Starboard Will Nominate 9 Directors To Yahoo Board
In an open letter to Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO) shareholders, Starboard Value LP has announced it intends to nominate nine candidates for election to Yahoo’s board of directors. Starboard is one of Yahoo’s largest investors and currently holds about a 1.7 percent stake in the company.
In the letter, Starboard argued that Yahoo’s stock is currently “deeply undervalued,” and the firm believes current management is to blame.
“Unfortunately, as we have outlined in previous letters, we have been extremely disappointed with Yahoo’s dismal financial performance, poor management execution, egregious compensation and hiring practices, and general lack of accountability and oversight by the Board,” the letter read.
According to Starboard, this aggressive measure comes after efforts to work with Yahoo in the past 18 months have been met with resistance.
Starboard noted that Yahoo management declared publicly that EBITDA had troughed in Q3 2014 and would begin to grow. In reality, it dropped 47 percent over the next year. Another example of mismanagement that Starboard mentioned is the fact that Yahoo has already written down $1.2 billion of its $2.3 billion in acquisitions since 2012.
Yahoo’s stock is down 21.6 percent in the past year, but is up 5.4 percent so far in 2016.
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