MONTREAL, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - DRAXIS Health Inc, (TSX: DAX) (NASDAQ: DRAX) has received approval from the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) for its previously announced Normal Course Issuer Bid (NCIB) to purchase up to 4,072,054 common shares, which represent approximately 10% of the 40,720,539 common shares in the public float as at January 14, 2008. As at January 14, 2008, 42,062,538 common shares of DRAXIS were issued and outstanding.
Purchases may begin on January 21, 2008 and the bid will end no later than January 20, 2009 or earlier if the Company purchases the maximum allowable number of shares. All shares will be purchased through the facilities of the TSX and will be cancelled. During the previous twelve months, DRAXIS purchased 130,100 of its common shares at an average price of CDN$5.21 under a previous NCIB.
The Board of Directors of DRAXIS believes that the underlying value of DRAXIS is not reflected in the current market price of its common shares, and may not be so reflected at certain times during the course of the NCIB, and has thus concluded that the repurchase of common shares pursuant to the proposed NCIB presently constitutes an appropriate use of financial resources and would be in the best interest of shareholders.
Any purchases made pursuant to the NCIB will be made in accordance with the rules of the TSX and will be made at the market price of the common shares at the time of the acquisition. DRAXIS will make no purchases of common shares other than open market purchases which may be made during the period that the NCIB is outstanding. Subject to any block purchases made in accordance with the rules of the TSX, DRAXIS will be subject to a daily repurchase restriction of 23,084 common shares, which represent 25% of the average daily trading volume of DRAXIS' common shares on the TSX for the 6 months ended December 31, 2007.
About DRAXIS Health Inc.
DRAXIS Health, through its wholly owned operating subsidiary, DRAXIS
Specialty Pharmaceuticals Inc., provides products in three categories:
sterile products, non-sterile products and radiopharmaceuticals. Sterile
products include liquid and freeze-dried (lyophilized) injectables plus
sterile ointments and creams. Non-sterile products are produced as solid
oral and semi-solid dosage forms. Radiopharmaceuticals are used for both
therapeutic and diagnostic molecular imaging applications. Pharmaceutical
contract manufacturing services are provided through the DRAXIS Pharma
division and radiopharmaceuticals are developed, produced, and sold through
the DRAXIMAGE division. DRAXIS employs approximately 500 staff in its
For additional information please visit http://www.draxis.com
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unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual
results or performance of the Company to be materially different from such
statements or from any future results or performance implied thereby.
Factors that could cause the Company's results or performance to differ
materially from a conclusion, forecast or projection in the forward-looking
statements include, but are not limited to:
- the achievement of desired clinical trial results related to the
Company's pipeline products;
- timely regulatory approval of the Company's products;
- the ability to comply with regulatory requirements applicable to the
manufacture and marketing of the Company's products;
- the Company's ability to obtain and enforce effective patents;
- the non-infringement of third party patents or proprietary rights by
the Company and its products;
- factors beyond our control that could cause interruptions in our
operations in our single manufacturing facility (including, without
limitation, material equipment breakdowns);
- reimbursement policies related to health care;
- the establishment and maintenance of strategic collaborative and
- the Company's dependence on a small number of key customers;
- the disclosure of confidential information by our collaborators,
employees or consultants;
- the preservation of healthy working relationships with the Company's
union and employees;
- the Company's ability to grow the business;
- the fluctuation of our financial results and exchange and interest
- the adaptation to changing technologies;
- the loss of key personnel;
- the avoidance of product liability claims;
- the loss incurred if current lawsuits against us succeed;
- the volatility of the price of our common shares;
- market acceptance of the Company's products;
- factors described under "Outlook" in the Company's MD&A for the most
recent quarter; and
- the risks described in "Item 3. Key Information - Risk Factors" in the
Annual Report Form 20-F filed by the Company with the United States
Securities and Exchange Commission and which is also filed as the
Company's Annual Information Form with Canadian securities regulators.
For additional information with respect to certain of these and other factors, and relating to the Company generally, reference is made to the Company's most recent filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (available on EDGAR at http://www.sec.gov) and the filings made by the Company with Canadian securities regulators (available on SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com). The forward-looking statements contained in this document represent the Company's expectations as at January 15, 2008. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
|SOURCE DRAXIS Health Inc.|
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