TAIPEI, Taiwan and MILPITAS, Calif., Nov. 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Silicon Motion Technology Corporation (NasdaqGS: SIMO) (“Silicon Motion” or the “Company”) today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a new program for the Company to repurchase up to $200 million of its American Depositary Shares (ADSs) over a 24 month period, effective immediately.
“We continue to see our controllers benefiting from accelerating SSD adoption in PCs and growing interest in UFS embedded memory by smartphone OEMs, and are making solid progress with our hyperscale SSD projects,” said Wallace Kou, Silicon Motion’s President and CEO. “While our primary focus in creating long-term shareholder value is through growing our business, we have for many years also been delivering value by paying dividends. We are now seeking to boost shareholder returns by opportunistically repurchasing our shares.”
Repurchases under the new program will be made in the open market or according to other methods in compliance with Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 10b-18, subject to market conditions, applicable legal requirements and other factors. The Company expects to use cash on hand to fund the repurchases. The plan does not obligate the Company to acquire any particular amount of ADS, and it may be suspended at any time at the Company's discretion.
As of September 30, 2018, the Company had approximately $308.2 million of cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments.
About Silicon Motion:
We are the global leader in supplying NAND flash controllers for solid state storage devices and the merchant leader in supplying SSD controllers. We have the broadest portfolio of controller technologies and our controllers are widely used in embedded storage products such as SSDs and eMMCs, which are found in smartphones, PCs, commercial and industrial applications. We ship over 750 million NAND controllers annually and have shipped over five billion NAND controllers in the last ten years, more than any other company in the world. We also supply specialized high-performance hyperscale data center and industrial SSD solutions. Our customers include most of the NAND flash vendors, storage device module makers, and leading OEMs. For further information on Silicon Motion, visit us at www.siliconmotion.com.
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