Magna establishes automatic share purchase plan
AURORA, ON, March 31, 2014 /CNW/ - Magna International Inc. (TSX: MG, NYSE: MGA) today announced that it has established a pre-defined automatic securities purchase plan (the "Plan") with a designated broker to facilitate the repurchase of our Common Shares under our current normal course issuer bid (the "Bid"). The Plan has been reviewed by the Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX") and will be implemented effective April 1, 2014. Under the Plan, Magna has provided instructions and strict parameters regarding how its Common Shares may be repurchased during times when it would ordinarily not be permitted to purchase Common Shares due to regulatory restrictions or self-imposed black-out periods. We impose regular blackouts during the period commencing at 11:59 p.m. of the last day of each fiscal quarter to and including 48 hours after the public announcement of our quarterly or annual financial results. The Plan will terminate on the earliest of the date on which: (a) the purchase limit specified in the Plan has been reached, (b) we terminate the Plan in accordance with its terms, in which case we will issue a press release confirming such termination, and (c) the Bid terminates.
Under the Bid, which commenced on November 13, 2013 and which terminates on November 12, 2014, we are authorized to repurchase up to 12,000,000 Common Shares. All purchases of Common Shares under the Bid may be made: (i) on the TSX in accordance with the rules and policies of the TSX, (ii) on the New York Stock Exchange in compliance with Rule 10b-18 under the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, (iii) on other published markets, and/or (iv) pursuant to private agreement purchases from arm's length third-party sellers under issuer bid exemption orders previously granted to Magna. All such repurchases are included in computing the number of Common Shares purchased under the Bid. As of March 28, 2014, the Corporation has repurchased 5,137,423 Common Shares under the Bid.
We are a leading global automotive supplier with 316 manufacturing operations and 84 product development, engineering and sales centres in 29 countries. Our over 125,000 employees are focused on delivering superior value to our customers through innovative processes and World Class Manufacturing. Our product capabilities include producing body, chassis, interiors, exteriors, seating, powertrain, electronics, mirrors, closures and roof systems and modules, as well as complete vehicle engineering and contract manufacturing. For further information about Magna, visit our website at www.magna.com.
This press release may contain statements that, to the extent that they are not recitations of historical fact, constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable securities legislation, including, but not limited to, future purchases of our Common Shares under the Normal Course Issuer Bid, including through the Plan or pursuant to private agreements under issuer bid exemption orders issued by a securities regulatory authority. Forward-looking statements may include financial and other projections, as well as statements regarding our future plans, objectives or economic performance, or the assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. We use words such as "may", "would", "could", "should" "will", "likely", "expect", "anticipate", "believe", "intend", "plan", "forecast", "outlook", "project", "estimate" and similar expressions suggesting future outcomes or events to identify forward-looking statements. Any such forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to us, and are based on assumptions and analyses made by us in light of our experience and our perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors we believe are appropriate in the circumstances. However, whether actual results and developments will conform to our expectations and predictions is subject to a number of risks, assumptions and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, and the effects of which can be difficult to predict. These risks, assumptions and uncertainties include, without limitation, the impact of: economic or political conditions on consumer confidence, consumer demand for vehicles and vehicle production; fluctuations in relative currency values; legal claims and/or regulatory actions against us; liquidity risks as a result of an unanticipated deterioration of economic conditions; the unpredictability of, and fluctuation in, the trading price of our Common Shares; changes in laws and governmental regulations; and other factors set out in our Annual Information Form filed with securities commissions in Canada and our annual report on Form 40-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and subsequent filings. In evaluating forward-looking statements, we caution readers not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements and readers should specifically consider the various factors which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, we do not intend, nor do we undertake any obligation, to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent information, events, results or circumstances or otherwise.
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