Believes Significant Board Change is Necessary to Create Shareholder Value
OLD GREENWICH, Conn., March 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Star Equity Fund, LP (“Star Equity Fund” or “we”) is a shareholder of Servotronics, Inc. (NYSE American: SVT) (“Servotronics” or “the Company”). We are an investment fund focused on maximizing shareholder value and improving corporate governance at companies in our portfolio.
Servotronics shareholders have long suffered value destruction during the tenure of the Company’s incumbent board of directors. We believe significant change to the board is needed to create value for all shareholders. We have nominated a diverse, highly qualified slate of candidates to act in the best interests of all shareholders, and we are fully prepared to take this matter to a shareholder vote at the 2022 Servotronics Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which we expect to be held in the second quarter of 2022.
We believe the incumbent Servotronics board has not acted consistent with its fiduciary duty to shareholders. Under the incumbent board’s watch, the Company’s previous CEO abused his authority and perpetuated a culture of harassment at the expense of employees and shareholders (as alleged by a lawsuit filed by a former employee on June 7, 2021), with an internal investigation finding that he committed willful malfeasance in violation of his employment agreement with the Company. In addition, the incumbent board has overseen and continued to support the Company’s unprofitable Consumer Products Group without having taken meaningful action to maximize shareholder value.
In addition, the incumbent board has a track record of poor corporate governance. Proxy advisory firms ISS and Glass Lewis have cited numerous issues with Servotronics’s board of directors and the Company’s corporate governance, including in its report on the Company’s 2021 annual meeting:
- The board is not comprised of a majority of independent directors
- The chairman of the board’s nominating and governance committee is not independent
- The board maintains a long-term poison pill that has not been ratified by shareholders
- The Company maintains a triennial frequency for the inclusion of say-on-pay on its annual meeting ballot rather than including annually
Servotronics shareholders have the right to vote for new leadership on the board, and we strongly urge the incumbent board not to take any actions to encumber this right or jeopardize shareholder value before shareholders have the opportunity to vote for new representation on the board. Such actions include:
- Adding anyone to the board before the 2022 annual meeting
- Delaying the 2022 annual meeting beyond 13 months after the 2021 annual meeting
- Lowering the ownership threshold of, or extending, the poison pill
- Selling all or parts of the Company
- Making significant acquisitions
- Issuing equity or equity-linked securities
- Taking any other action harmful to shareholder interests and rights
Star Equity Fund reminds each of the incumbent board members that any actions taken against the interests of shareholders can entail serious personal legal and financial consequences. Personal liability can result from taking certain actions that impair shareholder value or harm shareholder rights. This liability can exceed D&O insurance coverage. Also, D&O insurance and corporate indemnification may not be available or applicable if certain harmful actions are undertaken.
CERTAIN INFORMATION CONCERNING THE PARTICIPANTS
Star Equity Fund, LP (“Star Equity Fund”), together with the other participants named herein (collectively, “Star Equity”), intends to file a preliminary proxy statement and accompanying WHITE proxy card with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) to be used to solicit votes for the election of its slate of highly-qualified director nominees at the 2022 annual meeting of stockholders of Servotronics, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”).
STAR EQUITY STRONGLY ADVISES ALL STOCKHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER PROXY MATERIALS AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. SUCH PROXY MATERIALS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT NO CHARGE ON THE SEC’S WEB SITE AT HTTP://WWW.SEC.GOV. IN ADDITION, THE PARTICIPANTS IN THIS PROXY SOLICITATION WILL PROVIDE COPIES OF THE PROXY STATEMENT WITHOUT CHARGE, WHEN AVAILABLE, UPON REQUEST.
The participants in the proxy solicitation are anticipated to be Star Equity Fund, Star Equity Fund GP, LLC (“Star Equity Fund GP”), Star Value, LLC (“Star Value”), Star Equity Holdings, Inc. (“Star Equity Holdings”), Star Investment Management, LLC (“Star Investment Management”), Jeffrey E. Eberwein, Hannah M. Bible, BaShara (Bo) Boyd, Richard K. Coleman, Jr., John W. Gildea, Daniel M. Koch, Louis A. Parks, Robert G. Pearse, G. Mark Pomeroy and Brandon G. Stranzl.
As of the date hereof, Star Equity Fund beneficially owns directly 28,555 shares of common stock, par value $0.20 per share, of the Company (the “Common Stock”). Star Equity Fund GP, as the general partner of Star Equity Fund, may be deemed to beneficially own the 28,555 shares of Common Stock owned directly by Star Equity Fund. Star Value, as the sole member of Star Equity Fund GP, may be deemed to beneficially own the 28,555 shares of Common Stock owned directly by Star Equity Fund. Star Equity Holdings, as the parent company of Star Equity Fund, may be deemed to beneficially own the 28,555 shares of Common Stock owned directly by Star Equity Fund. Star Investment Management, as the investment manager of Star Equity Fund, may be deemed to beneficially own the 28,555 shares of Common Stock owned directly by Star Equity Fund. Mr. Eberwein, as the Portfolio Manager of Star Equity Fund, may be deemed to beneficially own the 28,555 shares of Common Stock owned directly by Star Equity Fund. As of the date hereof, none of Mses. Bible or Boyd or Messrs. Coleman, Gildea, Koch, Parks, Pearse, Pomeroy or Stranzl beneficially owns any Common Stock.
|For more information contact:|
|Star Equity Fund, LP||The Equity Group|
|Jeffrey E. Eberwein||Lena Cati|
|Portfolio Manager||Vice President|