EXFO announced today that its Board of Directors has authorized the renewal of its share repurchase program, by way of a normal course issuer bid (“NCIB”) on the open market, of up to 10% (2,043,101 subordinate voting shares) of the public float (20,431,011 subordinate voting shares as of January 1, 2014) as defined by the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”).
QUEBEC CITY, CANADA, January 8, 2014—EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO) (TSX: EXF) announced today that its Board of Directors has authorized the renewal of its share repurchase program, by way of a normal course issuer bid (“NCIB”) on the open market, of up to 10% (2,043,101 subordinate voting shares) of the public float (20,431,011 subordinate voting shares as of January 1, 2014) as defined by the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”).
EXFO had 28,801,683 subordinate voting shares outstanding on January 1, 2014. As of January 1, 2014, EXFO had repurchased in the course of the previous renewal of its NCIB a total of 502,756 shares, being 308,484 shares on the TSX at an average amount of CA$ 4.74 and 194,272 shares on the NASDAQ at an average amount of US$4.65. The previous renewal of the NCIB had been effective since November 12, 2012 and expired on November 11, 2013.
The TSX has accepted a notice filed by EXFO of its intention to renew its NCIB. EXFO may use cash, short-term investments and future cash flows from operations to fund the repurchase of shares. Repurchases under the bid will be made on the open market, through the facilities of the TSX and NASDAQ Global Market, at the prevailing market price. The timing of such repurchases, if any, will depend on price, market conditions and applicable regulatory requirements.
The NCIB will become effective on January 13, 2014 and end on January 12, 2015 or on an earlier date if EXFO repurchases the maximum number of shares permitted. The average daily trading volume (ADTV) of EXFO’s subordinate voting shares was 19,305 on the TSX and 34,669 on the NASDAQ over the last six completed calendar months. Accordingly, EXFO is entitled to repurchase up to 25% of the ADTV on any trading day (being 4,826 subordinate voting shares on the TSX and 8,667 subordinate voting shares on the NASDAQ) or pursuant to the applicable rules of the TSX. The program does not require the company to repurchase a minimum number of shares and it may be modified, suspended or terminated at any time without prior notice. All shares acquired by EXFO under the bid will be cancelled.
EXFO believes that the repurchase of some of its subordinate voting shares is an appropriate and desirable use of its available cash. Consequently, EXFO believes that the offer is made in the best interests of the company and its shareholders.
Listed on the NASDAQ and TSX stock exchanges, EXFO is among the leading providers of next-generation test and service assurance solutions for wireline and wireless network operators and equipment manufacturers in the global telecommunications industry. The company offers innovative solutions for the development, installation, management and maintenance of converged, IP fixed and mobile networks—from the core to the edge. Key technologies supported include 3G, 4G/LTE, IMS, Ethernet, OTN, FTTx, VDSL2, ADSL2+ and various optical technologies accounting for more than 35% of the 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+ and YouTube.
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