Potomac Capital Partners Sends Open Letter To Stockholders Of PLX Technology,
Expresses Disappointment with Board's Failure to Engage in Meaningful
Discussions with Its Largest Stockholder
Questions Motives of Board with Long Tenure and De Minimis Ownership of PLX
NEW YORK, Oct. 25, 2013
NEW YORK, Oct. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Potomac Capital Partners II, L.P., who
beneficially owns, together with its affiliates, approximately 9.8% of the
outstanding common stock of PLX Technology, Inc. ("PLX" or the "Company"),
today announced that it sent an open letter to PLX stockholders expressing its
disappointment that the Board of Directors of PLX appears resistant to
engaging in meaningful discussions with its largest stockholder in order to
avoid an unnecessary election contest at the Company's 2013 Annual Meeting of
The full text of the letter follows:
POTOMAC CAPITAL PARTNERS II, L.P.
825 Third Ave, 33rd Floor
New York, New York 10022
October 25, 2013
Dear Fellow PLX Stockholders,
Potomac Capital Partners II, L.P., together with its affiliates ("Potomac"),
is the largest stockholder of PLX Technology, Inc. ("PLX" or the "Company"),
beneficially owning approximately 9.8% of the outstanding shares of common
stock of the Company. We have nominated a slate of five highly qualified
directors for election to the Board of Directors (the "Board") at the
Company's 2013 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the "2013 Annual Meeting")
because we do not believe the Board as currently constituted is acting in the
best interests of stockholders. In several public letters and private
communications with certain members of management and the Board, we have
clearly articulated our concerns with the Company, relating to, among other
things, the Company's historically weak operating performance and the Board's
failed acquisition strategy, resulting in substantial dilution of
stockholders. In response, the Board has failed to address the issues we have
identified and appears resistant to any meaningful reconstitution of the
Board, let alone a resolution that involves any incumbent Board member not
standing for re-election at the Annual Meeting.
Over the past nine months, we have tried to engage with management and the
Board in the hopes of avoiding a disruptive and costly election contest. In
April 2013, for example, we made a special, cross-country trip to PLX's
headquarters with the clear understanding that the purpose of our trip was to
discuss our very reasonable settlement proposal of two Board seats, the
formation of a strategic review committee, and the adoption of a mandatory
retirement policy, which would have resulted in two directors retiring from
the Board at the 2013 Annual Meeting. When we arrived, however, we were asked
to sign a non-disclosure agreement and there was no meaningful discussion
about our settlement proposal, showing us their lack of interest in
proactively addressing the situation. In October 2013, with the window
narrowing for the Company to schedule the 2013 Annual Meeting, we reached out
again to PLX. After several verbal discussions, in which we expressed our
strong belief that the Board must be reconstituted through additions and
deletions of Board members, the Company proposed terms of settlement which
included the addition of two of our director nominees but all incumbent
directors standing for re-election at the Annual Meeting. In response, we
proposed the addition of three of our director nominees with two incumbent
directors agreeing not to stand for re-election at the 2013 Annual Meeting.
Once again, the Company would not accept any settlement that involved any
incumbent Board member not standing for re-election.
With an average tenure of over 14 years and the fact that the Board lacks any
significant ownership of PLX, we are deeply frustrated by this Board's
readiness to spend stockholder capital to engage in a protracted proxy fight,
rather than communicate credibly with its largest stockholder. Based on our
review of the Company's public filings, only two of the Board's six
independent directors own any PLX common stock and of these two directors,
they own, in the aggregate, less than one percent (1%) of the outstanding
shares of the Company, making this Board unvested stewards of stockholder
capital. What is worse is that of the two independent directors that own any
stock, one has cashed in much more of his stock than his current ownership
position, reaping millions of dollars in profits. With no real investment
dollars at risk, we are concerned that the Board's interests may not be
aligned with stockholders. We question whether they may be more focused on
self-preservation instead of reaching an agreement in the best interests of
We are resolute in our determination to ensure the Company is governed for the
benefit of its stockholders. Our interactions with the Board have left us with
serious doubt as to whether minority representation on the Board is sufficient
to influence critical decisions and unbind the decades-long ties that exist
amongst the existing members of the Board. We therefore intend to exercise
our rights on behalf of all stockholders and are committed to take any and all
actions necessary in order to unlock stockholder value.
