Question 7 is new. Some changes quoted below.
In addition to the addition of question #7, the other large item of note is Murray Stahl informing the board that he intends to vote against the election of Dana McGinnis. Didn’t see that one coming!
Post other observations in the comments please. What else caught your eye?
Proposal Seven: Approval of the stockholder proposal requesting that the Board take actions to declassify the Board requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast on the matter. Abstentions and broker non-votes will have no effect on the outcome of this proposal.
What is the deadline for receipt of stockholder proposals to be presented at the next annual meeting of stockholders? In order for any stockholder proposal submitted pursuant to Rule 14a-8 promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) and the Company’s bylaws, to be included in the Company’s Proxy Statement to be issued in connection with the 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, such stockholder proposal must be received by the Company no later than August 8, 2022. Any such stockholder proposal submitted, including any accompanying supporting statement, may not exceed 500 words, as per Rule 14a-8(d) of the Exchange Act. Any such stockholder proposals submitted outside the processes of Rule 14a-8 promulgated under the Exchange Act, which a stockholder intends to bring forth at the Company’s 2022 annual meeting of stockholders, will be untimely unless it is received between August 31, 2022 and September 30, 2022 in accordance with our bylaws and Rule 14a-4 of the Exchange Act. Any changes to such dates will be disclosed in our periodic reports on Form 10-Q or Form 10-K, or current reports on Form 8-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Any such request should be directed to the Company’s Secretary at 1700 Pacific Avenue, Suite 2900, Dallas, Texas, 75201 or (214) 969-5530.
Murray Stahl, in violation of the Stockholders’ Agreement, has informed the Company in writing on December 2, 2021 that he intends to vote against the election of Dana F. McGinnis.
The following non-binding, advisory proposal was submitted by Gabriel Gliksberg, a stockholder of the Company. Mr. Gliksberg has informed the Company that his address is 538 West Stratford Place, Chicago, Illinois 60657, and that he is the beneficial owner of 100 shares of Common Stock.
“Resolved: shareholders of the Company recommend that as soon as practicable the Board of Directors take all necessary steps within its legal power and in accordance with applicable law (and subject to shareholder approval) to declassify the Board of Directors and reorganize it into one class with each director subject to election each year. Implementation of this proposal will not affect the unexpired terms of directors elected prior to the implementation of the proposal from completing the term for which such director was elected.”
SUPPORTING STATEMENT SUBMITTED BY MR. GLIKSBERG
There seems to be virtually unanimous consensus in the institutional investment world that declassified boards are the preferred governance structure.
Per the Harvard law School forum on Corporate Governance website1;
declassified boards highlight how annual elections can increase accountability and responsiveness to shareholders. Over the past five years, corporations have seen a strong migration away from classified boards to annually elected boards with no director classes. Indeed, almost 90% of large-cap companies now have declassified boards, up from about two-thirds in 2011.
Per Institutional Shares Services’ (ISS) guidelines2;
General Recommendation: Vote Against proposals to classify (stagger) the board.
Vote for proposals to repeal classified boards and to elect all directors annually.
STATEMENT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDING A VOTE AGAINST THIS STOCKHOLDER PROPOSAL
The Board’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee regularly reviews the appropriate structure and composition of the Board and is committed to evaluate the classified structure with the intent to implement, contingent upon the Board’s review, a declassified board in the future. The Committee and Board will be thoughtful in their evaluations of Board structure and governance, consider input from all stockholders and the Board will share relevant changes to Board structure and governance with our stockholders as deemed appropriate.
However, especially in light of the Company’s unique circumstances, proper review must be undertaken to study the procedures required in accordance with rules and guidance from the SEC, Delaware law and the Company’s charter documents and other binding agreements. The Company is committed to beginning the process of undertaking such steps, but cannot support the stockholder proposal as submitted.
Accordingly, the Board of Directors recommends a vote AGAINST this stockholder proposal.