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Sept. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Carl C. Icahn today issued the following letter to the Board of Directors of Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV):
September 9, 2012
Board of DirectorsNavistar International Corporation4201 Winfield Road, P.O. Box 1488
Warrenville, Illinois 60555
Ladies and Gentlemen:
As you know, I am one of the largest holders of shares of common stock of Navistar International Corporation, holding nearly 15% of the outstanding stock.
I am writing this letter to express my grave concern about the future of Navistar, a company that, in my opinion, has become a poster child for abysmal business decisions and poor corporate governance.
At Navistar, where four shareholders hold almost 60% of the stock, it would be a simple matter for this Board to bring substantial holders together to discuss and reach a consensus regarding important decisions concerning the company that WE own. It is therefore outrageous that you have not reached out to obtain our opinion (and I assume you have not obtained the opinions of the other large holders) on issues such as choosing a new management team to lead this company. Your choice of
Lewis Campbell as Chairman and Interim Chief Executive Officer was worse than ill-advised, since you made no attempt to discuss the decision with us, or presumably any of the other substantial holders -- the true owners of this company. Indeed, rather than trying to effectively communicate with shareholders regarding these significant strategic decisions, you have sought to stifle even ordinary course shareholder communication and influence by recently adopting a poison pill that is unusually restrictive. When I consider these two recent actions of Navistar, together with the history of the company, its management and its Board, which has repeatedly made poor decisions leading to disastrous results, I am led to the inevitable conclusion that Navistar is a company with a Board asleep at the switch, violating its legal obligations and trying to entrench itself to protect the fees and status of Board members, rather than to faithfully perform the primary legal obligation of a board of directors, which is to protect and enhance the investment of shareholders.
This is a Board at war with its own shareholders. I urge you to reconsider the path the Board has chosen, which harms our company and puts you at serious risk of personal liability. Instead, I recommend that you permit the voices of shareholders to be heard directly at the Board level by making four Board seats available to shareholders immediately---at this critical juncture in the history of Navistar---before any more damage is done to our company by the existing Board.
I would prefer to amicably resolve this matter now, rather than through protracted litigation and a proxy fight. However, I am sure that you have no doubt that I will proceed with both, if necessary, to protect my investment and the interest of all shareholders. In that regard we are preparing and will soon deliver to Navistar a demand under Section 220 of the Delaware General Corporation Law seeking access to corporate documents and Board proceedings at Navistar. Given the recent history of the company they should make interesting reading!