McGinnis – No*
Declassify – Yes
Notwithstanding the terms of the stockholders’ agreement (the “Stockholders’ Agreement”), entered into on June 11, 2020 among Texas Pacific Land Trust (and later assigned to the Company), Horizon Kinetics LLC and Horizon Kinetics Asset Management LLC (together with Horizon Kinetics LLC and its affiliates, “Horizon”), SoftVest Advisors, LLC (“SoftVest Advisors”) and SoftVest, L.P. (together with SoftVest Advisors and its affiliates, “SoftVest”), and Mission Advisors, LP, Horizon and SoftVest did not vote for the re-election of Mr. McGinnis. If Horizon and SoftVest had voted for Mr. McGinnis, he would have received a majority of the votes cast.
Pursuant to the Company’s Amended and Restated Bylaws (the “Bylaws”), Mr. McGinnis is required to promptly tender his resignation to the Board, and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board will make a recommendation to the Board as to whether to accept or reject the tendered resignation. The Board will act on the tendered resignation, taking into account the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee’s recommendation and the failure of Horizon and Soft Vest to vote for Mr. McGinnis as described in the previous paragraph, and publicly disclose its decision regarding the tendered resignation within ninety days of the date of the certification of the Annual Meeting results.
The nominating committee is chaired by Donald Cook. Donna Epps and Murray Stahl are members.
The most tone deaf thing in the world would be for McGinnis to be not allowed to resign. There appears to be a material chance of that happening given the way this is written.
Our annual meeting of stockholders for 2022 is scheduled to be held on November 16, 2022. Any director nomination or stockholder proposal submitted outside the processes of Rule 14a-8 promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which a stockholder intends to present at the Company’s 2022 annual meeting of stockholders, will be untimely unless it is received between July 19, 2022 and August 18, 2022 in accordance with our bylaws. Please refer to our bylaws for additional requirements in connection with such submissions.
On “declassify”, my guess is we don’t hear anything else about it until the next meeting unless more external pressure is applied.