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THE JEAN COUTU GROUP (PJC) INC. (NASDAQ:PJC.A ) The Jean Coutu Group: Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2018 Results

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VARENNES, QUEBEC -- (Marketwired) -- 01/11/18 -- The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. (TSX: PJC.A) (the "Corporation" or the "Jean Coutu Group") reported today its financial results for the quarter ended December 2, 2017.

SUMMARY OF RESULTS

(Unaudited, in millions of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Third quarter      39-week period2018      2017      2018      2017--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------$         $         $         $Revenues                                758.9     763.7   2,253.6   2,188.5Operating income beforeamortization ("OIBA")                    66.4      79.9     212.5     235.4Net profit                               42.1      51.2     135.4     151.7Per share                              0.23      0.28      0.74      0.82--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Highlights

--  Shareholders overwhelmingly supported the Metro transaction by 99.9% ofthe votes cast at a special meeting of shareholders on November 29,2017.--  Expenses of $8.5 million related to the combination agreement with Metrowere recorded during the quarter.--  Pro Doc's contribution to the consolidated OIBA decreased by $15.3million for the third quarter of fiscal year 2018 with higherprofessional allowances and a non-recurrent expense of $5.5 million.

Financial results

"Network retail sales increased significantly in the third quarter of fiscal 2018, despite a challenging regulatory environment and a highly competitive environment. This growth demonstrates the effective implementation of our business plan, "said Francois J. Coutu, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We intend to pursue the development of dynamic business strategies to ensure the evolution of our offer and contribute to the growth of retail sales."

Revenues

Revenues consist mainly of sales and other revenues derived from franchising activities. Merchandise sales to PJC franchisees made mostly through our distribution centers account for the greater part of our revenues.

Revenues amounted to $758.9 million for the quarter ended December 2, 2017, compared with $763.7 million for the quarter ended November 26, 2016. The decrease is mainly attributable to lower contribution of Pro Doc to revenues and to the timing of shipments of front-end products in the network compared to same period last year. These were partially offset by higher other revenues.

For the 39-week period of fiscal year 2018, revenues amounted to $2,253.6 million compared with $2,188.5 million for the same period of the previous fiscal year, an increase of 3.0%. This increase is attributable to the overall market growth despite the deflationary impact on revenues of the volume increase in prescriptions of generic drugs compared with brand name drugs as well as the price reductions of generic drugs.

OIBA

OIBA decreased by $13.5 million to $66.4 million for the quarter ended December 2, 2017 compared with $79.9 million for the quarter ended November 26, 2016. This decrease is mainly due to the lower contribution of Pro Doc to the OIBA and the accrued expenses related to the combination agreement with Metro Inc ("Metro") of $8.5 million. OIBA as a percentage of revenues ended the third quarter of fiscal year 2018 at 8.7% compared with 10.5% for the same quarter of the previous fiscal year.

For the 39-week period of fiscal year 2018, the Corporation's OIBA decreased by $22.9 million to $212.5 million compared with $235.4 million for the same period of fiscal year 2017. As a percentage of revenues, OIBA ended the 39-week period of 2018 at 9.4% compared with 10.8% for the same period of the previous fiscal year. This decrease is due to a lower contribution of Pro Doc to the OIBA, the accrued expenses of $8.5 million related to the combination agreement with Metro and a gain on sale of property & equipment and investment property of $6.8 million recorded in the 39-week period of fiscal 2017. These were partially offset by higher royalty revenues.

Pro Doc

Gross sales of Pro Doc drugs amounted to $43.0 million for the quarter ended December 2, 2017, compared with $51.1 million for the quarter ended November 26, 2016. Pro Doc's contribution to the consolidated OIBA amounted to $2.6 million for the quarter ended December 2, 2017, compared with $17.9 million for the quarter ended November 26, 2016. This decrease is mainly attributable to higher professional allowances until a ceiling was reinstated in accordance with the agreement between the "Association Quebecoise des pharmaciens proprietaires ("AQPP")" and the Ministry of Health and Social Services ("MHSS") on October 19, 2017. Also, a non recurrent expense of $5.5 million was recorded on the inventories of Pro Doc drugs held by wholesellers and pharmacists to reflect the impact of the agreement between the Quebec Government and the Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association ratified on July 16, 2017. Pro Doc's contribution to the consolidated OIBA as a percentage of gross sales ended the third quarter of fiscal year 2018 at 6.0% compared with 35.0% for the same period of the previous fiscal year.

