Luna Innovations Incorporated Announces Stock Repurchase Program
(ROANOKE, VA, June 9, 2016) – Luna Innovations Incorporated (NASDAQ: LUNA) today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of up to $2 million of Luna’s common stock.
“Our management team and Board of Directors believe strongly in our long-term growth prospects and our ability to improve our profitability and cash flow. The initiation of this stock repurchase program demonstrates our commitment to building shareholder value as well as confidence in achieving long-term growth,” said My Chung, president and chief executive officer of Luna.
The number of shares repurchased and the timing of repurchases will depend on a number of factors, including, but not limited to, share price, trading volume and general market conditions, along with Luna’s working capital requirements, general business conditions and other factors. Under its share repurchase program, the company may, from time to time, purchase shares of its common stock through various means, including open market transactions, privately negotiated transactions or tender offers. Open market repurchases of common stock may be made pursuant to trading plans established pursuant to Rule 10b5-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which would permit common stock to be repurchased at a time that Luna might otherwise be precluded from doing so under insider trading laws. The $2 million share repurchase authorization expires on May 31, 2017 (unless extended), and does not obligate the company to purchase any shares. The authorization for the share repurchase program may be terminated, increased or decreased by the Board of Directors at any time.
The repurchase program will be funded using Luna’s working capital. As of March 31, 2016, Luna had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $15.2 million.
Luna had approximately 27.5 million shares of common stock outstanding as of March 31, 2016.
Luna Innovations Incorporated (www.lunainc.com) develops high speed optics and high performance fiber optic test products that provide unique capabilities for the aerospace, automotive, energy, defense, and telecommunications industries. Luna develops, manufactures and markets high definition fiber optic sensing products and fiber optic test and measurement instrumentation, and packages optoelectronic semiconductors into high-speed optical receivers (HSOR products), custom optoelectronic subsystems (Optoelectronics products) and Terahertz (THz) instrumentation. Luna is organized into two business segments, which work closely together to turn ideas into products: a Technology Development segment and a Products and Licensing segment. Luna’s business model is designed to accelerate the process of bringing new and innovative technologies to market.
The statements in this release that are not historical facts constitute “forward-looking statements” made pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements include the company’s expectations regarding the timing, amount, methods and funding sources of future repurchases of its common stock. Management cautions the reader that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and are subject to a number of both known and unknown risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors. These factors include, without limitation, changes in Luna’s stock price, the trading volume of the company’s stock, the nature of other investment opportunities presented to the company from time to time, the company’s cash flows from operations, general economic conditions, and those risks and uncertainties set forth in the company’s periodic reports and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Such filings are available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and on the company’s website at www.lunainc.com. The statements made in this release are based on information available to the company as of the date of this release and Luna undertakes no obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this release, except as required by law.
Dale Messick, CFO
Luna Innovations Incorporated