Potomac Capital Partners II, L.P.
By: Potomac Capital Management II, L.L.C.
By: /s/ Eric Singer
Name: Eric Singer
Title: Co-Managing Member
CERTAIN INFORMATION CONCERNING THE PARTICIPANTS
Potomac Capital Partners II, L.P. ("PCP II"), together with the other
Participants (as defined below), intends to make a preliminary filing with the
Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") of a proxy statement and
accompanying proxy card to be used to solicit proxies for the election of its
slate of director nominees at the 2013 annual meeting of stockholders of PLX
Technologies, Inc. (the "Company").
PCP II STRONGLY ADVISES ALL STOCKHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY TO READ THE PROXY
STATEMENT WHEN IT IS AVAILABLE BECAUSE IT WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION.
SUCH PROXY STATEMENT WILL BE AVAILABLE AT NO CHARGE ON THE SEC'S WEBSITE AT
HTTP://WWW.SEC.GOV. IN ADDITION, THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE SOLICITATION WILL
PROVIDE COPIES OF THE PROXY STATEMENT WITHOUT CHARGE UPON REQUEST. REQUESTS
FOR COPIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE PARTICIPANTS' PROXY SOLICITOR, OKAPI
PARTNERS, TOLL-FREE AT (877) 285-5990 OR VIA EMAIL AT INFO@OKAPIPARTNERS.COM.
The Participants in the proxy solicitation are anticipated to be PCP II,
Potomac Capital Management II, L.L.C. ("Potomac Management II"), Potomac
Capital Partners III, L.P. ("PCP III"), Potomac Capital Management III, L.L.C.
("Potomac Management III"), Potomac Capital Partners L.P. ("PCP I"), Potomac
Capital Management, L.L.C. ("Potomac Management I"), Paul J. Solit, Eric B.
Singer, Martin Colombatto, Stephen Domenik, Mark Schwartz, and Arthur Swift
(collectively, the "Participants").
Information regarding the Participants, including their direct or indirect
interests in the Company, by security holdings or otherwise, is contained in
the Schedule 13D initially filed by PCP II with the SEC on January 25, 2013,
as amended or may be amended from time to time (the "Schedule 13D"). The
Schedule 13D is currently available at no charge on the SEC's website at
http://www.sec.gov. As of the date hereof, the Participants collectively own
an aggregate of 4,471,584 shares of Common Stock of the Company, consisting of
the following: (1) 3,174,318 shares owned directly by PCP II, (2) 952,083
shares owned directly by PCP I, (3) 128,249 shares owned directly by PCP III,
(4) 181,234 shares owned directly by Mr. Singer, and (5) 35,700 beneficially
owned by Mr. Colombatto, which includes 13,100 shares held directly, 13,100
shares that are held in trust of which Mr. Colombatto is a trustee and a
beneficiary with his wife, and 9,500 that are held in a trust for his child
who shares the same household. Potomac Management II, as the general partner
of PCP II, and Messrs. Solit and Singer, as the Co-Managing Members of Potomac
Management II, may be deemed to beneficially own the shares directly owned by
PCP II. Potomac Management I, as the general partner of PCP I, and Mr. Solit,
as the Managing Member of Potomac Management I, may be deemed to beneficially
own the shares directly owned by PCP I. Potomac Management III, as the
general partner of PCP III, and Messrs. Solit and Singer, as the Co-Managing
Members of Potomac Management III may be deemed to beneficially own the shares
directly owned by PCP III.
As members of a "group" for the purposes of Rule 13d-5(b)(1) of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, each of the Participants is deemed to
beneficially own the shares of common stock of the Company beneficially owned
in the aggregate by the other Participants. Each of the Participants disclaims
beneficial ownership of such shares of common stock except to the extent of
his or its pecuniary interest therein.
SOURCE Potomac Capital Partners II, L.P.
Contact: Eric Singer, (212) 752-5750
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