Electronics For Imaging, Inc., a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced that its Board of Directors (the "Board") has approved the repurchase of up to $70 million worth of shares of its common stock through the use of a "modified Dutch auction" tender offer. This approval utilizes the balance of the previously authorized $100 million share repurchase program. EFI currently expects that it will commence the tender offer during the fourth quarter of 2009, at which time it will announce, among other things, the price range in which it will offer to purchase shares.
The tender offer will be financed from EFI's existing cash reserves. The funding of the $100 million share repurchase authorization represents the approximate after tax cash proceeds received from the sale of EFI's excess real estate holdings earlier this year.
"The decision by the Board and Management to immediately deploy the remaining balance of our $100 million repurchase program through a tender offer completes our goal of returning the cash generated from our real estate sale to our stockholders," said Guy Gecht, CEO of EFI. "We believe repurchasing our shares combined with bringing new innovative products to market will create value for our stockholders."
The tender offer announced in this press release has not yet commenced. This press release is for informational purposes only, and is not an offer to purchase or the solicitation of an offer to sell any shares of EFI common stock. The tender offer, if commenced, will be made solely by and subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the tender offer documents, including the Offer to Purchase and the Letter of Transmittal, that will be distributed to holders of EFI's common stock and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Before any decision is made with respect to the tender offer, holders of EFI's common stock are urged to read the Schedule TO, including the Offer to Purchase, the Letter of Transmittal and other related materials when they become available and any other documents filed with the SEC because they will contain important information about the tender offer.
Holders of common stock will be able to obtain these documents as they become available free of charge at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov, or at the SEC's public reference room located at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20549. In addition, holders of common stock may also request copies of the Schedule TO, the Offer to Purchase, the Letter of Transmittal and other related materials filed with the SEC free of charge by contacting EFI's information agent for the tender offer. The tender offer will not be made to, and tenders of EFI's common stock will not be accepted from or on behalf of holders, of EFI's common stock in any jurisdiction in which the making or acceptance of such tender offer is not permissible.