Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc. (the Company) today declared its regular quarterly dividend of $0.25 per Common Share payable on February 28, 2019, to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 15, 2019.
The Company also announced that the Toronto Stock Exchange (the TSX) has approved its normal course issuer bid renewal for a portion of its Common Shares. The normal course issuer bid will be made in accordance with the requirements of the TSX. The Company may begin to purchase Common Shares on February 19, 2019, under this renewal.
As of January 31, 2019, 31,225,284 Common Shares were outstanding. Pursuant to the renewed normal course issuer bid, the Company is permitted to acquire a maximum of 2,784,318 Common Shares, being 10% of the public float as of January 31, 2019, in the 12-month period commencing February 19, 2019, and ending on February 18, 2020. Repurchases under the normal course issuer bid will be made by the Company on the open market through the facilities of the TSX or alternative Canadian trading systems and in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements. The price that the Company will pay for any Common Shares will be the market price of such Common Shares at the time of acquisition. Under the normal course issuer bid, the Company may repurchase a maximum of 48,853 Common Shares on the TSX during any trading day. This limitation does not apply to repurchases made pursuant to block purchase exemptions. Any Common Shares that are repurchased under the normal course issuer bid will be cancelled upon their repurchase by the Company.
The Company believes that the repurchase by the Company of a portion of outstanding Common Shares may, in certain circumstances, represent an appropriate use of available cash.
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Pursuant to a previous notice of intention to conduct a normal course issuer bid, under which the Company sought and received approval from the TSX to purchase up to 2,782,596 Common Shares for the period of February 16, 2018, to February 15, 2019, 9,200 Common Shares have been repurchased and cancelled, with an average weighted-volume price of $10.75 per Common Share, as of the date of this press release.
Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc. is one of Canadas pre-eminent wealth management firms. Founded in 1984 and serving high net worth private clients and institutional investors, the Company is dedicated to meeting clients needs by delivering strong risk-adjusted returns together with the highest level of personalized client service. The Company’s Common Shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “GS”. For more information about the Company, please visit our website at www.gluskinsheff.com.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements relating to Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc.s business and the environment in which it operates. These statements are based on the Companys expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections. They are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to control or predict. These risks and uncertainties are discussed in the Companys regulatory filings available on the Companys website at www.gluskinsheff.com or at www.sedar.com. Actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements. Readers, therefore, should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. Further, a forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any such statement or to reflect new information or the occurrence of future events or circumstances, except as required by applicable law.
David R. Morris
Chief Financial Officer and Secretary