“Over the next few months, we intend to see that ‘massively conflicted’ Jeff Jacobson and old guard directors like Bob Keegan, Ann Reese and Chuck Prince, who have already done so much damage to the company, and are continuing to do more damage with these actions, are held fully and personally liable for their misconduct.”
The appeal also states that the decision harms Xerox shareholders by preventing them from voting on the proposed Xerox-Fuji Xerox merger that the Xerox board concluded was both “value-maximizing and the only available option.”
A private-equity deal may also be in the works: on May 2nd Reuters reported that buy-out firm Appollo Global is approaching Xerox with possible acquisition in mind. Meanwhile, Fujifilm said it will appeal the court order blocking the deal.
“The brazen self-interest of the Xerox Board defies description,” stated Carl Icahn, who blamed the Xerox board for letting the deal expire.
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.
The new Xerox board will meet immediately to discuss alternatives to the proposed Xerox-Fuji Xerox merger.
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.
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.”
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;
Deason, along with billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn, have sought to derail Xerox’s proposed merger with Fuji Xerox, with Fujifilm of Japan having a controlling 50.1 percent of shares, with current Xerox CEO Jeff Jacobson serving as president of the new company. Xerox shareholders will vote on the proposed merger at an upcoming shareholder meeting in May 2018.