THE WOODLANDS, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On April 29, 2019, Rand Capital Corporation (Rand) (NASDAQ:RAND), announced that it has filed an updated investor presentation which includes a response to User-Friendly Phone Book, LLC’s (“User-Friendly”) belief that Rand shareholders would receive an approximately 66% greater return than that offered by the East Asset Management, LLC transaction simply from liquidating Rand’s portfolio. User-Friendly’s belief is based on Rand’s own reported Net Asset Value (“NAV”) of $4.99 as of December 31, 2018, contained in Rand’s SEC reports, which are personally certified as accurate by Rand’s CEO and CFO. Rand’s new statement that “likely realizable value of assets in liquidation [are] expected to be less than $3.00 per share,” does not disclose that it is based on a “fire sale” of Rand’s assets “being sold immediately or over a relatively short period of time,” which User-Friendly believes is misleading.1
User-Friendly never suggested a “fire sale” and does not believe there needs to be a “fire sale” in order to benefit Rand shareholders. User-Friendly believes that a competent execution of an orderly liquidation of Rand’s assets—especially considering the quality of Rand’s assets like ACV Auctions, Inc., Carolina Skiff LLC, and Microcision LLC— over the necessary period of time, whatever that may be, should result in a realized value well in excess of $3.00 per share.
CERTAIN INFORMATION CONCERNING THE PARTICIPANT
User-Friendly Phone Book, LLC (“User-Friendly”) is the sole participant in this solicitation. User-Friendly has filed a preliminary proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) consisting of a proxy statement and accompanying WHITE proxy card to be used to solicit proxies to vote against the proposed transaction with East Asset Management, LLC at the Special Meeting of Stockholders of Rand Capital Corporation (the “Company”) scheduled to be held on May 16, 2019.
USER-FRIENDLY STRONGLY ADVISES ALL STOCKHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER PROXY MATERIALS AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. SUCH PROXY MATERIALS ARE AVAILABLE AT NO CHARGE ON THE SEC’S WEB SITE AT HTTP://WWW.SEC.GOV. IN ADDITION, USER-FRIENDLY WILL PROVIDE COPIES OF THE PROXY STATEMENT WITHOUT CHARGE UPON REQUEST. REQUESTS FOR COPIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO USER-FRIENDLY’S PROXY SOLICITOR, MACKENZIE PARTNERS, INC., TOLL-FREE AT (800) 322-2885 or (212) 929-5500.
As of the date hereof, User-Friendly owns 1,455,993 shares of common stock of the Company, representing approximately 23.0% of the issued and outstanding shares of the Company.
About User-Friendly Phone Book
Operating since 1999, User Friendly Media boasts a portfolio of print, digital and mobile marketing solutions for small business. The company’s product suite includes 35 print directories, User Friendly Apps, a mobile app builder, User Friendly Mobile ads, a platform for serving locally-targeted mobile ad impressions and GoLocal247.com, one of the fastest growing local business directory websites in the country.
1 Page 3 of Appendix F in Rand’s definitive proxy statement filed April 18, 2019