TPG-Axon Sends Third Letter to SandRidge Energy's Board of Directors
- Notifies Board of Lawsuit to Contest Validity of Declared Initial Consent Date -
- Highlights Board's Efforts to Confuse Consent Solicitation Process -
- Demands Board Disclose Knowledge of Tom Ward's Unethical and Outrageous 'Front-Running' -
In the latest letter, TPG-Axon notes that it has filed a lawsuit in Delaware Chancery Court contesting the validity of the declared Initial Consent Date noted in SandRidge's 8-K, dated December 21, 2012, relating to TPG-Axon's proposals to amend the Company's bylaws and remove and replace members of the current Board of Directors.
TPG-Axon also stated that it plans to file consent solicitation documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") today. TPG-Axon is seeking to replace SandRidge's entire Board of Directors with a slate of directors that are highly qualified, of high integrity, and driven by shareholder interest. After TPG-Axon's consent solicitation is mailed to SandRidge shareholders in early January, SandRidge shareholders of record as of December 13, 2012 will have up to 60 days to submit their written consent for TPG-Axon's proposals.
"Sadly, we are not surprised that Tom Ward and the Board of Directors have resorted to shameful tricks to try and confuse shareholders and shorten the period of time in which they have to vote," said Dinakar Singh, founder and chief executive officer of TPG-Axon Capital. "The actions Tom and the Board have taken over the past several weeks reek of desperation and clearly illustrate their complete disregard for shareholder interests and transparency. Instead of limiting shareholders' ability to have their say, the Board should be focused on exploring all strategic alternatives to maximize value."
The letter also outlines actions taken by Tom Ward which TPG-Axon believes directly violate his fiduciary responsibility to shareholders. Specifically, TPG-Axon has asked SandRidge's Board to either disclose its knowledge of, or investigate instances where, Mr. Ward and his son, Trent Ward, through WCT Resources (an investment vehicle established by Mr. Ward for the benefit of his children) acted in advance of the Company to acquire mineral rights from third parties, and then leased those rights to SandRidge just weeks and months later for a profit.
The full text of the letter is attached.
For information on TPG-Axon's proposals and on the process for voting shares in favor of those proposals, go to www.shareholdersforsandridge.com.
About TPG-Axon Capital
TPG-Axon Capital is a leading global investment firm. Through offices in New York, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo, TPG-Axon invests across global markets and asset classes.
TPG-AXON MANAGEMENT LP, TPG-AXON PARTNERS GP, L.P., TPG-AXON GP, LLC, TPG-AXON PARTNERS, LP, TPG-AXON INTERNATIONAL, L.P., TPG-AXON INTERNATIONAL GP, LLC, DINAKAR SINGH LLC AND DINAKAR SINGH (COLLECTIVELY, "TPG-AXON") INTEND TO FILE WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (THE "SEC") A DEFINITIVE CONSENT STATEMENT AND ACCOMPANYING CONSENT CARD TO BE USED TO SOLICIT WRITTEN CONSENTS FROM THE STOCKHOLDERS OF SANDRIDGE ENERGY, INC. IN CONNECTION WITH TPG-AXON'S INTENT TO TAKE CORPORATE ACTION BY WRITTEN CONSENT. ALL STOCKHOLDERS OF SANDRIDGE ENERGY, INC. ARE ADVISED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE CONSENT STATEMENT AND OTHER DOCUMENTS RELATED TO THE SOLICITATION OF WRITTEN CONSENTS BY TPG-AXON, STEPHEN C. BEASLEY, EDWARD W. MONEYPENNY, FREDRIC G. REYNOLDS, PETER H. ROTHSCHILD, ALAN J. WEBER AND DAN A. WESTBROOK (COLLECTIVELY, THE "PARTICIPANTS") FROM THE STOCKHOLDERS OF SANDRIDGE ENERGY, INC., WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION, INCLUDING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION RELATED TO THE PARTICIPANTS. WHEN COMPLETED, THE DEFINITIVE CONSENT STATEMENT AND FORM OF WRITTEN CONSENT WILL BE FURNISHED TO SOME OR ALL OF THE STOCKHOLDERS OF SANDRIDGE ENERGY, INC. AND WILL, ALONG WITH OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS, BE AVAILABLE AT NO CHARGE ON THE SEC'S WEB SITE AT HTTP://WWW.SEC.GOV. IN ADDITION, TPG-AXON WILL PROVIDE COPIES OF THE DEFINITIVE CONSENT STATEMENT AND ACCOMPANYING CONSENT CARD (WHEN AVAILABLE) WITHOUT CHARGE UPON REQUEST.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE CURRENT PARTICIPANTS AND A DESCRIPTION OF THEIR DIRECT OR INDIRECT INTERESTS BY SECURITY HOLDINGS IS CONTAINED IN THE PRELIMINARY CONSENT STATEMENT ON SCHEDULE 14A TO BE FILED BY TPG-AXON WITH THE SEC ON DECEMBER 24, 2012. THIS DOCUMENT CAN BE OBTAINED FREE OF CHARGE FROM THE SOURCES INDICATED ABOVE.
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