The Week of Share Buybacks (9/18/07) (MVSN, BRC, MOVE, LCRY, ZVUE, CHINA, AHO, BCO)
Macrovision Corp. (NASDAQ:MVSN) completed its $100 Million Share Repurchase; Board Authorizes Additional $60 Million Share Repurchase.
Brady Corporation (NYSE:BRC) announced that its Board of Directors authorized a share buyback program for up to 1 million shares of the Company’s common stock.
Move, Inc. (NASDAQ:MOVE) announced that its board of directors authorized the repurchase of up to $50 million of its common stock.
LeCroy Corporation (NASDAQ: LCRY) announced that as part of its currently authorized share repurchase program, that this week it intends to commence open-market share repurchases under its share repurchase plan. In May 2006, LeCroy’s Board of Directors approved the adoption of a share repurchase plan authorizing the Company to purchase up to two million shares of its common stock. To date, LeCroy has purchased approximately one million shares under the plan. LeCroy has not purchased any shares since October 2006 when it acquired 850,000 Company shares in connection with the issuance of $72 million 4% convertible notes.
HandHeld Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZVUE) announced that its Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to 1 million shares of HandHeld’s common stock, or approximately 6% of shares currently outstanding, over the following six months.
Rocket City Enterprises, Inc. (Pink Sheets:RCTY) announced that will be initiating a stock purchase program beginning immediately. The purchases will occur from time to time at the Company’s discretion. No shares were noted as the amount, so congratulations.
CDC Corporation (NASDAQ: CHINA) said that since September 7, 2007, the date the company re-opened its trading window, the company and its subsidiaries have repurchased approximately 916,000 common shares at an average price of U.S.$7.42 per share. Since the beginning of the share repurchase program on May 2, 2006, the company has spent an aggregate of U.S.$46.8 million in connection with repurchases of the total U.S.$60 million authorized. In addition, company insiders have purchased approximately 200,000 shares, at a total value of more than U.S. $1.4 million, since September 7.
Ahold (NYSE:AHO) has repurchased 11,702,830 of its own common shares in the period from September 10, 2007 up to and including September 14, 2007. Shares were repurchased at an average price of EUR 10.1821 per share for a total amount of EUR 119.2 million. These repurchases were made as part of the EUR 1 billion share buyback program announced on August 30, 2007. The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 22,258,162 common shares for a total consideration of EUR 225.7 million.
Last Friday, September 14, 2007, Brinks Co. (NYSE:BCO) capitulated. It announced a new $100 million share buyback program, which represents just under 2 million shares at the current prices. We feel this is the first of many possibilities that will reinvigorate shareholder values. As such, this progressed from a watch list to an active stock in our “SPECIAL SITUATION INVESTING NEWSLETTER” which can be applied for in a trial on the link. We offered what we feel is a more than satisfactory price target with upside, gave the reason and logic behind the call, and even went as far as offering a hedging solution with appropriate stock options for added downside protection.
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