TEGNA Inc. Enters Into $325 Million Accelerated Share Repurchase Agreement
TEGNA has committed this year to nearly $800 million in share repurchases
Tysons, Va. – TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) today announced that it has entered into an accelerated share repurchase agreement (“ASR”) with JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association (“JPMorgan”).
Under the terms of the ASR, TEGNA will repurchase $325 million in TEGNA common shares from JPMorgan, with an initial delivery of approximately 17.3 million shares on November 13, 2023. The final number of shares to be repurchased will be based on the average daily volume-weighted average price of TEGNA shares during the term of the ASR, less a discount and subject to customary adjustments pursuant to the terms of the ASR. The final settlement of the ASR is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2024, subject to acceleration at JPMorgan’s discretion.
TEGNA completed its initial $300 million ASR program on August 31, 2023, earlier than anticipated. Following the completion of the initial ASR and before entering TEGNA’s third quarter blackout period on September 16, the Company opportunistically repurchased an incremental $28 million of shares taking advantage of attractive market pricing. The repurchases were made under TEGNA’s existing share repurchase program approved by the Board of Directors in December of 2020.
The initial $300 million ASR program reduced the Company’s outstanding shares by approximately 18 million, including final settlement of approximately 3 million shares.
Since the termination of the merger agreement, TEGNA has committed this year to nearly $800 million in share repurchases with approximately 45-50 million1 shares that will be retired by end of March 2024, which is more than twenty percent of shares outstanding prior to these actions. As of September 30, 2023, TEGNA had retired a total of 28.7 million shares.
TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) is an innovative media company that serves the greater good of our communities. Across platforms, TEGNA tells empowering stories, conducts impactful investigations and delivers innovative marketing solutions. With 64 television stations in 51 U.S. markets, TEGNA is the largest owner of top 4 network affiliates in the top 25 markets among independent station groups, reaching approximately 39 percent of all television households nationwide. TEGNA also owns leading multicast networks True Crime Network, Twist and Quest. TEGNA offers innovative solutions to help businesses reach consumers across television, digital and over-the-top (OTT) platforms, including Premion, TEGNA’s OTT advertising service. For more information, visit www.TEGNA.com.
1 Share retirement projection based on TEGNA Inc. November 6, 2023, close price of $15.41. Actual share retirement will depend on future share prices of TEGNA. As a result, actual share retirement may vary from this projection.
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