Sierra Wireless Establishes Automatic Share Purchase Plan

Richmond, BC-February 29, 2016

Sierra Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) (“Sierra Wireless” or the “Company”) today announced that, in connection with its previously announced normal course issuer bid (the “NCIB”) to purchase for cancellation up to 3,149,199 of its common shares (“Common Shares”), it entered into an automatic share purchase plan (“APP”) with a designated broker to allow for the purchase of Common Shares under the NCIB at times when the Company would ordinarily not be permitted to purchase shares due to regulatory restrictions. 

Pursuant to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Rule 10b5-1 and applicable Canadian provincial securities legislation, including the guidance under the Ontario Securities Commission’s Staff Notice 55-701, an APP permits the broker to effect repurchases of Common Shares in the future on an automatic basis regardless of any material, non-public information the Company may be in possession of at such time. An APP can only be established at a time when the Company is not in possession of material, non-public information. Once the APP is established, the Company is not permitted to exercise any further discretion or influence over how repurchases will occur under the APP. Purchases of Common Shares by the broker are subject to certain price limitations and other parameters prescribed by the Toronto Stock Exchange (the “TSX”), applicable securities laws and the terms of the APP. The Company may only suspend or terminate the APP in the future if it is not in possession of any material, non-public information at the time and it notifies the public accordingly. The APP has been pre-cleared by the TSX and will be implemented effective February 29, 2016.  The first purchases under the APP may commence on April 1, 2016, following the completion of a voluntary 30-day “cooling-off period”.

The NCIB commenced on February 9, 2016, and will terminate no later than February 8, 2017. All repurchases made under the APP will be included in computing the number of Common Shares purchased under the NCIB. As of February 29, 2016, the Company has repurchased a total of 549,583 Common Shares under the NCIB.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements and information in this press release are not based on historical facts and constitute forward-looking statements or forward-looking information within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Canadian securities laws (“forward-looking statements”), including statements regarding the intention to acquire securities under the NCIB, the number of shares that may be acquired under the NCIB, the potential purchase of shares by the broker under the APP and the future suspension or termination of the APP.  Forward-looking statements are provided to help you understand our views of our short and longer term plans, expectations and prospects. We caution you that forward-looking statements may not be appropriate for other purposes. We will not update or revise our forward-looking statements unless we are required to do so by securities laws.

Forward-looking statements:

  • Typically include words and phrases about the future such as “outlook”, “will”, “may”, “estimates”, “intends”, “believes”, “plans”, “anticipates” and “expects”.
  • Are not promises or guarantees of future performance. They represent our current views and may change significantly.
  • Are based on a number of material assumptions, including those listed below, which could prove to be significantly incorrect:
    • our ability to develop, manufacture and sell new products and services that meet the needs of our customers and gain commercial acceptance;
    • our ability to continue to sell our products and services in the expected quantities at the expected prices and expected times;
    • expected cost of goods sold;
    • expected component supply constraints;
    • our ability to “win” new business;
    • our ability to integrate acquired businesses and realize expected benefits;
    • expected deployment of next generation networks by wireless network operators;
    • our operations are not adversely disrupted by component shortages or other development, operating or regulatory risks; and
    • expected tax rates and foreign exchange rates.
  • Are subject to substantial known and unknown material risks and uncertainties.  Many factors could cause our actual results, achievements and developments in our business to differ significantly from those expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, the following factors, most of which are discussed in greater detail.  These risk factors and others are discussed in our Annual Information Form and Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, which may be found on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov and in our other regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the United States and the Provincial Securities Commissions in Canada and include the following:
    • competition from new or established service providers or from those with greater resources;
    • higher than anticipated costs; disruption of, and demands on, our ongoing business; and diversion of management’s time and attention in connection with acquisitions or divestitures;
    • we may experience difficulty responding to changing technology, industry standards and customer requirements;
    • the loss of any of our significant customers;
    • cyber-attacks or other breaches of our information technology security;
    • our reliance on single source suppliers for certain components used in our products;
    • failures of our products or services due to design flaws and errors, component quality issues, manufacturing defects or other quality issues;
    • we may be found to infringe on intellectual property rights of others;
    • we may be unable to enforce our intellectual property rights;
    • our ability to attract or retain key personnel;
    • risks related to contractual disputes with counterparties;
    • our financial results are subject to fluctuation;
    • difficult or uncertain global economic conditions;
    • unanticipated costs associated with litigation or settlements;
    • our dependence on a limited number of third party manufacturers;
    • our dependence on wireless network carriers to promote and offer acceptable wireless data services;
    • we are subject to governmental regulation;
    • the transmission, use and disclosure of user data and personal information could give rise to liability or additional costs;
    • we may not be able to obtain necessary rights to use software or components supplied by third parties; and
    • we have operations outside of North America and therefore are subject to risks inherent in foreign jurisdictions.

About Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) is building the Internet of Things with intelligent wireless solutions that empower organizations to innovate in the connected world. We offer the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of 2G, 3G and 4G embedded modules and gateways, seamlessly integrated with our secure cloud and connectivity services. OEMs and enterprises worldwide trust our innovative solutions to get their connected products and services to market faster. Sierra Wireless has more than 1,000 employees globally and operates R&D centers in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.sierrawireless.com.