(All figures in Canadian dollarsunless otherwise noted)
Toronto, March 6, 2023 – Aimia Inc. (TSX: AIM) has announced today that its Board of Directors has approved, subject to certain conditions, an increase in its share repurchase program with authorization to purchase up to $100 million of common shares of Aimia (inclusive of share buybacks completed in 2022), and in connection thereto, confirms its intent to renew its Normal Course Issuer Bid (“NCIB”) which is coming up for renewal in June 2023.
During 2022, Aimia bought back 8.3 million common shares on the open market, fully utilizing its most recent NCIB, for total repurchases in 2022 of $36.5 million. With this new target, $63.5 million remains available for additional repurchases.
The renewal of the NCIB in June will be subject to TSX approval and achieving the full $100 million share buyback target is subject to closing one or both external debt financings, both of which are actively progressing, for the previously announced Bozzetto and Tufropes acquisitions. Based on the share count on March 1, 2023, the renewal of the NCIB would represent the ability to purchase approximately 6.4 million additional common shares, representing approximately 10% of the public float of Aimia’s outstanding common shares. Once all permissible repurchases of common shares under the NCIB have been completed, Aimia will consider other buyback mechanisms to facilitate additional share repurchases to achieve the targeted remaining $63.5 million. Since 2020, Aimia has repurchased over 12.8 million common shares, reducing Aimia’s outstanding share count to 84.2 million.
Phil Mittleman, CEO of Aimia, said: “Having recently announced two exciting acquisitions that we believe will generate significant earnings, free cash flow and growth opportunities for our stakeholders, we intend to aggressively repurchase our common stock, which we see as significantly undervalued. We are increasing our previously stated target capital return target of $75 million, of which we have executed $36.5 million in open market purchases, to a new target of up to $100 million.”
Aimia Inc. (TSX: AIM) is a holding company with a focus on making long-term investments in public and private companies, on a global basis, through controlling or minority stakes.
The company owns a portfolio of investments which include: a 10.85% stake in Clear Media Limited, one of the largest outdoor advertising firms in China, a 48.8% equity stake in Kognitiv, a B2B technology company enabling collaborative commerce, a 10.8% equity stake in TRADE X, a global B2B cross-border automotive trading platform as well as a wholly owned investment advisory business, Mittleman Investment Management, LLC. Upon closing of the previously announced acquisition of Tufropes, and the recently announced acquisition of Bozzetto; Tufropes and Bozzetto will be added to the company’s portfolio of investments.
For more information about Aimia, visit www.aimia.com.
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