NEW YORK, June 30 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Global Sources Ltd. (Nasdaq: GSOL) (http://www.globalsources.com ) commences today its cash tender offer for up to 11,121,000 shares of its common shares at $9.00 per share, or up to $100,089,000, as previously announced on June 25, 2010.
As of April 30, 2010, there were 44,649,759 shares of the company's common shares outstanding. The maximum total number of shares that the company is offering to purchase represents approximately 24.9% of the company's total number of common shares outstanding as at April 30, 2010.
The tender offer is not conditioned upon any minimum number of shares being tendered or the availability of any financing. It is, however, subject to certain other conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase.
The tender offer is expected to expire at midnight, U.S. Eastern Time, on July 28, 2010, unless the tender offer is earlier terminated or extended by the company.
If more than 11,121,000 shares are properly tendered and not properly withdrawn, then the shares will be purchased:
-- First, from all holders of "odd lots" of 50 shares or fewer who properly tender all of their shares and do not properly withdraw them before the expiration date; and -- Second, from all other shareholders who properly tender shares, on a pro-rata basis.
The company's board of directors has approved the tender offer. However, neither the company's management, its board of directors, the depositary nor the information agent make any recommendation to any shareholder as to whether to tender or refrain from tendering any shares. The company has not authorized any person to make any recommendation.
Georgeson Inc. will serve as the information agent for the tender offer. Banks and brokers can contact Georgeson Inc. by calling them at: (1-212) 440- 9800. U.S. shareholders can contact Georgeson Inc. by calling them at: (1-866) 295-4321. Non-U.S. shareholders can contact Georgeson Inc. by calling them at: (1-212) 806-6859.
THIS PRESS RELEASE CONSTITUTES NEITHER AN OFFER TO BUY NOR THE SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO SELL SHARES. THE SOLICITATION AND THE OFFER TO BUY GLOBAL SOURCES' COMMON SHARES WILL ONLY BE MADE PURSUANT TO AN OFFER TO PURCHASE AND RELATED MATERIALS. SHAREHOLDERS SHOULD READ THESE MATERIALS CAREFULLY BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION, INCLUDING VARIOUS TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE OFFER. SHAREHOLDERS WILL BE ABLE TO OBTAIN FOR FREE THE OFFER TO PURCHASE AND OTHER FILED DOCUMENTS AT THE SEC'S WEBSITE AT HTTP://WWW.SEC.GOV . ONCE AVAILABLE, THESE DOCUMENTS MAY ALSO BE OBTAINED FOR FREE IN THE INVESTOR RELATIONS SECTION OF GLOBAL SOURCES' WEBSITE AT HTTP://WWW.GLOBALSOURCES.COM .
Shareholders should read carefully the information in the Offer to Purchase and in the Letter of Transmittal as they include various terms and conditions of the tender offer and should consult their own investment and tax advisors.
About Global Sources
Global Sources is a leading business-to-business media company and a primary facilitator of trade with Greater China. The core business uses English-language media to facilitate trade from Greater China to the world. The other business segment utilizes Chinese-language media to enable companies to sell to, and within Greater China.
The company provides sourcing information to volume buyers and integrated marketing services to suppliers. It helps a community of over 888,000 active buyers source more profitably from complex overseas supply markets. With the goal of providing the most effective ways possible to advertise, market and sell, Global Sources enables suppliers to sell to hard-to-reach buyers in over 240 countries.
The company offers the most extensive range of media and export marketing services in the industries it serves. It delivers information on 4.5 million products and more than 256,000 suppliers annually through 14 online marketplaces, 13 monthly print and 15 digital magazines, over 80 sourcing research reports and 21 specialized trade shows which run 56 times a year across 9 cities.
Suppliers receive more than 136 million sales leads annually from buyers through Global Sources Online (http://www.globalsources.com ) alone.
Global Sources has been facilitating global trade for nearly 40 years. Global Sources' network covers more than 60 cities worldwide. In mainland China, Global Sources has about 2,500 team members in more than 40 locations, and a community of over 1 million registered online users and magazine readers for its Chinese-language media.
Safe Harbor Statement
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27-A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21-E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The company's actual results could differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements as a result of the risks associated with the company's business, changes in general economic conditions, and changes in the assumptions used in making such forward-looking statements.
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