Boston, Massachusetts, July 11, 2005 – John Hancock Life Insurance and CGI Group Inc. (CGI) (TSX: GIB.SV.A; NYSE: GIB), today announced the signing of a seven-year information technology outsourcing contract valued at US$166 million. This contract has provisions for a three-year extension. CGI will be responsible for infrastructure management services including mainframe and mid-range equipment, data storage and recovery, document management as well as professional services to transform the delivery platforms.
CGI will be providing all services via its global delivery model from its global centers specifically in the United States and Canada. This win builds on the agreement signed on September 23, 2004 between Manulife and CGI for a contract value of CDN$125 million. That agreement announced the building of CGI�s International Systems Development Center (ISDC) in Atlantic Canada. The ISDC provides systems development and maintenance services to Manulife and other CGI clients worldwide. Manulife merged with John Hancock in April 2004.
“In working with CGI over the past year we have developed a strong partnership based on our mutual adherence to operational excellence as well as a shared passion and deep understanding of the evolving world of insurance. With today�s news, we continue to lay the foundation for future growth from which we can further strengthen our foothold as a leading insurance supplier in the US,� said James M. Benson, president and CEO, John Hancock Life Insurance Company.
Michael Roach, CGI president and COO added: �This agreement is a clear sign of our ability to help our clients win and grow. We are extremely pleased and proud with this expansion of our services. By tapping into our global delivery model, we are able to offer John Hancock best-in-class services in an effective and efficient manner. We look forward to growing with this leading insurance provider.”
About John Hancock and Manulife Financial
John Hancock is a unit of Manulife Financial Corporation, a leading Canadian-based financial services group serving millions of customers in 19 countries and territories worldwide. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and most of Asia, and primarily through John Hancock in the United States, the Company offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$350 billion (US$290 billion) as at March 31, 2005. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘0945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at www.manulife.com.
The John Hancock unit, through its insurance companies, comprises one of the largest life insurers in the United States. John Hancock offers a broad range of financial products and services, including whole life, term life, variable life, and universal life insurance, as well as college savings products, fixed and variable annuities, long-term care insurance, mutual funds and various forms of business insurance. Insurance products are issued by the following John Hancock insurance companies: John Hancock Life Insurance Company, John Hancock Variable Life Insurance Company*, John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.)* and John Hancock Life Insurance Company of New York.
*Not licensed in New York
Founded in 1976, CGI is among the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in North America. CGI and its affiliated companies employ approximately 25,000 professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia Pacific as well as from centers of excellence in Canada, the US, Europe and India. CGI�s annualized revenue run-rate is currently CDN$3.8 billion (US$3.0 billion) and at March 31, 2005, CGI�s order backlog was CDN$12.9 billion (US$10 billion). CGI�s shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.SV.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in the S&P/TSX Composite Index as well as the S&P/TSX Capped Information Technology and MidCap Indices. Website: www.cgi.com.