Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. (the “Company” or “WHLR”) (NASDAQ: WHLR) today announced that independent proxy advisory firm, Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”), has recommended in its report issued on October 25, 2021 that WHLR common stockholders vote “FOR” all of the proposals in the Definitive Proxy Statement filed by the Company on October 4, 2021 relating to the removal of any cumulative dividend rights of holders of the Company’s Series A Preferred Stock and Series B Preferred Stock.
WHLR notes that ISS is now the second independent proxy advisory firm to recommend stockholders vote “FOR” all of the proposals at the Company’s November 3, 2021 Special Meeting of Common Stockholders following the recommendation from another leading proxy advisor firm, Glass Lewis, in a report issued on October 7, 2021.
In its report issued yesterday, ISS stated,
“The company has faced pressure from activist investors over the past several years, which has led to a fully reconstituted board and changes in executive management. The proposed changes to the terms of the preferred shares appear to be one of the steps of the turnaround effort undertaken by the board.”
“Notwithstanding the opposition from the holder of preferred shares, support for each proposal is warranted as the rationale for the proposed amendment appears reasonable given that the elimination of cumulative preferred dividends would improve the company's financial condition and not otherwise adversely impact the rights of common shareholders.”
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 ISS, in its report, is referring to Steamboat Capital Partners and its Schedule 13D/A filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on October 14, 2021.
WHLR common stockholders are reminded that their vote is important, no matter how many or how few shares they own. The Company’s board of directors recommends that common stockholders vote “FOR” all of the proposals at the Company’s November 3, 2021 Special Meeting of Common Stockholders.
If you would like copies of the Definitive Proxy Statement filed by Wheeler in connection with the 2021 Special Meeting, have questions about any of the proposals, or require assistance voting your shares, please call the firm assisting us on this matter:
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About Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc.
Headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA, Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. is a fully integrated, self-managed commercial real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on owning and operating income-producing retail properties with a primary focus on grocery-anchored centers. Please visit: www.whlr.us
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