Time is on our side because we are long-term investors, and time allows for the truth to emerge. We are principled, and we will not waiver in our pursuit of board seats. Nonetheless, we are hopeful that rationality will prevail and that the new Board will depart from its predecessors. Needless to say, a proxy contest is costly and distracting. After all, we pay 100% of the costs on our side as well as 18%, in effect, of what the Board spends of shareholders' money.
The decision to avoid a proxy contest rests completely with the Board.
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The full text of the letter received from Cracker Barrel follows:
September 5, 2012
Mr. Sardar BiglariChairman and Chief Executive OfficerBiglari Holdings Inc.175 East Houston Street, Suite 1300 San Antonio, Texas 78205
RE: Settlement Offer
We are writing on behalf of the full Cracker Barrel Board to respond to your request that we appoint you and Phil Cooley to the Board. The Board has considered your request thoroughly and has concluded, due to concerns about potential conflicts of interest and legal issues given your roles with Steak 'n Shake, as well as other issues, not to appoint you and Phil to the Board. However, in an effort to be constructive and avoid another proxy contest, the Board has authorized us to make the following settlement offer.
Under our offer, we would add to our Board of Directors two independent directors nominated by Biglari Holdings. The nominees would need to be unaffiliated with Biglari Holdings, not be executive officers or directors of any other restaurant company that competes with Cracker Barrel, and otherwise comply with Cracker Barrel's stated qualification criteria for directors (as set forth in the Corporate Governance Guidelines posted on Cracker Barrel's website). This offer is subject to Biglari Holdings' agreement (1) to withdraw its nominations of you and Phil Cooley, (2) to support the Board-recommended slate of nominees at Cracker Barrel's 2012 annual meeting of shareholders, which slate would include the two independent directors nominated by Biglari Holdings, and not to nominate any other candidates or present any shareholder proposals at the meeting and (3) not to seek to call or support the call of any special meeting of Cracker Barrel shareholders prior to Cracker Barrel's 2013 annual meeting of shareholders.
If you are interested in moving forward with this offer, we are prepared to enter into a reasonable confidentiality agreement limiting Cracker Barrel's ability to disclose the identity of any candidates proposed by you who are ultimately not accepted. Once the confidentiality agreement is signed and you provide the names and completed questionnaires of the two nominees, our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will promptly confirm the qualifications of the proposed nominees. Assuming that they are qualified and that Biglari Holdings agrees to the terms set forth in the second paragraph of this letter, the Board would then proceed promptly to appoint the two nominees to the Board and include them in the Board-recommended slate for election at the 2012 annual meeting.
In order to proceed in a timely manner, we will need the names of your two nominees by no later than September 21, 2012. If you have not provided us with this information by that date, we will assume that you have rejected our offer.
We hope that this letter gives you complete clarity with respect to our offer and the process for appointing your nominees, but please feel free to contact us should you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.
Sincerely,/s/ Sandra B. Cochran /s/ James W. Bradford Sandra B. Cochran James W. Bradford