|By Marketwired .||
|June 13, 2014 02:00 PM EDT||
SANTIAGO, CHILE -- (Marketwired) -- 06/13/14 -- CORPBANCA (NYSE: BCA) (SSE: CORPBANCA) responded today to the amended complaint regarding the proposed merger of CorpBanca and Banco Itaú Chile brought by Cartica Management, LLC ("Cartica") in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (the "Court"). CorpBanca will file a pre-motion letter seeking permission to file two separate Motions to Dismiss Cartica's newly filed complaint, which now seeks money damages that would be to the exclusive benefit of Cartica and no other CorpBanca shareholders. Cartica filed the amended complaint after the Court held a conference to discuss proposed motions by the defendants to dismiss the lawsuit.
CorpBanca issued the following statement:
"CorpBanca continues to firmly believe that Cartica's claims are entirely without merit, and that Cartica's interests are not aligned with those of other CorpBanca shareholders. Cartica originally pretended that it was filing its complaint on behalf of minority shareholders to obtain more information about the transaction. In fact, CorpBanca has supplied an abundance of disclosures about the proposed merger throughout the process, including the transaction documents, the risks and benefits of the deal, and the prospects for the post-merger bank. CorpBanca's shareholders have all material information they need to cast a fully informed vote.
Faced with all this information, and CorpBanca's letters to the Court explaining the significant flaws in Cartica's Complaint, Cartica has revealed its true colors and motivations: To seek money for its trading in CorpBanca shares over the last six months, exclusively for its own benefit and to the detriment of the other shareholders. Cartica's new claim, which was omitted from its press release, demonstrates that Cartica is looking for special treatment and a coerced payout on its investment in CorpBanca.
Cartica has publicly stated that it supports a merger between CorpBanca and Itaú. Yet, it asks the Court to enjoin the transaction and has now added Itaú to the lawsuit. This is nothing more than a desperate attempt to proliferate its self-serving campaign. Cartica is trying to prevent other CorpBanca shareholders from casting their votes in favor of the transaction. And it now appears to be using this lawsuit to try to hold up the deal in order to extract a payment from CorpBanca. This is not shareholder activism in the name of good corporate governance but rather an orchestrated scheme to threaten a valuable merger for a personal profit.
The new story in Cartica's amended complaint also raises concerns about Cartica's trading practices. Cartica says that it purchased additional shares of CorpBanca during the last six months based on information it obtained in a private meeting with CorpBanca's majority shareholder CorpGroup. While no material non-public information was disclosed at any time by CorpBanca or its majority shareholder in its discussions with Cartica, the activist hedge fund apparently attempted to trade on these discussions to its own advantage and to the detriment of other CorpBanca shareholders from whom it bought shares. While Cartica tries to hold itself out as a long-term investor and champion of minority shareholders, the truth is that it has been actively trading CorpBanca shares the whole time, and this suit is a little more than an effort to justify its speculative and misguided trading strategy to its investors.
With respect to the claims in Cartica's amended complaint, CorpBanca strongly believes that Cartica's suit continues to lack merit. Cartica's request for additional disclosures, including request for immaterial and extraneous details, and in many cases, nonexistent materials, amounts to nothing more than an endless paper chase. CorpBanca has published massive amounts of information with respect to the proposed merger, far in excess of that required by law, including the Transaction Agreement, the Shareholders Agreement, the loan agreement, an SEC filing describing the benefits and risks of the deal, financial information on both CorpBanca and Itaú, pro forma financial statements regarding the merged bank, fairness opinions rendered by two leading global investment banks in connection with the deal, and a 100-page disclosure document describing in detail the deal, its structure, terms, background and conditions.
With respect to its securities claim, Cartica continues to complain about CorpBanca's business decisions in Chile, which are outside the jurisdiction of a U.S. federal court. Yet, Cartica has never filed any case in Chile regarding CorpBanca's business decisions, the only proper place for such a dispute. With respect to its claims of deficiencies in 13D filings by CorpBanca's controlling shareholder, Cartica is seeking additional information about Corp Group's agreements with Itaú that were disclosed to the public long ago.
