Aastra Technologies Limited

Aastra Technologies Limited

October 19, 2009 17:01 ET

Aastra Announces Commencement of Normal Course Issuer Bid

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 19, 2009) - Aastra Technologies Limited – (TSX:AAH) today announced that it has obtained regulatory approvals and intends to commence a Normal Course Issuer Bid. Pursuant to the bid, Aastra intends to purchase up to 680,000 of its Common Shares, representing approximately 4.99% of its 13,674,710 Common Shares outstanding as at end of day on October 1, 2009. Daily repurchases will be limited to 14,566 Common Shares, other than block purchase exemptions. Aastra's management believes that the market price of its Common Shares is such that their purchase is an attractive and appropriate use of its corporate funds.

The purchases may commence on October 26, 2009 and will terminate on October 25, 2010 or on such earlier date as Aastra may complete its purchase pursuant to the Notice of Intention to Make a Normal Course Issuer Bid filed with the Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX") or otherwise terminates its bid. Purchases will be made on the open market by Aastra through the facilities of the TSX in accordance with its rules and policies. The price which Aastra will pay for any such shares will be the market price of such shares at the time of acquisition. The shares purchased pursuant to the normal course issuer bid will be cancelled.

Aastra believes that the current market price of its Common Shares makes their purchase an attractive and appropriate use of corporate funds, in light of potential benefits to remaining shareholders.

In the past 12 months, Aastra has purchased a total of 775,000 of its Common Shares under its Normal Course Issuer Bid which commenced on August 18, 2008 and expired on August 17, 2009 and a total of 1,417,738 of its Common Shares under its Substantial Issuer Bid which was announced on December 17, 2008 and expired on January 27, 2009.

About Aastra Technologies Limited

Aastra Technologies Limited (TSX:AAH), is a global company at the forefront of the Enterprise Communication market. Headquartered in Concord, Ontario, Canada, Aastra develops and delivers innovative and integrated solutions that address the communication needs of businesses small and large around the world. Aastra enables Enterprises to communicate and collaborate more efficiently and effectively by offering customers a full range of open standard IP-based and traditional communications networking products, including terminals, systems, and applications. For more information on Aastra, visit our website at http://www.aastra.com.

From time to time, we make written or oral forward-looking statement within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. We may make such statements in this press release, in other filings with Canadian regulators, in reports to shareholders or in other communications. These forward- looking statements include, among others, statements with respect to our intention to purchase up to 680,000 of our Common Shares pursuant to the Notice of Intention to Make a Normal Course Issuer Bid filed with the Toronto Stock Exchange. By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve numerous factors and assumptions, and are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, which give rise to the possibility that predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not be achieved. Please refer to Aastra's filings on the website maintained by the Canadian Securities Administrators at www.sedar.com, including its Annual Information Form and its quarterly and annual Management Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on these statements as our actual results may differ materially from our expectations if known and unknown risks or uncertainties affect our business, or if our estimates or assumptions prove inaccurate. Therefore, we cannot provide any assurance that forward-looking statements will materialize. Unless otherwise required pursuant to applicable Canadian securities legislation, we assume no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or any other reason.

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  • Aastra Technologies Limited
    Kathy Ristic
    Vice President Finance, Treasury & Investor Relations