Steel Partners Responds to Point Blank’s Latest Attempt to Further Postpone the 2008 Annual Meeting
Steel Partners II, L.P. responded today to the announcement by Point Blank Solutions, Inc. (OTC: PBSO) that it has applied to the Delaware Court of Chancery (the “Delaware Court”) in yet another attempt to further delay the 2008 annual meeting of stockholders.
Point Blank’s 2008 Annual Meeting was originally scheduled to be held on April 22, 2008. On April 8, 2008, the Company unilaterally decided to postpone the 2008 Annual Meeting for four months using a strategic review process as an excuse to further entrench the Point Blank Board and avoid accountability. The Company falsely claimed that Steel Partners had requested this postponement. Steel Partners was left with no choice but to petition the Delaware Court to step in and compel the Company to hold the 2008 Annual Meeting without further delay. On May 20, 2008, Steel Partners and Point Blank entered into a stipulation, which was approved by the Delaware Court, providing that the annual meeting would be held no later than August 19, 2008. Point Blank is now making another last-ditch attempt to delay the 2008 Annual Meeting just a few weeks ahead of its re-scheduled date.
It has now been more than three years since Point Blank held its last annual meeting and only one of the members of the current Board was elected by a vote of the stockholders with the rest having been hand-picked by General Larry Ellis and his cohorts.
“This Board has again proven it will stop at nothing, not even a Delaware Court order, in its enduring efforts to entrench itself and disenfranchise its stockholders,” stated Warren G. Lichtenstein, Managing Member of Steel Partners. “This desperate and unashamed attempt to further delay the annual meeting should therefore have come as no surprise.”
Mr. Lichtenstein continued, “It is time for stockholders to be heard. This Board continues to make a mockery out of corporate governance and corporate democracy. We only wish the Board and management would focus their energy and resources as much on improving the Company’s performance as they have been on coming up with ways to delay the annual meeting and disenfranchise stockholders.”
Steel Partners also finds it ironic that the Point Blank Board falsely claims that Steel Partners’ interests are adverse to those of other stockholders when, in fact, Steel Partners is seeking to protect the interests of all stockholders from a Board and senior management team that has little personal stake in the Company and that continues to reward themselves with large payouts in spite of disastrous performance. The Board awarded CEO Larry Ellis more than $3 million in compensation in 2007, despite having overseen marginal sales growth, shrinking profitability and poor performance. In the past 12 months alone, the Company’s stock has fallen almost 55%. Stockholders should ask themselves whose interests the current Board is really trying to protect.
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