TOKYO & HONG KONG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oasis Management Company Ltd. (“Oasis”) is the manager to funds that beneficially own over 16.5% of elevator manufacturer and servicing company Fujitec Co., Ltd. (6406 JT) (“Fujitec” or the “Company”).
In an interview with Sankei, published today,1 President Okada of Fujitec Co., Ltd. (6406 JT) (“Fujitec” or the “Company”) openly indicates that there is a possibility that “Chairman of the Company” Uchiyama may be back as Fujitec’s President at the next AGM. He is quoted as saying:
“The board of directors will make decisions, including the reappointment of Uchiyama as president, pending the conclusion of the third-party committee.”
This is an astonishing admission and confirms that the Uchiyama family continues to maintain control over Fujitec. Fujitec is showing itself to be entirely ignorant of shareholders opinions. As Oasis Management Company Ltd. (“Oasis”) has shown in its presentations and other materials, available on www.protectfujitec.com, the results of the biased third-party investigation committee are a foregone conclusion to clear Uchiyama’s name of any wrongdoing.
Shareholders must not accept Fujitec’s lies. Here is the truth:
- Fujitec is rejecting Oasis nominees because it wants Uchiyama to maintain management control and not for any other reason.
- Oasis does not want management control over Fujitec, full stop – rather, as we have repeatedly said and demonstrated, we just want Fujitec to be independent of the Uchiyama family and to treat all shareholders equally.
- Fujitec does not want to improve corporate governance; it is just wants to cement Uchiyama’s control over the company.
- Uchiyama is far more involved in management claims, and their public statement shows that Uchiyama’s return to a formal leadership position at Fujitec is paramount to them.
- Fujitec’s nominee directors Jiro Iwasaki and Michi Kaifu are not independent, as the future return of Uchiyama would have been cleared with them before being nominated.
- Fujitec’s board of directors is again prioritizing Uchiyama above all other stakeholders and does not care about shareholder opposition to Uchiyama.
Uchiyama only has his position due to nepotism, not merit—his tenure over Fujitec saw a proliferation of poor governance and losing ground to competitors.
Fujitec’s current board of directors, both internal and external, are fully controlled by Uchiyama and only a full change of the independent directors of Fujitec will ensure that Fujitec is no longer controlled by the Uchiyama family.
As Fujitec’s own statements reveal, voting for Fujitec is a vote to bring Uchiyama back as President.
Shareholders must vote for the Oasis shareholder proposals, as supported in full by ISS, in order to be treated equally and stop Uchiyama abusing the Company for his own benefit.
Vote AGAINST Agenda 1 (Fujitec’s Proposal)
Vote FOR Agenda 2-7 (Oasis’s Proposals)
Now is the time to change Fujitec.
Oasis Management Company Ltd. manages private investment funds focused on opportunities in a wide array of asset classes across countries and sectors. Oasis was founded in 2002 by Seth H. Fischer, who leads the firm as its Chief Investment Officer. More information about Oasis is available at https://oasiscm.com. Oasis has adopted the Japan FSA’s “Principles for Responsible Institutional Investors” (a/k/a Japan Stewardship Code) and in line with those principles, Oasis monitors and engages with our investee companies.
The information contained in this press release (referred to as the "Document") is an information resource for shareholders in Fujitec offered by Oasis, the investment manager to private funds that are shareholders of Fujitec (the "Oasis Funds").
This material is not intended to solicit voting in favor of Oasis’ proposals, to which rules concerning solicitation of proxies applies.
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