RCM's Compromise Included Adding Three New Independent Directors, Including Two Members of the Legion Group
If You Support RCM's Constructive and Reasonable Approach, Vote the WHITE Proxy Card
PENNSAUKEN, N.J., Dec. 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RCM Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:RCMT), a premier provider of business and technology solutions designed to enhance and maximize the operational performance of its customers through the adaptation and deployment of advanced information technology, engineering and specialty healthcare services, today announced that its latest proposed offer to the Legion Group to settle the ongoing proxy contest was rejected by the Legion Group. As previously announced, the Legion Group is pursuing a proxy contest to elect two nominees to the Board of Directors of RCM at RCM's 2013 Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at 6:00 p.m., at the offices of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. RCM has established October 18, 2013 as the record date for stockholders entitled to vote at the 2013 Annual Meeting.
RCM's settlement offer contemplated adding three new independent directors to the RCM Board of Directors, including Michael E.S. Frankel and two members of the Legion Group, Roger H. Ballou and Christopher S. Kiper. If the Legion Group had accepted the offer, RCM would have revised its proposed slate of nominees for election at the 2013 Annual Meeting to include Messrs. Frankel, Ballou and Kiper. Each of these nominees would have stood for election to serve as directors until the 2014 Annual Meeting. RCM's settlement offer also contemplated that the Legion Group would agree to a one-year customary standstill so that RCM, its Board and its management could return their focus to operating and growing the business with the full confidence that they would not need to respond to another proxy contest from the Legion Group at the 2014 Annual Meeting. RCM's settlement offer further contemplated that the Legion Group and RCM would each agree to dismiss their respective lawsuits against each other and not initiate further litigation against each other during the standstill period.
Leon Kopyt, RCM's Chairman of the Board and CEO, commented: "Like the numerous settlement offers we have previously made to the Legion Group to avoid this costly and distracting proxy contest, we believe that the offer we made last week was not only highly constructive and reasonable but also an offer that the Legion Group should have found to be compelling. By this settlement, our Board would have gained complementary functional competencies, experiences and perspectives from three new independent directors including the two current nominees, Michael E.S. Frankel and Roger H. Ballou, who ISS indicated in its recent report were the most 'compelling' nominees for election to our Board."
"We are disappointed that rather than embrace our reasonable and constructive approach which would have added to our Board two of the more experienced members of the Legion Group, Christopher S. Kiper and Roger H. Ballou, the Legion Group has chosen to reject our proposal and is continuing to unreasonably insist that it will not settle this proxy contest unless our Board is prepared to include the member of the Legion Group with the least relevant experience, Bradley S. Vizi, on RCM's slate of directors standing for election at the upcoming 2013 Annual Meeting. While RCM continues to be willing to entertain a reasonable settlement with the Legion Group, we believe that the Legion Group's response to our most recent settlement offer, and its past conduct during settlement discussions, strongly suggest that the Legion Group is more interested in posturing for purposes of a press release than in pursuing meaningful settlement discussions," concluded Mr. Kopyt.
RCM continues to believe that Mr. Vizi, who has never before served on a public company board, does not have the appropriate qualifications for serving as a director of RCM and that his election would jeopardize the substantial progress that RCM has been making to position itself for long-term growth, future profitability, market leadership and increasing returns for investors. The RCM Board also believes that Mr. Vizi will not be able to contribute in any meaningful respect to the ongoing corporate governance improvements in which the RCM Board has been actively engaged. As previously announced, Mr. Vizi has previously insisted during settlement discussions that RCM delay the declassification of the RCM Board until the 2014 Annual Meeting so that Mr. Vizi would be able to stand for election to a three-year term and avoid having to stand for re-election until RCM's 2016 Annual Meeting. As also previously announced, all three leading independent proxy advisory firms, ISS Proxy Advisory Services, Glass Lewis & Co. and Egan-Jones Proxy Services, have indicated that stockholders should not support the election of Mr. Vizi, and that, between RCM's Board nominee, Mr. Frankel and Mr. Vizi, Mr. Frankel is the preferred candidate for election to the RCM Board. In its report recommending that stockholders vote the WHITE proxy card in favor of the election of Mr. Frankel, Egan-Jones took note of "Mr. Vizi's apparent lack of public company board or public company management experience." Egan-Jones further indicated that it believes that "voting FOR the management ballot and the Company's nominees is in the best interest of the Company and its stockholders" and that the election of the RCM Board's nominees will "enable the Company to continue to build on its strong record of increasing stockholder value."
RCM stockholders are reminded that their vote is extremely important, no matter how many or how few shares they own. Whether or not you plan to attend the 2013 Annual Meeting, you have an opportunity to protect your investment in RCM by voting the WHITE proxy card. Please do not return or otherwise vote any gold proxy card sent to you by the Legion Group. Even if stockholders have already voted using the gold proxy card, they have the right to change their vote to the WHITE proxy card and support RCM's reasonable and constructive settlement proposal.
Since time is short, RCM asks that stockholders please vote by telephone or Internet according to the instructions on the WHITE proxy card. Voting by telephone or Internet, which is the best way for stockholders to ensure that their votes will be counted, will be open until 11:59pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, December 4, 2013. If you have questions about how to vote your shares, or need additional assistance in voting the WHITE proxy card, please contact:
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RCM Technologies, Inc. is a premier provider of business and technology solutions designed to enhance and maximize the operational performance of its customers through the adaptation and deployment of advanced information technology and engineering services. RCM is an innovative leader in the delivery of these solutions to commercial and government sectors. RCM is also a provider of specialty healthcare services to major health care institutions and educational facilities. RCM's offices are located in major metropolitan centers throughout North America. Additional information can be found at www.rcmt.com.
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RCM, its directors and certain of its executive officers and employees are deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from RCM's stockholders in connection with the 2013 Annual Meeting. RCM filed a definitive proxy statement and WHITE proxy card with the SEC in connection with the solicitation of proxies for the 2013 Annual Meeting on October 30, 2013 (the "2013 Proxy Statement"). STOCKHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE 2013 PROXY STATEMENT (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT RCM WILL FILE WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Additional information regarding the identity of these participants and their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, is set forth in the 2013 Proxy Statement. To the extent holdings of RCM's securities have changed since the amounts shown in the 2013 Proxy Statement, such changes have been or will be reflected on Statements of Change in Ownership on Form 4 filed with the SEC.
CONTACT: RCM Technologies, Inc. 2500 McClellan Avenue Pennsauken, NJ 08109 Tel: 856.356.4500 Fax: 856.356.4600 email@example.com www.rcmt.com Corporate Contacts: Leon Kopyt Chairman, President & CEO Kevin D. Miller Chief Financial Officer Investor Contacts: MacKenzie Partners, Inc. Paul Schulman or Robert Marese (212) 929-5500
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