TORONTO, July 3, 2019 /CNW/ - Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. (TSX: CF, the "Company") announces today the terms of its previously announced substantial issuer bid (the "Offer") to repurchase for cancellation up to $40.0 million of its common shares (the "Common Shares"). The Offer will commence today and will expire on August 9, 2019, unless extended or withdrawn.
The Offer is being made by way of a "modified Dutch auction", which will allow shareholders who choose to participate in the Offer to individually select the price, within a range of not less than $5.50 per Common Share and not more than $6.30 per Common Share (in increments of $0.10 per Common Share), at which they are willing to sell their Common Shares. Upon expiry of the Offer, the Company will determine the lowest purchase price (which will not be more than $6.30 per Common Share and not less than $5.50 per Common Share) that will allow it to purchase the maximum number of Common Shares properly tendered to the Offer, and not properly withdrawn, having an aggregate purchase price not exceeding $40 million.
Shareholders who wish to participate in the Offer will be able to do so through (i) auction tenders in which they will specify the number of Common Shares being tendered at a specific price per Common Share or (ii) purchase price tenders in which they will agree to have a specified number of Common Shares purchased at the purchase price to be determined pursuant to the auction and have their Common Shares considered as having been tendered at the minimum price of $5.50 for the purposes of determining the purchase price. Shareholders who validly deposit Common Shares without specifying the method in which they are tendering their Common Shares will be deemed to have made a purchase price tender.
The directors and officers of the Company have advised that they will not tender any of their shares pursuant to the Offer.
During the six months ended June 27, 2019, the closing prices the Common Shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX") have ranged from a low of $4.98 to a high of $6.65. The closing price of the Common Shares on the TSX on June 27, 2019 (the last full trading day before the Company announced of its intention to make the Offer) was $5.19.
As of July 2, 2019, 115,747,558 Common Shares were issued and outstanding. Accordingly, the Offer is for up to 7,272,727 Common Shares or approximately 6.3% of the total number of Common Shares now issued and outstanding, if the purchase price is determined to be the minimum purchase price per Common Share of $5.50 or up to 6,349,206 Common Shares or approximately 5.5% of the total number of Common Shares now issued and outstanding, if the purchase price is determined to be the maximum purchase price per Common Share of $6.30 (in each case, based on full participation).
The Offer is optional for all shareholders, who are free to choose whether to participate, how many Common Shares to tender and, in the case of auction tenders, at what price to tender within the specified range. Any shareholders who do not deposit their Common Shares (or whose Common Shares are not repurchased under the Offer) will realize a proportionate increase in their equity interest in the Company, to the extent that Common Shares are purchased under the Offer.
The Offer is not conditional upon any minimum number of Common Shares being tendered but is subject to various other conditions disclosed in the formal offer to purchase and issuer bid circular.
The Company reserves the right, subject to applicable laws, to withdraw or amend the Offer, if certain events occur. The Offer is expected to remain open for acceptance until 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on August 9, 2019, unless extended or withdrawn.
The Company was authorized by the TSX to purchase up to 5,677,589 Common Shares pursuant to a normal course issuer bid ("NCIB") that commenced on August 15, 2018 and expires on August 14, 2019. The Company has purchased 1,226,800 Common Shares through this NCIB. There will be no further purchases of Common Shares under this NCIB until after the expiry of the Offer or date of termination of the Offer.
Upon completion of the Offer, the Company intends to apply to the TSX for a normal course issuer bid to be effective in its 2020 fiscal year.
This press release is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities in any jurisdiction. Details of the Offer, including instructions for tendering Common Shares, are included in the formal offer to purchase and issuer bid circular, letter of transmittal and notice of guaranteed delivery (collectively, the "Offer Documents"). The Offer Documents will be mailed to shareholders, filed with applicable Canadian securities regulatory authorities and are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com, and will also be posted on the Company's website at www.canaccordgenuity.com/investor-relations.
Neither the Company nor its board of directors makes any recommendation to any shareholder as to tender or refrain from tendering shares, and the Company has not authorized any individual to make such recommendation. Shareholders are strongly urged to read and carefully evaluate all information in the Offer Documents before making any decision with respect to the tender offer and should consult their own broker or other financial and tax advisors prior to making any decision with respect to the Offer.
Any questions or requests for assistance in tendering shares to the Offer may be directed to Kingsdale Advisors ("Kingsdale") the information agent for the Offer at 1-800-775-3159 or by email at [email protected], or to Computershare Trust Company of Canada. ("Computershare"), the depositary for the Offer. The contact details for Kingsdale and Computershare are also included in the Offer Documents.
ABOUT CANACCORD GENUITY GROUP INC.
Through its principal subsidiaries, Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. is a leading independent, full-service financial services firm, with operations in two principal segments of the securities industry: wealth management and capital markets. Since its establishment in 1950, the Company has been driven by an unwavering commitment to building lasting client relationships. We achieve this by generating value for our individual, institutional and corporate clients through comprehensive investment solutions, brokerage services and investment banking services. The Company has wealth management offices located in Canada, the UK, Guernsey, Jersey, and the Isle of Man and Australia. Canaccord Genuity, the international capital markets division, operates in North America, UK & Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. We are driven by your success.
Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. is publicly traded under the symbol CF on the TSX.
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SOURCE Canaccord Genuity Group Inc.
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