LOS ANGELES, Calif., December 16, 2013 — Spark Networks, Inc. (NYSE MKT: LOV), a leader in creating niche-focused brands that build and strengthen the communities they serve, announced today that its Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of up to $5.0 million of its outstanding common stock.
“The Board’s authorization of a stock repurchase program reflects our confidence in the Company’s long-term outlook, as well as our commitment to returning value to stockholders,” said Greg Liberman, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We are pleased that the strength of our balance sheet provides us with the flexibility to enhance shareholder returns, while continuing to invest in the growth and support of our dual engines – Christian and Jewish Networks.”
The repurchases may be made from time to time in the open market, in privately negotiated transactions, or otherwise, including pursuant to a Rule 10b5-1 plan, at prices that the Company deems appropriate and subject to market conditions, applicable law, including Rule 10b-18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and other factors deemed relevant in the Company’s sole discretion. The Company is not obligated to repurchase any dollar amount or any number of shares of common stock, and the program may be suspended, discontinued or modified at any time, for any reason and without notice.
The Company intends to pay for shares repurchased with cash from its balance sheet. As of December 13, 2013, Spark Networks had approximately 24 million shares of common stock outstanding.
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About Spark Networks, Inc.:
The Spark Networks portfolio of consumer Web sites includes, among others, JDate®.com (www.jdate.com), ChristianMingle®.com (www.christianmingle.com), Spark®.com (www.spark.com), BlackSingles.com® (www.blacksingles.com), and SilverSingles®.com (www.silversingles.com).
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