Preliminary Results Indicate That 60+% of Shareholders, Excluding Hess Family, Voted for Elliott Nominees
OVER 50% OF ALL SHAREHOLDERS VOTED FOR ELLIOTT'S NOMINEES
RESULTING IN TERRIFIC OUTCOME FOR ALL SHAREHOLDERS
SUBSTANTIAL REFRESH OF BOARD ACCOMPLISHED IN ONE ELECTION CYCLE
9 NEW INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS JOIN HESS BOARD
RODNEY CHASE, HARVEY GOLUB AND DAVID MCMANUS TO JOIN BOARD
HESS FAMILY AGREES TO VOTE TO DESTAGGER BOARD
HESS WILL SPLIT CHAIRMAN AND CEO ROLE
"The reassessment and transformation of Hess is underway. We are extremely proud to have been the catalyst for welcomed changes.
Much has been accomplished from our active engagement with the Company, and we look forward to further constructive dialogue. After the public announcement of Elliott's intention to nominate directors, Hess has begun to change:
- Complete reconstitution of Board with 9 new independent directors to replace incumbents - first time a non-management incumbent director has stepped down in a decade
- Chairman and CEO role to be split
- Board of Directors to destagger
- Complete divestment of downstream assets
- Beginning steps undertaken to reposition upstream portfolio
- Commitment made to monetize Bakken midstream assets
- 150% increase in dividend - first increase in a decade
- Pledge to return $4 billion of capital to Shareholders through buybacks - first buyback in a decade
As we have always stated, we believe Hess has terrific assets that should generate outstanding returns for Shareholders. We are encouraged that there is now a Board and a governance structure in place to ensure delivery of those returns. We look forward to the Company following through on its promises and to reaping the benefits along with all Shareholders."
Elliott Associates, L.P. and Elliott International, L.P. ("Elliott") filed a definitive proxy statement and an accompanying proxy card with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on April 3, 2013. Stockholders are advised to read the definitive proxy statement, and other materials filed with the SEC, because they contain important information concerning Elliott's solicitation of proxies for the 2013 Hess Annual Meeting of Stockholders, including information concerning the participants in that solicitation. These materials are available for no charge at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov or by directing a request to Elliott's proxy solicitor, Okapi Partners, at its toll-free number (877) 796-5274 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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