Silvercorp Announces Share Repurchase Program
Trading Symbol: TSX: SVM
NYSE AMERICAN: SVM
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – September 15, 2023 – Silvercorp Metals Inc. (“Silvercorp” or the “Company”) announced today a normal course issuer bid to acquire up to 8,487,191 common shares of the Company, representing approximately 4.8% of the 176,816,488 common shares issued and outstanding as of September 5, 2023. The repurchase program will run from September 19, 2023 to September 18, 2024. The Company is taking this action to provide it with enhanced flexibility should market conditions result in Silvercorp’s shares being undervalued relative to the value of its mining operations and corporate assets comprised of cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments of $200.6 million, in addition to investments in associates and other companies having a total market value of $71.7 million, both as at June 30, 2023.
Purchases will be made at the discretion of the directors at prevailing market prices, through the facilities of the TSX, the NYSE American, and alternative trading systems in Canada and the United States, in compliance with regulatory requirements. There can be no assurance as to the precise number of shares that will be repurchased under the share repurchase program. Silvercorp may discontinue its purchases at any time, subject to compliance with applicable regulatory requirements. The Company intends to cancel all shares acquired under the issuer bid. The price the Company will pay for the common shares will be the market price at the time of purchase.
The Company is not aware of any officers, directors or persons holding 10% or more of the securities that intend to sell their securities at the inception of the normal course issuer bid, but such officers, directors or persons holding 10% or more of the securities may sell their securities during the course of the normal course issuer bid, as their personal circumstances may require. If during the course of the normal course issuer bid the Company becomes aware that officers, directors or persons holding 10% or more of the securities intend to sell their securities, then the Company will not intentionally acquire such securities pursuant to the normal course issuer bid.
The maximum number of shares that may be purchased on the TSX during any trading day may not exceed 58,170 common shares of the Company, which is 25% of the average daily trading volume on the TSX based on the previous six completed calendar months of 232,682. This limit, for which there are permitted exceptions, is determined in accordance with TSX regulatory requirements and does not apply to purchases made by the Company on the alternative trading systems in the United States.
The NCIB is a continuation of the program approved in August 2022 (the “2022 NCIB”), which ran from August 29, 2022 to August 28, 2023, to acquire up to 7,079,407 common shares of the Company, representing approximately 4% of the 176,985,184 common shares issued and outstanding as of August 16, 2022. The Company completed the purchase for cancellation of 294,831 shares at a weighted average price of CAD$3.49, through the facilities of the TSX, and through alternative trading systems.