Protolabs (NYSE: PRLB) announced today that on December 8, 2021 its Board of Directors approved a $50 million increase in its authorized stock repurchase program currently in effect, with an expiration date of December 31, 2023. This authorization increases the stock repurchase program to $150 million. As of December 7, 2021, Protolabs had repurchased an aggregate dollar value of $87 million, resulting in $63 million remaining available to purchase common stock under the expanded stock repurchase program.
Under this authorization, Protolabs is not required to purchase shares, but may choose to do so in the open market or through private transactions at times and amounts determined by the company based on its evaluation of market conditions and other factors.
Protolabs' capital allocation strategy remains unchanged. Protolabs prioritizes organic investment to enhance its platform and capacity with a focus on serving customers with world-class lead times. The company also invests in research and development to expand and enhance its envelope of service offerings to meet additional customer needs. Next, Protolabs looks for potential strategic acquisition opportunities that further the company's growth strategy. Finally, the company provides the return realized by these investments to its shareholders through opportunistic stock repurchases.
Protolabs is the world's leading provider of digital manufacturing services. The e-commerce-based company offers injection molding, CNC machining, 3D printing, and sheet metal fabrication to product developers, engineers, and supply chain teams across the globe. Protolabs serves customers using in-house production capabilities that bring unprecedented speed in tandem with Hubs, a Protolabs Company, which serves customers through its network of premium manufacturing partners. Together, they help companies bring new ideas to market with the fastest and most comprehensive digital manufacturing service in the world. Visit protolabs.com for more information.
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