WaterMill Asset Management Releases Presentation Detailing the Case for Urgent Change Atop Ziopharm Oncology - Seite 2
The presentation prepared by the WaterMill slate includes specific detail pertaining to the case for change at Ziopharm. In our view, our slate shows how the incumbent Board:
- Allows and embraces interlocking director connections, including by just this week appointing a new director (Mary Thistle) with ties to one existing director (Elan Z. Ezickson) and one recently-departed director (Douglas Pagán).
- Disregards sound corporate governance practices, including by not having a majority voting standard in uncontested elections.
- Facilitates opaque capital raises that blindside and dilute sizable long-term shareholders – oftentimes in contradiction of Company statements suggesting that cash on hand is sufficient.
- Ignores the need for a disciplined capital allocation framework, as evidenced by the Company’s skyrocketing research and development costs and rising general and administrative expense figures.
- Maintains a misaligned executive compensation structure that has enabled c-level leaders to obtain significant incentive pay despite staggering value destruction.
- Maintains excessive and off-market director compensation for a small, struggling biotechnology entity.
- Permits internal financial control issues to linger for an entire year without explaining the material weakness to shareholders.
- Presides over negative returns over one-year, three-year, and five-year horizons without taking effective steps to reverse value destruction.
- Supports Scott Tarriff, who we believe is a highly-questionable Chairman with a record of concerning lawsuits and poor corporate performance.
- Shuns shareholders’ desire for more transparency pertaining to possible business deals, potential partnerships, and trials.
Our slate’s presentation also outlines a strategic vision for helping turn around Ziopharm. If elected to the Board, our director candidates plan to suggest that a Special Committee be formed to conduct a strategic review of the business. The ideal components of this review would include (but are not limited to):
- Working with credible, third-party experts to value each of the Company’s assets.
- Evaluating how much capital it may require for each specific asset to reach an inflection/monetization point.
- Assessing the current methodology for allocating capital to each clinical and pre-clinical initiative.
- Examining the current pipeline and progress for partnerships and business development deals.
- Exploring the universe of new strategic and financial partners for the Company based on new Board members’ extensive relationships.
- Identifying the ideal source or sources of go-forward capital to fund the reconstituted Board’s priority initiatives.
- Reviewing all personnel, ranging from the c-level leaders to line employees, to identify talent needs and spot potential redundancies.
- Benchmarking director and executive compensation relative to peers and similarly-situated public companies.
- Conducting a credible shareholder perception study to inform an improved, more transparent investor relations program.
- Assessing the quickest path to addressing internal financial control issues and amending anti-shareholder governance provisions.
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