CHICAGO, Oct. 08, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Professional Diversity Network, Inc. (“PDN”) (NASDAQ:IPDN), a developer and operator of online networks and technologies that provide access to employment opportunities for diverse professionals in the United States, announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a share buyback of up to $1.2 million of its outstanding stock. This buyback is set to begin in 2016 and is expected to be funded from the Company’s free cash flow.
The Company has scaled its existing platform for profitable growth under the current capital structure and plans to use its free cash flow to build shareholder value by virtue of this planned buyback. “We made multiple, accretive acquisitions during 2014 with an eye toward being profitable by the end of 2015,” said Jim Kirsch, CEO. Kirsch continued, “Over the past year we have integrated three companies, identified synergies and eliminated redundancies, and continued to manage toward profitability. Our Management and our Board share the belief that our stock is undervalued. As we enter the fourth quarter, our goal is to achieve sustainable positive cash flow from operations. Our previous investments into our business platform position us to grow our revenues without additional or reinvested capital from operations, and, we are therefore committed to maximizing shareholder value by reinvesting our profits into our own stock.”
About Professional Diversity Network, Inc.
Professional Diversity Network, Inc. (PDN) is an Internet software and services company that develops and operates online professional networking communities dedicated to serving diverse professionals in the United States and employers seeking to hire diverse talent. Our subsidiary, National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), is one of the largest, most recognized networking organizations of professional women in the country, spanning more than 200 industries and professions. Through an online platform and our relationship recruitment affinity groups, we provide our employer clients a means to identify and acquire diverse talent and assist them with their efforts to comply with the Equal Employment Opportunity Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program. Our mission is to utilize the collective strength of our affiliate companies, members, partners and unique proprietary platform to be the standard in business diversity recruiting, networking and professional development for women, minorities, veterans, LGBT and disabled persons globally.
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