Shareholders should heed call from David E Ritchie and C Russell Cmolik and revoke proxies cast in favor of IAA Merger
Not too late to stop value destructive IAA Merger
Contact Okapi Partners 1-877-629-6356 or Shorecrest Group at 1-888-637-5789 for assistance in revoking your proxy if you voted For the Merger
Luxor Capital Group, LP (“Luxor”), as the manager of funds owning 4.7 million shares of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated (NYSE: RBA) (TSX: RBA) (“RBA” or the “Company”), representing approximately 4.2% of the Company’s outstanding shares, today responded to a letter released by David E Ritchie, RBA Co-Founder, Former Chairman and Director, and C Russell Cmolik, Former President, COO and Director, calling on RBA shareholders to defeat the proposed merger with IAA, Inc. (NYSE: IAA) (the “IAA Merger”), in connection with the March 14, 2023 special meeting of RBA shareholders.
“Luxor was gratified to read an unequivocal message from the individuals who created and built Ritchie Bros. that the IAA Merger must be stopped. Their comments are clear and their motivations unquestionable. They love the Company they built and believe the IAA Merger will cause permanent harm to Ritchie Bros.’s business.
Mr. Ritchie and Mr. Cmolik, writing as stewards of Ritchie Bros., have highlighted several aspects of the irreversible damage that the IAA Merger will cause the Company, including the real prospect of customer loss, the damage to the corporate culture, and a distraction for management from growing its core business. They are also concerned about long-term prospects of the auto salvage business. Mr. Ritchie and Mr. Cmolik believe these are concerns that should be shared by all long-term shareholders.
The vote on the merger is very close. Despite the proxy deadline having passed, shareholders can still revoke their proxies (i.e., cancel their votes) cast in favor of the IAA Merger. We call on all shareholders who voted in favor of this deal to heed the warnings of Ritchie Bros.’s co-founder and former president and stop the IAA Merger,” said Doug Snyder, President of Luxor.
Shareholders who voted FOR the transaction and may be having second thoughts about their vote have the ability to change the outcome of the vote by revoking your proxy and taking your vote out of the proxy count.
If you are holding your shares through a broker or financial institution, you must contact them and request that they submit a letter on your behalf demanding that your proxy be revoked from the meeting.
If you require assistance in revoking your proxy, please call Okapi Partners toll free at 1-877-629-6356 or Shorecrest Group at 1-888-637-5789.
About Luxor Capital Group, LP:
Luxor Capital Group, LP is a multi-billion-dollar investment manager, which was founded in 2002 and is based in New York. It makes investments through its fundamental, long-term oriented investment process. The firm has an extensive history of investing in global marketplaces businesses.
Luxor Capital Group, LP, LCG Holdings, LLC, Lugard Road Capital GP, LLC, Luxor Capital Partners Offshore Master Fund, LP, Luxor Capital Partners Long Offshore Master Fund, LP, Luxor Capital Partners, LP, Lugard Road Capital Master Fund, LP, Luxor Management, LLC, Christian Leone, and Jonathan Green (collectively, the “Participants”) have filed a definitive proxy statement and accompanying GREEN proxy card with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) to be used to solicit proxies in connection with a special meeting (the “Special Meeting”) of the shareholders of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated, a company organized under the federal laws of Canada (the “Company”). All shareholders of the Company are advised to read the definitive proxy statement and other documents related to the solicitation of proxies by the Participants, as they contain important information, including additional information related to the Participants. The definitive proxy statement and an accompanying GREEN proxy card will be furnished to some or all of the Company’s shareholders and will be, along with other relevant documents, available at no charge from the Participants’ proxy solicitors, Okapi Partners LLC by phone at (877) 629-6356 (Toll Free) or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or to Shorecrest Group by phone at (888) 637-5789 (Toll Free) or by email at email@example.com. Information about the Participants and a description of their direct or indirect interests by security holdings is contained in the definitive proxy statement filed by the Participants with the SEC on February 13, 2023. This document is available free of charge on the SEC website.