LONDON, Jan. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Valaris plc (NYSE: VAL) ("Valaris" or the "Company") today announced that, as part of the Board's comprehensive refreshment program, it has agreed to appoint Adam Weitzman to its Board of Directors. Mr. Weitzman will also serve on the Finance Committee, to assist in the Board's oversight of the Company's capital structure and financial strategies, as well as the Compensation Committee. With this appointment, the Valaris Board of Directors will be comprised of 12 directors, 11 of whom will stand for re-election at the Company's 2020 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders.
Mr. Weitzman, a Partner at Luminus Management, LLC ("Luminus"), has been investing in offshore drilling companies and other energy-related public companies for more than a decade. He brings with him an expertise in debt and equity capital markets, asset allocation and risk management. Luminus owns approximately 18.7% of the outstanding shares of Valaris.
Carl G. Trowell, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, said, "We welcome Adam to the Board and appreciate Luminus' ongoing support for the Company. After extensive discussions with Luminus, we have aligned on the Company's capital allocation priorities going forward, including the importance of optimizing our financial runway and liquidity position, and utilizing the tools available to the Company to create additional long-term shareholder value. We remain focused on delivering the merger-related synergies and additional cost savings we previously announced, and capitalizing on increasing customer demand and higher day rates. As we execute our long-term strategy, we look forward to benefitting from Adam's capital markets expertise and his perspective as a representative of our largest shareholder."
Mr. Weitzman said, "Luminus applauds Valaris' recent moves to augment the Board, and we are pleased to have reached a comprehensive agreement with Valaris. We look forward to contributing to the Company's ongoing efforts to solidify its position as the leading offshore driller. We appreciate the Board's responsiveness to our concerns, including the appointment of three new directors with impressive expertise in capital structure and capital markets, and the formation of the Finance Committee. I look forward to working closely with the entire Board to advance our shared goal of driving long-term shareholder value."
The appointment of Mr. Weitzman is part of the Company's comprehensive Board refreshment and corporate governance enhancement efforts, including (1) the addition of Georges Lambert and Frederick Arnold as new independent directors, augmenting the Board's expertise in equity and debt capital markets and corporate governance; (2) the announcement of three directors stepping down; (3) a commitment to appoint an independent Chairman in 2020; and (4) the formation of the Finance Committee.
In connection with Mr. Weitzman's appointment, Valaris has entered into an agreement with Luminus under which Luminus has agreed, among other things, to maintain certain minimum ownership levels in order to retain its Board seat and to support the Company's director slate at the 2020 Annual General Meeting of Valaris shareholders. The agreement will be filed by the Company on a Form 8-K with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
About Adam Weitzman
Adam Weitzman is a Partner at Luminus Management, where he has worked since 2008. At Luminus, Mr. Weitzman oversees portfolios which invest across the capital structure of Offshore Drilling, Mining, Refining, and Solar companies. Mr. Weitzman is also part of the firm's risk working group. Previously, Mr. Weitzman worked at SAC Capital Management, where he was an analyst for a long/short equity strategy. Prior to that, Mr. Weitzman was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, where he advised on M&A and financing transactions for diversified industrial companies. Mr. Weitzman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Summa Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School.
About Valaris plc
Valaris plc (NYSE: VAL) is the industry leader in offshore drilling services across all water depths and geographies. Operating a high-quality rig fleet of ultra-deepwater drillships, versatile semisubmersibles and modern shallow-water jackups, Valaris has experience operating in nearly every major offshore basin. With an unwavering commitment to safety and operational excellence, and a focus on technology and innovation, Valaris was rated first in total customer satisfaction in the latest independent survey by EnergyPoint Research - the ninth consecutive year that the Company has earned this distinction. Valaris plc is an English limited company (England No. 7023598) with its corporate headquarters located at 110 Cannon Street, London EC4N 6EU. To learn more, visit our website at www.valaris.com.
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Important Additional Information and Where to Find It
In connection with the Company's 2020 annual general meeting of shareholders (the "Annual Meeting"), the Company will file a proxy statement (the "Proxy Statement") with the SEC in connection with the solicitation of proxies for the Annual Meeting. SHAREHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT THE COMPANY WILL FILE WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION.
Shareholders will be able to obtain, free of charge, copies of the Proxy Statement, any amendments or supplements thereto and any other documents when filed by the Company with the SEC in connection with the Annual Meeting at the SEC's website (http://www.sec.gov), at the Company's website (https://www.valaris.com/investors/ financials/sec-filings/default.aspx) or by contacting Investor Relations by phone at 713-789-1400, by email at [email protected] or by mail at Valaris plc, Attention: Investor Relations, 5847 San Felipe, Suite 3300, Houston, Texas 77057.
Participants in the Solicitation
The Company and its directors, executive officers and certain other members of management may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from shareholders in connection with the Annual Meeting. Additional information regarding the identity of these potential participants and their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be set forth in the Proxy Statement and other materials to be filed with the SEC in connection with the Annual Meeting. Information relating to the foregoing can also be found in the Company's definitive proxy statement for its 2019 annual general meeting of shareholders (the "2019 Proxy Statement"), filed with the SEC on March 29, 2019. To the extent holdings of the Company's securities by such potential participants (or the identity of such participants) have changed since the information printed in the 2019 Proxy Statement, such information has been or will be reflected on statements of changes in beneficial ownership on Forms 3, 4 and 5 filed with the SEC. You may obtain free copies of these documents using the sources indicated above.
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