Gross sales of Pro Doc drugs amounted to $147.8 million for the 39-week period of fiscal year 2018, compared with $152.0 million for the same period of fiscal year 2017. Pro Doc's contribution to the consolidated OIBA amounted to $16.3 million for the 39-week period of fiscal year 2018, compared with $57.1 million for the same period of fiscal year 2017. Pro Doc's contribution to the consolidated OIBA as a percentage of its gross sales ended the 39-week period of fiscal year 2018 at 11.0% compared with 37.6% for the same period of the previous fiscal year.

Net profit

Net profit amounted to $42.1 million ($0.23 per share) for the quarter ended December 2, 2017 compared with $51.2 million ($0.28 per share) for the quarter ended November 26, 2016. This decrease is mainly explained by the decrease in Pro Doc's contribution to the net profit and the $8.5 million accrued expenses related to the combination agreement with Metro.

Net profit for the 39-week period of fiscal year 2018 amounted to $135.4 million ($0.74 per share) compared with $151.7 million ($0.82 per share) for the same period of fiscal year 2017.

Information on the PJC network of franchised stores

The Corporation carries on the franchising activity under the banners of PJC Jean Coutu, PJC Jean Coutu Sante and PJC Jean Coutu Sante Beaute, operates two distribution centers and coordinates several other services for the benefit of its franchisees.

For the quarter ended December 2, 2017, on a same-store basis, the PJC network's retail sales increased by 3.4%, pharmacy sales increased by 4.0% and front-end sales increased by 2.3%, compared with the corresponding period last year. Sales of non-prescription drugs, which represented 9.0% of total retail sales, increased by 3.9% compared with 2.8% for the corresponding period of fiscal year 2017.

For the 39-week period of fiscal year 2018, on a same store basis, the PJC network's retail sales grew by 4.7%, pharmacy sales increased by 6.2% and front-end sales increased by 2.3%, compared with the same period last year. Sales on non-prescription drugs which represented 8.7% of total retail sales, increased by 3.8% compared with 3.9% for the same period of fiscal year 2017.

Generic drugs reached 72.0% of prescriptions during the third quarter of fiscal year 2018 compared with 71.4% of prescriptions for the comparable period of the previous fiscal year. The increase in the number of generic drugs prescriptions with lower selling prices than brand name drugs had a deflationary impact on the pharmacy's retail sales.

For the third quarter of fiscal year 2018, the introduction of new generic drugs reduced pharmacy's retail sales growth by 0.1% and, the price reductions of generic drugs reduced retail sales growth by another 0.5%. Furthermore, the abolition of periodical withdrawals by the MHSS on April 12, 2017, increased the retail sales of the pharmaceutical section by 1.2% during the third quarter of fiscal year 2018.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Network performance (1) (unaudited)                           Third quarter2018           2017--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Retail sales (in millions of dollars)         $      1,133.2 $      1,094.6--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Retail sales growth (in percentage)Total storesTotal                                                  3.5%           3.9%Pharmacy                                               4.0%           4.5%Front-end (2)                                          2.5%           3.4%Same storeTotal                                                  3.4%           3.6%Pharmacy                                               4.0%           4.4%Front-end (2)                                          2.3%           2.8%--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Prescriptions growth (in percentage)Total stores                                           2.9%           3.7%Same store                                             2.9%           3.4%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Network performance (1) (unaudited)                          39-week period2018           2017--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Retail sales (in millions of dollars)         $      3,389.8 $      3,232.1--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Retail sales growth (in percentage)Total storesTotal                                                  4.9%           2.6%Pharmacy                                               6.2%           2.2%Front-end (2)                                          2.7%           3.8%Same storeTotal                                                  4.7%           2.2%Pharmacy                                               6.2%           1.9%Front-end (2)                                          2.3%           3.2%--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Prescriptions growth (in percentage)Total stores                                           3.0%           3.9%Same store                                             3.0%           3.6%--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------(1) Franchised outlets' retail sales are not included in the Corporation'sconsolidated financial statements.(2) Front-end retail sales exclude sales of services which are included inthe total retail sales growth.

PJC network of franchised stores expansion

During the third quarter of fiscal year 2018, there were 3 openings in the PJC network of franchised stores, including 2 relocations and 1 store was closed. Also, 2 stores were significantly renovated.

As at December 2, 2017, total selling square footage of the PJC network amounted to 3,307,000 square feet compared with 3,283,000 square feet as at November 26, 2016.

