News release Couche-Tard

Alimentation Couche-Tard announces agreement to repurchase 10,820,837 common shares

Equity Markets Laval,

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (“Couche-Tard” or the “Corporation”) (TSX: ATD) announced today that it entered into a private agreement with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (“CDPQ”), for the repurchase for cancellation of 10,820,837 common shares of Couche-Tard held by CDPQ at a price of CAD $64.69 per share, for a total consideration of approximately CAD $700 million. The repurchase price represents a discount of 3% to the closing price of the shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) on July 28, 2023, and will be paid using Couche-Tard’s cash on hand as well as proceeds raised through its US Commercial Paper Program.

The repurchase will be made in connection with the periodic portfolio rebalancing of CDPQ. Once the repurchase is completed, CDPQ will hold approximately 41.5 million shares, representing approximately 4.3% of Couche-Tard’s total shares outstanding. 

“This transaction is consistent with our opportunistic approach in regard to our share repurchase program and broader capital allocation priorities and represents a distinct opportunity to create shareholder value. Our healthy balance sheet and strong financial position, highlighted by our low leverage ratio, allows us to be well-positioned for opportunities like this to deploy excess cash on-hand and take advantage of attractive financing rates through our US Commercial Paper Program” said Filipe Da Silva, Chief Financial Officer.

“Once again this year, Alimentation Couche-Tard has outperformed for its shareholders. CDPQ is a long-standing investor, and we plan to maintain our commitment as the company continues to grow, for the benefit of our depositors,” said Kim Thomassin, Executive Vice-President and Head of Québec at CDPQ. “In this transaction, CDPQ will be monetizing a portion of its investment in order to reinject funds into Québec-based businesses while remaining one of the main shareholders of this multinational leader of the convenience store sector. Our stake in Couche-Tard is now valued at CAD 2.8 billion.”

A favorable decision was obtained from the Autorité des marches financiers to exempt Couche-Tard from issuer bid requirements under applicable securities legislation applicable to the transaction, which will be made at a discount in accordance with the decision.

The share repurchase will be made in connection with the Corporation's normal course issuer bid (“NCIB”) commenced on May 1, 2023, as previously communicated. Under the NCIB, Couche-Tard is authorized to repurchase up to 49,066,629 shares until the earlier of April 30, 2024, or the date on which the Corporation will either have acquired the maximum number of shares allowable under the NCIB or otherwise decides not to make any further purchases for cancellation under it. The NCIB allows for purchases outside the facilities of the TSX by private agreements pursuant to exemption orders issued by securities regulators. As at July 28, 2023, the Corporation had repurchased 4,673,600 shares under its current NCIB. Following this transaction, the Corporation will have repurchased a total of 15,494,437 shares and therefore a total of 33,572,191 shares will remain available for repurchase under the current NCIB.

Information regarding the share repurchase, including the number of shares repurchased and aggregate repurchase price paid, will be available on SEDAR at following the completion thereof. Couche-Tard will not issue any additional press release announcing the completion of this share repurchase. 

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release may constitute forward looking statements within the meaning of securities legislation, including those with respect to the closing and the anticipated benefits of the repurchase transaction. Positive or negative verbs such as "believe”, “can”, “shall”, “intend”, “expect”, "estimate”, “assume” and other related expressions are used to identify such statements. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Couche-Tard and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties outside of Couche-Tard's control. Couche-Tard would like to point out that, by their very nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties such that its results, or the measures it adopts, could differ materially from those indicated in or underlying these statements, or could have an impact on the degree of realization of a particular projection. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, Couche-Tard disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking information in this release is based on information available as of the date of the release.

À propos d’Alimentation Couche-Tard inc.

Couche-Tard est un leader global de l'industrie du commerce de l'accommodation et de la mobilité, opérant dans 25 pays et territoires et ayant plus de 14 400 magasins, dont approximativement 11 000 offrent du carburant pour le transport routier. Sous ses bannières reconnues Couche-Tard et Circle K, elle est l'un des plus importants exploitants indépendants de magasins d’accommodation aux États-Unis et est un leader dans l'industrie du commerce de l'accommodation et du carburant pour le transport routier au Canada, en Scandinavie, dans les pays baltes, ainsi qu'en Irlande. Elle a également une présence importante en Pologne et dans la région administrative spéciale chinoise de Hong Kong. Environ 128 000 personnes travaillent dans l'ensemble de son réseau. 

Pour plus de renseignements sur Alimentation Couche-Tard inc., ou pour consulter ses états financiers consolidés annuels audités, ses états financiers consolidés intérimaires non audités et son rapport de gestion, rendez-vous à l’adresse :

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For more information

  • Jean-Philippe D. Lachance
    Vice President, Investor Relations & Treasury
    450-662-6632, poste 4619
  • Lisa Koenig
    Head of Global Communications
    450-662-6632, poste 6611