PEERLESS NOMINEES HAVE NEITHER THE QUALIFICATIONS NOR THE EXPERIENCE TO ENHANCE THE COMPOSITION OF THE MODUSLINK BOARDYou should be aware that the two Peerless director nominees, Mr. Brog and Jeffrey Wald, lack any relevant experience related to the industry in which ModusLink operates and have not demonstrated an ability to provide any valuable insight and perspective that would supplement the Board’s existing expertise. Furthermore, these individuals have refused ModusLink’s request to be interviewed by the Board’s Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee. We view such interviews as a standard and good corporate governance procedure that we have conducted as a matter of course with all other ModusLink director nominees. As your representatives, we believe interviewing nominees is a common-sense method of ensuring that any incoming members of the Board have skills, background and experience in areas that are critical to ModusLink’s continued success. Based on their lack of any publicly disclosed qualifications and their refusal to be interviewed, we could not in good conscience nominate the candidates put forward by Peerless. It is our firm belief that Peerless is pursuing its own self-serving agenda, and its nominees, if elected, could interrupt the ongoing implementation of our strategic plan, disrupt the current review of strategic alternatives, reduce the level of relevant experience on the Board and negatively impact stockholder value. SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IS ALREADY HAPPENING AT MODUSLINK Your Board and management have been taking actions to improve the Company:
- Implemented a targeted plan for improving operations that is beginning to deliver results. In response to persistent adverse macro-economic conditions, ModusLink’s Board and management developed and have begun to execute an investment and cost reduction plan. This plan is aimed at increasing revenue from new programs, significantly improving profitability and putting new leadership in place to drive improved results. The progress we are making contributed to our results for the first quarter of fiscal 2012, which represented our highest gross profit margin in nearly two years and our first operating profit in six quarters as well as a number of significant new client wins – one of which is expected to contribute annualized revenue of approximately $60 million , our largest program win since before the recession.
- Continued track record of being responsive to stockholder perspectives on the Company. Recently, and based upon the input from stockholders, ModusLink’s Board of Directors approved the separation of the roles of chairman and chief executive officer to enhance corporate governance. This action further strengthens the independence and governance structure of ModusLink’s Board, which consists of eight members, seven of whom are independent.
- ModusLink has ensured that there is stockholder representation on the Board. Last year, the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee interviewed director candidates put forward by stockholders for election at the 2010 Annual Meeting. After interviewing Raging Capital Management and LCV Capital Management’s nominees, the Board appointed one of those nominees, Mr. Fenton, to the Board, and has nominated Mr. Fenton for a three-year term at this year’s Annual Meeting.
- Mr. Fenton was chairman of the Board’s Capital Allocation Committee, which recommended the aggregate $40 million special cash dividend that was paid out to ModusLink stockholders in March, 2011. This cash dividend is one of the most direct ways to return value to stockholders, and has the additional benefit of favorable tax treatment for stockholders. Since the beginning of fiscal 2008, ModusLink has returned nearly $97 million of cash to stockholders through stock buybacks and the March 2011 special dividend. Since initiating its buyback programs in early fiscal 2008, the Company has repurchased $56.7 million of ModusLink shares, reducing its total shares outstanding by approximately 12 percent.
- Proactively taking action to maximize stockholder value. ModusLink’s Board is undertaking a thorough review of strategic alternatives, including among other things a possible sale of certain of the Company’s assets and other strategic options. ModusLink’s review of strategic alternatives is driven by a commitment to enhance stockholder value. To this end, the Board has formed a committee comprised of independent directors to oversee the review process and make associated recommendations to the full Board. The committee is being led by Mr. Fenton, who as mentioned above was appointed to the Board in November 2010 after being nominated by stockholders, and he is also a candidate for re-election at this year’s Annual Meeting.
