ISS Recommends That Its Clients Vote For Workflow Merger
Press release from the issuing company
PALM BEACH, Fla.--March 18, 2004-- Workflow Management Inc. today announced that Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc. ("ISS"), a leading provider of proxy advisory services to over 700 institutional investors, mutual funds and other fiduciaries has recommended to its clients that they vote FOR the agreement and plan of merger between Workflow Management, Inc. and WF Holdings, Inc., an entity formed and controlled by Perseus, L.L.C. and The Renaissance Group, LLC.
Gerald F. Mahoney, Chairman and Interim CEO of Workflow stated, "We are gratified to hear that ISS, the influential shareholder advisory firm, has issued a report urging our stockholders to vote FOR the merger. They recognize the lengthy and exhaustive process undertaken by the Board of Directors to arrive at an offer that is in the best interests of our stockholders and note that the cash consideration is at a 29% premium to the stock price at the time of the Company's announcement that we were seeking strategic alternatives."
The ISS report noted, "The proposed transaction is the result of an auction process conducted by the board. There is no evidence indicating that the board did not fulfill its fiduciary duty in the sale process. Nevertheless, the merger consideration is at the low end of the valuation ranges provided by the advisor, reflecting the company's debt burden and the difficulty in securing refinancing. Ultimately, there is significant bankruptcy risk posed in case the merger is not completed. Therefore, we recommend that shareholders vote in favor of the merger."
Mr. Mahoney continued, "The special meeting of stockholders convenes on March 30, 2004 and time is now very short. We urge all stockholders who have not yet done so to vote FOR the merger transaction today."
If stockholders need help in voting their shares, they may call our proxy solicitor, MacKenzie Partners, Inc. toll-free at (800) 322-2885 or collect at (212) 929-5500.
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