AcuityAds Holdings Inc. , a digital advertising technology leader that provides targeted media solutions enabling advertisers to connect intelligently with audiences across digital advertising channels, announced today that it has received approval from the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) to proceed with a normal course issuer bid (“NCIB”).
Under the NCIB, the Company may purchase for cancellation up to 5,500,000 common shares of the Company (the “Shares”). Daily purchases will be limited to 140,680 Shares, other than block purchase exceptions. As at May 3, 2022, AcuityAds had 60,926,530 Shares issued and outstanding. The maximum number of Shares that may be purchased under the NCIB represents approximately 9.95% of AcuityAds’ public float as at May 3, 2022. The NCIB will commence on May 16, 2022 and may continue to May 15, 2023 or such earlier time as the NCIB is completed or terminated at the option of the Company. The Shares will be purchased on behalf of the Company by a registered broker through the facilities of the TSX and through other alternative Canadian trading platforms at the prevailing market price at the time of such transaction.
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In connection with the NCIB, subject to approval of the TSX, AcuityAds intends on entering into an automatic share purchase plan (the “ASPP”) with its designated broker to allow for the purchase of Shares under the NCIB at times when AcuityAds normally would not be active in the market due to internal trading black-out periods. Such purchases will be determined by the broker at its sole discretion, based on the purchasing parameters set out by the Company in accordance with the rules of the TSX, applicable securities laws and the terms of the ASPP. Purchases of Shares under the ASPP may be made through the facilities of the TSX and alternative Canadian trading systems. The ASPP will terminate on the earliest of the date on which: (i) the NCIB expires; (ii) the maximum number of Shares have been purchased under the NCIB; and (iii) the Company terminates the ASPP in accordance with its terms. 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 regardless of whether a trading blackout period is in effect or whether there is material undisclosed or non-public information about the Company at the time that purchases are made under the ASPP. In the event that the ASPP is materially varied, suspended or terminated, the Company will issue a news release advising of such variation, suspension or termination, as applicable.
Management of the Company believes that, from time to time, the market price of the Shares may not fully reflect the underlying value of the Shares and that at such times the purchase of Shares would be in the best interests of shareholders. As a result of such purchases, the number of issued Shares will be decreased and, consequently, the proportionate share interest of all remaining shareholders will be increased on a pro rata basis.
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