CHICAGO, Nov. 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Allscripts Healthcare Solutions announced today that its Board of Directors approved a share repurchase program under which Allscripts may purchase up to $150 million of its common stock through December 31, 2018.
Repurchases will be made from cash on hand as well as a portion of the free cash flow expected to be generated from the business over the next three years. The share repurchase program is intended, in part, to offset the dilution created by previous management equity grants.
Allscripts plans to repurchase shares from time to time in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions, subject to market conditions. There is no guarantee as to the exact number of shares or value that will be repurchased under the stock repurchase program, and Allscripts may discontinue purchases at any time. Whether Allscripts makes any repurchases will depend on many factors, including but not limited to its business and financial performance, the business and market conditions at the time, including the price of Allscripts shares, and other factors that management considers relevant.
Based on the November 30, 2015, closing price, approximately 9.8 million shares, or 5.2 percent of the company's outstanding shares as of October 30, 2015, could be repurchased.
"Allscripts' strengthening financial position and growing free cash flow creates a need for us to make prudent capital allocation decisions," said Richard J. Poulton, Allscripts President and Chief Financial Officer. "While we will continue to invest heavily in our industry-leading solutions as well as other forms of profitable growth, we have a strong commitment to maximizing returns on capital, and a share repurchase program alongside these investments helps us maximize shareholder value and demonstrate our confidence in Allscripts' future to clients, investors and associates."
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