The Shareholder Forum

supporting investor access

for the informed use of capital to produce goods and services

 

The Shareholder Forum

Purpose

The Shareholder Forum provides all decision-makers – from the ultimate owners of capital to the corporate managers who use their capital, and all of the professionals in between – with reliably effective access to the information and views participants consider relevant to their respective responsibilities for the common objective of using capital to produce goods and services.

Access Policies

To provide the required investor access without regulatory constraints, the Forum developed policies and practices allowing it to function as an SEC-defined independent moderator. We also adopted well-established publishing standards to assure essential participant privacy and communication rights.

These carefully defined and thoroughly tested Forum policies are the foundation of our unique marketplace resource for clearly fair access to information and exchanges of views.

History

We have been doing this for more than two decades. The Forum programs were initiated in 1999 by the CFA Society New York (at the time known as the New York Society of Security Analysts) with lead investor and former corporate investment banker Gary Lutin as guest chairman to address the professional interests of the Society’s members.

Independently supported by Mr. Lutin since 2001, the Forum’s public programs – often in collaboration with the CFA Society as well as with other educational institutions such as the Columbia Schools of Business and Journalism, the Yale School of Management and The Conference Board – have achieved wide recognition for their effective definition of both company-specific and marketplace issues, followed by an orderly exchange of the information and views needed to resolve them.

The Forum's ability to convene all key decision-making constituencies and influence leaders has been applied to subjects ranging from corporate control contests to the establishment of consensus marketplace standards for fair disclosure, and has been relied upon by virtually every major U.S. fund manager and the many other investors who have participated in programs that addressed their interests.

Commitment

The Forum welcomes suggestions for its continuing support of fair access to the information needed by both shareholders and corporate managers.

Responding to the recent increases in investor engagement and activism, we have established a strong policy commitment to supporting corporate managers who wish to provide the leadership expected of them by assuring orderly reviews of issues. We will of course also continue to welcome the initiation of company-specific programs by shareholders concerned with the use of their capital to produce goods and services, and we naturally remain committed to addressing general marketplace interests in collaboration with educational institutions and publishers.

 

 
FRONT PAGE - COMPANIES & MARKETS: Willamette accepts rival's Dollars 6bn bid
Financial Times; Jan 22, 2002
By PETER THAL LARSEN

Willamette, the forest products group, yesterday finally agreed to give up its independence when it accepted a Dollars 6.1bn cash bid from its rival Weyerhaeuser.
 
Willamette said it had agreed in principle to accept a bid valuing the company at Dollars 55.50 a share - an increase of Dollars 0.50 over Weyerhaeuser's most recent offer - subject to the negotiation of a definitive merger agreement.
 
The agreement ends an acrimonious, 14-month takeover battle that pitted Steven Rogel, the former Willamette chief executive who now runs Weyerhaeuser, against his former colleagues.
 
The deal represents a vindication for Mr Rogel in persisting. However, Willamette's defences have forced Weyerhaeuser to offer a higher price than it intended.
 
The price of Dollars 55.50 represents a 60 per cent premium over Willamette's share price on November 10 2000, the day before Weyerhaeuser launched its original Dollars 48-a-share cash bid. Last Friday, the last trading day before the announcement, Willamette shares closed at Dollars 47.10.
 
The agreement, subject to approval by the boards of both companies, will bring about long-awaited consolidation in the forest products industry, which has been suffering from overcapacity.
 
Willamette appeared to be nearing a deal to take control of the building products operations of Georgia-Pacific, a rival paper group. Willamette said yesterday those negotiations had ended.
 
The deal will be welcomed by Willamette's shareholders who, infuriated by the company's resistance, this month voted overwhelmingly in favour of Weyerhaeuser's Dollars 55-a-share bid.
 
Recently Willamette was hit with a lawsuit filed by veteran arbitrageur Guy Wyser-Pratte and Franklin Resources, the activist fund management group. Another arbitrage firm, Peter Schoenfeld Asset Management, threatened a proxy fight while California Employees' Public Retirement System, the huge US pension fund, had complained to Willamette's board.
 
Mr Rogel approached his former employer earlier in 2000 with a private offer of Dollars 43 a share. Even after Weyerhaeuser won a vote to elect three of its directors to Willamette's board the company continued its resistance.
 
Weyerhaeuser said it would accelerate closing its existing tender offer to ensure shareholders received their money quickly.

Copyright: The Financial Times Limited

 

 

 

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Shareholder Forum™ is a trademark owned by The Shareholder Forum, Inc., for the programs conducted since 1999 to support investor access to decision-making information. It should be noted that we have no responsibility for the services that Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., introduced for review in the Forum's 2010 "E-Meetings" program and had been offering for several years with the “Shareholder Forum” name, and we have asked Broadridge to use a different name that does not suggest our support or endorsement.