HOPKINSVILLE, Ky., May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- HopFed Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: HFBC) (the "Company"), the holding company for Heritage Bank, today announced that ISS Proxy Advisory Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis & Co., the leading independent proxy advisory firms, recommended that HopFed stockholders vote in favor of all of management's proposals. ISS and Glass Lewis recommended that HopFed shareholders vote FOR the election of Dr. Thomas I. Miller, Steve Hunt and Michael L. Woolfolk as directors, the HopFed Bancorp, Inc. 2013 Long Term Incentive Plan, and all other Company proposals on the WHITE proxy card. The Company's Annual Meeting of Stockholders will be held May 15, 2013.
Commenting on the ISS and Glass Lewis reports, John E. Peck, president and chief executive officer, said, "We are pleased that the two most highly respected independent proxy advisory services, ISS Proxy Advisory Services and Glass Lewis & Co., have recommended a vote in favor of all of management's proposals. ISS and Glass Lewis advise many institutional investors, state and corporate pension funds on proxy voting matters and their support is a solid endorsement of HopFed's management and Board of Directors. We believe the endorsements from ISS and Glass Lewis support our strategy to grow HopFed through the proposed acquisition of Sumner Bank & Trust. We believe our growth strategy is clear and is in sharp contrast to the dissidents, Joseph Stilwell and The Stilwell Group, who oppose the acquisition."
The ISS report highlights the fact that HopFed's management expects the Sumner acquisition "to enhance EPS and book value per share much more than using the same amount of capital to repurchase shares." In contrast to management's plan, ISS states that "the dissidents have not demonstrated a compelling case that change at the board level is warranted." ISS concludes by stating, "DO NOT VOTE on the dissident card."
"We have a solid strategy to build shareholder value through the proposed acquisition of Sumner Bank and Trust and the election of our director nominees, including Dr. Thomas I. Miller," continued Mr. Peck. "Dr. Miller, like our other directors, supports the Sumner Bank acquisition that is expected to increase our earnings, loans, deposits and assets. We believe the proposed acquisition will expand HopFed into the fastest growing markets in our region - markets that are three times larger than our existing markets, have higher growth rates and higher household incomes. As a result, we believe the Sumner acquisition will allow us to achieve a higher level of earnings that can be used to fund future growth of dividends and stock repurchases to build long-term shareholder value.
"In sharp contrast to our growth strategy and our proposed re-election of Dr. Miller as a Director is Robert Bolton, Stilwell's nominee for director. Mr. Bolton has no experience running a community bank and lives in New York, a long way from our customers in Kentucky and Tennessee. We also believe that Mr. Bolton has a strong conflict of interest in representing all shareholders if elected to HopFed's board. He was granted an option to purchase 40,000 shares of Company stock by Stilwell that is triggered by a "change in control" of the Company, typically a sale of the Company. The option agreement provides a special incentive for Mr. Bolton to potentially favor a decision that benefits him personally and Stilwell rather than all shareholders of the Company. Both ISS and Glass Lewis recommend a vote FOR Dr. Miller," concluded Mr. Peck.
HopFed's Board urges stockholders to vote FOR the three nominees proposed by the Board and FOR all other company proposals on the WHITE proxy card, and to not sign or return any GREEN proxy card sent by the dissidents, Joseph Stilwell and the Stilwell Group.
About HopFed Bancorp, Inc.
HopFed Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for Heritage Bank headquartered in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. The Bank has eighteen offices in western Kentucky and middle Tennessee in addition to its subsidiaries, Fall & Fall Insurance of Fulton, Kentucky and Fort Webb LLLP of Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Bank's operations include Heritage Solutions of Murray, Kentucky, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Kingston Springs, Tennessee and Pleasant View, Tennessee, which offers a broad line of financial services. Heritage Mortgage Services of Clarksville, Tennessee offers long term fixed rate 1- 4 family mortgages loans in all communities in the Company's general market area. The Bank offers a broad line of banking and financial products and services with the personalized focus of a community banking organization. More information about HopFed Bancorp, Inc. and Heritage Bank may be found on its website www.bankwithheritage.com.
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This release may be deemed to be solicitation material in respect of the solicitation of proxies from the Company's stockholders in connection with the Company's 2013 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the "Annual Meeting"). The Company has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and mailed to its stockholders a proxy statement in connection with the Annual Meeting (the "Proxy Statement"), and advises its stockholders to read the Proxy Statement and any and all supplements and amendments thereto because they contain important information. Stockholders may obtain a free copy of the Proxy Statement and other documents that the Company files with the SEC at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. The Proxy Statement and these other documents may also be obtained upon request addressed to the Secretary of the Company at P.O. Box 537, Hopkinsville, Kentucky 42241-0537.
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SOURCE HopFed Bancorp, Inc.