Regulatory changes

On June 10, 2016, the Quebec National Assembly adopted the proposed Bill 81 An act to reduce the cost of certain medications covered by the basic prescription drug insurance plan by allowing calls for tender allowing the Minister of Health and Social Services to issue a call for tenders to add drugs to the Drugs List as well as, in relation to drugs having been the object of such a call for tenders, for the services of a wholesaler to supply the pharmacist owners. The regulation to determine the conditions and applicable mechanisms to any call for tenders was published in the "Gazette officielle du Quebec" on April 5, 2017. This regulation has been in effect since April 20, 2017.

The Bill 92 entitled "An Act to extend the powers of the "Regie de l'assurance maladie du Quebec", to regulate commercial practices relating to prescription drugs and to protect access to voluntary termination of pregnancy services" was assented by the National Assembly of Quebec on December 7, 2016. Some of its provisions seek to constrict commercial practices of all stakeholders regarding the commercialization of medication in order to strengthen the professional independence of the pharmacist, the freedom of choice of the patient and encourage more competitive conditions on the market. Other provisions of the Bill requiring detailed billing for medication came into force on September 15, 2017.

On April 12, 2017, the members of the "AQPP" ratified an agreement in principle with the "MHSS". Under this agreement, the government canceled the periodical withdrawals recorded and unpaid as of that date and ends the periodical withdrawals on pharmacists' fees that were supposed to continue until 2019. Furthermore, the agreement stipulated that the government was introducing a modification to the regulation on the benefits authorized to a pharmacist restoring to 15% the ceiling on professional allowances that may be paid by generic manufacturers to a pharmacist. This regulation modification became in effect on October 19, 2017.

On July 16, 2017, the Quebec Government and the Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association announced the conclusion of an Agreement in Principle by virtue of which the Quebec Government will reach targeted savings of $1.5 billion over a 5-year period. These savings will be achieved through additional price reductions and the launch of new generic drugs. This Agreement will allow the Quebec Government, during those five years, to prevent the application of the calls for tender process permitted by law. Details of the implementation of this Agreement are not public.

On October 5, 2017, Bill 148 entitled "An Act to regulate generic medication procurement by owner pharmacists and to amend various legislative provisions" was introduced to the National Assembly of Quebec. The bill provides that an owner may not, in a calendar year, procure generic medications entered on the list of medications from the same manufacturer in excess of 50% of the monetary value of all the generic medications purchased by the pharmacist during that year. The regulation is in effect since November 23, 2017.

Amalgamation resolution

On October 2, 2017, Metro and the Corporation announced that they have entered into a definitive combination agreement pursuant to which Metro will acquire all of the outstanding Corporation Class "A" Subordinate Voting Shares and all of the outstanding Corporation Class "B" Shares for $24.50 per share, representing a total consideration of approximately $4.5 billion, subject to regulatory approval. On November 29, 2017, a significant majority (99.9969%) of the Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. votes cast by shareholders present in person or represented by proxy at the special meeting of Shareholders have approved the transaction. Under the terms of the transaction, Corporation shareholders will receive an aggregate consideration which will consist of 75% in cash and 25% in Metro common shares. The Metro common shares issued to the Corporation shareholders in connection with the transaction will be issued based on a reference price of $40.16 per Metro common share. Closing of the transaction is expected to occur in the first half of 2018.

Strategies and outlook

With its operations and financial flexibility, the Corporation is very well positioned to capitalize on the growth in the drugstore retail industry. Demographic trends are expected to contribute to the growth in prescription drugs consumption and to the increased use of pharmaceuticals as the primary intervention in individual healthcare. Management believes that these trends will continue and that the Corporation will maintain its growth in revenues through differentiation and quality of offering and service levels to its network of franchised stores, with a focus on its real estate program and operating efficiency. The growth in the number of generic drugs prescriptions, with lower selling prices than the branded name drugs, would however have a deflationary impact on retail sales in pharmacy. Additional generic drugs price decreases will reduce the profitability of the subsidiary Pro Doc.

Conference call

Financial analysts and investors are invited to attend the conference call on the third quarter of fiscal year 2018 financial results to be held on January 11, 2018, at 9:00 AM (ET). The call-in number is 514-392-1478 or toll free at 1-866-225-0198. Media and other interested individuals are invited to listen to the live or deferred broadcast on The Jean Coutu Group corporate website at www.jeancoutu.com. A full replay will also be available by dialing 514-861-2272 or toll free at 1-800-408-3053 until February 10, 2018. The access code is 9337339 followed by pound sign (#).

