Questions Whether Elliott Understood Arconic’s Business Prior to Launching Proxy Fight
Arconic Inc. (NYSE: ARNC) noted today that Elliott Management (“Elliott”) has posted no fewer than five versions of its shareholder presentations – each with significantly restated calculations, industry data sources and valuation analyses – during the first week of Elliott’s campaign to change management at Arconic. Only two of these presentations have been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Arconic believes that the rapid succession of revised analyses calls into question Elliott’s grasp of Arconic’s business and industry, and whether Elliott truly understood Arconic and its opportunities prior to launching its proxy fight. Among its many adjustments, Elliott has lowered by 33 percent the top end of its potential earnings upside, reduced its projected share value upside, and reduced by 67 percent the magnitude of its projected share price appreciation from potential cost savings in the Company’s Global Rolled Products (GRP) business. As Elliott’s financial analysis has been revised, it has also changed the sources and representations of its data.
The Company issued the following statement:
Arconic's Board and management team are committed to protecting and advancing the long-term interests of all of Arconic's shareholders based on sound analysis. The Company believes that Elliott’s shifting numbers, data sources and valuations require thoughtful shareholder scrutiny.
The Company intends to provide further information on Elliott’s other misleading assertions in the near future.
Arconic Inc. (NYSE: ARNC) creates breakthrough products that shape industries. Working in close partnership with our customers, we solve complex engineering challenges to transform the way we fly, drive, build and power. Through the ingenuity of our people and cutting-edge advanced manufacturing techniques, we deliver these products at a quality and efficiency that ensure customer success and shareholder value. For more information: www.arconic.com. Follow @arconic: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.
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Important Additional Information
Arconic Inc. (“Arconic”) intends to file a proxy statement and associated WHITE proxy card with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) in connection with the solicitation of proxies for Arconic’s 2017 Annual Meeting (the “Proxy Statement”). Arconic, its directors and certain of its executive officers will be participants in the solicitation of proxies from shareholders in respect of the 2017 Annual Meeting. Information regarding the names of Arconic’s directors and executive officers and their respective interests in Arconic by security holdings or otherwise is set forth in the Annual Report on Form 10-K of Alcoa Inc., which was Arconic’s former name (“Alcoa”), for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, filed with the SEC on February 19, 2016, and Alcoa’s proxy statement for the 2016 Annual Meeting, filed with the SEC on March 24, 2016. To the extent holdings of such participants in Arconic’s securities are not reported, or have changed since the amounts described, in the 2016 proxy statement, such changes have been reflected on Initial Statements of Beneficial Ownership on Form 3 or Statements of Change in Ownership on Form 4 filed with the SEC. Details concerning the nominees of Arconic’s Board of Directors for election at the 2017 Annual Meeting will be included in the Proxy Statement. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING DECISION, INVESTORS AND SHAREHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY ARE URGED TO READ ALL RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH OR FURNISHED TO THE SEC, INCLUDING THE COMPANY’S DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT AND ANY SUPPLEMENTS THERETO, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors and shareholders will be able to obtain a copy of the definitive proxy statement and other documents filed by Arconic free of charge from the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov. Arconic’s shareholders will also be able to obtain, without charge, a copy of the definitive Proxy Statement and other relevant filed documents by directing a request by mail to Arconic, Corporate Secretary’s Office, 390 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10022-4608, by calling Arconic’s proxy solicitor, Innisfree M&A Incorporated, toll-free at 1-877-750-5836, or from Arconic’s website at www.arconic.com.