NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Ramius Value and Opportunity Advisors LLC, a subsidiary of Ramius LLC (collectively, "Ramius"), today announced that it has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission preliminary proxy materials in connection with its nomination of three director candidates for election to the Board of Directors of SurModics, Inc. (Nasdaq: SRDX) at SurModics' 2011 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the "Annual Meeting"). Ramius is the largest shareholder of SurModics, owning approximately 12% of the Company's outstanding shares of Common Stock.
Ramius' nominees include Ramius Partner Managing Director Jeffrey C. Smith, David Dantzker, M.D. and Jeffrey A. Meckler.
Previously, on November 17, 2010, Ramius delivered a letter to the SurModics Board citing the long-term underperformance of SurModics' business and stock price. As it expressed in the letter, Ramius continues to believe that a negotiated resolution that results in a mutually agreeable, reconstituted Board is in the best interests of shareholders.
CERTAIN INFORMATION CONCERNING THE PARTICIPANTS
Ramius Value and Opportunity Advisors LLC, a subsidiary of Ramius LLC (collectively, "Ramius"), together with the other participants named herein, has made a preliminary filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") of a proxy statement and accompanying WHITE proxy card to be used to solicit votes for, among other things, the election of a slate of director nominees at the 2011 annual meeting of shareholders of SurModics, Inc., a Minnesota corporation (the "Company").
RAMIUS STRONGLY ADVISES ALL SHAREHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER PROXY MATERIALS AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. SUCH PROXY MATERIALS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT NO CHARGE ON THE SEC'S WEB SITE AT HTTP://WWW.SEC.GOV. IN ADDITION, THE PARTICIPANTS IN THIS PROXY SOLICITATION WILL PROVIDE COPIES OF THE PROXY STATEMENT WITHOUT CHARGE UPON REQUEST. REQUESTS FOR COPIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE PARTICIPANTS' PROXY SOLICITOR, INNISFREE M&A INCORPORATED, TOLL-FREE AT 877-750-5837 OR COLLECT AT (212) 750-5833.
The participants in the proxy solicitation are Ramius Value and Opportunity Master Fund Ltd ("Value and Opportunity Master Fund"), Cowen Overseas Investment LP ("COIL"), Ramius Advisors, LLC, Ramius Value and Opportunity Advisors LLC, Ramius LLC, Cowen Group, Inc., RCG Holdings LLC, C4S & Co., L.L.C., Peter A. Cohen, Morgan B. Stark, Thomas W. Strauss, Jeffrey M. Solomon, David Dantzker, M.D., Jeffrey A. Meckler and Jeffrey C. Smith (collectively, the "Participants").
Information regarding the Participants, including their direct or indirect interests in the company, by security holdings or otherwise, is contained in the Schedule 13D filed by Ramius with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 17, 2010, as may be amended from time to time (the "Schedule 13D"). The Schedule 13D is currently available at no charge on the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov. As of the date hereof, the Participants collectively beneficially own an aggregate of 2,088,760 shares of Common Stock of the company, consisting of (i) 1,566,567 shares of Common Stock beneficially owned by Value and Opportunity Master Fund and (ii) 522,193 shares of Common Stock beneficially owned by COIL.
As members of a "group" for the purposes of Rule 13d-5(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, each of the Participants is deemed to beneficially own the shares of Common Stock of the Company beneficially owned in the aggregate by the other Participants. Each of the Participants disclaims beneficial ownership of such shares of Common Stock except to the extent of his or its pecuniary interest therein.
ABOUT RAMIUS LLC
Ramius LLC is a registered investment advisor that manages assets in a variety of alternative investment strategies. Ramius LLC is headquartered in New York with offices located in London, Luxembourg, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Munich.
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