Proxy Firm Glass Lewis Rejects BKF's Board Efforts Against Qualstar Corp. (QBAK)

June 13, 2012 8:30 AM EDT
Qualstar Corporation (Nasdaq: QBAK) announced that Glass Lewis & Co. rejected BKF's attempt to oust the current Qualstar Board, including its CEO, and replace it with the five dissident nominees put forth by BKF Capital Group, a firm led by Steven Bronson.

Qualstar issued the following statement:

Glass Lewis rejected all of the BKF Group's nominees by recommending that shareholders vote AGAINST BKF's effort to gain control of the board and the Company, by replacing all of our directors including our new CEO, Mr. Larry Firestone. We believe Glass Lewis made the right decision in providing the board and the management team with the ability to continue the turnaround activities already underway that we believe will return the company to sustainable growth and profitability, maximizing value and returns for all shareholders.

Qualstar is implementing a growth strategy to enhance value for shareholders and disruption at the board level will only hinder the progress being made. The company is implementing a strategy to increase growth and profitability in its power supply business, which has achieved steady growth over the past 8 years. We expect that new product introductions in fiscal 2013 and beyond will continue that growth trend as our next-generation products secure new design wins. The newly refreshed XLS and RLS tape library product lines with a new feature set are getting traction in the marketplace, and the lower margin legacy tape library products will be discontinued during fiscal 2013, setting up the library business for success. Growth in our installed base opens opportunities for recurring revenues from maintenance and spare parts. These top line growth opportunities along with a more streamlined cost structure will drive profitability and increased shareholder value. When profitable, Qualstar has historically rewarded shareholders with either share repurchases or cash dividends.

In making its recommendation to reject the BKF Group's director nominees, Glass Lewis, in its June 12, 2012 report, cites its general belief that "...incumbent management...should be given the benefit of the doubt regarding its strategic decisions." Further, the proxy advisory firm states that it does "not believe it is in the best interests of shareholders to support BKF's solicitation..."(1)

Qualstar's current directors have the critical industry knowledge, experience and expertise to oversee the execution of the company's turnaround strategy. With Qualstar positioned for future success, now is certainly not the time to make a change. The Qualstar Board urges shareholders to protect the value of their Qualstar investment by voting the WHITE proxy card AGAINST BKF's proposal.

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