Fujifilm will review its plan to purchase Xerox for $6.1 billion, but also is said to have expressed serious concerns over the new developments.
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The new Xerox board will meet immediately to discuss alternatives to the proposed Xerox-Fuji Xerox merger.
Court papers noted: “The lynchpin of the Court’s decision turns on the conduct of Xerox CEO Jeff Jacobson in the time frame preceding the Board’s approval of a transaction that granted control of an American icon company to Fuji without any cash payment by Fuji to Xerox shareholders, and the Board’s acquiescence in Jacobson’s conduct.”
Xerox’s Keegan was speaking as part of a court hearing involving Xerox shareholder Deason’s lawsuit, which was filed in March 2018, to block Xerox’s deal with Fujifilm and also nominate directors to Xerox’s board.
Deason argues that Xerox CEO Jeff Jacobson “acted without authorization” to negotiate a deal with Fujifilm, a deal that is is said to have “preserved his job at the expense of shareholder value.
On Wednesday, Xerox also said that Xerox shareholders should disregard information from Icahn and Deason, stating the two are conducting a “highly disingenuous campaign” that distorts and omits key facts about Xerox and the proposed merger.
Xerox shareholders will vote on the proposed merger of Xerox with Fuji Xerox sometime next month.
On April 17th, activist investors Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason, seeking to stop Fujifilm’s acquisition of Xerox for $6.1 billion and the creation of a new combined Xerox-Fuji Xerox, released a detailed presentation, Rescuing and Revitalizing an American Icon, that presents alternatives to the proposed deal.
In the letter, the two investors, who together hold approximately 15 percent of Xerox shares, state that “Both the substance of the proposed value-destroying transaction and the conflict-tainted process by which it was hatched are an insult to long-suffering Xerox shareholders and make a mockery of well-established corporate governance norms.”
In Deason’s complaint, he refers to the president of another company making an inquiry about “combining” with Xerox.
The battle between Xerox and activist investors Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason has become even more acrimonious, with new amendments to a Deason lawsuit alleging that Xerox CEO Jeff Jacobson pursued a deal with Fujifilm even after Xerox’s board advised him to stop negotiations.
In this most recent letter, Icahn argues that there is “tremendous value in a stand-alone Xerox with new management.”
In the past several weeks, activist investors Carl Icahn and Darwin, who together own about 15.2 percent stake in Xerox,......
Refuting Icahn, Deason, New Xerox Shareholder Letter Lays Out Benefits of Proposed Merger with Fuji Xerox
Specifically, the revenue and cost synergies identified through this combination include developing a more complete and competitive product portfolio, with enhanced offerings in areas where Xerox is currently underpenetrated such as high-speed inkjet and low-end A3;
Icahn sold his Manitowoc shares for about $32 to $34 each. After Trump’s tartiff announcement, shares of Manitowoc fell to about $26.
“Hope is not a strategy. We cannot just hope for multiple expansion. We cannot just hope for synergies. We cannot just hope that the massive Fuji Xerox accounting scandal will not result in substantial additional liabilities for Xerox. We cannot just hope that Fuji that will treat us fairly once they are in control of our company.”