TORONTO, June 8, 2020 /CNW/ – Aimia Inc. (TSX: AIM) announces that it has received approval from the Toronto Stock Exchange (the TSX) respecting the establishment of a normal course issuer bid (NCIB).
Aimia has received approval to purchase for cancellation up to 6,980,010 of its common shares, or 10% of the public float of 69,800,106 common shares as at May 31, 2020, through the facilities of the TSX and through alternative trading systems (such as Alpha ATS), or by exempt offers or block purchases, during the period from June 10, 2020 to no later than June 9, 2021. Purchases made on the open market through the facilities of the TSX and alternative trading systems will be at the prevailing market price at the time of acquisition. Aimia may also purchase common shares for cancellation pursuant to exemption orders from applicable securities regulatory authorities, and such purchases will be at a discount to the prevailing market price. As at May 31, 2020 there were 93,838,329 issued and outstanding common shares.
The average daily trading volume on the TSX for the past six months was 346,980 common shares. In accordance with temporary blanket relief announced by the TSX on March 23, 2020, a maximum daily repurchase of 50% of this average may be made on or before June 30, 2020, representing 173,490 common shares. Following the expiry of such temporary relief on June 30, 2020, under TSX rules, a maximum daily repurchase of 25% of this average may be made, representing 86,745 common shares. In addition, Aimia may make, once per week, a block purchase (as such term is defined in the TSX Company Manual) of common shares not directly or indirectly owned by insiders of Aimia, in accordance with the regulations of the TSX. The common shares purchased pursuant to the NCIB will be cancelled.
Transactions under the NCIB will depend on future market conditions. Aimia retains discretion whether to make purchases under the NCIB, and to determine the timing, amount and acceptable price of any such purchases, subject at all times to applicable TSX and other regulatory requirements.
Aimia believes that the market price of its common shares may, from time to time, not reflect the inherent value of the company, and that repurchases of common shares pursuant to the NCIB may represent an appropriate and desirable use of the company’s funds. Therefore, Aimia believes that it is in its best interest to proceed with this NCIB, while maintaining sufficient financial flexibility to execute on the company’s future strategic direction and capital allocation priorities.
In the past twelve months, Aimia has sought approval for and repurchased 8,879,302 common shares by way of a normal course issuer bid on the open market through the facilities of the TSX, and through alternative trading systems (such as Alpha ATS), including block purchases at a weighted average price paid of $3.674 per common share (excluding commissions).
Aimia Inc. (TSX: AIM) is an investment holding company with a focus on long-term investments in public and private companies, on a global basis, through controlling or minority stakes.
The company operates a loyalty solutions business, which is a well-recognized, global full-service provider of next-generation loyalty solutions for many of the world’s leading brands in the retail, CPG, travel & hospitality, financial services and entertainment verticals.
Aimia owns a 48.9% equity stake in PLM Premier, S.A.P.I. de C.V (PLM), owner and operator of Club Premier, the leading coalition program in Mexico, which it jointly controls with Aeromexico through its investment in PLM, and an investment alongside Air Asia in travel technology company BIGLIFE, the operator of BIG Loyalty, as well as a minority stake in Clear Media Limited, one of the largest outdoor advertising firms in China.
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