Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Shareholders' Equity

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Shareholders' Equity
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2017
Equity [Abstract]  
Shareholders' Equity

12. SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

On March 3, 2015, the Company completed the public offering of 1,380,000 shares of its common stock at $90.40 per share. Net proceeds to the Company after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses were approximately $119.5 million.

On January 20, 2016, the Company completed the public offering of 2,645,000 shares of its common stock at $105.75 per share. Net proceeds to the Company after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses were approximately $269.7 million.

On May 25, 2016, the Company completed the public offering of 6,900,000 shares of its common stock at $100.00 per share. Net proceeds to the Company after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses were approximately $665.4 million.

Until May 2017, the Company had maintained a continuous equity offering program (“Equity Program”) with Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Jefferies LLC (“Jeffries”), SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc., Piper Jaffray & Co. (“Piper”), HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. (“HSBC”), and BB&T Capital Markets, a division of BB&T Securities, LLC, pursuant to which the Company could sell up to $225 million in aggregate offering price of shares of the Company’s common stock. The Equity Program expired in May 2017.

During 2017 and 2016, the Company did not issue any shares of common stock under the Equity Program.

During 2015, the Company issued 949,911 shares of common stock under the Equity Program at a weighted average issue price of $96.80 per share, generating net proceeds of $90.6 million after deducting $1.1 million of sales commissions paid to Jefferies, Piper, and HSBC, as well as other expenses of $0.2 million.

On August 2, 2017, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to $200 million of the Company’s outstanding common shares (“Buyback Program”). The Buyback Program allows the Company to purchase shares of its common stock in accordance with applicable securities laws on the open market, through privately negotiated transactions, or through other methods of acquiring shares. The Buyback Program may be suspended or discontinued at any time.  During 2017, the Company repurchased 112,554 of the Company’s outstanding common shares for $8.2 million under the Buyback Program, resulting in a weighted average purchase price of $73.16 per share.

In 2013, the Company implemented a Dividend Reinvestment Plan. The Company issued 199,809, 133,666 and 151,246 shares under the plan in 2017, 2016, and 2015, respectively. On August 2, 2017, the Company’s Board of Directors suspended the Dividend Reinvestment Plan.