Welcome!

News Feed Item

Voce Capital: Intevac Blatantly Misleads Shareholders Once Again Regarding Voce’s Attempts to Resolve Proxy Contest

Voce Capital Management LLC (“Voce”) responded today to the latest false and misleading press release from Intevac, Inc. (“Intevac” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq:IVAC), which distorts reality by misstating and omitting several material facts regarding Voce’s latest effort to amicably resolve the proxy contest with Intevac. Voce also today clarifies the facts regarding these matters so that shareholders can judge for themselves whom to trust.

The facts are as follows:

  • Voce, not Intevac, initiated the settlement negotiations Friday, May 2, 2014 by J. Daniel Plants, Voce’s Managing Partner, phoning Norman Pond, Intevac’s Chairman, and offering to resolve the dispute if Intevac would place Marc T. Giles on the Board;
  • Voce asked Mr. Pond if that solution would be acceptable to Intevac’s Board, given that Intevac had previously agreed to do so and that both ISS and Glass Lewis had supported Mr. Giles’ appointment, to which Mr. Pond agreed and stated he would take it to the Board for approval and wouldn’t be doing so unless he believed they would accept it;
  • Mr. Pond requested that Voce place its offer in writing, which Voce immediately did;
  • Unfortunately, Intevac’s advisor again overaggresively inserted itself into the discussion, which was taking place exclusively between the principals, and began posturing to reject Voce’s proposal, which Intevac subsequently did;
  • In an effort to move the discussion forward, Voce then executed and delivered to Intevac the same settlement agreement that Intevac entered into in its December 2013 settlement with Mr. Drapkin in December, and sent a marked document showing the few conforming changes that were made;
  • As is customary in such settlement agreements, Voce included the provision from Mr. Drapkin’s settlement agreement regarding reimbursement for “documented out-of-pocket expenses”, in an amount consistent with the disclosure in Voce’s proxy statement – which Intevac disingenuously described as a demand for “financial compensation”; and
  • Voce agreed to Intevac’s request for confidentiality while the parties worked toward resolution and Voce once again agreed to make Mr. Giles available for an interview, yet Intevac never even asked to meet him.

J. Daniel Plants, Voce’s Managing Partner said, “Intevac’s Board has consistently deceived shareholders throughout this process about our intentions and about the course of dealing between the parties. Intevac misled shareholders last fall about our role in securing the initial capital return and the circumstances under which they appointed a new director, both in reaction to our efforts. Intevac distorted our policy positions – falsely claiming, for example, that we sought to liquidate the company. As Glass Lewis found, ‘while the board claims that the Dissident is trying to get the Company to go through with a fire-sale liquidation process, we have found no statements from the Dissident suggesting this claim to be true.’”

Mr. Plants continued: “Intevac has repeatedly misled shareholders about the settlement negotiations, asserting last time that the discussions failed over ‘interviewing’ candidates when that was not true, and claiming now that ‘attempts to reach deal with Voce rejected’ and ‘settlement discussions contingent upon Voce’s Capital’s unreasonable demands’ when in reality we approached them and offered in writing to accept the appointment of only one director on customary terms that Intevac has recently accepted in settling with Mr. Drapkin. Yet Intevac rejected it with the ludicrous suggestion that it would ask a recruiting firm to consider Mr. Giles in the future as part of a broad search for new directors – making no commitment whatsoever to even appoint a new director, let alone Mr. Giles.”

Mr. Plants concluded: “Both advisory services have supported our calls for change at Intevac, and each has recommended that at least one of our nominees be elected. Yet Intevac is so adamant that no outsider be permitted to join the Board that shareholders should ask, ‘After Intevac’s terrible Q1 results, and dramatically lowered outlook, are there still more problems at Intevac that the Board does not want shareholders to discover? If Intevac’s Board is this entrenched, is adding only one outsider enough?’”

ISS and Glass Lewis specifically recommended that shareholders vote on the GOLD proxy card and that they not vote on the management card. Voce continues to urge shareholders to support its three highly-qualified, independent nominees by voting the GOLD proxy card.

About Voce Capital Management

Voce Capital Management LLC is an employee-owned investment manager and the advisor to Voce Catalyst Partners LP, a private investment partnership.

