CAE today announced that its Board of Directors has approved the renewal of its normal course issuer bid ("NCIB") to purchase, for cancellation, up to 5,349,804 of its common shares commencing on February 23, 2018 and ending on February 22, 2019.
The maximum number of common shares that may be repurchased under the NCIB represents approximately two percent (2%) of the issued and outstanding common shares of CAE. As of February 7, 2018, CAE had 267,490,244 common shares issued and outstanding.
Under CAE's current normal course issuer bid, which will expire on February 22, 2018, CAE's Board of Directors had approved the repurchase of a maximum of 5,366,756 of its common shares and 2,078,500 of its common shares were repurchased from February 23, 2017 to February 7, 2018 an aggregate of at a weighted average price of $21.50 per common share, for total consideration of $44,687,750.
Purchases under the NCIB will be made through the facilities of the Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX") and/or alternative trading systems, in accordance with the TSX's applicable policies. CAE may purchase its common shares using an automatic share repurchase plan which was put in place with RBC Dominion Securities Inc., in accordance with the relevant sections of the TSX Company Manual and applicable securities laws. The price CAE will pay for any common shares will be the market price at the time of acquisition, plus brokerage fees. All common shares purchased pursuant to the NCIB will be cancelled.
During the period that the NCIB is outstanding, CAE does not intend to make purchases of its common shares other than by means of open market. CAE may also purchase common shares privately from time to time after obtaining exemption orders from applicable securities regulatory authorities. Any such private purchase made under an exemption order issued by a securities regulatory authority will be at a discount to the prevailing market price as provided in the exemption order.
The average daily trading volume of CAE's common shares through the facilities of the TSX over the last six completed calendar months was 489,418 ("ADTV"). Accordingly, under the TSX Rules and policies, CAE is entitled on any trading day to purchase up to 25% of the ADTV, which totals 122,354 common shares, for the 12-month period of the NCIB, starting on February 23, 2018. In excess of the daily repurchase limit, CAE may also purchase, once a week, a block of common shares not owned by any insiders, which may exceed such daily limit, in accordance with the TSX Rules.
The NCIB is being established as part of CAE's capital management strategy and is intended to be used primarily to mitigate the dilutive effect of treasury shares issued under CAE's dividend reinvestment and stock option plans. CAE's Board of Directors believes that such purchases are in the best interest of CAE and that such purchases constitute a desirable use funds that should enhance shareholder value.
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