DALLAS, Jul 30, 2003 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Zale Corporation
(NYSE:ZLC), the largest specialty retailer of fine jewelry in North
America, today announced the results of its modified "Dutch Auction"
tender offer, which expired at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on
July 29, 2003. Based on the results of the count by The Bank of New
York, the depositary for the tender offer, approximately 4.7 million
shares of common stock were properly tendered and not withdrawn at
prices at or below $48.00 per share. As such, the Company expects to
purchase approximately 4.7 million shares of its common stock at a
total cost of $225.6 million.
The tender offer commenced on July 1, 2003, when the Company
offered to purchase up to 6.4 million shares of its outstanding common
stock at a price per share of not less than $42.00 nor in excess of
$48.00 per share. As of July 29, 2003, the Company had approximately
32.3 million shares of common stock issued and outstanding. At the
completion of the tender offer, the Company expects to have 27.6
million shares of common stock issued and outstanding as of the time
immediately following payment for the tendered shares.
In so far as the tender offer was under-subscribed, the Company
intends to purchase additional shares of its common stock pursuant to
its stock repurchase program. The Company and its affiliates are
prohibited from repurchasing shares until at least ten business days
after July 29, 2003.
Any questions with regard to the tender offer may be directed to
the information agent, Morrow & Co., Inc., at (212) 754-8000. The
dealer-manager for the tender offer was Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc.
Separately, the Company announced the redemption of the remaining
$87 million of its 8.50% Senior Notes, which were due 2007.
Zale Corporation is North America's largest specialty retailer of
fine jewelry operating approximately 2,265 retail locations throughout
the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as online. Zale
Corporation's brands include Zales Jewelers, Zales Outlet, Zale Direct
at www.zales.com, Gordon's Jewelers, Bailey Banks & Biddle Fine
Jewelers, Peoples Jewellers, Mappins Jewellers and Piercing Pagoda.
Additional information on Zale Corporation and its brands is available
on the Internet at www.zalecorp.com.
This release contains forward-looking statements, including
statements of the Company's expectations regarding the final number of
shares to be acquired in the tender offer, the expected number of
outstanding shares following the tender offer and expectations
regarding future share repurchases under the Company's previously
announced share repurchase program, which are based upon management's
beliefs as well as on assumptions made by and data currently available
to management. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of
future performance and a variety of factors could cause the Company's
actual results to differ materially from the anticipated or expected
results expressed in these forward-looking statements. The following
list, which is not intended to be an all-encompassing list of risks
and uncertainties affecting the Company, summarizes several factors
that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially
from those anticipated or expected in these forward-looking
statements: confirmation of the number of shares tendered and
purchased; the price and availability of shares for repurchase; the
Company's future cash needs following the tender offer; and the other
risks detailed from time to time in our SEC reports. The Company
disclaims any obligation to update or revise publicly or otherwise any
forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events, new
information or future circumstances.
SOURCE: Zale Corporation
Zale Corporation, Dallas
David H. Sternblitz, 972-580-5047
Senior Director, Investor and Public Relations