NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) today filed an investor presentation with the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with its 2012 Annual Meeting of Stockholders scheduled for Thursday, June 14, 2012. The presentation can be found under the “Events & Presentations” section of AOL’s website at http://ir.aol.com.
The AOL Board of Directors unanimously recommends that all stockholders vote “FOR” AOL’s experienced and highly qualified director nominees – Tim Armstrong, Richard Dalzell, Karen Dykstra, Alberto Ibargüen, Susan Lyne, Patricia Mitchell, Fredric Reynolds and James Stengel – on the WHITE proxy card.
The presentation notes that in AOL’s view:
AOL HAS THE RIGHT TEAM AND STRATEGY IN PLACE TO FURTHER
ENHANCE STOCKHOLDER VALUE
- AOL has made significant operational and financial progress since spinning off from Time Warner only two and a half years ago.
- AOL has a clear, concise, and publicly communicated growth plan and is on track to meet its strategic goals.
- AOL’s stock is a top performing stock in our industry year-over-year and year-to-date.
- AOL stock is up 166% since its low as a direct result of the action taken by AOL’s management and Board.
- AOL’s Board nominees are diverse and have significant operational, financial and public board experience in AOL’s areas of strategic focus.
- All of AOL’s senior management and directors own stock in the Company and AOL’s Chairman and CEO is the single largest individual investor in the Company.
- Starboard’s slate does not have a long-term strategy or relevant industry experience.
AOL’S CLEAR STRATEGY IS DELIVERING IMPROVED RESULTS
- The Board has unlocked over $1.7 billion in value in the last two years.
- AOL has returned capital to stockholders by buying back 14% of outstanding shares, and has committed to return all of the proceeds of the almost $1.1 billion patent sale to stockholders.
- AOL has reported three consecutive quarters of better than expected earnings results, which demonstrate that the Board’s strategy is working.
- The Board has presided over significant improvement of AOL’s operations and financial results, including reducing annual costs by approximately $500 million prior to investment in areas of strategic focus, reducing headcount by 37%, ending unfavorable distribution deals and exiting unprofitable markets.
STARBOARD DOES NOT HAVE A LONG-TERM STRATEGY
AND THEIR NOMINEES DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT EXPERIENCE
- Rather than present a reasoned strategy for driving stockholder value, Starboard has simply criticized AOL’s long-term strategy and investments in content-based assets, and we believe their goal is to break-up and liquidate the company.
- AOL’s Board of Directors is diverse and highly qualified. The AOL Board has significant operational, financial and public board experience.
- On the contrary, we believe Starboard’s nominees would negatively impact the Board’s level of industry expertise, public company experience and diversity.
- AOL is actively engaged in seeking two new Board members, but believes Starboard’s slate will damage the Company and its relationship with advertisers.
- Notwithstanding the negative impact of Starboard’s last four public statements with respect to AOL’s strategy, AOL’s stock hit a 52-week high this week, based on AOL’s operating execution, strategic momentum, and continuing to unlock stockholder value.
AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) is a brand company, committed to continuously innovating, growing, and investing in brands and experiences that inform, entertain, and connect the world. The home of a world-class collection of premium brands, AOL creates original content that engages audiences on a local and global scale. We help marketers connect with these audiences through effective and engaging digital advertising solutions.
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In connection with the solicitation of proxies, AOL has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, a definitive proxy statement and other relevant documents concerning the proposals to be presented at AOL’s 2012 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. The proxy statement contains important information about AOL and the 2012 Annual Meeting. In connection with the 2012 Annual Meeting, AOL has mailed the definitive proxy statement to stockholders. In addition, AOL files annual, quarterly and special reports, proxy statements and other information with the SEC. You are urged to read the proxy statement and other information because they contain important information about AOL and the proposals to be presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting. These documents are available free of charge at the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov) or from AOL at our investor relations website (http://ir.aol.com). The contents of the websites referenced herein are not deemed to be incorporated by reference into the proxy statement.
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