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MONTREAL, QUEBEC -- (Marketwired) -- 07/31/13 -- CGI Group Inc. (TSX:GIB.A) (NYSE:GIB)

Q3-F2013 year-over-year highlights

--  Revenue of $2.57 billion, up 141.1%; 
--  Bookings of $2.8 billion, up 86.4%; 
--  Backlog of $18.7 billion, up 37.7%; 
--  Adjusted EBIT of $291.2 million, up 113.7%; 
--  Adjusted EBIT margin of 11.3%; 
--  Net earnings of $200.4 million or diluted EPS of 63 cents, excluding
    integration costs and a one-time tax benefit; 
--  Net earnings of $178.2 million, or diluted EPS of 56 cents on a GAAP
    basis, including integration costs and a one-time tax benefit; 
--  Cash provided by operating activities of $133.2 million, or 42 cents per
    diluted share; 
--  Net debt reduced by $41.3 million and repurchased 352,900 shares during
    the quarter; 
--  Return on invested capital of 12.3%. 

Note: All figures in Canadian dollars. Q3-F2013 MD&A, condensed financial statements and accompanying notes can be found at www.cgi.com/investors and have been filed with both SEDAR in Canada and EDGAR in the U.S.

CGI Group Inc. (TSX:GIB.A)(NYSE:GIB) reported fiscal 2013 third quarter revenue of $2.57 billion, up 1.6% on a sequential basis and up 141.1% compared with the year ago period.

Adjusted EBIT was $291.2 million, representing a margin of 11.3%. This compares with $136.3 million in the year ago period.

Net earnings were $200.4 million, or 63 cents per diluted share, before integration costs of $53.5 million and a one-time tax benefit of $14.9 million. This compares with $93.0 million or 35 cents per diluted share in Q3- F2012. Including the integration costs and the tax benefit, on a GAAP basis, net earnings were $178.2 million and diluted earnings per share were 56 cents.

The Company generated $133.2 million in cash from operating activities during the quarter. Excluding acquisition and integration related cash disbursements, CGI has generated $804 million in cash from operating activities through the first nine months of F2013, or $2.54 per diluted share.

In millions of Canadian dollars                                             
 except earnings per share and where                                        
                                         Q3-F2013     Q2-F2013     Q3-F2012 
Revenue                                   2,567.3      2,526.2      1,064.9 
Adjusted EBIT                               291.2        261.6        136.3 
Margin                                       11.3%        10.4%        12.8%
Net earnings prior to integration                                           
 costs and tax benefit                      200.4        175.9         93.0 
Earnings per share (diluted) prior to                                       
 integration costs and tax benefit           0.63         0.56         0.35 
Acquisition-related and integration                                         
 costs                                       53.5         81.4          6.7 
One-time tax benefit                         14.9           --           -- 
Net earnings                                178.2        114.2         87.2 
Earnings per share (diluted)                 0.56         0.36         0.33 
Weighted average number of                                                  
 outstanding shares (diluted)         317,653,145  315,760,249  267,418,867 
Net finance costs                            26.1         30.3          8.8 
Net debt                                  2,873.0      2,914.3        633.4 
Net debt to capitalization ratio             41.1%        43.0%        19.4%
Cash provided by operating activities       133.2        147.2        251.0 
Days of sales outstanding (DSO)                49           46           49 
Return on invested capital                   12.3%        11.1%        11.8%
Bookings                                    2,754        2,210        1,478 
Backlog                                    18,747       18,019       13,610 

During the quarter, the Company booked $2.8 billion in new contract wins, extensions and renewals for a book to bill of 107%, bringing the last twelve months total bookings to $9.3 billion, or 101% of revenue. At the end of June 2013, the Company's backlog of signed orders stood at $18.7 billion, up $5.1 billion compared with the same period last year and up $728 million sequentially.

"As we approach the first anniversary of our Logica merger, I am very pleased with the continued strengthening of our business performance and the ongoing progress we are making with respect to implementing our integration plan. We delivered significant margin expansion, accelerating our EPS accretion before acquisition- related and integration costs, above our original 25-30% commitment," said Michael E. Roach, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Bookings in the quarter were solid, reflecting our focus on business development through increasing client awareness of our expanded and enhanced value-proposition."

During the quarter, net debt was reduced by $41.3 million to $2.87 billion, representing a net debt to capitalization of 41.1% at the end of June 2013. At the end of Q3-2013, the Company had approximately $1.2 billion in available cash and unused credit facilities.

Q3-F2013 results conference call

Management will host a conference call at 9:00 a.m. Montreal time to discuss results. Participants may access the call by dialing (866) 226-1792 or via cgi.com/investors. For those unable to participate on the live call, a podcast and copy of the slides will be archived for download at cgi.com/investors.

About CGI

Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the fifth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world. Approximately 69,000 professionals serve thousands of global clients from offices and delivery centers across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, leveraging a comprehensive portfolio of services including high-end business and IT consulting, systems integration, application development and maintenance, infrastructure management as well as a wide range of proprietary solutions. With annualized revenue in excess of C$10 billion and an order backlog exceeding C$18 billion, CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Website: www.cgi.com.

Non-GAAP financial metrics used in this release: Constant currency growth, adjusted EBIT, net debt, net debt to capitalization, DSO and ROIC

CGI reports its financial results in accordance with IFRS. However, management believes that these non-GAAP measures provide useful information to investors regarding the Company's financial condition and results of operations as they provide additional measures of its performance. Additional details for these non-GAAP measures can be found on page 2 of our MD&A which is posted on CGI's website, and filed with SEDAR and EDGAR.

Forward-Looking Statements

All statements in this press release that do not directly and exclusively relate to historical facts constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of that term in Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are "forward-looking information" within the meaning of Canadian securities laws. These statements and this information represent CGI's intentions, plans, expectations and beliefs, and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, of which many are beyond the control of the Company. These factors could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information. These factors include but are not restricted to: the timing and size of new contracts; acquisitions and other corporate developments; the ability to attract and retain qualified members; market competition in the rapidly evolving IT industry; general economic and business conditions; foreign exchange and other risks identified in the press release, in CGI's annual and quarterly Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A"), in CGI's Annual Report, in CGI's Annual Report on Form 40-F filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (filed on EDGAR at www.sec.gov), and in the Company's Annual Information Form filed with the Canadian securities authorities (filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com), as well as assumptions regarding the foregoing. The words "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," "foresee," "plan," and similar expressions and variations thereof, identify certain of such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. In particular, statements relating to future performance are forward-looking statements and forward-looking information. CGI disclaims any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements or on this forward-looking information.


Lorne Gorber
Senior Vice-President,
Global Communications and Investor Relations

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