Leading Independent Proxy Advisory Firm ISS Recommends KEMET Stockholders Vote “FOR” Proposed Merger with Yageo
KEMET Encourages Stockholders to Vote “FOR” the Transaction Today
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KEMET Corporation (“KEMET”) (NYSE: KEM) today announced that leading proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”) recommends that stockholders vote “FOR” the proposed all-cash acquisition of KEMET by Yageo Corporation (“Yageo”) (TAIEX: 2327).
In its February 7, 2020, report, ISS notes1:
- “Support for the merger is warranted in light of the premium to the unaffected price, the reasonably thorough sale process, and the liquidity and certainty of value inherent in the cash consideration.”
- “The offer represents an 18.2 percent premium to the unaffected price, and [KEMET] was able to negotiate a 13.3 percent increase in the merger consideration from Yageo's initial $24.00 per share offer.”
- “ … no superior proposals have been disclosed since announcement despite the reasonable termination fee. In light of these factors and the liquidity and certainty of value inherent in the cash consideration, support for this proposal is warranted.”
Frank G. Brandenberg, Chairman of the KEMET Board of Directors, said, “We are pleased that ISS recognizes the strategic and financial benefits of the proposed combination with Yageo and supports our Board’s recommendation that stockholders vote “FOR” the merger. The combination will deliver immediate cash to stockholders at a premium. We continue to make progress toward completing the transaction and look forward to creating an industry leader in the passive components industry. We encourage all KEMET stockholders to follow the recommendations of ISS and the KEMET Board of Directors by voting “FOR” the transaction.”
As previously announced, KEMET has scheduled a special meeting of KEMET’s stockholders to be held on Thursday, February 20, 2020, at KEMET’s headquarters, located at KEMET Tower, One East Broward Boulevard, First Floor, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, to vote on the proposed transaction, among other proposals.
If KEMET stockholders have any questions or need assistance in voting their shares, they should contact KEMET’s proxy solicitor, Innisfree M&A Incorporated, by calling toll-free at +1 (888) 750-5834.
The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2020, subject to additional customary closing conditions and the receipt of the remaining required regulatory approvals. Following the consummation of the transaction, KEMET will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Yageo and KEMET’s common stock will no longer be listed on any public market.
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KEMET’s common stock is listed on the NYSE under the ticker symbol “KEM” (NYSE: KEM). At the Investor Relations section of our web site at http://www.KEMET.com/IR, users may subscribe to KEMET news releases and find additional information about our Company. KEMET offers our customers the broadest selection of capacitor technologies in the industry, along with an expanding range of sensors, actuators and electromagnetic compatibility solutions. KEMET operates manufacturing facilities, sales and distribution centers around the world. Additional information about KEMET can be found at http://www.KEMET.com.
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Certain statements herein contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of federal securities laws about KEMET’s financial condition and results of operations that are based on management’s current expectations, estimates and projections about the markets in which KEMET operates, as well as management’s beliefs and assumptions. Words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates” or other similar expressions and future or conditional verbs such as “will,” “should,” “would” and “could” are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, which are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in, or implied by, such forward-looking statements.
This communication includes forward-looking statements relating to the proposed merger between KEMET and Yageo, including financial estimates and statements as to the expected timing, completion and effects of the proposed merger. These estimates and statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results might differ materially. Such estimates and statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the benefits of the proposed merger, including future financial and operating results, the combined company’s plans, expectations and intentions, and other statements that are not historical facts. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of KEMET’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties outside of KEMET’s control. Actual results could differ materially based on factors including, but not limited to: (i) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement; (ii) the risk that KEMET stockholders may not approve the proposed merger; (iii) the risk that Yageo stockholders may not approve the proposed merger (if approval by Yageo’s stockholders is required by applicable law); (iv) the risk that the necessary regulatory approvals may not be obtained or may be obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated; (v) inability to complete the proposed merger because, among other reasons, conditions to the closing of the proposed merger may not be satisfied or waived; (vi) uncertainty as to the timing of completion of the proposed merger; (vii) potential adverse effects or changes to relationships with customers, employees, suppliers or other parties resulting from the announcement or completion of the proposed merger; (viii) the effects that the failure to complete the merger would have on KEMET’s financial condition and results of operations; (ix) the effects that business uncertainties and contractual restrictions related to the pendency of the merger may have on KEMET’s business; (x) the inability of KEMET to pursue alternatives to the merger; (xi) the effect of current lawsuits against KEMET and its directors relating to the proposed merger and potential lawsuits that could be instituted against KEMET or its directors and officers, including the effects of any outcomes related thereto; or (xii) possible disruptions from the proposed merger that could harm KEMET’s business, including current plans and operations.
Discussions of additional risks and uncertainties are contained in KEMET’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect KEMET’s judgment only as of the date hereof. KEMET undertakes no obligation to update publicly any of these forward-looking statements to reflect new information, future events or otherwise.
|Gregory C. Thompson|
|Executive Vice President and|
|Chief Financial Officer|