Dorel Industries Inc. Intends To Make Normal Course Issuer Bid
Montreal, Quebec - 3/30/2010
Dorel Industries Inc. (TSX: DII.A DII.B) announces that it intends to make a normal course issuer bid. Under the normal course issuer bid, Dorel will be entitled to repurchase for cancellation up to 700,000 Class B Subordinate Voting Shares over a twelve-month period commencing April 1, 2010 and ending March 31, 2011, representing 2.4% of Dorel’s issued and outstanding Class B Subordinate Voting Shares. The purchases by Dorel will be effected through the facilities of the Toronto Stock Exchange and will be made at the market price of the Class B Subordinate Voting Shares at the time of the purchase. As at March 26, 2010, there were 28,717,952 Dorel Class B Subordinate Voting Shares issued and outstanding.
During the most recently completed six months, the average daily trading volume for the Class B Subordinate Voting Shares of Dorel on the Toronto Stock Exchange was 54,334 shares. Consequently, under the policies of the Toronto Stock Exchange, Dorel will have the right to repurchase during any one trading day a maximum of 13,583 Class B Subordinate Voting Shares, representing 25% of the average daily trading volume. In addition, Dorel may make, once per calendar week, a block purchase (as such term is defined in the TSX Company Manual) of Class B Subordinate Voting Shares not directly or indirectly owned by insiders of Dorel, in accordance with the policies of the Toronto Stock Exchange.
The Board of Directors of Dorel considers that the underlying value of Dorel may not be reflected in the market price of its Class B Subordinate Voting Shares at certain times during the term of the normal course issuer bid. The Board has therefore concluded that the repurchase of shares at certain market prices may constitute an appropriate use of financial resources and be beneficial to Dorel and its shareholders.
Any purchases made pursuant to the normal course issuer bid will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Toronto Stock Exchange. Dorel will make no purchases of Class B Subordinate Voting Shares other than open market purchases during the period of the normal course issuer bid. To the knowledge of Dorel, no director or officer of Dorel intends to sell Dorel shares while the normal course issuer bid is in effect.
In addition, Dorel has entered into an automatic share purchase agreement with CIBC World Markets Inc. in connection with the normal course issuer bid. Under the agreement, CIBC may acquire, at its discretion, Class B Subordinate Voting Shares at any time on Dorel’s behalf, subject to certain parameters as to price and number of shares.
Dorel purchased a total of 477,980 Class B Subordinate Voting Shares at a weighted average price of CAD$27.17 during its most recent normal course issuer bid which ended on March 19, 2010.
The normal course issuer bid has been approved by the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Dorel Industries Inc. (TSX: DII.B, DII.A) is a world class juvenile products and bicycle company. Established in 1962, Dorel creates style and excitement in equal measure to safety, quality and value. The Company’s lifestyle leadership position is pronounced in both its Juvenile and Bicycle categories with an array of trend-setting products. Dorel’s powerfully branded products include Safety 1st, Quinny, Cosco, Maxi-Cosi and Bébé Confort in Juvenile, as well as Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, Iron Horse and SUGOI in Recreational/Leisure. Dorel’s Home Furnishings segment markets a wide assortment of furniture products, both domestically produced and imported. Dorel is a US$2 billion company with 4,500 employees, facilities in nineteen countries, and sales worldwide.
Caution Regarding Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements included in this press may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Except as may be required by Canadian securities laws, Dorel does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Forward-looking statements, by their very nature, are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties and are based on several assumptions which give rise to the possibility that actual results could differ materially from Dorel’s expectations expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements and that the objectives, plans, strategic priorities and business outlook may not be achieved. As a result, Dorel cannot guarantee that any forward-looking statement will materialize. Forward-looking statements are provided in this press release for the purpose of giving information about Management’s current expectations and plans and allowing investors and others to get a better understanding of Dorel’s operating environment. However, readers are cautioned that it may not be appropriate to use such forward- looking statements for any other purpose.
Forward-looking statements made in this press release are based on a number of assumptions that Dorel believed were reasonable on the day it made the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Dorel’s expectations expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements include: general economic conditions; changes in product costs and supply channel; foreign currency fluctuations; customer and credit risk including the concentration of revenues with few customers; costs associated with product liability; changes in income tax legislation or the interpretation or application of those rules; the continued ability to develop products and support brand names; changes in the regulatory environment; continued access to capital resources and the related costs of borrowing; changes in assumptions in the valuation of goodwill and other intangible assets and subject to dividends being declared by the Board of Directors, there can be no certainty that Dorel’s Dividend Policy will be maintained. These and other risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements are discussed in Dorel’s annual MD&A and Annual Information Form filed with the applicable Canadian securities regulatory authorities. The risk factors outlined in the previously mentioned documents are specifically incorporated herein by reference.
Dorel cautions readers that the risks described above are not the only ones that could impact it. Additional risks and uncertainties not currently known to Dorel or that Dorel currently deems to be immaterial may also have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition or results of operations. Given these risks and uncertainties, investors should not place undue reliance on forward- looking statements as a prediction of actual results.
Except as otherwise indicated, forward-looking statements do not reflect the potential impact of any non-recurring or other unusual items or of any dispositions, mergers, acquisitions, other business combinations or other transactions that may be announced or that may occur after the date hereof. The financial impact of these transactions and non-recurring and other unusual items can be complex and depends on the facts particular to each of them. Dorel therefore cannot describe the expected impact in a meaningful way or in the same way Dorel presents known risks affecting the business.