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Premium Leisure buying back shares from market

Premium Leisure Corp. (PLC), the gaming investment arm of Belle Corp., seeks to jack up shareholder value by setting aside P500 million to buy back shares from the stock market.

PLC has obtained approval from its board to pursue the stock repurchase program. The actual number of shares to be repurchased cannot be determined yet as this will depend on the total buyback price of the shares, PLC told the Philippine Stock Exchange on Friday.

“There is no specific timetable for the effectivity of the buyback program and management at its discretion will act on the timing and buying levels as it deems fit,” the disclosure said.

Companies buy back shares from the stock market when they deem that share prices are undervalued. However, only companies with retained earnings are allowed to buy back shares.

Once PLC buys back shares, these will be lodged as treasury shares. To date, PLC has no treasury-held shares.

“The buyback program shall be implemented in an orderly manner and should not adversely affect the company’s and its subsidiaries’ prospective and existing projects,” the company assured.

PLC is valued by the stock market at P39.2 billion, lower than Melco Resorts & Entertainment Corp., athe local unit of Macau-based casino giant Melco, which has a market capitalization of P44.2 billion.

PLC has an operating agreement with Melco that entitles it to a 50-percent share of gaming revenue from integrated gaming resort City of Dreams Manila. It also generates revenue from equipment lease rentals, commission and distribution income through subsidiary, Pacific Online Systems Corp.

– Doris Dumlao – Abadilla, Philippine Daily Inquirer

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