Xunlei Announces $20 million Share Buyback Program
SHENZHEN, China, March 31, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Xunlei Limited (“Xunlei” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: XNET), a leading innovator of shared cloud computing and blockchain technology in China, today announced that the Board of Directors of the Company has approved a plan under which the Company may repurchase up to US$20 million of its shares over the next 12 months. The board will review the share repurchase program periodically and adjust its size and terms as necessary.
Under the proposed plan, repurchases may be made from time to time on the open market at the prevailing market prices and via a trading algorithm, in privately negotiated transactions, in block trades and/or through other legally permissible means, depending on market conditions and in accordance with applicable rules and regulations. The shares to be repurchased can be both its ADSs and common shares. The repurchase plan will be funded from the Company’s cash balance. As of December 31, 2021, the Company had cash, cash equivalent and short-term investments of approximately US$239 million, and the balance of bank borrowings was about US$20.2 million which is used to finance the construction of the Company’s research and development and headquarters building.
Mr. Jinbo Li, chairman and the chief executive officer of Xunlei, stated, “The new buyback program reflects the Board of Director’s continuing confidence in the Company’s financial strengths and operating outlook. We reviewed the Company’s current financial conditions, projected capital expending and operating budget for 2022 and believe it is prudent to initiate this share buyback program while preserving sufficient capital to pursue further business growth.”
Founded in 2003, Xunlei Limited (NASDAQ: XNET) is a leading innovator in shared cloud computing and blockchain technology in China. Xunlei provides a wide range of products and services across cloud acceleration, shared cloud computing, blockchain and digital entertainment to deliver an efficient, smart and safe internet experience.
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