Ceres Global Ag Corp. Announces Renewal of Normal Course Issuer Bid
TORONTO, ONTARIO, June 9, 2016 – Ceres Global Ag Corp. (“Ceres” or the “Company”) (TSX:CRP) announced today acceptance by the Toronto Stock Exchange (the “TSX”) of the Company’s Notice of Intention to Make a Normal Course Issuer Bid (“NCIB”). Pursuant to the NCIB, the Company proposes to purchase through the facilities of the TSX, from time to time over the next 12 months, if considered advisable, up to C$5,000,000 of common shares (“Shares”) of the Company, to a maximum aggregate of 1,595,765 shares, being approximately 10% of its unrestricted public float, as of June 2, 2016. Purchases may commence through the TSX on June 12, 2016 and will conclude on the earlier of the date on which purchases under the bid have been completed and June 11, 2017. The Company may purchase up to a daily maximum of 2,119 Shares (being 25% of the average daily trading volume of 8,479 shares, excluding shares purchased under the Company’s NCIB) for the last six calendar months, except where such purchases are made in accordance with the “block purchase” exception under applicable TSX rules and policies. The Shares may be purchased for cancellation through the facilities of the TSX or through alternative Canadian trading systems at times and in numbers to be determined by the Company.
Under its prior NCIB that commenced on June 12, 2015 and expires on June 11, 2016, the Company has purchased a total of 158,400 of its Shares at an average price of C$5.02 per Share. As of June 2, 2016, the Company has 26,903,655 issued and outstanding Shares
Ceres is renewing its NCIB for the purpose of purchasing Shares when the Company determines that the Shares are undervalued and to control dilution to shareholders arising from issuances of Shares under employee compensation plans.
About Ceres Global Ag Corp. (ceresglobalagcorp.com)
Headquartered in Minneapolis, Ceres Global Ag Corp. is focused on two primary businesses: a Grain Storage, Handling and Merchandising unit; and a Commodity Logistics unit.
Ceres operates in two business units, one of which is a grain storage, handling, and merchandising unit anchored by a collection of nine (9) grain storage and handling assets in Minnesota, New York, Saskatchewan and Ontario having aggregate storage capacity of approximately 43 million bushels as at March 31, 2016.
Ceres’ Commodity Logistics unit is focused on the development of a Commodity Logistics Centre in Northgate, SK. The Northgate Commodities Logistics Centre is a state-of-the-art grain, agriculture services and oilfield supplies transloading site.
Ceres also has a 25% interest in Stewart Southern Railway Inc., a short-line railway with a range of 130 kilometres that operates in South-eastern Saskatchewan.
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