Velan Inc.
TSX : VLN

Velan Inc.

October 18, 2010 15:21 ET

Velan Inc.: 2010 Normal Course Issuer Bid

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 18, 2010) - Velan Inc. (the "Corporation") (TSX:VLN) announced today that it has received approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX"), to proceed with a normal course issuer bid. Under the bid, the Corporation may purchase up to 332,085 Subordinate Voting Shares (the "Shares") of the Corporation, representing 5% of the issued Shares of such class as at October 12, 2010. The average daily trading volume for the 6-month period preceding October 1, 2010 is 3,601 Shares. In accordance with TSX rules, the Corporation may repurchase up to 1,000 Shares on a daily basis. The bid will commence on October 21, 2010 and terminate on October 20, 2011 or on such earlier date as the Corporation may complete its purchases pursuant to the bid. The Shares will be purchased on behalf of the Corporation by a registered broker through the facilities of TSX. The price paid for the Shares will be the market price at the time of the acquisition, and the number of Shares purchased and the timing of any such purchases will be determined by the Corporation. All Shares purchased by the Corporation will be cancelled. The Corporation currently has 6,641,701 Shares outstanding. During the past 12 months, 31,000 Shares were purchased by the Corporation at a weighted average price of $13.99.

The Corporation also announced that it has renewed an automatic share purchase plan with a broker in order to facilitate repurchases of its Shares under its normal course issuer bid. Under the Corporation's automatic share purchase plan, the Corporation's broker may repurchase common shares under the normal course issuer bid at any time including, without limitation, when the Corporation would ordinarily not be permitted to due to regulatory restrictions or self-imposed blackout periods. Purchases will be made by the Corporation's broker based upon the parameters prescribed by the TSX and applicable Canadian securities laws and the terms of the parties' written agreement. The automatic share purchase plan has been reviewed by the TSX. The automatic share purchase plan will be renewed effective as of October 21, 2010.

The directors of the Corporation have concluded that purchases of up to 332,085 of the issued and outstanding Shares are an appropriate and desirable use of the Corporation's available funds and, therefore, would be in the best interest of the Corporation. As a result of such purchases, the number of issued Shares will be decreased and, consequently, the proportionate share interest of all remaining shareholders will be increased on a pro rata basis.

T.C. Velan

President

Contact Information

  • VELAN Inc.
    Tom Velan
    President
    514-748-7743
    514-748-8635 (FAX)
    or
    VELAN Inc.
    M. John D. Ball
    Chief Financial Officer
    514-748-7743
    514-748-8635 (FAX)
    www.velan.com