NEW YORK, June 25 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Global Sources Ltd. (Nasdaq: GSOL) (http://www.globalsources.com ) intends to increase the number of shares to be purchased for its upcoming cash tender offer to a total of up to 11,121,000 shares, or approximately 24.9% of its outstanding common shares as at April 30, 2010, up from 6,670,000 shares. The purchase price of $9.00 per share remains, as previously announced on May 19, 2010, increasing the total purchase price to an amount of up to $100,089,000.
Global Sources' chairman and CEO, Merle A. Hinrichs, said: "I am pleased to announce that, after a further review of Global Sources' cash position, the board of directors has decided to increase the tender offer amount to approximately $100 million. We feel the increase provides a greater opportunity for our shareholders to participate in the tender offer, while also maintaining a cash balance that enables us to evaluate future acquisition or other potential investment opportunities."
As of March 31, 2010, Global Sources had total cash, cash equivalents and available-for-sale securities of approximately $167.4 million.
The tender offer is scheduled to commence on June 30, 2010, and to expire on or around July 28, 2010. The offer will afford tendering shareholders liquidity for some or all of their shares and will permit them to have their shares repurchased at a 20.8% premium over the closing price per share of $7.45 on June 24, 2010, the last full trading day before this announcement. Shareholders who elect not to tender their shares in the offer will increase their relative percentage ownership in Global Sources following completion of the offer.
Global Sources has been informed that its directors and officers who own shares can be expected to tender their shares in the offer. Such directors and officers beneficially owned approximately 48.1% of Global Sources' outstanding common shares as of April 30, 2010.
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.
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 THAT GLOBAL SOURCES IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN MAILING ON JUNE 30, 2010. 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 .
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.
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