March 13, 2012 / 11:59 AM / 5 years ago

UPDATE 1-Transcontinental posts loss on tax provision

* Raises quarterly div by 7 pct

* Q1 rev down 4 pct at C$495.9 mln

March 13 (Reuters) - Transcontinental Inc posted a first-quarter loss on a tax provision, but Canada's biggest commercial printer raised its quarterly dividend by 7 percent.

The company said net loss applicable to participating shares was C$33.3 million ($33.52 million), or 41 Canadian cents a share, compared with a net income applicable to participating shares of C$25.7 million, or 32 Canadian cents a share, a year ago.

On an adjusted basis, the company earned 33 Canadian cents a share.

Revenue fell 4 percent to C$495.9 million, hurt mainly by the sale of its black and white book printing business.

The fall in net income was mainly due to a tax provision of C$58 million related to notices of reassessment, the company said in a statement.

Transcontinental also increased its quarterly dividend by 7 percent to 14.5 Canadian cents per class A subordinate voting shares and class B shares.

The company, which also publishes magazines, community newspapers and French-language educational resources, has been hit by a broader slump in Canadian advertising spending.

The company also swapped assets with Quad/Graphics Inc last year, getting rid of Mexican printing presses and bolstering its Canadian capabilities.

Transcontinental inked a four-year deal to double its marketing for Canadian Tire Corp starting in January, and has printed the Globe and Mail newspaper since late 2010.

Shares of Montreal, Quebec-based Transcontinental closed at C$12.88 on Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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