National Bank of Canada announces buyback of 5 per cent of its common shares
Montreal, 15 January 2003 -
National Bank of Canada today announced its intention to make a normal course issuer bid to buy back up to 5 per cent of its issued and outstanding common shares. The notice of intention has been filed with, and approved by, the Toronto Stock Exchange.
The notice provides that the Bank may, during a maximum period of 12 months commencing January 20, 2003 and ending January 19, 2004, purchase on the Toronto Stock Exchange up to 9,100,000 common shares in total. The Bank will pay the market price for the shares at the time of acquisition. The actual number of common shares which may be purchased, and the timing of any such purchases, will be determined by the Bank.
There were 183,463,975 common shares of the Bank issued and outstanding as at January 6, 2003. During the last 12 months, the Bank has purchased and cancelled 9,500,000 of its common shares under its previous normal course issuer bid.
The normal course issuer bid represents a proper use of the Bank's surplus funds and is being established to enhance shareholder value.
About National Bank of Canada
National Bank of Canada is an integrated group which provides comprehensive financial services to consumers, small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporations in its core market, while offering specialized services to its clients elsewhere in the world. The National Bank offers a full array of banking services, including retail, corporate and investment banking. It is an active player on international capital markets and, through its subsidiaries, is involved in securities brokerage, insurance and wealth management as well as mutual fund and retirement plan management. The National Bank has assets of about $75 billion and, together with its subsidiaries, employs over 17,000 people. The Bank's securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA:TSX). For more information, visit the Bank's website at www.nbc.ca.
Information (the following telephone number and e-mail address are intended solely for the use of journalists and other media representatives):
Director of Public Relations
National Bank of Canada
Tel.: (514) 394-8644