WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., April 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Forward Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:FORD), a designer and distributor of custom carry and protective solutions, today announced that its Board of Directors adopted a shareholder rights plan (the "Rights Plan" or "Plan") and declared a dividend distribution of one right ("Right") for each outstanding share of Forward common stock. The Rights Plan is intended to protect Forward and its shareholders against potential acquirers who may seek to take advantage of Forward and its shareholders through coercive and unfair tactics aimed at gaining control of Forward without paying all shareholders a full and fair price. The Board of Directors believes that the Rights Plan will enable all shareholders to realize the long-term value of their investment by safeguarding the Board's ability to continue to evaluate and take actions that are designed to create value for all shareholders. The Rights Plan is not intended to interfere with any merger, tender or exchange offer or other business combination approved by the Board of Directors. Pursuant to the Plan, Forward is issuing one Right for each current share of common stock outstanding at the close of business on May 6, 2013. Initially, these rights will not be exercisable and will trade with the shares of Forward's common stock. If the Rights become exercisable, each Right will entitle shareholders to buy one one-thousandth of a share of a new series of participating preferred stock at an exercise price of $4.00 per Right. The Rights will be exercisable only if a person or group acquires 20% or more of Forward's common stock in a transaction not approved by Forward's Board of Directors. If a person or group acquires 20% or more of Forward's outstanding common stock, each Right will entitle its holder (other than such person or members of such group) to purchase, at the Right's exercise price (subject to adjustment as provided in the Plan), a number of shares of Forward's common stock having a then-current market value of twice the exercise price.