NEW YORK, Dec. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MFC Industrial Ltd. ("MFC" or the "Company") (NYSE: MIL) today announced that Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. ("ISS"), a leading independent proxy voting and corporate governance advisory firm, has recommended that MFC shareholders vote "AGAINST" the proposal by Peter Kellogg and IAT Reinsurance Company, Ltd. (the "Kellogg Group") to take control of the MFC board at the upcoming annual general and special meeting of MFC to be held on December 27, 2013 (the "Meeting") and withhold their votes from the election of Peter Kellogg as a director.
ISS recommended that, among other things, MFC shareholders:
- vote "AGAINST" the Kellogg Group's attempt to take control of the MFC board, by voting "AGAINST" its proposal to fix the number of directors at 11; and
- "WITHHOLD" their votes for all of the Kellogg Group's hand-picked nominees, including Peter Kellogg, other than Andrew J. Betts and Patrice E. Merrin for election to the MFC board.
The ISS recommendations are in line with MFC's previously announced proposal to the Kellogg Group that it would be prepared to support the election of two of the Kellogg Group's nominees that are independent from such group in consideration of the termination of the current proxy contest by the Kellogg Group.
Michael Smith, Chief Executive Officer, stated: "While we are disappointed with the Kellogg Group's response to our proposal to end this proxy contest, we continue to seek a fair compromise that is in the best interest of the Company and to allow it to move forward with its long term strategy and continue to build shareholder value. Accordingly, we reiterate our willingness to accept the recommendation of ISS in order to end this proxy contest."
MFC urges shareholders to carefully review MFC's communications to shareholders and Proxy Circular, which are available on SEDAR and EDGAR and on the Company's website at www.mfcindustrial.com/investor_relations, and promptly vote only their WHITE proxy well in advance of the proxy voting deadline of December 24, 2013 at4:00 p.m. (Hong Kong time).
Regardless of the number of shares you own, we ask for your support by casting your vote today by completing and returning ONLY the WHITE proxy. If you have any questions or need assistance in casting your vote or completing your WHITE proxy, please call Mackenzie Partners Inc. within North America toll free at 1-800-322-2885, collect at (212) 929-5500, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About MFC Industrial Ltd.
MFC is a global commodity supply chain company and is active in a broad spectrum of activities, including its integrated commodities operations, mineral and hydrocarbon interests, which focus on metals, energy, chemicals, plastics and wood products. MFC also provides logistics, financial and risk management services to producers and consumers of commodities. Our global business activities are supported by our captive commodities sources through strategic direct or indirect investments and other commodities sources secured by us from third parties.
To obtain further information on the company, please visit our website at www.mfcindustrial.com.
SOURCE MFC Industrial Ltd.