Supporting documentation (Management's discussion and analysis and investor presentation) is available at www.jeancoutu.com using the investors' link. Readers may also access additional information and filings related to the Corporation using the following link to the www.sedar.com website.

About The Jean Coutu Group

The Jean Coutu Group is one of the most trusted names in Canadian pharmacy retailing. The Corporation operates a network of 419 franchised stores in Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario under the banners of PJC Jean Coutu, PJC Sante and PJC Sante Beaute, which employs over 20,000 people. Furthermore, the Jean Coutu Group owns Pro Doc Ltd ("Pro Doc"), a Quebec-based subsidiary and manufacturer of generic drugs.

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, and which are based on the Corporation's current expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions that were made by the Corporation in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends. All statements that address expectations or projections about the future, including statements about the Corporation's strategy for growth, costs, operating or financial results, are forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this press release, including statements regarding the prospects of the Corporation's industry and the Corporation's prospects, plans, financial position and business strategy may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Canadian securities legislation and regulations. Some of the forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may", "will", "expect", "intend", "estimate", "project", "could", "should", "would", "anticipate", "plan", "foresee", "believe" or "continue" or the negatives of these terms or variations of them or similar terminology. Although the Corporation believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to have been correct. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions.

These statements do not reflect the potential impact of any nonrecurring items or of any mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, asset write-downs or other transactions or charges that may be announced or that may occur after the date hereof. While the list below of cautionary statements is not exhaustive, some important factors that could affect the Corporation's future operating results, financial position and cash flows and could cause its actual results to differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements are changes in the legislation or the regulatory environment as it relates to the sale of prescription drugs and the pharmacy exercise, the success of the Corporation's business model, changes in laws and regulations, or in their interpretations, changes to tax regulations and accounting pronouncements, the cyclical and seasonal variations in the industry in which the Corporation operates, the intensity of competitive activity in the industry in which the Corporation operates, the supplier and brand reputations, the Corporation's ability to attract and retain pharmacists, labour disruptions, including possibly strikes and labour protests, the accuracy of management's assumptions and other factors that are beyond the Corporation's control. These and other factors could cause the Corporation's actual performance and financial results in future periods to differ materially from any estimates or projections of future performance or results expressed or implied in those forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are provided for the purpose of assisting in understanding the Corporation's financial position and results of operation and to present information about management's current expectations and plans relating to the future. Investors and others are thus cautioned that such statements may not be appropriate for other purposes and they should not place undue reliance on them. For more information on the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that would cause the Corporation's actual results to differ from current expectations, please also refer to the Corporation's public filings available at www.sedar.com and www.jeancoutu.com. Further details and descriptions of these and other factors are disclosed in the Corporation's Annual Information Form under "Risk Factors" and also in the "Critical accounting estimates", "Risks and uncertainties" and "Strategies and outlook" sections of the Corporation's annual management's discussion and analysis for fiscal year ended March 4, 2017. The forward-looking statements in this press release reflect the Corporation's expectations as of the date hereof and are subject to change after such date. The Corporation expressly disclaims any obligation or intention to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by the applicable securities laws.

