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Benchmark Electronics, Inc. today announced that its Board of Directors has approved an expanded stock repurchase program granting the company authority to repurchase up to $250 million in common stock. Of this authorization, the company plans to repurchase a minimum of $100 million in common stock during 2018. Benchmark intends to repurchase $50 million of the $100 million through an Accelerated Share Repurchase ("ASR") program with Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC.
Under the terms of the ASR executed today, Benchmark's outstanding common stock will be reduced by approximately 1.6 million shares, including approximately 1.3 million shares at the onset of the transaction. The ASR transaction structure includes a market price adjustment at the conclusion, based generally on the volume-weighted average trading price of Benchmark's shares during the ASR transaction less a discount, which may require a settlement by or to Benchmark.
The Board of Directors has also authorized the initiation of a quarterly dividend of $0.15 per share with the first payment on April 11, 2018, to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 29, 2018.
Additionally, Benchmark has a $230 million Credit Facility that matures in November 2020. To further enhance its strong capital structure, Benchmark is considering opportunities to both lower the cost and lengthen the maturity of its debt structure, as well as to reduce overall leverage with existing cash.
"Benchmark's management team and board of directors firmly believe in the long-term growth prospects of the company and remain committed to a balanced approach to capital allocation," said Paul Tufano, CEO and President. "Given our strong cash position and recent tax reform, we believe we have the financial strength and liquidity to invest in future organic and inorganic growth, while returning value to shareholders through a combination of share repurchases and the return of cash through quarterly dividends."
About Benchmark Electronics, Inc.
Benchmark provides worldwide integrated electronics manufacturing services (EMS), engineering and design services, and precision machining services to original equipment manufacturers in the following industries: industrial controls, aerospace and defense, telecommunications, computers and related products for business enterprises, medical devices, and test and instrumentation. Benchmark's global operations include facilities in eight countries, and its common shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BHE.