SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Magellan Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: MGLN) today acknowledged that Starboard Value LP (“Starboard”) has provided notice of its intent to nominate six candidates to stand for election to the Board of Directors at the Company’s 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. Starboard stated that it expects that five of the Company's nine current Board members will be standing for election at the Annual Meeting, and if that remains the case, Starboard has indicated that it would withdraw one of its six director candidates. The date of the 2019 Annual Meeting has not yet been announced. Magellan shareholders are not required to take any action at this time.
The Company issued the following statement:
We value the views of our shareholders, and following Starboard’s recent investment, members of Magellan Health’s Board and management team began a dialogue with Starboard to understand their perspectives. In these conversations, we have made clear our commitment to serving the best interests of the Company and our stakeholders.
We take the composition of our Board seriously. As we have evolved and diversified Magellan’s business to create a company with two platforms in healthcare and pharmacy management, we have added new directors with relevant skills and experience to support the changes in our strategic direction. Five new independent directors have been added to the Board in the past five years, representing more than half of the Board’s nine members. Two of these directors joined just last year and are among the directors up for election.
As expressed to Starboard, we continue to be open to new directors who bring experience that is additive to the business and to reaching an agreement that serves the best interests of all Magellan Health shareholders.
The Magellan Board and management team have been, and remain committed to, acting in the best interest of the Company and all Magellan shareholders, and the Board and its Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee will review and consider Starboard’s proposed director candidates.
The Company will present the Board’s recommendation with respect to the election of directors in the Company’s proxy statement, which will be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and mailed to all shareholders eligible to vote at the 2019 Annual Meeting.
About Magellan Health
Magellan Health, Inc., a Fortune 500 company, is a leader in managing the fastest growing, most complex areas of health, including special populations, complete pharmacy benefits and other specialty areas of healthcare. Magellan supports innovative ways of accessing better health through technology, while remaining focused on the critical personal relationships that are necessary to achieve a healthy, vibrant life. Magellan's customers include health plans and other managed care organizations, employers, labor unions, various military and governmental agencies and third-party administrators. For more information, visit MagellanHealth.com.
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, which involve a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are out of our control. All statements, other than statements of historical information provided herein, may be deemed to be forward-looking statements including, without limitation, statements regarding the outcome of ongoing discussions with Starboard and the future composition of the Company’s Board of Directors. These statements are based on management’s analysis, judgment, belief and expectation only as of the date hereof, and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Without limiting the foregoing, the words “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “may,” “should,” “could,” “estimate,” “intend” and other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially due to, among other things, the possible election of certain of the Company’s customers to manage the healthcare services of their members directly; changes in rates paid to and/or by the Company by customers and/or providers; higher utilization of healthcare services by the Company’s risk members; delays, higher costs or inability to implement new business or other Company initiatives; the impact of changes in the contracting model for Medicaid contracts; termination or non-renewal of customer contracts; the impact of new or amended laws or regulations; governmental inquiries; litigation; competition; operational issues; healthcare reform; and general business conditions. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the risks discussed in the “Risk Factors” section included within the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on March 1, 2018, and the Company’s subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed during 2018. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date of this release.
Important Additional Information and Where to Find It
The Company intends to file a proxy statement on Schedule 14A and other relevant documents with the SEC in connection with the solicitation of proxies for its 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the “2019 Annual Meeting”). SHAREHOLDERS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO READ THE COMPANY’S 2019 PROXY STATEMENT (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Shareholders may obtain a free electronic copy of the 2019 proxy statement, any amendments or supplements to the proxy statement and other documents that the Company files with the SEC from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or the Company’s website at www.magellanhealth.com as soon as reasonably practicable after such materials are electronically filed with, or furnished to, the SEC.
Certain Information Regarding Participants in Solicitation
The Company, its directors and certain of its executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from its shareholders in connection with the matters to be considered at the 2019 Annual Meeting. Information regarding the names of the Company's directors, nominees and executive officers and their respective interests in the Company will be set forth in the Company’s definitive proxy statement for the 2019 Annual Meeting and accompanying solicitation materials and in Form 3s and Form 4s filed by the Company's directors and executive officers after the date of the definitive proxy statement.