BROOKFIELD, NEWS, Aug. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Brookfield Business Partners L.P. (NYSE: BBU) (TSX: BBU.UN) (“Brookfield Business Partners”) today announced that the Toronto Stock Exchange (the “TSX”) has accepted a notice filed by Brookfield Business Partners of its intention to renew its normal course issuer bid for its limited partnership units (the “units”). Brookfield Business Partners believes that in the event the units trade in a price range that does not fully reflect their value, the acquisition of units may represent an attractive use of available funds.
Under the normal course issuer bid, the Board of Directors of the general partner of Brookfield Business Partners authorized the partnership to repurchase up to 5% of the total issued and outstanding units, or 4,016,508 units. At the close of business on August 10, 2020, there were 80,330,164 units issued and outstanding. Under the normal course issuer bid, Brookfield Business Partners may purchase up to 20,432 units on the TSX during any trading day, which represents 25% of the average daily trading volume of 81,728 units on the TSX for the period February 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020. Repurchases are authorized to commence on August 17, 2020 and will terminate on August 16, 2021, or earlier should Brookfield Business Partners complete its repurchases prior to such date.
In the preceding twelve-month period, Brookfield Business Partners was authorized to acquire up to 4,050,188 units and repurchased 684,129 units at a weighted average price of US$26.01 per unit through the facilities of the TSX and the New York Stock Exchange, and through the facilities of designated exchanges and alternative trading systems in Canada and the United States.
All purchases under the renewed normal course issuer bid will be made through the facilities of the TSX and the New York Stock Exchange, and through the facilities of designated exchanges and alternative trading systems in Canada and the United States, and all units acquired under the normal course issuer bid 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.
Brookfield Business Partners will enter into an automatic purchase plan on or about the week of September 28, 2020 in relation to the normal course issuer bid. The automatic purchase plan will allow for the purchase of units, subject to certain trading parameters, at times when Brookfield Business Partners ordinarily would not be active in the market due to its own internal trading black-out period, insider trading rules or otherwise. Outside of these periods, units will be repurchased in accordance with management’s discretion and in compliance with applicable law.
Brookfield Business Partners is the flagship listed business services and industrials company of Brookfield Asset Management, a leading global alternative asset manager with over $525 billion of assets under management. More information is available at www.brookfield.com.
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In addition, our future results may be impacted by the economic shutdown resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the related global reduction in commerce and travel and substantial volatility in stock markets worldwide, which may negatively impact our revenues, affect our ability to identify and complete future transactions, impact our liquidity position and result in a decrease of cash flows and impairment losses and/or revaluations on our investments and assets, and therefore we may be unable to achieve our expected returns. See “Risks Associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic” in the “Risks and Uncertainties” section included in our Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020.
We caution that the foregoing list of important factors that may affect future results is not exhaustive. When relying on our forward-looking statements, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. Except as required by law, Brookfield Business Partners undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether written or oral, that may be as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.