WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AboveNet, Inc. (NYSE:ABVT, news, filings), a leading provider of high bandwidth connectivity solutions, announced today that its Board of Directors has authorized a share repurchase program of up to $200 million through December 31, 2012.
Jeffrey Brodsky, Non-Executive Chairman of AboveNet, said, “As part of its ongoing review of opportunities to build long-term shareholder value, the Board considers various options to enhance shareholder returns. We believe AboveNet’s current market value does not fully reflect the intrinsic value of the business and the repurchase plan is one effective option to enhance shareholder value.”
“Our strong balance sheet and positive cash flow generation give us the flexibility to simultaneously invest in our long-term growth and execute this program for the benefit of our shareholders,” said Bill LaPerch, Chief Executive Officer of AboveNet. “Broadening demand for high bandwidth infrastructure is creating increasing opportunities for us to expand our addressable market. Using our capital structure to support those opportunities is our primary focus. Therefore, a share repurchase program of this size allows us to retain the financial strength and flexibility to compete effectively in the marketplace, drive growth over the long term and maximize shareholder value.”
Under the repurchase program, the Company anticipates purchasing shares either in the open-market or through privately negotiated transactions, in accordance with applicable securities laws. The timing, number and value of shares repurchased will be determined by the Company in its sole discretion and will depend on a number of factors including market conditions, the trading price of the stock and other business considerations. The Company has no obligation to repurchase shares under the authorization, and the repurchase program may be suspended, discontinued or modified at any time without prior notice. The Company intends to fund the share repurchase program through available cash balances and drawdowns on its $250 million senior secured revolving credit facility.
About AboveNet, Inc.
AboveNet, Inc. provides high bandwidth connectivity solutions for businesses and carriers. Its private optical network delivers key network and IP services in and among top U.S. metro markets and globally. AboveNet’s network is widely used in demanding markets such as financial services, media, health care, retail and government.
Forward Looking Statements
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