AOL's Tim Armstrong defeated a proxy battle by hedge fund Starboard Value today, with shareholders voting at AOL’s annual meeting to re-elect all eight board members.
But despite this victory today AOL’s stock has tanked, down over five percent today. Why the drop? Investors seem to be concerned that AOL’s victory reduces pressure on the company to cut costs.
Starboard criticized AOL for failing to do enough to make money off its patents, and for spending too much on original content for the web. (Here’s its letter to AOL.)
Instead, Starboard said AOL should aggregate content from across the web, at a lower cost to the company. The fund, which owns 5.3 percent of AOL also criticized its “money-losing Patch business.” AOL says it will “be responsive to the messages we heard from our investors,” but that clearly didn’t satisfy investors today.