HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Insperity, Inc. (NYSE: NSP), a leading provider of human resources and business performance solutions for America's best businesses, today announced that its Board of Directors has reached an agreement with Starboard Value LP (together with its affiliates, "Starboard"), its largest stockholder, in advance of the Company's 2016 annual meeting of stockholders.
Under the terms of the agreement, the Board agreed to appoint John Morphy, who was previously nominated by Starboard, as a Class III director, and to use its reasonable best efforts to hold the 2016 annual meeting on or before July 8, 2016. The Board carefully reviewed Mr. Morphy's qualifications and concluded that his skills, experience and capabilities would be beneficial to the Board. In addition, the Board will promptly commence a search for an additional independent director. The search will be conducted by the Board's Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee (the "NCGC"), which will retain a nationally-recognized, independent search firm to assist in identifying and evaluating an additional independent director candidate and may also consider nominees proposed by current directors. This additional director will be appointed to the Board upon approval of a majority of both the NCGC and the Board. Finally, the agreement calls for certain changes to the composition of the standing committees of the Board.
Starboard has agreed to vote all of its shares in favor of Mr. Morphy and the Company's incumbent Class III directors, Richard Rawson, President, and Michael Brown, who are seeking reelection at the 2016 annual stockholder meeting. Starboard also agreed to customary standstill provisions under the agreement.
"We are pleased to reach an agreement that brings new perspectives to the Board and allows for management’s continued execution of our strategic plan," said Paul J. Sarvadi, chairman and chief executive officer. "Our recent record first quarter results illustrate the success of the Company's strategy to optimize our salesforce, service team and portfolio of solutions, and we look forward to working with the Board to enhance growth, profitability and shareholder returns going forward."
"The addition of two new directors, including Mr. Morphy, who brings more than 20 years of financial leadership experience including 15 years as the CFO of Paychex, will provide additional insights and expertise as the company continues to execute its strategy focused on profitable growth," said Peter Feld, Managing Member, Portfolio Manager and Head of Research of Starboard Value LP. "We continue to see significant value in the company’s premium service offerings and competitive advantage, and we are pleased to have reached this agreement, which we believe will further strengthen the Board of Insperity."
The complete settlement agreement will be filed on Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
John Morphy previously served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer of Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX), a leading provider of payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small to medium-sized businesses ("Paychex"), from October 1996 until June 2011, at which time he was appointed Vice President of Finance at Paychex until he retired in January 2012. As CFO of Paychex, Mr. Morphy reported directly to the CEO and was responsible for all finance, legal, shareholder relations, purchasing, and real estate and travel functions. Prior to joining Paychex in 1995, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Goulds Pumps, Inc. ("Goulds"), a then publicly traded global manufacturer of pumps for the industrial, commercial and water supply markets, from 1985 to 1993 and as group Vice President over industrial products at Goulds through 1995. From 1976 to 1985, Mr. Morphy was Vice President and Controller for Computer Consoles, Inc., and before that he was an accountant at Arthur Andersen & Company, an accounting firm. Mr. Morphy also previously served as a director of Inforte Corp., a then publicly traded customer and demand management consultancy, from April 2003 to August 2004. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from LeMoyne College and his Certified Public Accountant certificate in 1973.
Insperity, a trusted advisor to America's best businesses for more than 30 years, provides an array of human resources and business solutions designed to help improve business performance. Insperity® Business Performance Advisors offer the most comprehensive suite of products and services available in the marketplace. Insperity delivers administrative relief, better benefits, reduced liabilities and a systematic way to improve productivity through its premier Workforce Optimization® solution. Additional company offerings include Human Capital Management, Payroll Software, Time and Attendance, Performance Management, Organizational Planning, Recruiting Services, Employment Screening, Financial Services, Expense Management, Retirement Services and Insurance Services. Insperity business performance solutions support more than 100,000 businesses with over 2 million employees. With 2015 revenues of $2.6 billion, Insperity operates in 60 offices throughout the United States. For more information, visit http://www.insperity.com.
About Starboard Value LP
Starboard Value LP is a New York-based investment adviser with a focused and fundamental approach to investing in publicly traded U.S. companies. Starboard invests in deeply undervalued companies and actively engages with management teams and boards of directors to identify and execute on opportunities to unlock value for the benefit of all shareholders.
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Important Additional Information
Insperity, its directors and certain of its executive officers and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Insperity stockholders in connection with the matters to be considered at Insperity's 2016 annual meeting. Insperity plans to file a proxy statement and proxy card with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") in connection with the 2016 annual meeting. INSPERITY STOCKHOLDERS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO READ THE 2016 PROXY STATEMENT AND ACCOMPANYING PROXY CARD (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Information regarding the identity of potential participants, and their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be set forth in the proxy statement and other materials to be filed with the SEC in connection with the 2016 annual meeting. Stockholders will be able to obtain the proxy statement, any amendments or supplements to the proxy statement and other documents filed by Insperity with the SEC for no charge at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Copies will also be available at no charge at the Investor Relations section of our corporate website at http://www.insperity.com.