Forum Home Page [see Broadridge note belo

w]

The Shareholder Forumtm

support for fair value realization

of stock investments in

DBM Global Incorporated

(f/k/a Schuff International Inc.)

 

 

Support of Minority Shareholder Interests

The Shareholder Forum had offered to support Appraised Value Rights ("AVR") of DBM (f/k/a Schuff International) minority shareholders in 2014 following a $31.50 per share tender offer by the company's controlling shareholder, HC2 Holdings, Inc., with the stated intent to proceed with a short-form merger "as soon as practicable.”

HC2 acquired DBM shares in the 2014 tender offer and other purchases bringing its total holdings to 92% of outstanding DBM shares, but has not proceeded with a merger. The Forum has continued to support the minority shareholder interests of its AVR participants in this context.

 

     

Forum distribution:

Proxy advisor supports shareholder views of need to replace company's board of directors

 

For analyses and recommendations similar to those of the proxy advisor reported below, as provided earlier by HC2's actual shareholders, see

 

Source: Reuters, April 29, 2020 article

 


 

 BUSINESS NEWS        APRIL 29, 2020 / 11:29 PM

In rare move, Glass Lewis backs all MG Capital nominees to replace entire HC2 board

Svea Herbst-Bayliss


BOSTON (Reuters) - Proxy adviser Glass Lewis on Wednesday backed activist investor MG Capital by recommending that HC2 Holdings (HCHC.N) shareholders replace all board members with the investment firm’s founder Michael Gorzynski and five other nominees.

The backing, a rebuke of Philip Falcone, a former hedge fund manager who is now HC2’s chief executive, is noteworthy as proxy advisers rarely recommend dissidents be awarded a majority of board seats.

Glass Lewis has also said it does not like recommending people directly associated with the dissident, such as a founder or a partner.

In contrast, Glass Lewis’ larger rival Institutional Shareholder Services’ (ISS) recommended shareholders vote for three of MG Capital’s candidates and not re-elect Falcone.

“The dissident has made a sufficiently compelling case to warrant supporting its proposed overhaul of the board,” the Glass Lewis report said.

“In our view, the dissident has clearly highlighted a number of key concerns that we believe a wholly refreshed board can better address.”

In MG Capital’s first activist campaign, Gorzynski has called Falcone’s tenure as CEO a “disaster for shareholders” and criticized the former billionaire’s handpicked board for poor governance, conflicts of interest, and missing regulatory issues.

Gorzynski, who once worked for Daniel Loeb’s hedge fund Third Point, is seeking to cut the company’s annual costs and refocus on HC2’s core holdings.

HC2, with a market value of some $132 million, has businesses in construction, marine services and several other sectors.

Glass Lewis said the board allowed “management to embark on what appears to us to have been a leveraged acquisition strategy that has largely generated below-market returns.”

HC2 did not have an immediate comment.

This year, Falcone was sued for more than $65.8 million for allegedly defaulting on loans and had his assets frozen for failing to pay lawyers. A lawyer representing Falcone said the suit has no merit and that his client plans to fight it.

Last year HC2 was ordered by a court to withhold some of Falcone’s wages to satisfy unpaid obligations.

In addition to Gorzynski, Glass Lewis recommended shareholders vote for George Brokaw, Kenneth Courtis, Jay Newman, Robin Greenwood and Liesl Hickey. Only Gorzynski works for MG Capital.

The vote is due to take place on May 7.

MG Capital’s campaign became public earlier this year and HC2’s stock price has climbed 18% for the year to date.

Reporting by Svea Herbst-Bayliss; Editing by Edwina Gibbs

 

© 2020 Reuters.

 

 

 

The project supporting investor interests in DBM Global Incorporated (f/k/a Schuff International, Inc.) is being conducted by the Shareholder Forum for the benefit of Participants that have reserved Appraised Value Rights ("AVR") Managment, subject to conditions including standard Forum policies that each Participant is expected to make independent use of information obtained through the Forum and that participation is considered private unless the Participant specifically authorizes identification.

Inquiries may be sent to shfk@shareholderforum.com.

The information provided to Forum participants is intended for their private reference, and permission has not been granted for the republishing of any copyrighted material. The material presented on this web site is the responsibility of Gary Lutin, as chairman of the Shareholder Forum.

Shareholder Forum™ is a trademark owned by The Shareholder Forum, Inc., for the programs conducted since 1999 to support investor access to decision-making information. It should be noted that we have no responsibility for the services that Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., introduced for review in the Forum's 2010 "E-Meetings" program and has since been offering with the “Shareholder Forum” name, and we have asked Broadridge to use a different name that does not suggest our support or endorsement.