THE JEAN COUTU GROUP (PJC) INC.Condensed consolidated statements ofincome                                        13 weeks            39 weeksFor the periods ended December 2,2017 and November 26, 2016              2017      2016      2017      2016--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------(unaudited, in millions of Canadiandollars, unless otherwise noted)           $         $         $         $Sales                                   678.3     693.3   2,015.0   1,978.8Other revenues                           80.6      70.4     238.6     209.7----------------------------------------------------------------------------758.9     763.7   2,253.6   2,188.5Operating expensesCost of sales                         610.1     605.3   1,807.9   1,729.0General and operating expenses         82.4      78.5     233.2     224.1----------------------------------------------------------------------------Operating income before depreciationand amortization                        66.4      79.9     212.5     235.4Depreciation and amortization          10.0      10.3      30.0      30.4----------------------------------------------------------------------------Operating income                         56.4      69.6     182.5     205.0Financing revenus                        (1.4)     (0.5)     (3.2)     (1.5)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Profit before income taxes               57.8      70.1     185.7     206.5Income taxes                             15.7      18.9      50.3      54.8----------------------------------------------------------------------------Net profit                               42.1      51.2     135.4     151.7--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Basic and diluted profit per share,in dollars                              0.23      0.28      0.74      0.82--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Condensed consolidated statements of comprehensiveincome                                                            13 weeksFor the periods ended December 2, 2017 and November 26,2016                                                         2017     2016--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------(unaudited, in millions of Canadian dollars)                     $        $Net profit                                                    42.1     51.2Other comprehensive incomeItems that will be reclassified subsequently to netprofit:Net change in cash flow hedge:Loss for the period                                        -      0.1Reclassification of gain to non-financial assets           -     (0.1)Income taxes                                               -        ------------------------------------------------------------------------------        -----------------------------------------------------------------------------Total comprehensive income                                    42.1     51.2--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Condensed consolidated statements of comprehensiveincome                                                            39 weeksFor the periods ended December 2, 2017 and November 26,2016                                                         2017     2016--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------(unaudited, in millions of Canadian dollars)                     $        $Net profit                                                   135.4    151.7Other comprehensive incomeItems that will be reclassified subsequently to netprofit:Net change in cash flow hedge:Loss for the period                                        -     (0.8)Reclassification of gain to non-financial assets           -        -Income taxes                                               -      0.2-----------------------------------------------------------------------------     (0.6)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Total comprehensive income                                   135.4    151.1--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------THE JEAN COUTU GROUP (PJC) INC.Condensed consolidated statements of changes in equityFor the periods ended December 2, 2017 and November 26, 2016--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------(unaudited, in millions of Canadian dollars)Capital       Treasury    Contributedstock          stock        surplus----------------------------------------------------------------------------$              $              $Balance at March 4, 2017                399.2           (1.7)          58.9Net profit                                -              -              -Other comprehensive income                -              -              -----------------------------------------------------------------------------Total comprehensive income                  -              -              -----------------------------------------------------------------------------Dividends                                   -              -              -Share-based compensation cost               -              -            0.5Options exerciced                         2.2              -           (0.3)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Balance at December 2, 2017             401.4           (1.7)          59.1--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Balance at February 27, 2016            405.2           (2.2)          58.7Net profit                                -              -              -Other comprehensive income                -              -              -----------------------------------------------------------------------------Total comprehensive income                  -              -              -----------------------------------------------------------------------------Redemption of capital stock              (6.0)             -              -Dividends                                   -              -              -Share-based compensation cost               -              -            0.6----------------------------------------------------------------------------Balance at November 26, 2016            399.2           (2.2)          59.3--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------THE JEAN COUTU GROUP (PJC) INC.Condensed consolidated statements of changes in equityFor the periods ended December 2, 2017 and November 26, 2016--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------(unaudited, in millions of Canadian dollars)Hedging       Retained          Totalreserve       earnings         equity----------------------------------------------------------------------------$              $              $Balance at March 4, 2017                    -          753.7        1,210.1Net profit                                -          135.4          135.4Other comprehensive income                -              -              -----------------------------------------------------------------------------Total comprehensive income                  -          135.4          135.4----------------------------------------------------------------------------Dividends                                   -          (71.6)         (71.6)Share-based compensation cost               -              -            0.5Options exerciced                           -              -            1.9----------------------------------------------------------------------------Balance at December 2, 2017                 -          817.5        1,276.3--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Balance at February 27, 2016              0.6          658.0        1,120.3Net profit                                -          151.7          151.7Other comprehensive income             (0.6)             -           (0.6)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Total comprehensive income               (0.6)         151.7          151.1----------------------------------------------------------------------------Redemption of capital stock                 -          (18.2)         (24.2)Dividends                                   -          (66.5)         (66.5)Share-based compensation cost               -              -            0.6----------------------------------------------------------------------------Balance at November 26, 2016                -          725.0        1,181.3--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------THE JEAN COUTU GROUP (PJC) INC.Condensed consolidated statements of financial           As at         As atposition                                          December 2,      March 4,2017          2017--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------(unaudited, in