Tuesday, 21 April 2015
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Jun 12 2014 | 9:32am ET
Hedge fund Casablanca Capital is moving forward with its bid to take control of mining company Cliffs Natural Resources, spurning the company’s latest olive branch.
The New York-based firm said yesterday that it had filed its definitive proxy statement with regulators, seeking the election of six directors to Cliffs’ 11-member board of directors. The move follows Cliffs’ decision to nominate only nine candidates, ensuring that at least two of Casablanca’s will join the board after its annual meeting in July.
Cliffs said it made that choice after discussions with shareholders. The company had previously offered Casablanca two seats, which the hedge fund rejected.
Casablanca made clear that it still isn’t satisfied with just two seats, with Chairman Donald Drapkin arguing that Cliffs’ “current board has presided over an extended period of gross underperformance and poor decisionmaking that has led to significant shareholder value destruction.”
Casablanca wants Cliffs to spin off its international operations and to restructure its U.S. business as a master-limited partnership. One of its six candidates, Lourenco Goncalves, would take over as Cliffs CEO should the hedge fund prevail next month.
Mar 20 2015 | 12:45pm ET
StreetWise Partners, a non-profit organization that works with low-income individuals to help them overcome employment barriers, raised over $275,000 at the 2015 Raising the Ante Charity Poker Tournament and Casino Event last Wednesday evening at Capitale. Here are some photos from the event. Read more…