SANTA MONICA, Calif. and VANCOUVER, B.C. — December 16, 2010 — Lionsgate announced today that IVS Associates, Inc., the independent Inspector of Elections, has released its preliminary report for Lionsgate’s 2010 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders held on December 14, 2010.
Based on the preliminary tabulation by IVS Associates, Lionsgate shareholders have elected to the Lionsgate Board of Directors all twelve of the Company’s director nominees by a clear and convincing margin: Norman Bacal, Michael Burns, Arthur Evrensel, Jon Feltheimer, Frank Giustra, Morley Koffman, Harald Ludwig, G. Scott Paterson, Mark H. Rachesky, Daryl Simm, Hardwick Simmons and
Lionsgate issued the following statement:
“These results are a clear indication that Lionsgate shareholders understand our vision for Lionsgate and the tremendous potential for continued value creation under this Board and management team.
With the right leadership in place, Lionsgate is focused on continuing to build on the momentum over the last year, in which we achieved record results across our business. We thank our shareholders for their strong support throughout this process and we look forward to continuing to execute on our strategy for the benefit of all shareholders.”
With 93.92% of the total eligible shares voted, the results as a percentage of shares voted on directors are as follows:
Prior to the closing of the polls at the Annual General Meeting, all proxy cards received by the Company and the Icahn Group were turned over to the independent inspector of elections, IVS Associates, Inc., for final tabulation and certification. Final results will be announced once they have been certified, which is expected to occur in the coming days.
In addition, at the Annual General Meeting, shareholders voted to reappoint Ernst & Young LLP as auditors of the Company at remuneration to be fixed by the audit committee.
Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated is serving as financial advisor to Lionsgate and Heenan Blaikie LLP is serving as legal advisor. Perella Weinberg Partners LP is serving as financial advisor to the Special Committee of the Lionsgate Board of Directors and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is serving as U.S. legal advisor.
Carl C. Icahn announced today that the offer by his affiliated entities to purchase any and all of the outstanding common shares of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. for $7.50 per share in cash has expired. The offer had been conditioned upon the New York State Supreme Court granting, by
No surprise. Lionsgate announced today its Board of Directors who were present voted unanimously reject Carl Icahn’s $6.50 a share tender offer for all outstanding common stock in the film/TV studio.
So now Carl Icahn owns only 33.5% of the film and TV studio, and not the 37.9% he had as of yesterday. Nasty, nasty, nasty. Though it is interesting …
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Welcome to the real-life game of Survivor: Wall Street. Lionsgate management tonight is trying to outwit, outplay, and outlast Carl Icahn before he effects a hostile takeover of the movie/TV studio for his son Brett. Lionsgate tonight announced it’s putting into place a “Shareholder Rights Plan” — i.e. a poison pill defense — to cap Icahn at 38% of its stock (he is currently at 37.9%) so he can’t do a “creeping bid” through open market purchases like he did today or private market transactions. ”If he wants control of the Company, he should make a bid that is fair to all shareholders along the lines of a permitted bid described in the press release below,” a studio insider tells me.
Today, Icahn’s stake rose to 37.9%, or 44.8M shares, of Lionsgate. With 12+% more stock, he can become its majority stockholder. And then Lionsgate’s 12-member board, and the studio’s management team of Jon Feltheimer and Michael Burns, all have a target on their backs. Icahn’s $7 a share tender offer expired at midnight Wednesday, and left him with a 33.9% stake in Lionsgate. (Icahn Now Owns 33.9% Of Lionsgate) Today, he acquired an additional 4% more of the company by buying on the open market. Lionsgate’s immediate reaction was effectively to enact a poison pill defense. But it enacted a poison pill months ago — to prevent Icahn from accumulating over 20% of Lionsgate stock through his tender offer — and Canadian regulators nixed that measure. Can that happen again?
Here is tonight’s Lionsgate statement:
SANTA MONICA, Calif., and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 1, 2010 — Lionsgate (the “Company”) today announced that its Board of Directors has adopted a Shareholder Rights Plan that is designed to encourage the fair and equal treatment of Lionsgate’s shareholders in connection with any initiative to acquire effective control of the Company.
The studio sees the glass as half full, putting out a statement that “66% of Lionsgate stockholders support management and rejected Carl Icahn’s $7-a-share tender offer. But after that offer expired last night, Carl Icahn now owns 33.9% of …
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