April 1, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Lear Corporation (NYSE: LEA) ("Lear", "the Company"), a leading global supplier of automotive seating and electrical distribution systems, Marcato Capital Management LLC ("Marcato") and Oskie Capital Management LLC ("Oskie") today announced an agreement aimed at further enhancing shareholder value.
Under the terms of the agreement, the Company's Board of Directors has authorized management to further accelerate repurchases under the Company's existing
share repurchase program. Lear repurchased
of its outstanding common stock during the first quarter of 2013 and now expects to complete the remaining
of its existing
share repurchase authorization under an Accelerated Share Repurchase Program within approximately the next 12 months.
Lear also today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a new two-year share repurchase authorization of
to commence immediately following the completion of the existing
share repurchase program. Including
of share repurchases through the end of 2012, the existing
authorization and the additional
announced today, the Board has authorized total share repurchases of
since the first quarter of 2011.
Lear may implement share repurchases under the new
share repurchase program utilizing a variety of methods including open market purchases, accelerated share repurchase programs and structured repurchase transactions. Share repurchases are subject to prevailing financial, market and industry conditions.
Lear also announced today that under the terms of the agreement, Marcato and Oskie have withdrawn their slate of nominees for election to Lear's Board of Directors at the 2013 Annual Meeting and agreed to vote their shares in support of all of Lear's director nominees. Further, the Company has agreed to expand the Board of Directors from eight to nine members as soon as practicable following the 2013 Annual Meeting and add a new Board member mutually acceptable to the Company, Marcato and Oskie.