NEW YORK, Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Starboard Value LP (together with its affiliates, "Starboard"), one of the largest shareholders of Regis Corporation ("Regis" or the "Company") (NYSE: RGS), today announced that Glass Lewis & Co., a leading independent proxy voting advisory firm, has recommended that Regis shareholders vote on Starboard's WHITE proxy card to elect Jeffrey C. Smith to the Regis Board at the 2011 Annual Meeting.
Notably, the threshold required for a shareholder to attain a Glass Lewis recommendation in an election contest is high, requiring a showing that either (i) there are serious problems at the company and the newly proposed nominees have a clear and realistic plan for improvement or (ii) the current board has undertaken an action clearly contrary to the interests of shareholders. By recommending that Regis shareholders vote on the WHITE proxy card, clearly Glass Lewis concluded that Starboard has made a compelling showing of mismanagement on the part of the Board and that our nominees have a realistic plan to address the issues facing the Company.
Starboard also announced today that Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), another leading independent proxy voting advisory firm, has recommended that Regis shareholders vote on Starboard's WHITE proxy card to elect all three of Starboard's highly qualified nominees, James P. Fogarty, Jeffrey C. Smith and David P. Williams, in place of incumbent directors Susan S. Hoyt, Rolf F. Bjelland and Van Zandt Hawn.
In reaching its conclusion, ISS performed a detailed analysis of both sides' positions in the election contest and, in particular, carefully considered, among other things, the Company's poor performance, poor capital allocation decisions, poor governance practices, as well as the strong experience and qualifications of Starboard's three nominees. ISS concluded that:
"[Starboard has] shaped a compelling case for change around the company's historical underperformance, poor capital allocation decisions, failure to achieve economies of scale, and weak governance practices.... Fogarty, Smith and Williams appear to embody a complementary mix of turnaround, financial, board and governance experience which can be expected to appropriately address the issues the dissidents have identified, and thus presumably help reverse the negative trends in shareholder value going forward."
Starboard urges all Regis shareholders to vote for change on the Regis Board by voting the WHITE proxy card today to elect all three of Starboard's highly qualified nominees, James P. Fogarty, Jeffrey C. Smith and David P. Williams, in place of incumbent directors Susan S. Hoyt, Rolf F. Bjelland and Van Zandt Hawn, who collectively have an average tenure of over 21 years on the Regis Board and have presided over significant destruction of shareholder value.
Jeffrey C. Smith, Managing Member, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Starboard Value, stated, "Both Glass Lewis and ISS have now recommended for change to the Regis Board and for shareholders to vote on the WHITE proxy card. We greatly appreciate the strong support from shareholders who have already voted for Starboard's nominees on the WHITE proxy card and urge all of our fellow shareholders to vote their WHITE proxy card today to elect all three of our director nominees who are firmly committed to the future success of Regis."
Contacts: Starboard Value Peter Feld, (212) 201-4878 Tom Cusack, (212) 201-4814 www.starboardvalue.com
Okapi Partners Bruce H. Goldfarb / Patrick McHugh / Geoff Sorbello (212) 297-0720
SOURCE Starboard Value LP