EXFO announced today that its Board of Directors has authorized a substantial issuer bid (the “Offer”) to purchase for cancellation up to 7,142,857 subordinate voting shares for an aggregate purchase price not to exceed C$30,000,000.
QUEBEC CITY, CANADA, January 7, 2015 — EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO; TSX: EXF) announced today that its Board of Directors has authorized a substantial issuer bid (the “Offer”) to purchase for cancellation up to 7,142,857 subordinate voting shares for an aggregate purchase price not to exceed C$30,000,000.
The Offer is being made by way of a “modified Dutch Auction” pursuant to which shareholders may tender all or a portion of their shares (i) at a price not less than C$4.20 per share and not more than C$4.60 per share, in increments of C$0.05 per share, or (ii) without specifying a purchase price, in which case their shares will be purchased at the purchase price determined in accordance with the Offer. The Offer will expire at 5 p.m. (Eastern time) on February 13, 2015, unless withdrawn, extended or varied by EXFO.
The purchase price paid for each share properly tendered and not withdrawn will be based on the number of shares tendered and the prices specified by shareholders making tenders, and will be the lowest price that will allow EXFO to purchase up to C$30,000,000 of shares at a price within the range specified above. Shareholders will receive the purchase price in cash for shares tendered at prices equal to or lower than the purchase price. All shares tendered at prices higher than the purchase price will be returned to shareholders. All shares purchased by EXFO will be purchased at the same price, even if shareholders have selected a lower price. If the number of shares tendered at or below the purchase price would result in an aggregate purchase price in excess of C$30,000,000, those shares will be purchased on a pro rata basis.
The Offer is not conditional upon any minimum number of shares being tendered, but it is subject to certain other conditions. A complete description of the terms and conditions of the Offer will be contained in the Offer to Purchase and Issuer Bid Circular and related documents that will be filed with the applicable securities regulatory authorities in Canada and the United States and mailed to holders of shares on or about January 8, 2015.
EXFO has suspended its current normal course issuer bid and no subsequent purchases will be completed under such normal course issuer bid that expires on January 12, 2015.
EXFO has retained National Bank Financial Inc. and its U.S. affiliate to act as Dealer Managers in connection with the Offer. EXFO has retained Georgeson Shareholder Communications Canada Inc. and its U.S. affiliate to act as Information Agents in connection with the Offer.
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 solicitation and the offer to buy EXFO’s subordinate voting shares will be made only pursuant to the separate Offer to Purchase and Issuer Bid Circular and related documents. At the time the Offer is commenced, EXFO will file the Offer to Purchase and Issuer Bid Circular and related documents with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and a Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Shareholders should carefully read the Tender Offer Statement, the Offer to Purchase and Issuer Bid Circular, the related letter of transmittal and other related documents when they are available because they contain important information, including the various terms and conditions of the Offer. The Offer to Purchase and Issuer Bid Circular, the related letter of transmittal and certain other documents will be delivered without charge to all holders of EXFO’s shares. 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 SEC) will be 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 will also be available without charge at www.sedar.com. Shareholders are urged to read these materials carefully prior to making any decision with respect to the Offer.
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 www.EXFO.com and follow us on the EXFO Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ andYouTube.
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