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Rogers Corporation announced that it has entered into an agreement with Starboard Value LP regarding the composition of Rogers’ Board of Directors, among other things. Starboard is an investment firm that owns approximately 6.5% of Rogers’ outstanding common stock.
Under the terms of the Agreement, Rogers has appointed to the Board Anne K. Roby, former Executive Vice President at Linde plc., and Armand F. Lauzon, Jr., former President and Chief Executive Officer at C&D Technologies, Inc., as new independent directors. Upon completion of the Annual Meeting, the Board will be composed of nine members, eight of whom are independent.
“We are excited to add Anne and Armand to our Board, both of whom bring valuable skills and experiences. Their perspectives will benefit shareholders as we continue to execute on our proven strategy to deliver sustainable growth and drive value for all shareholders,” said Peter Wallace, Chair of the Board. “We are pleased to have reached a constructive agreement with Starboard, which we believe is in the best interests of the Company and all shareholders.”
“I look forward to working with our newly expanded Board to continue executing against our strategic plan to capture opportunities in high-growth markets, drive operational improvements and improve profitability,” said Colin Gouveia, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Over the past year, we have taken several important steps that have helped us navigate through near-term macro headwinds and build strong momentum for our business. We are confident we have the right plan in place to deliver long-term value for all shareholders.”
“We invested in Rogers because of its strong technology portfolio, leading positions in attractive end markets, and significant opportunity to improve both growth and profitability,” said Jeff Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Starboard. “After constructive discussions with the Rogers Board, we are excited to have these new directors contribute their deep operating expertise and fresh perspectives in order to help Rogers capitalize on its many opportunities and maximize value for all shareholders.” Pursuant to the Agreement, Starboard has agreed to withdraw the director nominations it previously submitted to the Company and has entered into customary standstill and voting commitments. The Agreement and additional information regarding its terms will be filed on a Current Report on Form 8-K with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).
J.P. Morgan served as exclusive financial advisor and Sidley Austin LLP served as legal advisor to the Company. Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP served as legal advisor to Starboard.