NEW YORK, Jan. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Eminence Capital, LLC, which owns 4.9% of the common stock of Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Inc. (JOSB), today announced that it intends to nominate two individuals for election as directors to the Board at JOSB's annual meeting of shareholders. The firm has delivered a letter to the JOSB Board requesting the questionnaire that potential nominees must complete.
"We intend to nominate two independent directors at the 2014 meeting of Jos. A. Bank shareholders. Our nominees will be highly-qualified, retail industry experts who will be committed to maximizing shareholder value," said Ricky C. Sandler, Chief Executive Officer of Eminence Capital.
"We are very encouraged by The Men's Wearhouse, Inc.'s (MW) decision to submit its own slate of nominees for the JOSB 2014 annual meeting. We want it to be very clear that we intend to support MW's nominees and we plan to withdraw our nominees if those proposed by MW are still in the running at the time of the JOSB annual meeting. However, given that JOSB's nomination window will be closing soon, we feel compelled to submit our own slate at this time to ensure both that JOSB is pursuing the combination with MW as vigorously as possible, and that JOSB directors will be held accountable if they approve an alternative transaction or cause JOSB to take other action before the annual meeting that would frustrate a transaction with MW," Sandler said.
"We continue to urge Jos. A. Bank to sit down with Men's Wearhouse and engage in meaningful, good faith negotiations in pursuit of a business combination on terms that could deliver significant value for Jos. A. Bank shareholders," he added.
About Eminence Capital, LLC
Eminence Capital, LLC is an asset management firm founded in 1998 that currently manages approximately $4.9 billion on behalf of institutions and individuals. The firm employs a bottom-up, research-driven investment strategy that utilizes a combination of industry research, rigorous financial analysis and dialog with company management to execute its investment process.
Additional Information Regarding the Proxy Solicitation
In connection with its solicitation of proxies for the 2014 Annual Meeting of Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Inc. ("JOSB"), Eminence Capital, LLC intends to file a proxy statement on Schedule 14A and other relevant documents with the SEC. Investors and security holders are urged to read the preliminary proxy statement in its entirety and the definitive proxy statement and other relevant documents when they become available, because they will contain important information regarding the proxy solicitation. The preliminary and definitive proxy statement and all other relevant documents will be available, free of charge, on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.
The following persons are participants in any such proxy solicitation: Eminence Capital, LLC, Eminence GP, LLC and Ricky C. Sandler. Investors and security holders of JOSB can obtain additional information regarding the direct and indirect interests of the participants by reading the Schedule 14A to be filed today with the SEC.
Forward Looking Statements
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