Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB) today announced it has filed a definitive proxy statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and scheduled a special meeting of stockholders for September 30, 2013 at 10 a.m. Eastern to consider and vote on the previously announced merger with a subsidiary of Apollo Tyres Ltd (NSE: ApolloTYRE).
Cooper stockholders of record as of the close of business August 30, 2013 are entitled to vote at the special meeting, which will take place at the law offices of Jones Day, 901 Lakeside Ave., North Point, Cleveland, Ohio 44114.
Cooper Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President Roy Armes said, “Having already received the U.S. and foreign regulatory clearance necessary to close the transaction, we are pleased to announce another step toward finalizing the merger with Apollo Tyres. When completed, the transaction will join two great companies to create a global leader in tire manufacturing and distribution. Our combined company will offer customers a comprehensive portfolio of products and brands in the world’s largest tire market of North America as well as the fastest growing geographies of China and India, among others. We are pleased the transaction continues to move forward to closing.”
Cooper and Apollo announced the proposed acquisition June 12, 2013 following unanimous approval by the boards of directors of both companies.About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB) the parent company of a global family of companies that specialize in the design, manufacture, marketing, and sales of passenger car and light truck tires. Cooper has joint ventures, affiliates and subsidiaries that also specialize in medium truck, motorcycle and racing tires. Cooper's headquarters is in Findlay, Ohio, with manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design facilities within its family of companies located in 11 countries around the world. For more information on Cooper Tire, visit www.coopertire.com, www.facebook.com/coopertire or www.twitter.com/coopertire. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION In connection with the proposed transaction, Cooper has filed a proxy statement with the SEC. INVESTORS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT BECAUSE IT CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND COOPER. You will be able to obtain the proxy statement, as well as other filings containing information about Cooper, free of charge, at the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. Copies of the proxy statement and other filings made by Cooper with the SEC can also be obtained, free of charge, by directing a request to Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, 701 Lima Avenue, Findlay, Ohio 45840, c/o Steve Schroeder ( firstname.lastname@example.org). Participants in the Solicitation Cooper and its directors and officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Cooper’s stockholders with respect to the special meeting of stockholders that will be held to consider the proposed transaction. Information about Cooper’s directors and officers and their ownership of Cooper’s common stock is set forth in its Form 10-K which was filed with the SEC on February 25, 2013 and the proxy statement for Cooper’s Annual Meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 26, 2013. Stockholders may obtain additional information regarding the interests of Cooper and its directors and executive officers in the proposed transaction, which may be different than those of Cooper’s stockholders generally, by reading the proxy statement and other relevant documents regarding the proposed transaction.
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