STMicro launches share buy-back program
STMicroelectronics has launched a share buyback program of up to $750 million to be executed within a 3 year period (subject to shareholder and other approvals from time to time) following the publication of this press release.
The share buy-back program will be carried out in accordance with the authorisation of the Supervisory Board and the provisions of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 and Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1052.
The company intends to carry out the buy-back program, and hold the shares bought back as Treasury Stock, for the purpose of meeting the company’s obligations in relation to its employee stock award plans. As of October 31, 2018, STMicro holds approximately 8.6m Treasury Shares, representing approximately 0.9 percent of its issued share capital.
StMicro will appoint one or more brokers to execute the share buy-back program in accordance with all applicable regulations. The bro- kers will make their decisions relating to the purchase of company shares independently, including with respect to the timing of any purchases, and all purchases effected will be in compliance with daily limits on prices and volumes.
STMicro’s closing share price on the New York Stock Exchange on November 2, 2018, was $15.81 and, at such price, the maximum number of shares that could be acquired for $750m would be approximately 47m, which represents approximately 5.2 percent of the company’s issued share capital.
Purchases of shares will be made on one or more trading venues, which may include the regulated market of Euronext Paris, the Mercato Telematico Azionario organised and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A. and the New York Stock Exchange.
The actual timing, number and value of company shares repurchased under the share buyback program will depend on a number of factors, including market conditions, general business conditions and applicable legal require- ments. The company is not obligated to carry out the share buy-back program, and, if commenced, the share buy-back program may be suspended and discontinued at any time, for any reason and without previous notice, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
STMicro says its share buy-back program implements the resolution of its shareholders pursuant to its annual shareholders’ meeting held on May 31, 2018 to repurchase shares in accordance with the authorisation of the Supervisory Board. Continuation of the share buy-back program will be subject to future shareholder approval at the company’s 2019 annual shareholders’ meeting.
StMicro will announce details of any share purchases effected pursuant to the share buy-back program, as required by applicable laws and regulations. The costs that the company may incur in connection with the purchase of the shares pursuant to the share buy-back program will depend on the price and the terms on which actual purchases are made.