Friday, June 12, 2015
News this week: NASDAQ-listed Global Sources announced this week that the company plans to launch a cash tender offer for up to US$50 million in outstanding common shares at US$7.50. That represents a 43% premium over the closing price on Tuesday (US$5.23). Under the terms of the offer, the company may buy back as many as 6.67 million common shares or close to 22% of outstanding shares. According to its financial statement, as of 31st March 2015, the company had US$103.6 million in cash and cash equivalents.
Global Sources has made similar offers three times in the past - buying back US$50 million worth of shares at US$10 per share in 2014, US$100 million at US$9 per share in 2010 and US$50 million at US$8 per share in 2008.
Merle A. Hinrich, Global Sources’ executive chairman, said, “I am pleased to announce that after carefully considering all of the options to return capital to the shareholders, the Board of Directors has approved a tender offer as the most efficient alternative at this time. At the close of the transaction, Global Sources will still have a strong balance sheet, giving us the financial strength to pursue our growth initiatives and other options to invest in the business.”