1. In December 2005/June 2006, GHP purchased its 44% ownership stake at an average cost basis of $5.22.
2. From 2007 through 2008, Spark repurchased 34% of the Company for $45mn with an average cost of $4.20 per share.
3. In June 2008, Mr. Berger purchased 70,500 shares at $4.15 per share in the open market.
In conclusion, if a sufficient price for Spark cannot be achieved for all Spark shareholders, the Company should remain public and the Board should address the operating and compensation issues raised in this letter. Additionally, the Board should consider capital management actions such as paying out 100% of Free Cash Flow or conducting a Dutch Tender for 10-15% of the Company’s shares.
We welcome a dialogue with the members of the Special Committee to discuss our concerns regarding the Company and the performance of its management team. However, for the avoidance of doubt, we intend to pursue all avenues available to us to ensure that shareholder value is maximized and minority shareholder rights are protected.
John H. LewisManaging PartnerOsmium Partners
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