NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Appaloosa LP today sent a letter to Allergan plc’s (NYSE:AGN) (“Allergan”) Board of Directors in response to the Board’s toothless resolution to separate the roles of Chairman and CEO at some vague future date.
The full text of the letter follows:
February 19, 2019
Board of Directors
Clonshaugh Business and Technology Park
Coolock, Dublin, D17 E400, Ireland
Ladies and Gentlemen –
Your announcement today that you will separate the roles of Chairman and CEO at some vague future date falls short of improved governance and once again lays bare your reluctance to hold management accountable for its dismal performance. This response, following three years of proxy proposals and prodding from large shareholders such as Appaloosa, bears remarkable similarity to last year’s aborted “Strategic Review” – that is, a lame attempt to deflect pressure through token measures that sidestep the Company’s defects and desperately preserve the managerial status quo.
The Board’s loyalty in “preserving existing leadership arrangements” is remarkable given that the status quo is responsible for:
(1) $13.4bn of balance sheet writedowns spread over 15 of the last 16 quarters;
(2) embarrassing legal initiatives;
(3) a failed acquisition strategy resulting in an underperforming product pipeline;
(4) a deflated stock price; and
(5) a stunningly excessive level of management compensation.
That the Board believes a toothless resolution will even begin to address these issues speaks to your subservience to the management team you have compensated so lavishly. Indeed, had you seriously intended to take meaningful action, Bob Hugin would have been a credible candidate for Chairman given his standing in the industry.
Appaloosa will not withdraw its proposal from this year’s proxy statement, as it seeks a more immediate separation of Chair and CEO than the watered-down resolution you now reluctantly embrace. Moreover, your ineffectual efforts suggest that this Board and management team may be incapable of executing a business plan that will realize Allergan’s inherent value. If, in fact, the Board is unable or unwilling to hold management accountable for its shortcomings or find a suitable replacement, it is your fiduciary obligation to explore other options, including a merger or sale of the Company.
David A. Tepper
President, Appaloosa LP
cc. Robert Schwenkel,
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson
Funds advised by Appaloosa LP (“Appaloosa”) have submitted to Allergan plc (“Allergan”) a shareholder proposal to separate the roles of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer to be considered at Allergan’s 2019 annual general meeting of shareholders. This communication is not a solicitation of proxies and Appaloosa is not seeking authority to vote any proxy in connection with Allergan’s annual general meeting. Shareholders should NOT send us any proxy card. Following the dissemination of Allergan’s proxy materials for the annual general meeting, shareholders will be able to vote for Appaloosa’s shareholder proposal by executing and returning the form of proxy card furnished by Allergan in accordance with the procedures set forth in Allergan’s proxy materials. Shareholders with questions may contact Okapi Partners, Appaloosa’s Information Agent, toll free in the U.S. and Canada at (877) 869-0171 or at +1 (212) 297-0720 outside of the U.S. or Canada.