(All amounts in Canadian dollars)
OAKVILLE, ON, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Tim Hortons Inc. (NYSE: THI) (TSX: THI) today announced it plans to commence a new share repurchase program authorizing the repurchase of up to $250 million in common shares. The maximum value of the share repurchases represents an increase from the previous program, which was capped at $200 million.
The Company has obtained regulatory approval from the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) to commence a normal course issuer bid (the "bid") for up to $250 million in common shares, not to exceed the regulatory maximum of 15,239,531 shares, representing 10% of the Company's public float as of February 14 th, 2013, as defined under the TSX rules. The bid is planned to commence on February 26 th, 2013 and is due to terminate on the earlier of February 25 th, 2014 or the date the maximum share or dollar amount is reached.
"Our confidence in the strength of our cash flows led us to increase our share repurchase program from $200 million to $250 million as a means of returning capital to our shareholders," said Cynthia Devine, Chief Financial Officer.Subject to the negotiation and execution of a broker agreement, the Company's common shares under the bid will be purchased under the program through a combination of a 10b5-1 automatic trading plan as well as at management's discretion in compliance with regulatory requirements, and given market, cost and other considerations. Repurchases will be made through the facilities of the TSX (and/or other Canadian marketplaces), the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), or by such other means as may be permitted by the TSX and/or the NYSE, and under applicable laws, including private agreements under an issuer bid exemption order issued by a securities regulatory authority in Canada. Purchases made by way of private agreements under an issuer bid exemption order issued by a securities regulatory authority will be at a discount to the prevailing market price as provided in the exemption order. There can be no assurance as to the precise number of shares that will be repurchased under the share repurchase program, or the aggregate dollar amount of the shares purchased. Tim Hortons may discontinue purchases at any time, subject to compliance with applicable regulatory requirements. Shares purchased pursuant to the share repurchase program will be cancelled. The maximum number of shares that may be purchased during any trading day may not exceed 25% of the average daily trading volume on the TSX, excluding purchases made by Tim Hortons, based on the previous six completed calendar months, for a daily total of 122,790 common shares. This limit, for which there are permitted exceptions, is determined in accordance with regulatory requirements. Under the 2012 program, which terminated December 28, 2012 when the dollar amount cap was reached, Tim Hortons purchased 3,899,078 shares at a weighted average price of $51.29 per share. As of February 14 th, 2013, we had 153,404,839 common shares outstanding. Safe Harbor Statement Certain information in this news release, particularly information regarding future economic performance, finances, and plans, expectations and objectives of management, and other information, constitutes forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities laws and forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We refer to all of these as forward-looking statements. Various factors including competition in the quick service segment of the food service industry, general economic conditions and others described as "risk factors" in the Company's 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed February 28 th, 2012, our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed November 8 th, 2012, and our 2012 Annual Report on Form 10-K expected to be filed today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Canadian Securities Administrators, could affect the Company's actual results and cause such results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements. As such, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements contained in this news release, which speak only as to management's expectations as of the date hereof. Forward-looking statements are based on a number of assumptions which may prove to be incorrect, including, but not limited to, assumptions about: the absence of an adverse event or condition that damages our strong brand position and reputation; the absence of a material increase in competition or in volume or type of competitive activity within the quick service restaurant segment of the food service industry; general worldwide economic conditions; cost and availability of commodities; the ability to retain our senior management team or the inability to attract and retain new qualified personnel; continuing positive working relationships with the majority of the Company's restaurant owners; the absence of any material adverse effects arising as a result of litigation; and there being no significant change in the Company's ability to comply with current or future regulatory requirements.