Tucows Announces Plan to Commence Dutch Auction Tender Offer
Tucows (NYSE: TCX) a global provider of domain names, email and other Internet services, today announced its plan to launch a "modified Dutch auction" tender offer (the "Tender Offer") to repurchase up to 6,500,000 shares of its common stock, representing approximately 14.7% of Tucows' outstanding shares, at a price per share not less than $1.35 and not greater than $1.50. This price range represents a premium of 9.6% to 21.8% to the year-to-date volume-weighted average price of $1.23 per share for the Company's common stock. The tender offer is expected to commence the week of November 19, 2012 and will remain open for at least 20 business days.
The Tender Offer will allow shareholders to indicate how many shares and at what price within the Company's specified range they wish to tender. Based on the number of shares tendered and the prices specified by the tendering shareholders, the Company will determine the lowest price per share within the range that will enable the Company to purchase 6,500,000 of its shares (or a lower amount if the offer is not fully subscribed) that are properly tendered. If shareholders of more than 6,500,000 shares properly tender their shares at or below the determined price per share, Tucows will purchase shares tendered by such shareholders, at the determined price per share, on a pro rata basis. Additionally, if more than 6,500,000 shares are properly tendered, the number of shares to be repurchased by Tucows pursuant to the Tender Offer may, at the discretion of Tucows, be increased by up to 2% of Tucows' outstanding shares, or approximately 885,000 shares, without amending or extending the tender offer. All shares purchased by the Company in the Tender Offer will be purchased at the same price and will be cancelled. The Company will not purchase stock below a shareholder's indicated price, and in some cases, the Company may actually purchase shares at a price that is above a shareholder's indicated price under the terms of the Tender Offer. Tucows management team and Lacuna, LLC, the Company's largest shareholder, have agreed not to tender any shares in the tender offer.
Tucows expects to fund the share purchases in the Tender Offer through new borrowings under an amended and extended version of its existing credit facilities. The Tender Offer will not be conditioned upon any minimum number of shares being tendered, but will be subject to the completion of the new borrowings and other customary conditions that will be described in the Tender Offer documents. The Tender Offer documents, which will be distributed to shareholders upon commencement of the Tender Offer, will also contain tendering instructions and a complete explanation of the Tender Offer's terms and conditions.
"We remain confident in the ability of our business to deliver consistency, reliability and growth and believe that the repurchase of our shares at such price levels is an attractive investment and a prudent use of cash and consistent with our strategy to return capital to shareholders," said Elliot Noss, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tucows Inc.
The information agent for the Tender Offer will be Registrar and Transfer Company. Neither Tucows, its board of directors or the information agent is or will be making any recommendation to shareholders as to whether to tender or refrain from tendering their shares into the Tender Offer. Shareholders will be able to obtain copies of the offer to purchase, related materials filed by the Company as part of the statement on Schedule TO and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission through the SEC's internet address at www.sec.gov without charge when these documents become available. Shareholders and investors may also obtain a copy of these documents, as well as any other documents the Company has filed with the SEC, without charge, from the Company or at the Company's website: www.tucowsinc.com. Shareholders are urged to carefully read these materials, when available, prior to making any decision with respect to the offer. Shareholders and investors who have questions or need assistance may call Registrar and Transfer Company, the information agent for the tender offer, by directing such request to: Registrar and Transfer Company, 10 Commerce Drive Cranford, NJ 07016, telephone (800) 866-1340.
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