Newmarket, ON – AirBoss of America Corp. (the “Company”) (TSX:BOS) announced today that the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) has accepted its Notice of Intention to renew its normal course issuer bid for its common shares (the “Bid”). Purchases made pursuant to the Bid will be made in the open market through the facilities of the TSX and alternative Canadian trading systems, if eligible, in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements.
For its current Bid that expires on December 5, 2022, the Company previously sought and received approval from the TSX to repurchase up to 500,000 common shares. The Company has not purchased common shares for cancellation to date over the course of the current Bid.
Pursuant to the renewed Bid, the Company may re-purchase up to 500,000 of its common shares (representing approximately 1.85% of the Company’s public float of 17,460,712 common shares as of November 28, 2022). The renewed Bid will commence on December 6, 2022 and remain in effect until the earlier of December 5, 2023, the termination of the Bid by the Company or the Company purchasing the maximum number of common shares permitted under the Bid. As of November 28, 2022, the Company had 27,092,041 common shares issued and outstanding.
Subject to the Company’s ability to make “block” purchases through the facilities of the TSX, the maximum number of common shares that the Company may purchase on any trading day is 41,162 common shares (representing 25% of 164,648, being the average daily trading volume of the Company’s shares on the TSX in the six month period prior to the Bid). The price paid for any common shares acquired by the Company will be the market price of the shares at the time of acquisition. The Company intends to fund the repurchases under the Bid out of its available cash. All common shares acquired by the Company under the Bid will be cancelled.
Purchases pursuant to the bid will be conducted by a broker engaged by the Company to make purchases under the Bid in accordance with the applicable policies of the TSX. The Company has entered into an “automatic share purchase plan” to facilitate the repurchase of common shares under the Bid through the designated broker. Pursuant to the automatic share purchase plan, the broker will be permitted to repurchase common shares under the Bid at times when AirBoss is subject to a self-imposed blackout period, pursuant to instructions provided in advance of such blackout periods. The automatic share purchase plan complies with, and has been adopted in accordance with, the requirements of applicable Canadian securities laws.
The Company is making the Bid because it believes that, from time to time, the market prices of its common shares may not fully reflect the underlying value of the Company’s business and its future business prospects. As a result, depending upon future price movements and other factors, the Company believes that its outstanding common shares may represent an attractive investment for the Company. Such purchases are expected to benefit all remaining shareholders by increasing their equity interest in the Company.
AirBoss of America Corp.
AirBoss of America is a leading and diversified developer, manufacturer and provider of innovative survivability solutions, advanced custom rubber compounds and finished rubber products that are designed to outperform in the most challenging environments. Founded in 1989, the company operates through three divisions. AirBoss Defense Group is a global leader in personal and respiratory protective equipment and technology for the defense, healthcare, medical and first responder communities. AirBoss Rubber Solutions is a top-tier North American custom rubber compounder with 500 million turn pounds of annual capacity. AirBoss Engineered Products is a supplier of innovative anti-vibration solutions to the North American automotive market and other sectors. The Company’s shares trade on the TSX under the symbol BOS and on the OTCQX under the symbol ABSSF. Visit www.airboss.com for more information.
Investor Contact: Chris Bitsakakis, President or Gren Schoch, CEO at 905-751-1188.
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All of the forward-looking information in this press release is expressly qualified by these cautionary statements. Investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking information. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking information attributable to AirBoss or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by this notice. Forward-looking information contained herein is made as of the date of this Interim Report and, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, AirBoss disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly the forward-looking information except as required by applicable laws. Risks and uncertainties about AirBoss’ business are more fully discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in our most recent Annual Information Form and are otherwise disclosed in our filings with securities regulatory authorities which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.