 157   $ 5,718
      Net sales                 410       354       782        40     1,102


(1)  Total assets under management excluded $5.5 billion of assets sub-
     advised by Mackenzie on behalf of Investors Group and Investment
     Planning Counsel ($4.5 billion at March 31, 2013).
(2)  Total Gross Sales and Net Sales for the three months ended March 31,
     2014 excluded $534 million and $130 million
     respectively in accounts sub-advised by Mackenzie on behalf of
     Investors Group and Investment Planning Counsel.

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