IGM Financial Inc. – Normal Course Issuer Bid Approved
Winnipeg, March 17, 2015: IGM Financial Inc. (IGM) (TSX: IGM) today announced receipt of regulatory approval respecting its intention to continue its Normal Course Issuer Bid and Automatic Securities Purchase Plan through the facilities of the Toronto Stock Exchange from March 20, 2015 to March 19, 2016.
The Corporation intends to purchase for cancellation, by means of open market transactions through the facilities of the TSX or any alternative trading system, up to but not more than 12,548,895 of its issued common shares, representing 5 percent of the approximately 250,977,905 common shares outstanding on March 13, 2015. Daily repurchases will be limited to 62,197 common shares, other than block purchase exceptions. Purchases will be at the prevailing market price at the time of acquisition.
The average daily trading volume for the six months preceding the date hereof is 248,787 common shares. The Corporation has purchased an aggregate of 2,030,600 common shares at an average price of $47.1281 per share pursuant to its previous outstanding Normal Course Issuer Bid.
The Automatic Securities Purchase Plan provides standard instructions regarding how IGM Financial's common shares are to be purchased under its Normal Course Issuer Bid during certain pre-determined trading blackout periods, subject to pre-established parameters. Outside of these pre-determined trading blackout periods, purchases under the Corporation's Normal Course Issuer Bid will be completed based upon management's discretion.
The Automatic Securities Purchase Plan constitutes an "automatic plan" for purposes of applicable Canadian securities legislation and has been reviewed and approved by the TSX. Should the Automatic Securities Purchase Plan be materially varied, suspended, or terminated prior to the expiry date, IGM Financial will issue a press release advising of such variation, suspension or termination as the case may be.
The Board of Directors has authorized these initiatives because, in the Board's opinion, such purchases constitute an appropriate use of funds which will benefit both the Corporation and its shareholders. The Normal Course Issuer Bid is being established to mitigate the dilutive effect of stock options issued under the Corporation's stock option plan and for other capital management purposes.
IGM Financial Inc. is one of Canada's premier personal financial services companies, and one of the country's largest managers and distributors of mutual funds and other managed asset products, with over $149 billion in total assets under management at February 28, 2015. Its activities are carried out principally through Investors Group through a network of over 5,100 Consultants, Mackenzie Financial Corporation through a diversified network of third-party financial advisors and Investment Planning Counsel through a network of financial planners who are dedicated to serving the needs of their clients. IGM Financial Inc. is a member of the Power Financial Corporation group of companies.
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