TORONTO, Oct. 10, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vitran Corporation Inc. (Nasdaq:VTNC) (TSX:VTN), a North American transportation and supply chain firm, today commented on the Schedule 13D filings made by Clarke Inc. with respect to its shareholdings in Vitran.
It is important to note that Vitran believes the comments made by Clarke are mostly self-serving and are in many respects disingenuous or simply show a lack of understanding of the Company's Less-Than Truckload (LTL) services business in the United States. The Board remains firmly committed to enhancing shareholder value and will continue to pursue a business plan that will strengthen the Company's balance sheet with the goal of improving the results of the Company over the long term. The Company does not intend to address the statements set out in Clarke's filings but wishes to shed light on Clarke's request that its principal shareholder join the Vitran Board and the ongoing strategic initiatives of the Company.
Mr. Armoyan's request to join the Vitran BoardOn September 19, 2012, Mr. Armoyan, the President and CEO and the principal shareholder of Clarke, met with Mr. Rick McGraw, the Chair of the Board, and requested that he be appointed to the Board. At such meeting, Mr. Armoyan also advised the Chair that Mr. Armoyan was unable to assist the Company with respect to its efforts to deal with the problems impacting Vitran's U.S. LTL services business. However, Mr. Armoyan proposed that the Company could be the driver behind a consolidation of the LTL services businesses in Canada (including such business owned by Clarke). In response to Mr. Armoyan's request, the Nominating and Governance Committee of the Company reviewed various information requested and received from Mr. Armoyan and other relevant information, and concluded that Mr. Armoyan lacked experience and expertise in the U.S. LTL business which the Committee believes is required for a nominee. Notwithstanding the Committee's view that Mr. Armoyan lacked the required experience and expertise, the Committee also considered whether Mr. Armoyan had the necessary minimum competencies, skills and personal qualities to be a director of the Company. The Committee had some concerns regarding Mr. Armoyan, but found it unnecessary to review the issues related thereto closely as it concluded that Mr. Armoyan's relationship with Clarke Transport Inc. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Clarke and a primary competitor of the Company in Canada) disqualified Mr. Armoyan from serving as a director of the Company.