Laval, Quebec, December 8, 2011– Savaria Corporation (“Savaria”) (TSX: SIS), the second largest company in the accessibility equipment industry in North America today announced that it has received Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX") approval to a Notice of Intention to implement a normal course issuer bid. According to the notice, Savaria intends to purchase for cancellation, in accordance with the requirements of the TSX, up to 1,150,000 common shares, representing less than 5 % of the 23,087,864 common shares that are issued and outstanding as of November 30, 2011.
The average daily trading volume (“ADTV”) of Savaria’s common shares over the last six completed calendar months was 1,781. According to the TSX requirements, Savaria is entitled, on any trading day, to purchase up to 1,000 common shares. Once a week, in excess of the daily 1,000 repurchased limit, Savaria may also purchase a block of shares not owned by an insider (i) having a purchase price of $200,000 or more, (ii) of at least 5,000 shares having a purchase price of at least $50,000, or (iii) of at least 20 board lots of shares which total 150% or more of the ADTV.
The normal course issuer bid will begin on December 12, 2011, and will run until the earlier of the date on which purchases under the bid have been completed and December 11, 2012. These purchases are to be made through the facilities of the TSX in accordance with its requirements on normal course issuer bids. The price, which Savaria will pay for any common shares, will be the market price at the time of acquisition plus brokerage fees.
Savaria has purchased 265,200 of its common shares at a weighted average price of $1.53 within the last twelve months pursuant to a normal course issuer bid which began on December 3, 2010 and terminated on December 2, 2011.
Savaria believes that the purchase of its shares may makes appropriate use of its available cash, and therefore, that the issuer bid is in the best interests of Savaria and its shareholders.
Savaria Corporation (savaria.com) is Canada’s leader and the second largest North American company in the accessibility industry focused on meeting the needs of people with mobility challenges. Savaria designs, manufactures and distributes primarily elevators for home and commercial use, as well as stairlifts and vertical and inclined platform lifts. In addition, it converts and adapts wheelchair accessible automotive vehicles and also offers scooters and motorized wheelchairs. The diversity of its product line, one of the world’s most comprehensive, enables the Corporation to stand out by proposing an integrated and customized solution for its customers’ mobility needs. Its operations in China have substantially grown since 2006 and the collaboration with Savaria’s other Canadian facilities increases its competitive edge in the market place. The Corporation records slightly over 50% of its sales outside Canada, primarily in the United States. It has a sales network of some 600 retailers in North America and employs 400 people at its head office in Laval and at its plants in Ville Saint-Laurent (Quebec), Brampton and London (Ontario), Calgary (Alberta) and Huizhou (China).
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