CMC urges rejection of Icahn bid, nominees
Dec 19, 2011 | 06:57 PM
| Michael Cowden
TORONTO Commercial Metals Co.s (CMC) board of directors on Monday urged shareholders to reject billionaire investor Carl Icahns $15-per-share hostile bid for the company.
At the same time, the Irving, Texas-based steelmaker, fabricator, scrap processor and trader urged shareholders to reject nominees to its board who it says are tied to Icahn as a proxy fight between the two parties heats up in advance of the steelmakers annual shareholders meeting.
Calling Icahn a "corporate raider," the company blasted Icahns nominees as being unqualified, lacking independence from Icahn and perhaps representing a violation of federal laws aimed at preventing anticompetitive practices.
"All three (of Icahns nominees) are either current or former employees or business partners of Mr. Icahn," CMC said in a letter to shareholders, signed by president and chief executive officer Joe Alvarado and lead director Anthony A. Massaro. "Because Mr. Icahn controls a competitor in our industryPSC Metals Inc.it is possible that the election of Mr. Icahns representatives would violate the Clayton Act."....
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