EXFO Inc. announced today preliminary results of its “modified Dutch-auction” type substantial issuer bid to purchase for cancellation up to C$30,000,000 of its subordinate voting shares (the “Offer”), which expired at 5 p.m. (EST) on February 13, 2015.
QUEBEC CITY, CANADA, February 16, 2015 — EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO; TSX: EXF) announced today preliminary results of its “modified Dutch-auction” type substantial issuer bid to purchase for cancellation up to C$30,000,000 of its subordinate voting shares (the “Offer”), which expired at 5 p.m. (EST) on February 13, 2015.
More than C$30,000,000 worth of subordinate voting shares were validly tendered in the Offer. In accordance with the terms and conditions of the Offer and based on the preliminary count by CST Trust Company, the depositary for the Offer, EXFO expects to purchase for cancellation 6,521,739 subordinate voting shares, at a price of C$4.60 per share, for a total cost of C$30,000,000 (excluding fees and expenses relating to the Offer). These shares represent approximately 22.7% of the company’s subordinate voting shares outstanding as of February 13, 2015. After the repurchase, EXFO would have 22,215,790 subordinate voting shares outstanding.
Based on the preliminary count by the depositary for the Offer, shareholders who deposited subordinate voting shares to the Offer at or below the purchase price of C$4.60 per share will have approximately 98.9% of such deposited shares purchased for cancellation, subject to certain limited exceptions described in the Offer documentation.
The number of subordinate voting shares to be purchased, the proration factor and the price per share under the Offer are preliminary. EXFO and the depositary expect that the final determination of the number of subordinate voting shares purchased for cancellation and purchase price under the Offer will be made on or before February 19, 2015. Take-up and payment for the subordinate voting shares tendered and accepted for purchase and public announcement of final results by way of a press release will be made promptly thereafter. Payment for subordinate voting shares will be made in cash, without interest. Shares not purchased, including shares invalidly deposited, will be returned promptly to the tendering shareholder.
This press release is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to buy or the solicitation of an offer to sell EXFO’s subordinate voting shares. The full details of the Offer are described in the Tender Offer Statement (including the Offer to Purchase and Issuer Bid Circular, the related letter of transmittal and all other offer documents filed by EXFO with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), which is available without charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or by calling EXFO’s Corporate Secretary at (418) 683-0913, Ext. 23704. Offer documents required to be filed in Canada are also available without charge at www.sedar.com. Shareholders are urged to read these materials carefully.
Listed on the NASDAQ and TSX stock exchanges, EXFO is a leading provider of next-generation test, service assurance and end-to-end quality of experience solutions for mobile and fixed network operators and equipment manufacturers in the global telecommunications industry. EXFO’s intelligent solutions with contextually relevant analytics improve end-user quality of experience, enhance network performance and drive operational efficiencies throughout the network and service delivery lifecycle. Key technologies supported include 3G, 4G/LTE, VoLTE, IMS, video, Ethernet/IP, SNMP, OTN, FTTx, xDSL and various optical technologies accounting for more than 38% of the global portable fiber-optic test market. EXFO has a staff of approximately 1600 people in 25 countries, supporting more than 2000 customers worldwide. For more information, visit EXFO.com and follow us on the EXFO Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube.
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