IRVINE, Calif.--()--Quality Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: QSII) announced today that Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), the nation’s leading voting advisory service, has recommended that QSI shareholders vote for all of the Company’s board nominees – Craig Barbarosh, George Bristol, Mark Davis, Russell Pflueger, Steven Plochocki, Sheldon Razin, Lance Rosenzweig and Maureen Spivack – at Quality Systems’ Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on Thursday, August 16, 2012. In addition to noting the company’s strong long-term performance, ISS also gave the company its highest “green” rating for all governance structure categories.
“Because the dissident [Ahmed Hussein] has not made a compelling case that change at the board level, at this point, is necessary, votes FOR the management nominees on the WHITE proxy card are warranted.”
The recommendation means that all three leading proxy advisory firms, including Egan-Jones and Glass-Lewis, have now urged QSI shareholders to vote the WHITE proxy card for QSI’s nominees.
In its report, ISS noted:
- [Referring to ISS’s calculation of Total Shareholder Return over the 1, 3 and 5 year periods ending June 17, 2012,] “… it becomes clear that the company outperformed all, or nearly all, of its peers for much of this period, strongly suggesting that the market's assessment was in fact a validation of the company's strategy and operations. It is also clear that the sharp decline in share prices a year ago was in fact a sector phenomenon.”
- “Because the dissident [Ahmed Hussein] has not made a compelling case that change at the board level, at this point, is necessary, votes FOR the management nominees on the WHITE proxy card are warranted.”
- [Referring to Mr. Hussein’s gold proxy card,] “Do NOT vote on this ballot.”
Steven T. Plochocki, chief executive officer of Quality Systems, said: “We now have received positive support along with a vote of confidence in our Board and management team from all three of the nation’s leading proxy advisory services. ISS, Glass-Lewis and Egan-Jones unanimously recommend that shareholders vote the WHITE proxy card FOR QSI’s nominees. The Board and management team remain fully committed to creating value for all QSI shareholders. We believe our highly qualified board nominees and management team offer QSI shareholders the right strategy and the right team to capture opportunities for growth in this rapidly changing marketplace.”
Quality Systems reminds shareholders that if they have already voted the gold card it is not too late to change their vote. However, only the most recently voted card counts. Shareholders should simply vote the WHITE proxy card FOR the company's nominees to protect their investment and the future of QSI. If you have previously submitted a gold card, please submit a WHITE proxy card today.
Quality Systems, Inc.
Irvine, Calif.-based Quality Systems, Inc. and its NextGen Healthcare subsidiary develop and market computer-based practice management, electronic health records and revenue cycle management applications as well as connectivity products and services for medical and dental group practices and small hospitals. Visit www.qsii.com and www.nextgen.com for additional information.
On July 13, 2012, the company filed its definitive proxy statement in connection with its 2012 annual meeting of shareholders, and on July 16, 2012, began the process of mailing such proxy statement to its shareholders, together with a WHITE proxy card. Shareholders are strongly advised to read the definitive proxy statement and the accompanying proxy card, as they will contain important information. Shareholders may obtain the definitive proxy statement, any amendments or supplements to such proxy statement, and other documents filed by the company with the SEC for free at the Internet website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. Copies of the definitive proxy statement and any amendments and supplements to such proxy statement may be requested by contacting our proxy solicitor, MacKenzie Partners, Inc. at (800) 322-2885 toll-free or by email at email@example.com.
Please visit www.qsi2012proxy.com for additional information about Mr. Hussein’s actions and other Quality Systems updates.
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