Bentley Systems, Incorporated (Nasdaq: BSY) (“Bentley Systems” or the “Company”), the infrastructure engineering software company, today announced its Board of Directors approved the BSY Stock Repurchase Program authorizing the Company to repurchase up to $200 million of BSY Class B common stock through June 30, 2024.
The Company traditionally repurchased BSY shares “de facto” by issuing its equity grants, and especially Deferred Compensation Plan distributions, on a net basis, holding back shares in consideration of remitting withholding taxes on behalf of recipients. This practice resulted in cash outlays for such de facto share repurchases of $120.5 million in 2021, and of $35.1 million in 22Q1. During 22Q2, the Company began to exercise its right to require that equity awardees instead receive gross quantities of BSY shares and promptly reimburse to the Company the cash required for their tax withholding amounts.
Greg Bentley, CEO, said, “In contrast to our practice to date of de facto repurchases, the BSY Stock Repurchase Program enables us to consider market conditions in flexibly re-prioritizing the application of our robust cash generation, including savings from the switch to gross equity distributions, as between programmatic acquisitions, de-levering, and/or open-market stock repurchases to offset ongoing dilution from equity compensation. We will purchase shares opportunistically to enhance stockholder value.”
The shares proposed to be acquired in the BSY Stock Repurchase Program may be repurchased from time to time in open market transactions, through privately negotiated transactions, or by other means in accordance with federal securities laws. The Company intends to fund repurchases from available working capital and cash provided by operating activities. The timing, as well as the number and value of shares repurchased under the program, will be determined by the Company at its discretion and will depend on a variety of factors, including management’s assessment of the intrinsic value of the Company’s shares, the market price of the Company’s Class B common stock, general market and economic conditions, available liquidity, compliance with the Company’s debt and other agreements, and applicable legal requirements. The exact number of shares to be repurchased by the Company is not guaranteed, and the program may be suspended, modified, or discontinued at any time without prior notice.
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Further information on potential factors that could affect the financial results of the Company are included in the Company’s Form 10‑K and subsequent Forms 10‑Q, which are on file with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company disclaims any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.
About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems (Nasdaq: BSY) is the infrastructure engineering software company. We provide innovative software to advance the world’s infrastructure – sustaining both the global economy and environment. Our industry-leading software solutions are used by professionals, and organizations of every size, for the design, construction, and operations of roads and bridges, rail and transit, water and wastewater, public works and utilities, buildings and campuses, mining, and industrial facilities. Our offerings include MicroStation-based applications for modeling and simulation, ProjectWise for project delivery, AssetWise for asset and network performance, Seequent’s leading geoprofessional software portfolio, and the iTwin platform for infrastructure digital twins. Bentley Systems employs more than 4,500 colleagues and generates annual revenues of approximately $1 billion in 186 countries. www.bentley.com
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