millions of Canadian dollars)                 $             $Current assetsCash                                                   255.6         178.9Trade and other receivables                            249.5         202.2Inventories                                            251.1         302.7Prepaid expenses                                        16.1          15.3Income taxes receivables                                   -           3.8----------------------------------------------------------------------------772.3         702.9Non-current assetsLong-term receivables from franchisees                  25.1          27.7Investment in associates and joint ventures             29.5          29.7Property and equipment                                 477.4         484.6Investment property                                     25.1          22.1Intangible assets                                      196.9         202.2Goodwill                                                36.0          36.0Deferred tax                                             0.1           0.1Other long-term assets                                  18.3          18.8----------------------------------------------------------------------------Total assets                                           1,580.7       1,524.1--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Current liabilitiesTrade and other payables                               265.6         285.2Income taxes payables                                   10.5             -----------------------------------------------------------------------------276.1         285.2Non-current liabilitiesDeferred tax                                            12.3          13.0Other long-term liabilities                             16.0          15.8----------------------------------------------------------------------------Total liabilities                                        304.4         314.0----------------------------------------------------------------------------Equity                                                 1,276.3       1,210.1----------------------------------------------------------------------------Total liabilities and equity                           1,580.7       1,524.1--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------THE JEAN COUTU GROUP (PJC) INC.Condensed consolidated statements of cash flows                    13 weeksFor the periods ended December 2, 2017 and November 26,2016                                                        2017      2016--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------(unaudited, in millions of Canadian dollars)                    $         $Operating activitiesNet profit                                                   42.1      51.2Adjustments:Depreciation and amortization                              10.0      10.3Interest income                                            (1.2)     (0.6)Income taxes                                               15.7      18.9Gain on disposal of property and equipment andinvestment property                                           -      (0.6)Others                                                     (1.0)      0.6----------------------------------------------------------------------------65.6      79.8Net change in non-cash asset and liability items              3.5     (17.9)Interest received                                             1.2       0.6Income taxes paid                                           (10.9)    (11.5)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Cash flow related to operating activities                    59.4      51.0----------------------------------------------------------------------------Investing activitiesInvestments in associates and joint ventures                  -         -Purchase of property and equipment                         (6.7)     (2.9)Proceeds from disposal of property and equipment              -       0.2Proceeds from disposal of investment property                 -       3.0Net change in long-term receivables from franchisees       (1.2)     (2.4)Purchase of intangible assets                              (2.4)     (1.0)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Cash flow related to investing activities                   (10.3)     (3.1)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Financing activitiesFinancing fees                                                -      (0.1)Issuance of capital stock                                     -         -Redemption of capital stock                                   -     (21.9)Dividends paid                                            (23.8)    (22.1)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Cash flow related to financing activities                   (23.8)    (44.1)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash and cashequivalents                                                    -         -----------------------------------------------------------------------------Net change in cash and cash equivalents                      25.3       3.8Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period              230.3     148.6----------------------------------------------------------------------------Cash and cash equivalents, end of period                    255.6     152.4--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------THE JEAN COUTU GROUP (PJC) INC.Condensed consolidated statements of cash flows                    39 weeksFor the periods ended December 2, 2017 and November 26,2016                                                        2017      2016--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------(unaudited, in millions of Canadian dollars)                    $         $Operating activitiesNet profit                                                  135.4     151.7Adjustments:Depreciation and amortization                              30.0      30.4Interest income                                            (2.9)     (1.5)Income taxes                                               50.3      54.8Gain on disposal of property and equipment andinvestment property                                           -      (6.8)Others                                                        -       3.1----------------------------------------------------------------------------212.8     231.7Net change in non-cash asset and liability items            (13.2)    (38.9)Interest received                                             2.6       1.5Income taxes paid                                           (36.7)    (36.9)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Cash flow related to operating activities                   165.5     157.4----------------------------------------------------------------------------Investing activitiesInvestments in associates and joint ventures                  -      (0.8)Purchase of property and equipment                        (14.1)    (16.1)Proceeds from disposal of property and equipment            0.1      14.2Proceeds from disposal of investment property                 -       3.3Net change in long-term receivables from franchisees        0.5      (3.9)Purchase of intangible assets                              (5.6)    (11.8)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Cash flow related to investing activities                   (19.1)    (15.1)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Financing activitiesFinancing fees                                                -      (0.1)Issuance of capital stock                                   1.9         -Redemption of capital stock                                   -     (22.7)Dividends paid                                            (71.6)    (66.5)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Cash flow related to financing activities                   (69.7)    (89.3)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash and cashequivalents                                                    -      (0.9)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Net change in cash and cash equivalents                      76.7      52.1Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period              178.9     100.3----------------------------------------------------------------------------Cash and cash equivalents, end of period                    255.6     152.4--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Andre Belzile
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(450) 646-9760

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