HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., May 18, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- United-Guardian, Inc. (Nasdaq:UG) today reported that its Board of Directors and its President and largest stockholder, Ken Globus, have reached agreement on the repurchase by the Company of 350,000 shares of Company stock owned by Mr. Globus. The block of shares, which represents approximately 7% of the total shares outstanding, is being acquired by the Company for consideration of $10.75 per share, which is a 13% discount to the weighted average closing share price for the 60 trading days prior to May 6, 2010, and a 12% discount to yesterday's closing share price. The shares being sold had been inherited by Mr. Globus last year from the founder of the Company, Alfred R. Globus, and are being sold by Mr. Globus for estate planning purposes. The purchase is expected to close in the next few weeks and is subject to customary closing conditions.
Following receipt by the Company of an informal proposal from Mr. Globus to sell some of his Company stock back to the Company, the Board of Directors formed a Special Committee of independent directors to determine a fair price and negotiate the terms of a sale with Mr. Globus. The Special Committee retained the investment banking services of Coady Diemar Partners, LLC, which provided a fairness opinion to the Special Committee stating that "the consideration proposed to be paid by the Company under the repurchase is fair from a financial point of view to the Company." The Special Committee recommended the transaction to the full Board of Directors, excluding Mr. Globus who had recused himself from the Board vote. Subsequently, the remaining Board members unanimously approved the transaction.
Arthur Dresner, Chairman of the Special Committee, stated that "United-Guardian's Board of Directors believes that this purchase represents a prudent use of a portion of the Company's cash and demonstrates the Board's confidence in the long-term potential for the Company. The Board and management continue to believe that the intrinsic value of the Company's shares exceeds the repurchase price. The transaction is expected to be accretive to the Company's earnings and is not expected to change the Company's current dividend payout policy."