Synalloy Announces Commitment to Appointing Three Shareholder Representatives to the Board of Directors
Synalloy Will Appoint Three of Privet’s and UPG’s Nominees to Its Board, Regardless of the Outcome of the Shareholder Vote at This Year’s Annual Meeting
Synalloy Will Cumulate Votes for the Election of Nominees Craig Bram, Susan Gayner, Henry Guy, Jeff Kaczka and Amy Michtich
Synalloy’s New Board Will Elect a New Chairman Immediately Following the Annual Meeting
RICHMOND, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Synalloy Corporation (Nasdaq: SYNL) (“Synalloy” or the “Company”) today announced that the Board of Directors (the “Board”) has committed to appointing three nominees of Privet Fund Management LLC (“Privet”) and UPG Enterprises LLC (“UPG”) to its Board following the 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, regardless of the outcome of the shareholder vote.
The Board believes that shareholders should have proportional representation and welcomes nominees of Privet and UPG to participate on the Board. Synalloy’s commitment to provide Privet and UPG with three of the eight Board seats gives them (who together own approximately 25% of Synalloy’s stock) more representation than that recommended by Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (two seats) and more than proportional representation. Unless otherwise directed by shareholders, the Board will cumulate votes for the election of nominees Craig Bram, Susan Gayner, Henry Guy, Jeff Kaczka and Amy Michtich, leaving three seats for Privet’s and UPG’s nominees. Synalloy will not expect nor require any commitments from Privet or UPG in exchange for the appointment of three of their nominees to the Board.
The Board provided the following statement: “Privet and UPG are significant shareholders in the Company, and Synalloy has always prioritized shareholder engagement and proportional representation on its Board. We welcome these large shareholders’ perspectives in the boardroom and look forward to working together to enhance long-term value for all Synalloy shareholders.”
Synalloy further announced that Murray H. Wright, the current Chairman of the Board (the “Chairman”), will be one of the three directors that will not receive votes from Synalloy, unless shareholders otherwise direct, and that therefore the newly reconstituted Board will have a new Chairman following the upcoming Annual Meeting of Shareholders.
Synalloy reminds its shareholders that the Company uses a system of cumulative voting. If shareholders other than Privet and UPG vote on Privet’s and UPG’s proxy card (even for just one or two nominees), Privet and UPG can “cumulate” their votes to elect a fourth and fifth nominee, effectively allowing Privet and UPG to elect a majority of the Board, an unintended consequence. Synalloy, therefore, recommends all shareholders vote on the Company’s BLUE proxy card to ensure proportional representation of Privet and UPG on the Board. Shareholders who have already voted on the BLUE proxy card do not need to take any action.
Please Sign, Date and Promptly Return the BLUE Proxy Card
The Board urges you to carefully consider the information contained in the Company’s proxy materials in connection with the 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders and cast your vote on the BLUE proxy card.
- DO NOT return the white proxy card sent to you by the Dissident Group
- DO NOT vote by responding to the email solicitations sent to you by the Dissident Group
Should you have any questions, please contact the Company’s proxy solicitor Morrow Sodali LLC:
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About Synalloy Corporation
Synalloy Corporation (Nasdaq: SYNL) is a growth oriented company that engages in a number of diverse business activities including the production of stainless steel pipe and tube, galvanized pipe and tube, fiberglass and steel storage tanks, specialty chemicals and the master distribution of seamless carbon pipe and tubing. For more information about Synalloy Corporation, please visit our website at www.synalloy.com.
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Important Other Information
The Company, its directors and certain of its executive officers are participants in the solicitation of proxies from the Company’s shareholders in connection with the Company’s 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The Company has filed a definitive proxy statement and BLUE proxy card with the SEC in connection with any such solicitation of proxies from the Company’s shareholders. SHAREHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO READ SUCH PROXY STATEMENT, ACCOMPANYING BLUE PROXY CARD AND ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY AS THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Information regarding the identity of potential participants, and their direct or indirect interests, by securities holdings or otherwise, are set forth in the definitive proxy statement and other materials filed with the SEC in connection with the 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. Shareholders can obtain the definitive proxy statement, any amendments or supplements to the proxy statement and other documents filed by the Company with the SEC at no charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Copies are also available at no charge at the Company’s website at www.synalloy.com.
Phil Denning, ICR
Source: Synalloy Corporation
Released June 17, 2020