- Your Board has also taken appropriate action to protect stockholder assets through the recent adoption of a tax benefit preservation plan to help preserve the value of the Company’s net operating losses and other deferred tax benefits. As of October 18, 2011, ModusLink had cumulative net operating loss carryforwards of approximately $2.0 billion, which can be utilized in certain circumstances to offset future U.S. taxable income. The adoption of this plan is subject to stockholder approval at this year’s Annual Meeting.
|Francis J. Jules||Joseph C. Lawler|
|Chairman of the Board||President and Chief Executive Officer|
|ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc.||ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc.|
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Forward looking StatementThis release contains forward-looking statements, which address a variety of subjects including, for example, the potential benefit of the net operating loss carryforwards and the protection afforded by the tax benefit preservation plan; the potential for higher growth from the Aftermarket Services and e-Business solutions; the expected impact of the Company’s investment and cost reduction plan, as well as the timing and impact of the expected benefits of such program; the amount of expected cost savings in fiscal 2012 and on an annualized basis and further benefits in fiscal 2013; the expected reduction in short-duration project expenditures; and the expected long-term growth as a result of strengthening the Company’s leadership team. All statements other than statements of historical fact, including without limitation, those with respect to the Company’s goals, plans, expectations and strategies set forth herein are forward-looking statements. The following important factors and uncertainties, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements: the Company’s success, including its ability to meet its revenue, operating income and cost savings targets, maintain and improve its cash position, expand its operations and revenue, lower its costs, improve its gross margins, reach and sustain profitability, reach its long-term objectives and operate optimally, depends on its ability to execute on its business strategy, including its investment and costs savings plan and the continued and increased demand for and market acceptance of its services; global economic conditions, especially in the technology sector are uncertain and subject to volatility; demand for our clients’ products may decline or may not achieve the levels anticipated by our clients; the Company's management may face strain on managerial and operational resources as they try to oversee the expanded operations; the Company may not realize the expected benefits of its restructuring and cost cutting actions; the Company may not be able to expand its operations in accordance with its business strategy; the Company’s cash balances may not be sufficient to allow the Company to meet all of its business and investment goals; the Company may experience difficulties integrating technologies, operations and personnel in accordance with its business strategy; the Company derives a significant portion of its revenue from a small number of customers and the loss of any of those customers could significantly damage the Company’s financial condition and results of operations; the Company frequently sells to its supply chain management clients on a purchase order basis rather than pursuant to contracts with minimum purchase requirements, and therefore its sales and the amount of projected revenue that is actually realized are subject to demand variability; risks inherent with conducting international operations; tax rate expectations are based on current tax law and current expected income and may be affected by the jurisdictions in which profits are determined to be earned and taxed, changes in estimates of credits, benefits and deductions, the resolution of issues arising from tax audits with various tax authorities, including payment of interest and penalties and the ability to realize deferred tax assets; there can be no assurance that the Company will be able to utilize its tax attributes at any time in the future; the mergers and acquisitions and IPO markets are inherently unpredictable and liquidity events for companies in the Company’s venture capital portfolio may not occur; and increased competition and technological changes in the markets in which the Company competes. For a detailed discussion of cautionary statements that may affect the Company’s future results of operations and financial results, please refer to the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Forward-looking statements represent management's current expectations and are inherently uncertain. We do not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements made by us.
Important Additional InformationOn December 2, 2011, ModusLink filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a definitive proxy statement in connection with its 2011 annual meeting of stockholders (the “2011 Annual Meeting”) and has mailed the definitive proxy statement to its stockholders. The definitive proxy statement contains important information concerning the identity and interests of ModusLink’s directors, director nominees and certain of its officers and employees that may be deemed, along with ModusLink, to be participants in the solicitation of ModusLink’s stockholders in connection with the 2011 Annual Meeting. Copies of ModusLink’s definitive proxy statement, any other relevant documents and other materials filed with the SEC concerning ModusLink, when filed, may be obtained free of charge at www.sec.gov and www.ir.moduslink.com. The definitive proxy statement and any other relevant documents filed with the SEC contain (or will contain) important information, and stockholders should carefully read the definitive proxy statement, the accompanying WHITE proxy card and other materials filed with the SEC when they become available before making any voting decision.