|By Marketwired .||
|January 16, 2013 06:25 PM EST||
DALLAS, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 01/16/13 -- DG® (NASDAQ: DGIT), the world's leading ad management and distribution platform, today announced that it has reached an agreement with Clinton Group, Inc., Clinton Magnolia Master Fund, Ltd., Clinton Spotlight Master Fund, L.P., Clinton Special Opportunities Master Fund, Ltd. and Clinton Relational Opportunity Master Fund, L.P. (the "Clinton Group") relating to the Company's 2012 Annual Stockholder Meeting.
Under the terms of the agreement, the Company will nominate Melissa Fisher and Peter Markham for election to three-year terms at its 2012 Annual Meeting on February 21, 2013. DG intends to increase the size of the Board from seven to eight members. The Clinton Group, which owns approximately 6% of the outstanding shares of DG's common stock, has agreed to vote its shares in support of all DG director nominees at the 2012 Annual Stockholder Meeting.
As previously announced, DG has formed a Special Committee of the Board of Directors composed of three independent directors to review DG's strategic alternatives. The Special Committee process and the exploration of DG's strategic alternatives remain active and ongoing, and the Special Committee currently is engaged in negotiations regarding DG's strategic alternatives. DG can offer no assurances that such negotiations will result in a transaction agreement containing terms satisfactory to DG. DG's strategic alternatives process is expected to be completed in the near future and DG does not intend to disclose developments in this process until such time as the Board of Directors determines to enter into any transaction or DG otherwise deems further disclosure appropriate. DG will make disclosures regarding the Special Committee process prior to the 2012 Annual Meeting on February 21, 2013.
"We believe this agreement with the Clinton Group is in the best interests of the Company and all DG stockholders," said Jeffrey Rich, Chair of the DG Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. "We welcome the addition of Melissa and Peter and look forward to their participation as Board members. As a Board we remain focused on driving enhanced value for all of our stockholders, including through the evaluation of strategic alternatives for the Company."
"We are pleased that DG's strategic review process is ongoing and that the Special Committee is working hard to achieve a favorable outcome for stockholders," said George Hall, Chief Executive Officer of the Clinton Group. "We believe that these two new independent directors will assist DG with its path forward."
Melissa Fisher has more than 15 years of experience in corporate finance and investment banking and has a strong understanding of corporate finance and strategic business planning activities. She most recently served as a Managing Director at Foros, a boutique investment banking firm, from September 2009 to March 2012. While at Foros, she was a member of the Fairness Opinion Committee and focused on technology and media mergers and acquisitions transactions. Prior to that, Ms. Fisher worked in the Technology Mergers & Acquisitions Group of Banc of America Securities LLC, an investment banking subsidiary of Bank of America, most recently as a Managing Director. From August 1998 to 2001, she was in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Communications, Media and Entertainment Groups of Goldman, Sachs & Co. Prior to her work in investment banking, Ms. Fisher was a financial analyst for Fox Television, a division of News Corporation, a global vertically integrated media company. Ms. Fisher received an AB in government from Harvard University and a MBA from Harvard Business School.
Peter Markham has more than 10 years of experience in corporate finance, including over eight years as an investment banker and three years as an investment professional focusing on companies in the technology, media and telecommunications industries. He has served as Chairman of the Board and the principal executive officer of Granite Broadcasting Corporation, a broadcasting holding company focusing on local TV and digital media, since August 2009. Prior to that, Mr. Markham was a senior investment professional at Silver Point Capital, L.P., a registered investment adviser focused on credit and special situations investments, and its affiliate, Silver Point Europe, LLP, where he led the coverage of the technology, media and telecom verticals across the United States and Europe. From February 1998 to May 2006, Mr. Markham was an investment banker at Daniels & Associates, L.P. He is also a director of Communications Corporation of America, a leading medium-market TV broadcast and digital media company, SPTV LLC, a broadcasting company focusing on Spanish language media, Tablet TV, LLC, a joint venture formed to deliver live TV and datacasting services to mobile devices, and NBR Worldwide, Inc., a television production company. Mr. Markham received a BS in marketing from Clemson University and a MBA from New York University.
The complete agreement between DG and the Clinton Group will be filed in a Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
DG connects over 11,000 global advertisers and agencies with their targeted audiences through an expansive network of over 6,000 television broadcast stations and over 11,500 web publishers in 75 countries. The Company's television division utilizes best-in-class network and content management technologies, creative and production resources, digital asset management and syndication services that enable advertisers and agencies to work faster, smarter and more competitively. The Company's online division, MediaMind, allows marketers to benefit from optimized management of online advertising campaigns while maximizing data driven advertising. For more information, visit www.DGit.com.
This press release contains statements that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical facts are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause the strategic alternatives process to fail for a variety of reasons, including factors discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in DG's Annual Report on form 10-K filed on February 29, 2012 and additional reports DG files with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
MacKenzie Partners, Inc.
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 19th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world and ThingsExpo Silicon Valley Call for Papers is now open.
Jun. 24, 2016 04:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,054
Machine Learning helps make complex systems more efficient. By applying advanced Machine Learning techniques such as Cognitive Fingerprinting, wind project operators can utilize these tools to learn from collected data, detect regular patterns, and optimize their own operations. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Stuart Gillen, Director of Business Development at SparkCognition, discussed how research has demonstrated the value of Machine Learning in delivering next generation analytics to imp...