CorpBanca strongly believes that the proposed transaction is in the best interests of CorpBanca shareholders and that Cartica's interests are not aligned with those of other CorpBanca shareholders. CorpBanca remains firmly committed to the dismissal of Cartica's self-serving lawsuit."
CORPBANCA (NYSE: BCA) (SSE: CORPBANCA) is Chile's oldest operating private bank founded in 1871. Based in Chile, CorpBanca also participates in Colombia and Panama. It also has a branch in New York and a representative office in Madrid. Its total consolidated assets are US$33 billion approximately and the equity totaled US$3.3 billion. Focused on large and medium companies and individuals, CorpBanca offers universal bank products. Its remarkable performance in the past 18 years has allowed consolidating CorpBanca as the fourth largest private bank in Chile. In 2012 CorpBanca started the process of regionalization with the acquisition of two banks in Colombia, becoming the first Chilean bank to have banking subsidiaries abroad.
As of March 31, 2014, according to the Chilean Superintendency of Banks, CorpBanca was the fourth largest private bank in Chile in terms of the overall size of its customer loan portfolio (11.5% market share on a consolidated basis and 7.2% market share among private banks on an unconsolidated basis only taking into account its operations in Chile).
At the same date, according to the Colombian Superintendency of Finance, CorpBanca Colombia and Helm Bank combined operations were the sixth largest bank in Colombia in terms of total assets and in terms of total loans and also the sixth largest bank in Colombia in terms of total deposits, as reported under local regulatory and accounting principles
CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking information is often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "anticipate", "believe", "expect", "plan", "intend", "forecast", "target", "project", "may", "will", "should", "could", "estimate", "predict" or similar words suggesting future outcomes or language suggesting an outlook. Forward-looking statements and information are based on current beliefs as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to CorpBanca concerning anticipated financial performance, business prospects, strategies and regulatory developments. Although management considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to it, they may prove to be incorrect. By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, and risks that predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not be achieved. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on these statements as a number of important factors could cause the actual results to differ materially from the beliefs, plans, objectives, expectations and anticipations, estimates and intentions expressed in such forward-looking statements. More information on potential factors that could affect CorpBanca's financial results is included from time to time in the "Risk Factors" section of CorpBanca's Annual Report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, filed with the SEC. Furthermore, the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release and CorpBanca does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the included forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.
 Cartica Management, LLC, et al. v. CorpBanca, et al., Case No. 14-cv-2258 (PKC)
Investor Relations, CorpBanca
Phone: +56 (2) 2660-2555
Brian Maddox / Andrea Duffy
Phone: +1 (212) 850-5661
Matthew Sherman / Mahmoud Siddig
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Phone: +1 (212) 355-4449
Matias Cartajena / Pablo Reyes
Phone: +569 (9289) 5367
Fact is, enterprises have significant legacy voice infrastructure that’s costly to replace with pure IP solutions. How can we bring this analog infrastructure into our shiny new cloud applications? There are proven methods to bind both legacy voice applications and traditional PSTN audio into cloud-based applications and services at a carrier scale. Some of the most successful implementations leverage WebRTC, WebSockets, SIP and other open source technologies. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Da...
Dec. 5, 2016 06:00 AM EST Reads: 1,675
Kubernetes is a new and revolutionary open-sourced system for managing containers across multiple hosts in a cluster. Ansible is a simple IT automation tool for just about any requirement for reproducible environments. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 18th Cloud Expo, Patrick Galbraith, a principal engineer at HPE, discussed how to build a fully functional Kubernetes cluster on a number of virtual machines or bare-metal hosts. Also included will be a brief demonstration of running a Galera MyS...
Dec. 5, 2016 04:30 AM EST Reads: 5,203
Internet-of-Things discussions can end up either going down the consumer gadget rabbit hole or focused on the sort of data logging that industrial manufacturers have been doing forever. However, in fact, companies today are already using IoT data both to optimize their operational technology and to improve the experience of customer interactions in novel ways. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Gordon Haff, Red Hat Technology Evangelist, will share examples from a wide range of industries – includin...
