Shareholder Advocates For Value Enhancement (SAVE) Files With The SEC Its Detailed Business Improvement Plan For USA Technologies, Inc.
GREENWICH, Conn., June 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — S.A.V.E. Partners IV, LLC, which together with its nominees and certain other shareholders are members of a group (“SAVE”) that collectively owns 3,196,739 shares of common stock of USA Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: USAT) (“USAT” or the “Company”), representing approximately 9.8% of the Company’s outstanding shares, announced today that it has filed its detailed business improvement plan for USAT with the SEC. SAVE’s business improvement plan is also available on its website at www.SAVEUSAT.com. SAVE urges all shareholders to review its business plan to move USAT forward.
SAVE also issued the following letter to shareholders of USAT regarding the critical choice now facing them over their Company’s future and what SAVE believes to be fundamental flaws in USAT’s own business plan:
Dear Fellow Shareholders:
We have reached a critical turning point for USA Technologies, Inc. (“USAT” or the “Company”). In two weeks, at USAT’s annual meeting of shareholders on June 28, 2012, the future of your Company is in your hands.
PLEASE SIGN, VOTE AND RETURN THE ENCLOSED GOLD PROXY CARD TODAY
We believe that at this vitally important moment, the choice is clear: SAVE’s seven highly-qualified nominees are the right choice to lead USAT into the future and maximize value for all shareholders. We believe that USAT’s current Board is mired in a fundamentally flawed business plan that will only lead to a further deterioration of shareholder value. Consider the following:
SAVE believes JumpStart is a Dead End in its current form. USAT’s JumpStart Program gives away ePort device hardware at no upfront cost with no long-term commitment required. When you get a new cell phone at no upfront cost, your carrier requires you to enter into a minimum usage contract. Yet the same does not hold true for USAT’s ePort device. We believe the JumpStart Program’s economics simply don’t make sense.
SAVE believes JumpStart is a primary cause of USAT’s significant cash burn and has created an urgent need for financing. USAT depleted the cash on its balance sheet by nearly $7 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2012, from approximately $13.0 million to approximately $6.2 million, but only added approximately 29,000 connections during that period. Now it is proposing to add up to $3 million in debt, secured by Company assets, to help fund JumpStart. We believe USAT’s “path to profitability” is actually a road to nowhere.
SAVE Nominee George Wallner, the founder of Hypercom, one of the global leaders in credit card terminals prior to its sale to VeriFone in 2011, has nearly 35 years of experience in the industry developing innovative, low-cost hardware. SAVE believes that higher-functioning, low-cost hardware is the key to accelerating returns on JumpStart and creating shareholder value, as well as providing value-added services to drive USAT’s customers’ profitability. We believe Mr. Wallner’s experience will be critical in leading this effort.
- USAT’s connections per customer has been declining. USAT boasts it has added customers and connections, from 1,925 and 119,000 as of June 30, 2011 to 3,000 and 155,000 currently. However, a closer look at those numbers reveals that USAT has experienced a troubling 16% drop-off in connections per customer from approximately 61.8 to 51.7. We believe giving away ePorts at no upfront cost and little return on investment in an effort to acquire new customers, while not focusing sufficient resources on increasing connections in the existing customer base, is a recipe for disaster. USAT talks about driving recurring revenues – we believe the best way to drive recurring revenues is to generate repeat business from existing customers.
- SAVE believes USAT is falling behind on vending route management. Regardless of its efforts to try to accelerate industry adoption of its devices through JumpStart, we believe USAT will quickly lose market share to its competitors if it does not adequately service its customers’ needs. In fact, SAVE believes that one of the main reasons connections per customer has been decreasing is because USAT is not providing its customers with end-to-end solutions to enable them to improve sales, increase efficiencies and reduce costs. SAVE Nominee John Ioannou, the former President of Next Generation Vending, which has over 25,000 vending machines, spearheaded its efforts in applying vending route management technology to increase route efficiency and sales. We believe Mr. Ioannou represents the type of forward-thinking leadership that, in our view, is severely lacking at USAT.
DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THE BOARD’S CLAIMS OF A “NEW USAT” AND “NEW LEADERSHIP”
We urge all shareholders to review the bio of Stephen Herbert contained in the Company’s proxy materials and draw your own conclusion. Mr. Herbert was George Jensen’s second-in-command when he replaced Mr. Jensen as Chairman and CEO in November 2011.We urge all shareholders to review our detailed business plan, which can also be found at www.SAVEUSAT.com. We believe our business plan fully addresses the fundamental flaws identified above and other necessary improvements that SAVE believes are required to help USAT realize its full potential and maximize value for shareholders.
SAVE also has a leadership transition plan and is fully prepared to implement this plan immediately. SAVE’s plan includes a review of senior management and, if necessary, the installation of highly-qualified operating executives who can fill senior management roles to effect a seamless transition with the goal of achieving a rapid business transformation.
We urge you to review the qualifications of our nominees and USAT’s nominees below – we think you will come to the conclusion that SAVE’s nominees are the clear choice to lead your Company into the future.
SAVE BELIEVES THE CHOICE IS CLEAR — WE URGE YOU TO VOTE THE GOLD PROXY CARD TODAY.
Thank you again for your support. SAVE urges shareholders NOT to respond to any solicitation made by USAT’s Board of Directors and NOT to return USAT’s white proxy card. If you have voted a white proxy card, you can change your vote by voting the enclosed GOLD proxy card today. Please vote each and every GOLD proxy card you receive. You can learn more about SAVE, our detailed business plan and our highly-qualified Board candidates at www.SAVEUSAT.com.
Bradley M. Tirpak Craig W. Thomas
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SAVE's Nominees come from top consumer, vending, payment processing and finance companies IBM -- Citigroup -- Pepsi -- The Boston Consulting Group -- Frito-Lay -- Hypercom -- Credit Suisse SAVE NOMINEE RELEVANT EXPERIENCE BACKGROUND ------------ ------------------- ---------- George Wallner Electronic Payment Hardware Hypercom founder; Advisor on smart phone electronic payment technology & services * Rodman Reef Credit Card and Electronic Former Chairman and CEO of Citishare Payment Processing Corporation, Citigroup's retail electronic payments business * John Ioannou Vending Services; Route Former President of Next Generation Management; Technology Vending, a leader in vending services; 14 years at IBM * Ajoy Karna Strategy, Finance, M&A Former executive for 20 years in finance, strategy and M&A for PepsiCo, Inc., Frito Lay and Quaker Oats * Andrew Salisbury International Technology Sales Former CEO of Corsidian, a leading Latin American distributor of customer service software and solutions * Craig Thomas Finance; Corporate Governance Co-founder of SAVE; former portfolio manager at S.A.C. Capital Advisors; experience at The Boston Consulting Group * Bradley Tirpak Finance; Corporate Governance Co-founder of SAVE; former portfolio manager at multi-billion dollar investment firms; experience at Credit Suisse First Boston *
COMPARE TO USAT DIRECTOR NOMINEES
USAT NOMINEE CURRENT EMPLOYMENT ------------ ------------------ Stephen Herbert USAT Chairman & CEO; promoted from COO in Nov. 2011 Deborah Arnold Advisory board member of Grameen Technology Center, a microfinance foundation Steven Barnhart CFO of Bally Total Fitness, a health club operator -resigned June 2012 Joel Brooks CFO of Senesco Technologies, a biotechnology company Albin Moschner No current employment listed in the Company's proxy materials Frank Petito President of Orbitz for Business, a corporate travel company Jack Price No current employment listed in the Company's proxy materials William Reilly Independent Consultant William Schoch President and CEO, Western Payments Alliance, a non-profit payments association
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