Sypris Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq/NM: SYPR) announced today that its Board of Directors approved a new program authorizing the Company to repurchase up to $5 million of its outstanding shares of common stock from time to time over the next twelve months. The share repurchase program does not obligate the Company to repurchase a minimum number of shares, and the program may be suspended or discontinued at any time without prior notice. The share repurchase program will be funded with the Company's cash on hand, and repurchased shares will be retired and returned to unissued status.
“Sypris is positioned for profitable growth in a way that we believe is still unrecognized by the market,” said Jeffrey T. Gill, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are pleased to launch our share repurchase program with this initial $5 million authorization to take advantage of this situation.”
In connection with the share repurchase program, the Board also authorized an Executive Equity Repurchase Agreement whereby management, including officers and directors, would grant the Company a first right to purchase shares at current market prices (calculated as the average of several days’ closing prices). The Company’s right to purchase the shares would occur any time a party to the Agreement departed the Company or intended to sell more than 1,500 shares of common stock. The Agreement has a five-year term, subject to earlier termination by the Company, and participation by each individual is voluntary.
“The combination of our share repurchase program and this new Agreement with our management team reflects our confidence in the future of our business and our commitment to returning value to Sypris shareholders,” Mr. Gill added.The repurchases under the share repurchase program may be made in open market or privately negotiated transactions or pursuant to the Equity Repurchase Agreement, depending on prevailing market conditions and other factors.