TransAlta repositions for strategic growth

CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwire – Oct. 30, 2012) – TransAlta Corporation (TSX:TA) (NYSE:TAC) announced today as part of its ongoing strategy to continuously improve operational excellence and accelerate the growth of the company, that it is realigning the talent of the organization.

These actions will result in a net reduction of approximately 165 positions over the next six months, the majority of which will be from the Calgary office. This move strengthens TransAlta’s competitive position now and in the future.

“We extend our gratitude to our departing colleagues for their important contribution to TransAlta and wish them well as they move to the next chapters of their careers,” said Dawn Farrell, president and CEO of TransAlta. “We expect these changes will improve our competitive position in the Alberta and Canadian power markets.”

The company expects to incur a one-time after-tax charge in the 2012 fourth quarter of $10 to $15 million related to the corporate realignment initiatives announced today. TransAlta anticipates annual cost savings of approximately $25 to $30 million from these initatives by the end of 2013.