SADDLE BROOK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bulldog Investors, LLC (“Bulldog”) announced today that Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”) has recommended that stockholders of Hill International, Inc. (NYSE:HIL) vote to elect Phillip Goldstein and Andrew Dakos, Bulldog’s nominees, to Hill’s board of directors.
In a report dated May 29, 2015, ISS stated:
The company’s underperformance over a prolonged period, coupled with the board's hasty rejection of an unsolicited offer at a substantial premium to HIL's trading price – including adoption of a three-year poison pill that has not been submitted to shareholder approval – suggests that additional shareholder perspective on the board might be beneficial. The dissident case for change is further bolstered by a persistent pay-for-performance disconnect at the company, and the board's lack of responsiveness to related shareholder concerns. As such, support for dissident nominees Andrew Dakos and Phillip Goldstein is warranted. (*)
Andrew Dakos, a principal of Bulldog Investors, commented: “We are very pleased that ISS, the leading proxy advisory firm, has endorsed our position that change at Hill International is needed by recommending in favor of Bulldog’s nominees as well as our proposals to (1) hire an investment banker to explore all options for maximizing stockholder value, and (2) rescind the poison pill if a cash tender offer is made for all shares of Hill.”
To follow ISS’ recommendations, stockholders of Hill must submit Bulldog’s GREEN proxy card. A stockholder that has already voted on management's proxy card (even to vote against the board's nominees), must submit a subsequent GREEN proxy card to vote in favor of Bulldog’s nominees.
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(*) Permission to use quotations was neither sought nor obtained from ISS.