NEW YORK, May 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- VIEX Opportunities Fund, LP – Series One ("VIEX"), the largest stockholder of YuMe, Inc. (NYSE: YUME) ("YuMe" or the "Company"), owning approximately 15.8% of the outstanding common stock of the Company, announced today that a leading independent proxy voting advisory firm, Glass Lewis & Co. ("Glass Lewis"), has recommended that YuMe stockholders vote on the GOLD VIEX proxy card FOR the election of VIEX's highly-qualified director candidates, Elias Nader and Eric Singer, and FOR VIEX's board declassification proposal at the upcoming annual meeting of stockholders of the Company.
Eric Singer, founder of VIEX, responded to Glass Lewis' report, stating, "We are gratified to have received Glass Lewis' support for the election of both our nominees. Companies like YuMe underscore the importance of stockholders speaking up with a strong voice when a board demonstrates such little regard for capital allocation, cost structure, corporate governance and strategic planning. We are confident that the solution at YuMe requires direct stockholder representation in the boardroom. We welcome the Glass Lewis endorsement and urge our fellow YuMe stockholders to vote their GOLD proxy today to elect both of our nominees."
In recommending that YuMe stockholders elect both VIEX nominees, Elias Nader and Eric Singer, Glass Lewis stated:
"In view of concerns principally relating to a misaligned and poorly described cost structure, questionable capital allocations that have seemingly failed to even maintain -- much less expand -- revenue levels and a dubious commitment to willingly improve upon minimally acceptable corporate governance protocols, we believe there is a sound case for the appointment of candidates with a particular focus on cost rationalization and shareholder representation."
Glass Lewis recognized the need to review the Company's operating expenses and capital allocation programs:
". . . we believe there is a reasonable case to suggest YuMe investors would benefit from a more thorough review of the Company's operating expenses and capital allocation programs as a means to press YuMe's margins closer to the peer median and potentially improve the Company's mediocre revenue growth."
In endorsing VIEX's case for change, Glass Lewis noted the YuMe board's insufficient response to stockholder concerns, underscoring the urgent need for stockholder intervention at YuMe:
"Based on available disclosure, then, we are inclined to suggest YuMe's corporate governance framework and general responsiveness to shareholder concerns are largely predicated on the willingness of one or more investors to publicly press the board for change. We do not believe this represents a particularly progressive approach to corporate governance."
GLASS LEWIS HAS ENDORSED BOTH OF OUR HIGHLY-QUALIFIED NOMINEES AND OUR PROPOSAL TO DECLASSIFY THE YUME BOARD – VOTE THE GOLD PROXY CARD TODAY.
If you have already voted YuMe's white proxy card, a later dated GOLD proxy card will revoke your previously cast vote.
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SOURCE VIEX Opportunities Fund, LP