BROOKFIELD, News, Aug. 15, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Brookfield Business Partners (NYSE: BBUC, BBU; TSX: BBUC, BBU.UN) today announced that the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) has accepted a notice filed by Brookfield Business Partners L.P. of its intention to renew its normal course issuer bid for its limited partnership units (“Units”) and a notice filed by Brookfield Business Corporation of its intention to renew its normal course issuer bid for its class A exchangeable subordinate voting shares (“Exchangeable Shares”). Brookfield Business Partners believes that the Units or the Exchangeable Shares, respectively, may from time to time trade in a price range that does not fully reflect their value and that, in such circumstances, the acquisition of Units or Exchangeable Shares, as applicable, may represent an attractive use of available funds.
Brookfield Business Partners is authorized to repurchase up to 3,730,658 Units and 3,647,745 Exchangeable Shares, representing up to 5% of the issued and outstanding Units and Exchangeable Shares, respectively. At the close of business on August 8, 2023, there were 74,613,176 Units and 72,954,912 Exchangeable Shares issued and outstanding. Under Brookfield Business Partners’ normal course issuer bids, it may repurchase up to 14,522 Units and up to 7,702 Exchangeable Shares on the TSX during any trading day, which represents 25% of the average daily trading volume of 58,089 Units and 30,811 Exchangeable Shares on the TSX for the six months ended July 31, 2023.
Repurchases under each normal course issuer bid are authorized to commence on August 17, 2023 and will terminate on August 16, 2024, or earlier should Brookfield Business Partners L.P. or Brookfield Business Corporation complete repurchases under each respective normal course issuer bid prior to such date.
Under Brookfield Business Partners L.P.’s normal course issuer bid that commenced on August 17, 2022 and will expire on August 16, 2023, Brookfield Business Partners L.P. previously sought and received approval from the TSX to repurchase up to 3,730,593 Units. A total of 374,533 Units were purchased under Brookfield Business Partners L.P.’s previous normal course issuer bid within the past twelve months through the facilities of the TSX, the New York Stock Exchange and through the facilities of designated exchanges and alternative trading systems in Canada and the United States. The weighted average price paid per unit acquired under this bid was US$18.88.
Under Brookfield Business Corporation’s normal course issuer bid that commenced on August 17, 2022 and will expire on August 16, 2023, Brookfield Business Corporation previously sought and received approval from the TSX to repurchase up to 3,647,810 Exchangeable Shares. No Exchangeable Shares were purchased under Brookfield Business Corporation’s previous normal course issuer bid in the past twelve months.
Repurchases of Units and Exchangeable Shares will be made through the facilities of the TSX, the New York Stock Exchange or through the facilities of designated exchanges and alternative trading systems, if eligible. All Units and Exchangeable Shares acquired under the applicable normal course issuer bids will be cancelled. Repurchases will be subject to compliance with applicable United States federal securities laws, including Rule 10b-18 under the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, as well as applicable Canadian securities laws.
From time to time, when Brookfield Business Partners does not possess material non-public information about itself or its securities, it may enter into automatic repurchase plans with its broker to allow for the repurchase of Units or Exchangeable Shares, as applicable, subject to certain trading parameters, at times when Brookfield Business Partners would ordinarily not be active in the market due to its own internal trading black-out period, insider trading rules or otherwise. Any such plans entered into with the broker of Brookfield Business Partners will be adopted in accordance with applicable Canadian and U.S. securities laws including the requirements of Rule 10b5-1 under the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Outside of these periods, Units and Exchangeable Shares will be repurchased in accordance with management’s discretion and in compliance with applicable law.
Brookfield Business Partners is a global business services and industrials company focused on owning and operating high-quality businesses that provide essential products and services and benefit from a strong competitive position. Investors have flexibility to invest in our company either through Brookfield Business Corporation (NYSE, TSX: BBUC), a corporation, or Brookfield Business Partners L.P. (NYSE: BBU; TSX: BBU.UN), a limited partnership. For more information, please visit https://bbu.brookfield.com.
Brookfield Business Partners is the flagship listed vehicle of Brookfield Asset Management’s Private Equity Group. Brookfield Asset Management is a leading global alternative asset manager with approximately $850 billion of assets under management.
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Note: This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of Canadian provincial securities laws and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian and U.S. securities laws, including the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements that are predictive in nature, depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, include statements regarding the operations, business, financial condition, expected financial results, performance, prospects, opportunities, priorities, targets, goals, ongoing objectives, strategies and outlook of Brookfield Business Partners, as well as regarding recently completed and proposed acquisitions, dispositions, and other transactions, and the outlook for North American and international economies for the current fiscal year and subsequent periods, and include words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” “seeks,” “intends,” “targets,” “projects,” “forecasts,” “views,” “potential,” “likely” or negative versions thereof and other similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “would” and “could”.
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Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated or implied by forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: general economic conditions and risks relating to the economic, including unfavorable changes in interest rates, foreign exchange rates, inflation and volatility in the financial markets; global equity and capital markets and the availability of equity and debt financing and refinancing within these markets; strategic actions including our ability to complete dispositions and achieve the anticipated benefits therefrom; the ability to complete and effectively integrate acquisitions into existing operations and the ability to attain expected benefits; changes in accounting policies and methods used to report financial condition (including uncertainties associated with critical accounting assumptions and estimates); the ability to appropriately manage human capital; the effect of applying future accounting changes; business competition; operational and reputational risks; technological change; changes in government regulation and legislation within the countries in which we operate; governmental investigations; litigation; changes in tax laws; ability to collect amounts owed; catastrophic events, such as earthquakes, hurricanes and pandemics/epidemics including COVID-19; the possible impact of international conflicts, wars and related developments including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, terrorist acts and cyber terrorism; and other risks and factors detailed from time to time in our documents filed with the securities regulators in Canada and the United States including in the “Risk Factors” section in our most recently filed Form 20-F.
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