OKOTOKS, AB, March 4, 2020 /CNW/ - (TSX: MTL) Mullen Group Ltd. ("Mullen Group" and/or the "Corporation") announced today that the Toronto Stock Exchange (the "Exchange") has accepted a notice filed by the Corporation of its intention to make a Normal Course Issuer Bid (the "Bid") to be transacted through the facilities of the Exchange or through alternative Canadian trading systems, if eligible.
The notice provides that the Corporation may, during the 12-month period commencing March 9, 2020 and ending March 8, 2021, purchase for cancellation up to 7,972,926 Common Shares ("Shares") in total, being approximately 10.0% of the Corporation's Public Float (as that term is defined in the policies of the Exchange) as at February 28, 2020, which Public Float is 79,729,267 Shares. The price which the Corporation will pay for any such Shares will be the prevailing market price at the time of acquisition. The actual number of Shares which may be purchased pursuant to the Bid will be determined by management of the Corporation. Currently, the Corporation has 104,824,973 Shares issued and outstanding.
The average daily trading volume of the Shares on the Exchange ("ADTV") for the most recently completed six calendar months is 266,914. Pursuant to Exchange policies, the maximum number of Shares that may be purchased in one day pursuant to the Bid will be the greater of 1,000 and 25.0% of ADTV which amounts to 66,728 Shares, subject to certain prescribed exceptions.
The Corporation entered into an automatic securities purchase plan (the "ASPP") with its broker, Scotiabank, to allow for the repurchase of Shares at all times during the course of the Bid including when the Corporation ordinarily would not be active in the market due to its own internal trading blackout periods, insider trading rules or otherwise. The ASPP was entered into and adopted in accordance with applicable Canadian securities laws. The funding for any purchase pursuant to the Bid will be financed out of the working capital of the Corporation.
The Board of Directors believes the underlying value of the Corporation may not be reflected in the current market price of its Shares. As a result, depending upon future price movements and other factors, the Board believes that the Shares may represent an attractive investment to the Corporation in the best interests of the Corporation and its shareholders. Furthermore, the purchases are expected to benefit all persons who continue to hold Shares by increasing their equity interest in the Corporation if the repurchased Shares are cancelled.
A copy of the Corporation's notice filed with the Exchange may be obtained, by any shareholder without charge, by contacting the Corporation's Chief Financial Officer or Corporate Secretary & Vice President, Corporate Services.
About Mullen Group Ltd.
Mullen Group is a company that owns a network of independently operated businesses. The Corporation is recognized as one of the leading suppliers of trucking and logistics services in Canada providing a wide range of service offerings including less-than-truckload, truckload, warehousing, logistics, transload, oversized and specialized hauling transportation. In addition, we provide a diverse set of specialized services related to the oil and natural gas industry in western Canada, water management, fluid hauling and environmental reclamation. The corporate office provides the capital and financial expertise, legal support, technology and systems support, shared services and strategic planning to its independent businesses.
Mullen Group is a publicly traded corporation listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "MTL". Additional information is available on our website at www.mullen-group.com or on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Certain statements included in this news release constitute "forward-looking statements" under Canadian securities laws, including statements relating to potential purchases of common shares for cancellation under a normal course issuer bid. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. The Corporation cautions that its assumptions may not materialize and that current economic conditions render such assumptions, although reasonable at the time they were made, subject to greater uncertainty. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of terminology such as "believes", "expects", "anticipates", "assumes", "outlook", "plans", "targets", or other similar words.
Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results or performance of the Corporation to be materially different from the outlook or any future results or performance implied by such statements. Accordingly, readers are advised not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Important risk factors that could affect the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the effects of general economic and business conditions; industry competition; inflation, currency and interest rate fluctuations; changes in fuel prices; legislative and/or regulatory developments; compliance with environmental laws and regulations; actions by regulators; increases in maintenance and operating costs; security threats; reliance on technology and related cybersecurity risk; trade restrictions or other changes to international trade arrangements; transportation of hazardous materials; various events which could disrupt operations, including natural events such as severe weather, droughts, fires, floods and earthquakes; climate change; labor negotiations and disruptions; environmental claims; uncertainties of investigations, proceedings or other types of claims and litigation; timing and completion of capital programs; and other risks detailed from time to time in reports filed by Mullen Group with securities regulators in Canada. Reference should be made to Mullen Group's Management's Discussion and Analysis and Annual Information Form, filed with Canadian securities regulators and available on Mullen Group's website, for a description of major risk factors.
Forward-looking statements reflect information as of the date on which they are made. Mullen Group assumes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect future events, changes in circumstances, or changes in beliefs, unless required by applicable securities laws. In the event Mullen Group does update any forward-looking statement, no inference should be made that Mullen Group will make additional updates with respect to that statement, related matters, or any other forward-looking statement.
Mr. Murray K. Mullen - Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President
Mr. P. Stephen Clark - Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Richard J. Maloney - Senior Vice President
Ms. Joanna K. Scott - Corporate Secretary & Vice President, Corporate Services
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Okotoks, Alberta, Canada T1S 2N3
SOURCE Mullen Group Ltd.