BEIJING, March 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- General Steel Holdings, Inc. ("General Steel" or "the Company") (NYSE: GSI), one of China's leading non-state-owned producers of steel products and aggregators of domestic steel companies, today announced that the Company's Board of Directors has approved a new share repurchase program.
Under the terms of the newly authorized repurchase program, General Steel may repurchase up to an aggregate of 2,000,000 shares of the Company's common stock. The repurchases may be made from time to time in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions in accordance with applicable federal securities laws. The program does not have an expiration date and the timing of the repurchases and the exact number of shares of common stock to be purchased will be determined by the management of the Company, in their discretion, and will depend upon market conditions and other factors. General Steel plans to fund repurchases made under this program from its available cash balance.
As of March 27, 2012, the Company had purchased 1,090,978 shares of common stock in open market transactions under the previous share repurchase program announced on December 21, 2010. Together with the previous share repurchase program and this newly announced repurchase program, the Company may repurchase up to 4 million shares of common stock.
"Demand for our steel products remains strong as China continues to invest in developing the infrastructure of its Western rural areas," said General Steel's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Henry Yu. "We believe our board's approval of this new share repurchase program reflects confidence in the future growth potential of our business. The current market price permits an attractive opportunity for the Company to re-invest in the Company's own stock and indicates our commitment to increasing shareholder value."
About General Steel Holdings, Inc.
General Steel Holdings, Inc., (NYSE: GSI), headquartered in Beijing, China, operates a diverse portfolio of Chinese steel companies. With 7 million metric tons of crude steel production capacity under management, its companies serve various industries and produce a variety of steel products including rebar, high-speed wire and spiral-weld pipe. General Steel Holdings, Inc. has steel operations in Shaanxi and Guangdong provinces, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Tianjin municipality. For more information, please visit www.gshi-steel.com.
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