Kinross announces approval to increase normal course issuer bid as part of enhanced share buyback program
TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2022 - Kinross Gold Corp. ("Kinross" or the "Company") (TSX: K, NYSE: KGC) is pleased to announce that the Toronto Stock Exchange (the "TSX") has accepted the notice filed by the Company to amend its normal course issuer bid ("NCIB") program effective as of October 4, 2022.
The amendment increases the maximum number of common shares that may be repurchased from 65,002,277 of its common shares (out of the 1,300,045,558 common shares outstanding as at July 27, 2022) representing 5% of the Company's issued and outstanding common shares, to 114,047,070 of its common shares, representing 10% of the Company's "public float" as at July 27, 2022.
Purchases under the NCIB began on August 3, 2022 and will end no later than August 2, 2023. Under its current NCIB, Kinross has repurchased for cancellation an aggregate of 14,657,908 common shares since August 3, 2022 through September 27, 2022.
The amendment to the NCIB is being made pursuant to the enhanced share buyback program announced by the Company on September 19, 2022 and is consistent with the Company's view that the market price of the common shares may not, from time to time, fully reflect their value, and accordingly, the purchase of the common shares would be in the best interest of the Company and an attractive and appropriate use of available funds. Kinross is committed to enhancing shareholder returns through programs such as a share buyback and its quarterly dividend, which are underpinned by the Company's investment grade balance sheet, strong free cash flow position and growing production profile from its global portfolio.
Kinross may make any purchases through the facilities of the TSX, the New York Stock Exchange (the "NYSE") and/or alternative Canadian trading systems, if eligible, or by such other means as may be permitted by the Ontario Securities Commission, Canadian Securities Administrators and applicable law. Daily repurchases on the TSX will be limited to a maximum of 1,158,750 common shares, representing 25% of the average daily trading volume for the six months ended June 30, 2022 (being 4,635,002 common shares), except where purchases are made in accordance with the "block purchase exception" of the TSX rules. Subject to certain exceptions for block purchases, the maximum number of common shares which can be purchased per day on the NYSE will be 25% of the average daily trading volume for the four calendar weeks preceding the date of purchase. All shares purchased by the Company under the NCIB program will be cancelled.
Purchases will be made by the Company in accordance with the requirements of the TSX and/or the NYSE and the price which the Company will pay for any such common shares will be the market price of any such common shares at the time of acquisition, or such other price as may be permitted by the TSX and/or the NYSE. In connection with the amended NCIB program, the Company has entered into an amended automatic repurchase plan with its designated broker to allow for purchases of its common shares during certain pre-determined black-out periods, subject to certain parameters as to price and number of common shares. Outside of these pre-determined black-out periods, common shares will be repurchased in accordance with management's discretion, subject to applicable law.
Although the Company has a present intention to acquire its common shares pursuant to the NCIB program, the Company will not be obligated to make any purchases and purchases may be suspended by the Company at any time.
About Kinross Gold Corporation
Kinross is a Canadian-based global senior gold mining company with operations and projects in the United States, Brazil, Mauritania, Chile and Canada. Our focus is on delivering value based on the core principles of responsible mining, operational excellence, disciplined growth, and balance sheet strength. Kinross maintains listings on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol:K) and the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:KGC).
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