Ottawa, Ontario November 19, 2010 - Calian Technologies Ltd. (TSX:CTY) today announced its intention to make a normal course issuer bid through the facilities of the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). Repurchases will not exceed 450,286 common shares, representing 10% of Calian's public float of common shares, as of November 18, 2010. The number of common shares of Calian outstanding as of November 18, 2010 was 7,717,095 and the number of shares in Calian's public float as of November 18, 2010 was 4,502,863. The issuer bid will commence on November 23, 2010 and will not extend beyond November 22, 2011.
Purchase of common shares under the normal course issuer bid will be made through the facilities of the TSX at market prices in accordance with TSX rules. The common shares so purchased will be cancelled. Other than block purchase exceptions, daily purchases will be limited to 25% of the average daily trading volume (which based on our calculations is currently 1,000 common shares).
The Company also established an automatic plan under which its broker, Desjardins Securities Inc., may purchase common shares of Calian pursuant to Calian's previously announced normal course issuer bid (NCIB). The plan defines a prearranged set of critieria in accordance with which its broker may make share purchases. The plan will enable the purchase of Calian's common shares at any time, including when Calian would not ordinarily be active in the market because of internal trading blackout periods, insider trading rules or otherwise. The plan will terminate on the earliest of: the date on which the purchase limits specified in the plan have been attained, the date on which the normal course issuer bid terminates or the date on which the plan is terminated by a party in accordance with its terms. All purchases will be made on the open market through the facilities of the TSX in accordance with the requirements of the TSX.
Calian believes the purchase of its common shares constitute an appropriate use of its general funds in order to increase shareholder value. The current strong cash position of Calian allows Calian to implement the repurchase plan without adversely impacting Calian's operations. In the past 12 months, Calian repurchased 147,350 common shares through a normal course issuer bid at an average price of $17.40. To Calian's knowledge, after reasonable inquiry, none of the directors, officers or other insiders of Calian or any associate of any such persons, or any associate or affiliate of Calian currently intends to sell common shares to Calian during the course of the issuer bid.