WUHAN, China, Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China Automotive Systems, Inc. ("CAAS" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: CAAS), a leading power steering components and systems supplier in China, today announced that its board of directors approved a share repurchase program of up to $5 million of its outstanding common shares periodically over the next 12 months. Repurchases will be made in open market transactions, at prevailing market prices subject to applicable laws, regulations and approvals. The timing of the share repurchases will depend on a variety of factors, including market conditions.
Mr. Hanlin Chen, Chairman of China Automotive Systems, commented, "We do not believe that our current stock price reflects our leadership in the automotive steering industry in China, the world's largest automotive market, or our ability to generate free cash flow and build shareholder value through efficient operations and an expanding customer base. As the largest provider of steering products in China, we have advanced our technology to global standards and we are now a tier 1 exporter into North America and we established have a joint venture to penetrate the expanding South American automotive market."
About China Automotive Systems, Inc.Based in Hubei Province, the People's Republic of China, China Automotive Systems, Inc. is a leading supplier of power steering components and systems to the Chinese automotive industry, operating through eight Sino-foreign joint ventures. The Company offers a full range of steering system parts for passenger automobiles and commercial vehicles. The Company currently offers four separate series of power steering with an annual production capacity of over 3.8 million sets of steering gears, columns and steering hoses. Its customer base is comprised of leading auto manufacturers, such as China FAW Group, Corp., Dongfeng Auto Group Co., Ltd., BYD Auto Company Limited, Beiqi Foton Motor Co., Ltd., and Chery Automobile Co., Ltd. in China and Chrysler North America in North America. For more information, please visit: http://www.caasauto.com. Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains statements that are "forward-looking statements" as defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements represent the Company's estimates and assumptions only as of the date of this press release. The Company's actual results may differ materially from the results described in or anticipated by these forward-looking statements due to certain risks and uncertainties, including those described under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 9, 2012, and in documents subsequently filed by the Company from time to time. The Company expressly disclaims any duty to provide updates to any forward-looking statements made in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. For more information, please visit: http://www.caasauto.com or contact: Jie LiChief Financial OfficerChina Automotive Systems, Inc.Email: email@example.com Kevin TheissInvestor RelationsGrayling Tel: +1-646-284-9409Email: firstname.lastname@example.org SOURCE China Automotive Systems, Inc.