Jun. 24, 2016 02:15 PM EDT Reads: 356
SYS-CON Events announced today that ReadyTalk, a leading provider of online conferencing and webinar services, has been named Vendor Presentation Sponsor at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. ReadyTalk delivers audio and web conferencing services that inspire collaboration and enable the Future of Work for today’s increasingly digital and mobile workforce. By combining intuitive, innovative tec...
Jun. 24, 2016 01:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,295
Amazon has gradually rolled out parts of its IoT offerings, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to optimizing their backend AWS offerings, Amazon is laying the ground work to be a major force in IoT - especially in the connected home and office. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Kocher, founder and managing director of Grey Heron, explained how Amazon is extending its reach to become a major force in IoT by building on its dominant cloud IoT platform, its Dash Button strat...
Jun. 24, 2016 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,534
Connected devices and the industrial internet are growing exponentially every year with Cisco expecting 50 billion devices to be in operation by 2020. In this period of growth, location-based insights are becoming invaluable to many businesses as they adopt new connected technologies. Knowing when and where these devices connect from is critical for a number of scenarios in supply chain management, disaster management, emergency response, M2M, location marketing and more. In his session at @Th...
Jun. 24, 2016 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 712
The cloud market growth today is largely in public clouds. While there is a lot of spend in IT departments in virtualization, these aren’t yet translating into a true “cloud” experience within the enterprise. What is stopping the growth of the “private cloud” market? In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Nara Rajagopalan, CEO of Accelerite, explored the challenges in deploying, managing, and getting adoption for a private cloud within an enterprise. What are the key differences between wh...
Jun. 24, 2016 11:15 AM EDT Reads: 580
It is one thing to build single industrial IoT applications, but what will it take to build the Smart Cities and truly society changing applications of the future? The technology won’t be the problem, it will be the number of parties that need to work together and be aligned in their motivation to succeed. In his Day 2 Keynote at @ThingsExpo, Henrik Kenani Dahlgren, Portfolio Marketing Manager at Ericsson, discussed how to plan to cooperate, partner, and form lasting all-star teams to change t...
Jun. 24, 2016 11:00 AM EDT Reads: 959
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life sett...
Jun. 24, 2016 10:30 AM EDT Reads: 883
19th Cloud Expo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterpri...
Jun. 24, 2016 09:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,155
SYS-CON Events announced today that Bsquare has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. For more than two decades, Bsquare has helped its customers extract business value from a broad array of physical assets by making them intelligent, connecting them, and using the data they generate to optimize business processes.
Jun. 24, 2016 09:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,102
There are several IoTs: the Industrial Internet, Consumer Wearables, Wearables and Healthcare, Supply Chains, and the movement toward Smart Grids, Cities, Regions, and Nations. There are competing communications standards every step of the way, a bewildering array of sensors and devices, and an entire world of competing data analytics platforms. To some this appears to be chaos. In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, Bradley Holt, Developer Advocate a...
Jun. 24, 2016 09:30 AM EDT Reads: 576
There is little doubt that Big Data solutions will have an increasing role in the Enterprise IT mainstream over time. Big Data at Cloud Expo - to be held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA - has announced its Call for Papers is open. Cloud computing is being adopted in one form or another by 94% of enterprises today. Tens of billions of new devices are being connected to The Internet of Things. And Big Data is driving this bus. An exponential increase is...
Jun. 24, 2016 08:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,206
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 19th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago. All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - comp...
Jun. 24, 2016 08:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,097
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, wh...
Jun. 24, 2016 08:30 AM EDT Reads: 776
Cognitive Computing is becoming the foundation for a new generation of solutions that have the potential to transform business. Unlike traditional approaches to building solutions, a cognitive computing approach allows the data to help determine the way applications are designed. This contrasts with conventional software development that begins with defining logic based on the current way a business operates. In her session at 18th Cloud Expo, Judith S. Hurwitz, President and CEO of Hurwitz & ...
Jun. 24, 2016 08:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,406
Cloud computing is being adopted in one form or another by 94% of enterprises today. Tens of billions of new devices are being connected to The Internet of Things. And Big Data is driving this bus. An exponential increase is expected in the amount of information being processed, managed, analyzed, and acted upon by enterprise IT. This amazing is not part of some distant future - it is happening today. One report shows a 650% increase in enterprise data by 2020. Other estimates are even higher....
Jun. 24, 2016 08:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,175
In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Lee Atchison, Principal Cloud Architect and Advocate at New Relic, discussed cloud as a ‘better data center’ and how it adds new capacity (faster) and improves application availability (redundancy). The cloud is a ‘Dynamic Tool for Dynamic Apps’ and resource allocation is an integral part of your application architecture, so use only the resources you need and allocate /de-allocate resources on the fly.
Jun. 24, 2016 07:30 AM EDT Reads: 957
The 19th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Digital Transformation, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportuni...
Jun. 24, 2016 07:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,150
industrial company for a multi-year contract initially valued at over $4.0 million. In addition to DataV software, Bsquare will also provide comprehensive systems integration, support and maintenance services. DataV leverages advanced data analytics, predictive reasoning, data-driven diagnostics, and automated orchestration of remediation actions in order to improve asset uptime while reducing service and warranty costs.
Jun. 22, 2016 11:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,333
Vidyo, Inc., has joined the Alliance for Open Media. The Alliance for Open Media is a non-profit organization working to define and develop media technologies that address the need for an open standard for video compression and delivery over the web. As a member of the Alliance, Vidyo will collaborate with industry leaders in pursuit of an open and royalty-free AOMedia Video codec, AV1. Vidyo’s contributions to the organization will bring to bear its long history of expertise in codec technolo...
Jun. 19, 2016 12:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,226