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November 20, 2009  |   Comments (0)   |   Post a comment

STA changes name, may sell shares in U.S.


BARRIE, Ontario — Shareholders have approved a resolution to change the corporate name of Student Transportation of America Ltd. to Student Transportation Inc.

Shares of the company, the third-largest school bus contractor in North America, will continue to trade under the ticker symbol "STB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

"By changing our corporate name, it better represents our North American footprint and will serve us well as we continue to grow," said Denis J. Gallagher, chairman and chief executive officer.

The company will retain the names Student Transportation of America for its U.S. subsidiary and Student Transportation of Canada for its Canadian operations.

"On the local level, we will also continue to retain the identities of the many companies we have acquired, preserving the goodwill they have built with their customers and communities," Gallagher noted.

The company also announced that its board of directors is considering a dual listing of its common shares on a U.S. exchange. The listing, which could happen as early as the fall of 2010, would require certain regulatory approvals that would allow the company to market and sell its common shares to U.S. investors, something it believes would further increase liquidity by attracting new shareholders.

"Being able to list and market directly in the U.S. would allow us to expand our investor base and increase our relationships with U.S. and international investment banks familiar with our industry," Gallagher said. 

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