TULSA, Okla., Feb. 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Educational Development Corporation (“EDC”, or the “Company”) (EDUC) (http://www.edcpub.com) today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a new share repurchase program authorizing the Company to repurchase up to 800,000 shares, representing approximately 10% of the Company’s outstanding common stock. This new plan replaces the existing stock repurchase plan which was approved by the Board of Directors in April 2008, and has approximately 600,000 shares remaining available for repurchase.
Randall White, CEO of Educational Development Corporation, announced that the Board has reviewed our current cash position and business forecast and expects executing the new share buyback will benefit all shareholders.
Per Mr. White, “Our Board, including myself, are continuously looking for opportunities to maximize shareholder value. With our improved financial performance and increased cash flows from operations over the past two years, and our expected generation of additional available cash flows in the upcoming periods, we are presented with an opportunity to repurchase shares and benefit all shareholders.”
Mr. White continued, “With our growth and improved cash flows, we expect the share buyback program is unlikely to be at the expense of M&A, R&D, or other opportunities for future growth. Nor do we expect the repurchase plan to impact the continuation of our recent practice of issuing quarterly dividends. The share buyback program represents a proactive step on the part of the Board to promote the best interest of the Company and its shareholders.”
About Educational Development Corporation (EDC)
EDC is a publishing company specializing in books for children. EDC is the exclusive United States trade co-publisher of the line of educational children’s books produced in the United Kingdom by Usborne Publishing Limited (“Usborne”) and we also exclusively publish books through our ownership of Kane Miller Book Publisher (“Kane Miller”); both international award-winning publishers of children’s books. EDC’s current catalog contains over 2,000 titles, with new additions semi-annually. Both Usborne and Kane Miller products are sold via 4,000 retail outlets and by independent consultants, who hold book showings in individual homes, through social media, book fairs with school and public libraries, direct and internet sales.
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