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Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation Announces Final Results Of Tender Offer

Stocks in this article: SWHC

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., July 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --  Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market: SWHC), a leader in firearm manufacturing and design, today announced the final results of its fixed-price cash tender offer to purchase up to 6,818,181 at a purchase price of $11.00 per share (the "Offer"), which expired at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on the evening of July 23, 2013.

Based on the final count by the depositary for the Offer, the company accepted for payment an aggregate of 1,417,233 shares of its common stock, at a total cost to the company of approximately $15.6 million, excluding fees and expenses relating to the Offer. These shares represent approximately 2.2 percent of shares issued and outstanding. Payment for the shares accepted for purchase under the Offer will be made promptly. The company expects to have approximately 63,000,000 shares of its common stock outstanding immediately following consummation of the Offer.

James Debney, President and CEO of Smith & Wesson, said, "We are pleased that the Offer provided us with an opportunity to deliver value to participating stockholders while increasing the proportional ownership of non-tendering stockholders. The Offer represents an important step in our overall plan to return capital to stockholders through our stock repurchase program.  We remain authorized to purchase additional shares under that program in the open market or privately negotiated transactions."          

On June 13, 2013, the company announced that its Board of Directors had approved the repurchase of up to $100.0 million of the company's outstanding common stock, including the repurchase for cash of up to $75.0 million of common stock by way of a fixed-price issuer tender offer, with the remaining authorized balance to be repurchased in the open market or privately negotiated transactions.  Following the expiration of the Offer, the company remains authorized to repurchase up to approximately $84.4 million of common stock in the open market or privately negotiated transactions. In September 2013, the company expects to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended July 31, 2013.  Until that filing occurs, any open market purchases of its stock will be made pursuant to the terms of a trading plan the company established in June 2013 pursuant to rule 10b5-1. 

Cowen and Company, LLC served as the dealer manager for the Offer and Innisfree M&A Incorporated served as the information agent for the Offer.

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