Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG) announced today that it has entered into an accelerated share repurchase (ASR) agreement with an investment bank to repurchase an aggregate of $600 million of the company’s common stock. The ASR is part of the existing Board authorized share repurchase program. Year-to-date, Celgene has repurchased approximately $385 million of its common stock and has approximately $1,450 million remaining in the existing program. Celgene has repurchased approximately $5,050 million of its common stock over the last four years.
“This accelerated share repurchase program reflects our confidence in the company’s long-term financial outlook,” said Jacqualyn Fouse, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “We are committed to optimizing our capital structure, while increasing shareholder value.”
Under the ASR agreement, Celgene will pay $600 million to an investment bank in exchange for shares of Celgene’s common stock. The total number of shares ultimately repurchased under the agreement will be determined upon final settlement and will be based on a discount to the volume-weighted average price of Celgene’s common stock during the ASR period. Celgene anticipates that all repurchases under the ASR will be completed no later than May 20, 2013.
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