Dec. 5, 2016 04:15 AM EST Reads: 1,609
Organizations planning enterprise data center consolidation and modernization projects are faced with a challenging, costly reality. Requirements to deploy modern, cloud-native applications simultaneously with traditional client/server applications are almost impossible to achieve with hardware-centric enterprise infrastructure. Compute and network infrastructure are fast moving down a software-defined path, but storage has been a laggard. Until now.
Dec. 5, 2016 04:00 AM EST Reads: 5,402
We're entering the post-smartphone era, where wearable gadgets from watches and fitness bands to glasses and health aids will power the next technological revolution. With mass adoption of wearable devices comes a new data ecosystem that must be protected. Wearables open new pathways that facilitate the tracking, sharing and storing of consumers’ personal health, location and daily activity data. Consumers have some idea of the data these devices capture, but most don’t realize how revealing and...
Dec. 5, 2016 04:00 AM EST Reads: 5,102
Unless your company can spend a lot of money on new technology, re-engineering your environment and hiring a comprehensive cybersecurity team, you will most likely move to the cloud or seek external service partnerships. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Darren Guccione, CEO of Keeper Security, revealed what you need to know when it comes to encryption in the cloud.
Dec. 5, 2016 04:00 AM EST Reads: 4,684
"We build IoT infrastructure products - when you have to integrate different devices, different systems and cloud you have to build an application to do that but we eliminate the need to build an application. Our products can integrate any device, any system, any cloud regardless of protocol," explained Peter Jung, Chief Product Officer at Pulzze Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 5, 2016 03:30 AM EST Reads: 936
"We are an all-flash array storage provider but our focus has been on VM-aware storage specifically for virtualized applications," stated Dhiraj Sehgal of Tintri in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 5, 2016 03:30 AM EST Reads: 624
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...
Dec. 5, 2016 01:30 AM EST Reads: 749
It's easy to assume that your app will run on a fast and reliable network. The reality for your app's users, though, is often a slow, unreliable network with spotty coverage. What happens when the network doesn't work, or when the device is in airplane mode? You get unhappy, frustrated users. An offline-first app is an app that works, without error, when there is no network connection. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Bradley Holt, a Developer Advocate with IBM Cloud Data Services, discussed...
Dec. 5, 2016 01:00 AM EST Reads: 3,326
Data is the fuel that drives the machine learning algorithmic engines and ultimately provides the business value. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Ed Featherston, director/senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, will discuss the key considerations around quality, volume, timeliness, and pedigree that must be dealt with in order to properly fuel that engine.
Dec. 5, 2016 12:45 AM EST Reads: 1,570
Between 2005 and 2020, data volumes will grow by a factor of 300 – enough data to stack CDs from the earth to the moon 162 times. This has come to be known as the ‘big data’ phenomenon. Unfortunately, traditional approaches to handling, storing and analyzing data aren’t adequate at this scale: they’re too costly, slow and physically cumbersome to keep up. Fortunately, in response a new breed of technology has emerged that is cheaper, faster and more scalable. Yet, in meeting these new needs they...
Dec. 5, 2016 12:45 AM EST Reads: 1,806
In addition to all the benefits, IoT is also bringing new kind of customer experience challenges - cars that unlock themselves, thermostats turning houses into saunas and baby video monitors broadcasting over the internet. This list can only increase because while IoT services should be intuitive and simple to use, the delivery ecosystem is a myriad of potential problems as IoT explodes complexity. So finding a performance issue is like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack.
Dec. 5, 2016 12:30 AM EST Reads: 6,089
When it comes to cloud computing, the ability to turn massive amounts of compute cores on and off on demand sounds attractive to IT staff, who need to manage peaks and valleys in user activity. With cloud bursting, the majority of the data can stay on premises while tapping into compute from public cloud providers, reducing risk and minimizing need to move large files. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Scott Jeschonek, Director of Product Management at Avere Systems, discussed the IT and busin...
Dec. 5, 2016 12:15 AM EST Reads: 3,817
According to Forrester Research, every business will become either a digital predator or digital prey by 2020. To avoid demise, organizations must rapidly create new sources of value in their end-to-end customer experiences. True digital predators also must break down information and process silos and extend digital transformation initiatives to empower employees with the digital resources needed to win, serve, and retain customers.
Dec. 5, 2016 12:15 AM EST Reads: 1,160