Navient buys shares back from hedge fund

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Navient Corporation, Wilmington, has entered into an agreement to repurchase 20,346,464 shares of common stock owned by Canyon Partners, LLC affiliates at a purchase price of $14.77 per share.

Canyon is a hedge fund based in Los Angeles.

“This agreement is a unique opportunity to accelerate Navient’s share repurchase plans,” said Jack Remondi, CEO, Navient. “Canyon has been a significant shareholder and we’ve appreciated their perspective and input, which will continue to help shape the company’s business plans going forward. We are committed to building upon our exceptional 2019 results, continuing to deliver superior value for our customers and shareholders.”

Navient previously announced a share repurchase program under which it is authorized to repurchase up to $1 billion of Navient’s outstanding common stock.

As a result of the shares already repurchased in the open market and this agreement with Canyon, Navient will have approximately $674 million in remaining share repurchase authority. Navient continues to expect its total 2020 share repurchase to be broadly in line with 2019 repurchases and the remaining repurchases are likely to be conducted throughout the year.

The price of the shares repurchased from Canyon’s affiliates equals the closing price of Navient stock on Jan. 27, 2020. Upon completion of the sale, Canyon will no longer hold Navient stock.

Navient had earlier reached an agreement with Canyon regarding its push for better performance by Navient. Navient offers financial management services that include servicing of student loans.

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