Stantec Marks 54th Consecutive Year of Profitability With Strong Fourth Quarter and Year End Results
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Stantec Marks 54th Consecutive Year of Profitability With Strong Fourth Quarter and Year End Results

EDMONTON, ALBERTA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Feb 21, 2008 -- Stantec Inc. (TSX: STN) (NYSE: SXC):

- For the full year 2007, Stantec generated gross revenue of C$954.6 million, a 17.0% increase from C$816.1 million last year. Net revenue was C$830.9 million up 17.4% compared to C$707.9 million in 2006 and net income increased 15.1% to C$69.3 million from C$60.2 million. Diluted earnings per share were 14.5% higher at C$1.50 compared to C$1.31 in 2006.

- In the fourth quarter 2007, gross revenue increased to C$258.3 million from C$211.8 million in 2006, an increase of 22.0%. Net revenue increased 19.5% to C$215.9 million compared to C$180.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2006 and net income was up 21.8% to C$19.0 million compared to C$15.6 million. Diluted earnings per share were up 20.6% to C$0.41 compared to C$0.34 in the fourth quarter last year.

- In 2007, Stantec added eleven companies; Vancouver, British Columbia architecture firm, Nicolson Tamaki Architects Inc. with 10 employees; New York City based Vollmer Associates, a 600-person design firm with offices throughout the northeastern United States; Land Use Consultants, Inc., a planning and landscape architecture firm in Portland, Maine with approximately 20 employees; Geller DeVellis Inc. of Boston which added about 50 employees specializing in landscape architecture, planning, and civil engineering; Neill and Gunter, a full service consulting engineering firm with approximately 650 employees primarily located in Fredericton, New Brunswick; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Portland, Maine along with Woodlot Alternatives, a firm with 65 people also in Portland, Maine; Trico Engineering Consultants, Inc, a North Charleston, South Carolina firm with about 130 employees specializing in civil engineering, surveying, landscape architecture, and planning; Chong Partners Architecture, Inc., one of San Francisco, California's most recognized architecture firms with approximately 175 employees and additional offices in Sacramento and San Diego; Stantec also added Toronto, Ontario's Murphy Hilgers Architects Inc., a 55-person firm specializing in healthcare, justice, and retail/commercial facilities and Moore Paterson Architects Inc., a 17-person firm in Victoria, British Columbia; at the end of 2007, Fuller, Mossbarger, Scott & May Engineers of Lexington, Kentucky joined Stantec adding over 300 employees specializing in civil, environmental, geotechnical, structural, and water resources engineering as well as specialized and targeted areas in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), particularly in floodplain mapping.

- Complete Financial Statements, Notes to the Financial Statements, and Management's Discussion and Analysis will be filed on Sedar ( www.sedar.com) and Edgar ( www.sec.gov) on February 21, 2008 and are available to download from the investor relations section on www.stantec.com. You may also contact Stantec for a copy of the documents.

"Our 54th year was among the busiest in the history of Stantec and we're pleased to report solid growth in our fourth quarter and annual results," says Tony Franceschini, Stantec President & CEO. "We're encouraged by the way the many new employees that have joined Stantec in 2007 have quickly begun to team with other professionals and locations to share knowledge and add their talents to our strong North American network."

The strength of Stantec's growing, integrated network is reflected in the types of projects the firm worked on in 2007. For example, the firm secured a contract to provide architecture; planning; landscape architecture; and structural, mechanical, electrical, civil, and transportation engineering services for the development of a new 300-bed acute care hospital in Grand Prairie, Alberta. The firm was also awarded an assignment to provide design solutions for a renovation of the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers in New York City. Stantec's Industrial group is designing facilities and infrastructure for the Athabasca Upgrader in northern Alberta for Total E&P Canada Ltd. In addition Stantec was selected as one of six companies to complete various projects for the Department of National Defence across Canada over the next five years and in the fourth quarter Stantec was awarded an assignment to complete the preliminary design and planning of the C-17 hanger at Canadian Forces Base Trenton in Ontario. During the year, the firm's expertise in transit systems resulted in contracts to provide system integration analysis and planning services for several light rail transit projects in the southern United States. In addition, work was completed on the improvements to the TransCanada Highway through the challenging terrain of Kicking Horse Canyon in British Columbia.

"It is great to see our staff across the continent putting together integrated teams to provide our clients with a full suite of services for their projects," says Franceschini. "This was the main goal of our vision we set in 1998 to be a top 10 global design firm. We now have the resources, expertise, and depth and breadth of services of a top 10 firm and it is because of the efforts of our employees the past nine years that Stantec has been able to grow and successfully compete with the largest firms in our industry every day."

