ATCO Ltd. Normal Course Issuer Bid
CALGARY, AB, March 4, 2021 – ATCO Ltd. (TSX: ACO.X, ACO.Y)
The Toronto Stock Exchange (the “Exchange”) has accepted ATCO Ltd.’s (the “Company”) Notice of Intention to make a Normal Course Issuer Bid (the “Notice”) pursuant to which the Company intends to make a Normal Course Issuer Bid (“NCIB”) for certain of its outstanding Class I Non-Voting Shares (“Class I Shares”) on the terms set forth in the Notice. The Company believes that, from time to time, the market price of its Class I Shares may not fully reflect the value of its business, and that purchasing its own Class I Shares represents an attractive investment opportunity and desirable use of available funds. The purchase of Class I Shares, at appropriate prices, will also minimize any dilution resulting from the exercise of stock options.
On February 28, 2021, 101,347,899 Class I Shares were issued and outstanding. Under the terms of the Notice and the rules of the Exchange, the Company may acquire up to 1,013,478 Class I Shares of the Company (being 1 per cent of the Class I Shares issued and outstanding as at February 28, 2021, excluding any Class I Shares held by or on behalf of the Company on such date), during the period commencing on March 9, 2021 and ending on March 8, 2022 or such earlier date on which the Company completes its purchases of Class I Shares under the NCIB or terminates the NCIB at its option.
The aggregate number of Class I Shares that the Company may purchase under the NCIB during any trading day is subject to a maximum daily purchase limit of 60,761 Class I Shares (being 25 per cent of the average daily trading volume for the six calendar months preceding the date of the acceptance of the Notice, which was equal to 243,047 Class I Shares) from March 9, 2021 to the termination of the NCIB. Exceptions may be made to this daily purchase limit in accordance with the “block purchase” exemptions of the Exchange policy.
Any Class I Shares purchased pursuant to the Notice will be cancelled. Class I Shares will be purchased at the market price of the Class I Shares at the time of purchase and will be purchased on behalf of the Company by a registered investment dealer through the facilities of the Exchange and any alternate trading systems through which trades of the Class I Shares may be effected under applicable securities laws. Any purchase of Class I Shares pursuant to the NCIB will be financed out of cash and working capital of the Company.
The Company purchased 150,000 Class I Shares at an average trading price of $38.56 during the most recent 12-month period preceding the date hereof pursuant to a normal course issuer bid which commenced on March 9, 2020 and expires on March 8, 2021. All of such purchases were made by means of open market transactions at the market price as at the time of purchase.
In connection with the NCIB, the Company will also enter into an automatic securities purchase plan (“ASPP”) with a designated broker (the “Broker”) on or about the commencement date of the NCIB. The ASPP has been reviewed by the Exchange and will facilitate the Company’s repurchase of Class I Shares under the NCIB through the facilities of the Exchange, subject to certain trading parameters. At its own discretion, the Broker may repurchase Class I Shares, without the control or influence of the Company. During the term of the ASPP, the Company will not communicate any material undisclosed or non-public information to the trading staff of the Broker; accordingly, the Broker may make purchases under the ASPP at any time, including during self-imposed trading blackouts and regardless of whether there is material undisclosed or non-public information about the Company at the time of purchase. The Company may otherwise vary, suspend or terminate the ASPP only if it does not have material undisclosed or non-public information, the decision to vary, suspend or terminate the ASPP is not taken during a self-imposed trading blackout and any variation, suspension or termination is made in accordance with the terms of the ASPP.
Outside of these periods, the Class I Shares will be repurchased by the Company at its discretion under the NCIB.
With approximately 6,200 employees and assets of $22 billion, ATCO is a diversified global corporation with investments in the essential services of Structures & Logistics (workforce and residential housing, innovative modular facilities, construction, site support services, workforce lodging services, facility operations and maintenance, defence operations services, and disaster and emergency management services); Utilities (electricity and natural gas transmission and distribution, and international electricity operations); Energy Infrastructure (electricity generation, energy storage and industrial water solutions); Retail Energy (electricity and natural gas retail sales); Transportation (ports and transportation logistics); and Commercial Real Estate. More information can be found at www.ATCO.com.
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