DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MNG Enterprises, Inc. (“MNG”), owner and operator of one of the largest newspaper businesses in the U.S. and the largest active shareholder in Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI) (“Gannett” or the “Company”), with an approximate 7.4% ownership interest, today issued the following statement in response to a report1 by Glass Lewis & Co., LLC (“Glass Lewis”) regarding the election of directors to Gannett’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) at the Company’s upcoming annual meeting of shareholders on May 16, 2019:
“While we agree with Glass Lewis that ‘Gannett’s business has struggled on a stand-alone basis since the 2015 spin-off from TEGNA’ and that a $12.00 per share offer implies a ‘fairly attractive premium,’ we firmly believe that shareholders must hold the incumbent Board accountable for the Company’s track record of significant underperformance and for the Board's failure to take the necessary steps to maximize shareholder value in favor of continuing to pursue a digital transformation strategy that Glass Lewis admits is ‘far from proven.’
“Against the backdrop of the significant issues facing the newspaper industry and the premium cash offer that MNG has proposed, we believe that the best way for Gannett shareholders to effect meaningful change on the Board is to vote on the BLUE card FOR ALL of MNG’s nominees, who are committed to acting as a catalyst to maximize shareholder value, including by supporting a full strategic alternatives process. Without strong advocates on the Board willing to explore all possible ways to enhance value, Gannett is at risk of continuing down the path toward complete value erosion.
“The election of ALL THREE of MNG’s nominees is needed to send a clear message to the incumbent directors that the status quo is not acceptable, and the Board needs to explore all possible ways to enhance value for all Gannett shareholders. MNG’s nominees – Heath Freeman, Dana Needleman and Steve Rossi – deserve Gannett shareholders’ support because they possess the right mix of newspaper turnaround, real estate, and capital allocation expertise needed to improve the Gannett Board and shareholder orientation, and provide much needed fresh perspective that Gannett’s incumbent directors lack.”
We encourage all shareholders to review our shareholder presentation to understand more about why change is needed now and why MNG’s nominees are best positioned to Save Gannett. Additional information about MNG, its proposal to acquire Gannett, and its nominees is available at www.SaveGannett.com. We urge all shareholders to VOTE THE BLUE CARD “FOR” MNG’s independent slate of Director Nominees.
Your vote is important, no matter how many shares you own!
Please remember NOT TO RETURN the Company’s WHITE PROXY CARD! If you return a Gannett proxy card – even by simply indicating “withhold” on the Company’s slate – you will revoke any vote you had previously submitted for the MNG nominees on the BLUE proxy card.
Moelis & Company LLC is acting as financial advisor to MNG. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP are serving as its legal counsel. Okapi Partners LLC is acting as MNG’s proxy solicitor.
About MNG Enterprises
MNG Enterprises, Inc. is one of the largest owners and operators of newspapers in the United States by circulation, with approximately 200 publications including The Denver Post, The Mercury News, The Orange County Register and The Boston Herald. MNG is a leader in local, multi-platform news and information, distinguished by its award-winning original content and high quality, diversified portfolio of both print and local news and information web sites and mobile apps offering rich multimedia experiences across the nation. For more information, please visit www.medianewsgroup.com.
MNG Enterprises, Inc., together with the other participants in its proxy solicitation (collectively, “MNG”), have filed a definitive proxy statement and an accompanying BLUE proxy card with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) to be used to solicit votes for the election of MNG’s slate of highly-qualified director nominees at the 2019 annual meeting of stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of Gannett Co., Inc. (the “Company”). Stockholders are advised to read the proxy statement and any other documents related to the solicitation of stockholders of the Company in connection with the Annual Meeting because they contain important information, including additional information relating to the participants in MNG’s proxy solicitation. These materials and other materials filed by MNG in connection with the solicitation of proxies are available at no charge on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. The definitive proxy statement and other relevant documents filed by MNG with the SEC are also available, without charge, by directing a request to MNG’s proxy solicitor, Okapi Partners LLC, at its toll-free number (888) 785-6668 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 Permission to quote from report was neither sought nor obtained.