NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hudson Executive Capital LP (“Hudson Executive”), a New York-based investment firm and the largest shareholder of USA Technologies, Inc. (“USAT” or the “Company”) (OTC:USAT) with beneficial ownership of approximately 16.3% of USAT’s common stock, today urged USAT to accelerate the date of its Annual Meeting of Shareholders that is currently scheduled for April 30, 2020, the last day permitted under a Pennsylvania court order to hold the meeting. Hudson Executive notes that the Company’s previously stated reason for delaying the annual meeting—to regain compliance with Nasdaq listing requirements—is no longer valid in light of the Company’s disclosure that Nasdaq has rejected the Company’s appeal and will delist its securities imminently.
“USA Technologies’ failure to regain its Nasdaq listing erodes shareholder value and further demonstrates in our view the need for a new Board and management team. Several months ago, the Executive Chairman said that regaining the Company’s Nasdaq listing was his most important priority. Once again, the current management and Board have failed to deliver,” stated Douglas Braunstein, Founder and Managing Partner of Hudson Executive. “Given the incumbent Board’s track record, we do not believe it should be entrusted to make further decisions that impact USAT’s value, especially those regarding potential strategic transactions. There is no longer any excuse to further delay the annual meeting, and the Board should accelerate that meeting to the earliest possible date so that shareholders can choose who they want to lead the Company going forward.”
Hudson Executive further urges USAT to publicly disclose all of its correspondence with Nasdaq, in the interest of transparency. USAT shareholders deserve to understand why the Nasdaq Board of Directors upheld the Nasdaq Listing and Hearing Review Council’s decision to suspend trading of the Company’s securities on Nasdaq and to delist the Company’s securities despite the arguments it made.
Hudson Executive also believes the Company must provide a full explanation for its recent and extraordinary payment of over $1.2 million to Antara Capital. The Company’s failure to file the registration statement required under the Registration Rights Agreement with Antara Capital dated October 9, 2019 is another example of the incumbent Board and management’s inability or unwillingness to execute on basic obligations, to the detriment of the shareholders.
Mr. Braunstein concluded, “We believe these most recent deficiencies make it painfully clear that the current Board is failing to uphold its obligations as fiduciaries and that shareholders must be provided the right to immediately remedy this value-destructive behavior by exercising their fundamental right to vote their shares.”
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP and Pepper Hamilton LLP are serving as legal advisors to Hudson Executive.
About Hudson Executive Capital LP
Hudson Executive Capital LP (“Hudson Executive”), based in New York City, is a SEC-registered investment advisor to certain affiliated investment funds.