VANCOUVER, Aug. 17, 2015 /CNW/ - Absolute® Software Corporation (TSX:ABT), the industry standard for persistent endpoint security and data risk management solutions for computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a Substantial Issuer Bid ("the Offer") pursuant to which the Company will offer to purchase for cancellation up to CDN$50 million of its common shares (the "Shares"). The Offer is expected to commence on or about August 25, 2015.
The Company's Board of Directors believes that repurchasing the Shares represents an advisable use of Absolute's financial resources and is in the best interest of the Company's shareholders. The Company and the Board of Directors believe that the recent trading price of the Shares is not fully reflective of the value of the Company, its market opportunity, or its long-term growth prospects. Absolute's management and its Board of Directors have agreed not to tender any Shares to the Offer.
The Offer will be conducted through a "modified Dutch auction" within a price range of not less than CDN$7.75 per Share and not more than CDN$9.00 per Share in increments of CDN$0.25 per Share within that range. The Offer will not be conditional based on any minimum number of Shares being tendered to the Offer, but will be subject to other conditions customary for a transaction of this nature. The Offer will expire on or about 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 5, 2015, unless terminated or extended by Absolute. All shares purchased by the Company in the Offer will be purchased at the same price. Absolute will fund the purchase of the Shares under the Offer with cash on hand. As at August 14, 2015, there were 44,349,955 common shares outstanding of Absolute.
The Company has suspended its current normal course issuer bid and no subsequent purchases will be completed under such normal course issuer bid until the Offer is complete.
Absolute will mail the formal Offer to Purchase, Issuer Bid Circular and other related documents (the "Offer Documents") that will include the terms and conditions of the Offer, instructions for tendering Shares and the factors considered by Absolute's Board of Directors in making its decision to approve the Offer. The Company will also file the Offer Documents with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and they will be made available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
TD Securities has been retained by Absolute to act as dealer manager in connection with the Offer. Any questions or requests for information may be directed to CST Trust Company as the depository for the Offer at 1-800-387-0825 or 416-682-3860.
Absolute's Board of Directors has authorized the making of the Offer. None of the Company, its Board of Directors, the dealer managers or the depository makes any recommendations to any Absolute shareholders as to whether to tender or refrain from tendering their Shares under the Offer, or as to the purchase price(s) at which such shareholders may tender shares under the Offer. Shareholders are strongly encouraged to review the Offer Documents carefully and to consult with their financial and tax advisors prior to making any decisions with regards to the Offer.
This press release is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell any Shares. The solicitation and the offer to purchase Shares by Absolute will be made pursuant to an offer to purchase, issuer bid circular and related materials that Absolute will file with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and that Absolute will distribute to its shareholders, copies of which will be available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. These documents will contain important information about the Substantial Issuer Bid and shareholders of Absolute are urged to read them carefully when they become available.
Absolute Software Corporation (TSX: ABT) is the industry standard in persistent endpoint security and data risk management solutions for computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones. Persistence® technology from Absolute provides organizations with visibility and control over all of their devices, regardless of user or location. If an Absolute client is removed from an endpoint, it will automatically reinstall so IT can secure each device and the sensitive data it contains. No other technology can do this. Persistence technology is embedded in the firmware of computers, netbooks, tablets and smartphones by global leaders, including Acer, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft, Panasonic, Samsung, and Toshiba, and the Company has reselling partnerships with these OEMs and others, including Apple. For more information about Absolute, visit www.absolute.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, the launch, terms and timing of the Offer, that repurchasing the Shares represents an advisable use of Absolute's financial resources and is in the best interest of the Company's shareholders, that the recent trading price of the Shares is not fully reflective of the value of the Company, its market opportunity, or its long-term growth prospects, the expected performance, functionality and availability of our services and products, and other expectations, intentions and plans contained in this press release that are not historical facts. When used in this press release, the words "plan," "expect," "believe," and similar expressions generally identify forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our current expectations. They are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, changes in technology and general market conditions. In light of the many risks and uncertainties you should understand that we cannot assure you that the forward-looking statements contained in this press release will be realized. Furthermore, the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as at the date hereof and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the included forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable securities laws.
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For further information: Public Relations: Becky Obbema, Interprose, [email protected] or 1 408 778 2024 or Toru Levinson, Absolute, [email protected] or 1 604 730 9851 x208; Investor Relations: Kristen Dickson, NATIONAL Equicom, [email protected] or 1 416 815 0700 x273