ON APRIL 10, 2014, THE PARTICIPANTS FILED A DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION. SECURITY HOLDERS ARE ADVISED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER DOCUMENTS RELATED TO THE SOLICITATION OF PROXIES BY VOCE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLC AND THEIR AFFILIATES FROM THE STOCKHOLDERS OF INTEVAC, INC. FOR USE AT ITS ANNUAL MEETING BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION, INCLUDING INFORMATION RELATING TO THE PARTICIPANTS IN SUCH PROXY SOLICITATION. THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT AND A FORM OF PROXY IS AVAILABLE TO STOCKHOLDERS OF INTEVAC, INC. FROM THE PARTICIPANTS AT NO CHARGE AT HTTPS://WWW.PROXY-DIRECT.COM/VCM-25585 AND BY REQUEST, AND IS ALSO AVAILABLE AT NO CHARGE AT THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION’S WEBSITE AT HTTP://WWW.SEC.GOV. THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT AND A FORM OF PROXY WERE DISSEMINATED TO SECURITY HOLDERS ON OR ABOUT APRIL 14, 2014.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT EXECUTING OR DELIVERING YOUR GOLD PROXY CARD, NEED ADDITIONAL COPIES OF VOCE’S PROXY MATERIALS, OR OTHERWISE REQUIRE ASSISTANCE, PLEASE CONTACT:

 

Georgeson

480 Washington Blvd, 26th Floor

Jersey City, NJ 07310

(Toll Free) (800) 314-4549

Voce’s Proxy Statement and GOLD Proxy Card are Available at:
https://www.proxy-direct.com/vcm-25585

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
"Calligo is a cloud service provider with data privacy at the heart of what we do. We are a typical Infrastructure as a Service cloud provider but it's been designed around data privacy," explained Julian Box, CEO and co-founder of Calligo, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Consumer-driven contracts are an essential part of a mature microservice testing portfolio enabling independent service deployments. In this presentation we'll provide an overview of the tools, patterns and pain points we've seen when implementing contract testing in large development organizations.
Transformation Abstract Encryption and privacy in the cloud is a daunting yet essential task for both security practitioners and application developers, especially as applications continue moving to the cloud at an exponential rate. What are some best practices and processes for enterprises to follow that balance both security and ease of use requirements? What technologies are available to empower enterprises with code, data and key protection from cloud providers, system administrators, inside...
Digital Transformation: Preparing Cloud & IoT Security for the Age of Artificial Intelligence. As automation and artificial intelligence (AI) power solution development and delivery, many businesses need to build backend cloud capabilities. Well-poised organizations, marketing smart devices with AI and BlockChain capabilities prepare to refine compliance and regulatory capabilities in 2018. Volumes of health, financial, technical and privacy data, along with tightening compliance requirements by...
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo, taking place November 12-13 in New York City, NY, is co-located with 22nd international CloudEXPO | first international DXWorldEXPO and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time t...
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that "IoT Now" was named media sponsor of CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO 2018 New York, which will take place on November 11-13, 2018 in New York City, NY. IoT Now explores the evolving opportunities and challenges facing CSPs, and it passes on some lessons learned from those who have taken the first steps in next-gen IoT services.
Containers and Kubernetes allow for code portability across on-premise VMs, bare metal, or multiple cloud provider environments. Yet, despite this portability promise, developers may include configuration and application definitions that constrain or even eliminate application portability. In this session we'll describe best practices for "configuration as code" in a Kubernetes environment. We will demonstrate how a properly constructed containerized app can be deployed to both Amazon and Azure ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Silicon India has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Published in Silicon Valley, Silicon India magazine is the premiere platform for CIOs to discuss their innovative enterprise solutions and allows IT vendors to learn about new solutions that can help grow their business.
SYS-CON Events announced today that CrowdReviews.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5–7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CrowdReviews.com is a transparent online platform for determining which products and services are the best based on the opinion of the crowd. The crowd consists of Internet users that have experienced products and services first-hand and have an interest in letting other potential buye...
In his general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, discussed how Dice leverages data insights and tools to help both tech professionals and recruiters better understand how skills relate to each other and which skills are in high demand using interactive visualizations and salary indicator tools to maximize earning potential. Manish Dixit is VP of Product and Engineering at Dice. As the leader of the Product, Engineering and Data Sciences team at D...
In this presentation, you will learn first hand what works and what doesn't while architecting and deploying OpenStack. Some of the topics will include:- best practices for creating repeatable deployments of OpenStack- multi-site considerations- how to customize OpenStack to integrate with your existing systems and security best practices.
Modern software design has fundamentally changed how we manage applications, causing many to turn to containers as the new virtual machine for resource management. As container adoption grows beyond stateless applications to stateful workloads, the need for persistent storage is foundational - something customers routinely cite as a top pain point. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Bill Borsari, Head of Systems Engineering at Datera, explored how organizations can reap the bene...
We are seeing a major migration of enterprises applications to the cloud. As cloud and business use of real time applications accelerate, legacy networks are no longer able to architecturally support cloud adoption and deliver the performance and security required by highly distributed enterprises. These outdated solutions have become more costly and complicated to implement, install, manage, and maintain.SD-WAN offers unlimited capabilities for accessing the benefits of the cloud and Internet. ...
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Conventi...
In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Scott Davis, CTO of Embotics, discussed how automation can provide the dynamic management required to cost-effectively deliver microservices and container solutions at scale. He also discussed how flexible automation is the key to effectively bridging and seamlessly coordinating both IT and developer needs for component orchestration across disparate clouds – an increasingly important requirement at today’s multi-cloud enterprise.