Investment Firm Prods Kodak Investors to Seek Aggressive Business Actions
METUCHEN, NJ—March 2, 2011—Investment Partners Asset Management (IPAM), announced that it sent a letter to Legg Mason Capital and Fidelity Management, who combined hold approximately 24.05 percent of Eastman Kodak (NYSE: EK) according to their latest 13F filings. The letter asks these fiduciaries to recognize Kodak’s deteriorating financial condition and substantial diminution of shareholder value over the past several years, and requests that they take a leadership position in effecting change at the company.
In the letter, IPAM also points out that, despite the poor financial performance of Kodak, the value of the chairman and CEO’s annual total compensation package has averaged approximately $6.5 million per year according to the last five filed proxy statements, and was valued at more than $9 million in 2007 alone.
Additionally, the letter discusses Kodak’s thus-far failed multi-year transition to become a profitable digital company, and requests that Legg Mason Capital and Fidelity Management, as Kodak’s largest owners, exert their shareholder rights. Specifically, IPAM suggests these fiduciaries spearhead an effort to install turn-around specialists on Kodak’s management and board, or force Kodak to be sold to a larger concern that has resources to commercialize the company’s intellectual property more efficiently.
Accounts managed by IPAM and its affiliates own approximately 205,313 shares of Eastman Kodak, and $1.0 million face amount of Eastman Kodak’s 7 percent convertible bonds.
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Source: Press release.