Stantec's Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held on May 1, 2008, at 11:00 AM MDT (1:00 PM EDT) at University of Alberta's Enterprise Square in Edmonton, Alberta, 10230 - Jasper Avenue. The Fourth Quarter and Year-End Conference Call, being held today at 2:00 PM MST (4:00 PM EST), will be broadcast live and archived in the Investor Relations section at www.stantec.com . Financial analysts who wish to participate in the earnings conference call are invited to call 1-866-322-2356 and provide the confirmation code 5564365 to the first available operator.

Stantec provides professional design and consulting services in planning, engineering, architecture, surveying, economics, and project management. We support public and private sector clients in a diverse range of markets in the infrastructure and facilities sector at every stage, from initial concept and financial feasibility to project completion and beyond. Our services are offered through over 8,500 employees operating out of more than 125 locations in North America. Stantec trades on the TSX under the symbol STN and on the NYSE under the symbol SXC. Stantec is One Team providing Infinite Solutions.

Cautionary note regarding forward-looking statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements". Some of these statements may involve risks and uncertainties and other factors that may be beyond the control of Stantec and cause actual results to be materially different from those contained in such forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to materially differ from those in the forward-looking statements is contained in Stantec's filings with the Canadian provincial securities commissions and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.


Consolidated Balance Sheets

                                            December 31         December 31
                                                   2007                2006
(In thousands of Canadian dollars)                    $                   $
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ASSETS
Current
Cash and cash equivalents                        14,175              28,363
Restricted cash                                       -               1,545
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for
 doubtful accounts of $10,508 in 2007
 ($6,303 - 2006)                                206,063             164,968
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of
 billings                                        65,064              41,152
Income taxes recoverable                          5,019               3,993
Prepaid expenses                                  6,617               6,591
Future income tax assets                         13,308               9,711
Other assets                                     13,002               8,228
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Total current assets                            323,248             264,551
Property and equipment                           88,156              65,009
Goodwill                                        332,922             251,491
Intangible assets                                32,288              22,819
Future income tax assets                         12,074               9,984
Other assets                                     24,873              20,616
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Total assets                                    813,561             634,470
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LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities        155,020             107,132
Billings in excess of costs and estimated
 earnings                                        34,423              28,721
Income taxes payable                              9,955               7,425
Current portion of long-term debt                21,549               4,181
Future income tax liabilities                    11,750              12,236
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Total current liabilities                       232,697             159,695
Long-term debt                                   74,539              12,046
Future income tax liabilities                    20,718              18,273
Other liabilities                                42,909              33,561
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Total liabilities                               370,863             223,575
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Commitments, contingencies, and guarantees

Shareholders' equity
Share capital                                   218,790             212,781
Contributed surplus                               6,266               5,458
Deferred stock compensation                        (110)               (250)
Retained earnings                               286,780             217,750
Accumulated other comprehensive income
 (AOCI)                                         (69,028)            (24,844)
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Total shareholders' equity                      442,698             410,895
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Total liabilities and shareholders' equity      813,561             634,470
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On behalf of the Board of Directors:

Director                                  Director



Consolidated Statements of Income

Years ended December 31                          
(In thousands of Canadian dollars, except per    2007       2006       2005
 share amounts)                                     $          $          $
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INCOME
Gross revenue                                 954,619    816,133    618,020
Less subconsultant and other direct expenses  123,731    108,206     93,468
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Net revenue                                   830,888    707,927    524,552
Direct payroll costs                          360,101    304,677    234,553
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Gross margin                                  470,787    403,250    289,999
Administrative and marketing expenses         351,346    292,064    212,992
Depreciation of property and equipment         19,038     15,604     12,389
Amortization of intangible assets               3,702      6,132      2,542
Net interest expense                            1,594      1,892        571
Share of income from associated companies        (292)      (285)      (187)
Foreign exchange gains                         (2,480)       (74)      (449)
Other income                                   (1,235)    (1,507)      (359)
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Income before income taxes                     99,114     89,424     62,500
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Income taxes
Current                                        34,994     31,484     21,735
Future                                         (5,159)    (2,242)       143
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Total income taxes                             29,835     29,242     21,878
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Net income for the year                        69,279     60,182     40,622
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Earnings per share
Basic                                            1.52       1.34       1.02
Diluted                                          1.50       1.31       0.99

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