Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), a leading manufacturer of specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies, today acknowledged that certain funds affiliated with Carl Icahn have submitted to the Company a notice of intent to nominate a slate of candidates to replace the entire Oshkosh Board of Directors at the Company’s 2013 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The Company noted that Mr. Icahn’s unsolicited tender offer to acquire any and all outstanding shares of Oshkosh is conditioned on Mr. Icahn’s slate of nominees being elected to the Oshkosh Board in its entirety, and that his slate is a vehicle to carry out his self-serving agenda.
Oshkosh issued the following statement:
Oshkosh believes that shareholders should be aware that Mr. Icahn selected a slate of friends, employees and affiliates so that they are focused on serving only one agenda – Carl Icahn’s – particularly since most of them either are dependent on Mr. Icahn for their livelihood or have fiduciary duties to Icahn Enterprises or its affiliates. Notably, 12 of his 13 intended nominees are employees or affiliates of Icahn-controlled entities or are repeat nominees of Mr. Icahn from previous Icahn-led proxy fights, and four are from Mr. Icahn’s slate that Oshkosh shareholders rejected at the Company’s 2012 Annual Meeting.
The Company will review the nomination notice and will provide shareholders with proxy materials, including a WHITE proxy card, in connection with the 2013 Annual Meeting of Shareholders in due course.
About Oshkosh Corporation
Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh
. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, log on to
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR INVESTORS AND SHAREHOLDERS
This communication does not constitute an offer to buy or solicitation of an offer to sell any securities. In response to the tender offer for the shares of the Company commenced by IEP Vehicles Sub LLC and Icahn Enterprises Holdings L.P., the Company has filed a solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). INVESTORS AND SHAREHOLDERS OF OSHKOSH ARE URGED TO READ THE SOLICITATION / RECOMMENDATION STATEMENT AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY IN THEIR ENTIRETY BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors and shareholders may obtain a copy of these documents free of charge at the SEC’s website at
. These materials are also available without charge on the Company’s website at
. In addition, copies of these materials may be requested from the Company’s information agent, Innisfree M&A Incorporated, toll-free at (877) 750-9499.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND WHERE TO FIND IT
The Company, its directors and certain of its executive officers and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from shareholders in connection with the Company’s 2013 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the “2013 Annual Meeting”). The Company plans to file a proxy statement with the SEC in connection with the solicitation of proxies for the 2013 Annual Meeting (the “2013 Proxy Statement”). SHAREHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE 2013 PROXY STATEMENT (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT THE COMPANY WILL FILE WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Additional information regarding the identity of these potential participants, none of whom owns in excess of 1 percent of the Company’s common stock, and their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be set forth in the 2013 Proxy Statement and other materials to be filed with the SEC in connection with the 2013 Annual Meeting. This information can also be found in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2011, filed with the SEC on November 16, 2011, and in the Company’s definitive proxy statement for its 2012 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the “2012 Proxy Statement”), filed with the SEC on December 12, 2011. To the extent holdings of the Company’s securities have changed since the amounts printed in the 2012 Proxy Statement, such changes have been or will be reflected on Statements of Change in Ownership on Form 4 filed with the SEC.