KIT Digital said that the company has hired Deutsche Bank to help it explore strategic alternatives, including a potential sale, consolidation or merger. The news cheered beleaguered investors who sent the company’s shares up by more than 18 percent on the day.
The company announced in February 2012 that it had formed a strategic transaction committee to entertain such offers. Now KIT says that this process has been “ongoing” and the full Board is committed to moving it forward as quickly as possible.
KIT said that Deutsche Bank and representatives of the company have met with and are currently meeting with “a number of entities which have expressed interest in a potential transaction with the company.”
KIT also said it had failed to reach an agreement about a change in the Board of Directors with a group of activist investors, including JEC Capital, who was at the center of the investor drama at Miranda Technologies earlier this year.
According to the filing, KIT Digital management met last week with JEC Capital and other investors who have jointly proposed four candidates for addition to the Company board of directors. KIT says it “indicated a willingness to consider their proposed candidates, along with other potential candidates, but was unable to reach agreement on either the number of potential candidates to be appointed or the timing of such appointments,” because the activist investors “insisted that all four of their proposed directors be appointed to the board.”
Regardless of activist shareholders, KIT says it is already in the process of reconfiguring its Board of Directors, and has engaged CT Partners, a leading global executive search firm, to assist it in this search.
These announcements, which were made in a filing with the SEC, follows on from a series of issues that have roiled the company recently.
KIT most recent financial results were substantially lower than the company’s previously issued guidance, prompting an avalanche of investor selling that caused the company’s share price to plummet. At that time the company outlined a series of actions aimed at placating investors, but the selling continued.
Earlier this year former KIT Digital CEO Kaleil Isaza Tuzman resigned from his position as the company’s non-executive chairman, citing differences with the company’s board of directors regarding KIT’s strategic sales process. Tuzman, who oversaw an aggressive M&A program at KIT Digital, recently stepped down as down as the company’s CEO as part of a management shake-up, which also involved the resignation of four directors from the company’s board.
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