Ancora Advisors, LLC Raises Stake in Forward Air Corp (FWRD) to 5.3% - 13D

December 28, 2020 5:34 PM EST

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In a 13D filing on Forward Air Corp (NASDAQ: FWRD), hedge fund Ancora Advisors, LLC disclosed a 5.3%, or 1,447,548 share, stake in the company. This is up 185.98% from the 506,170 shares held at the end of the latest quarter ending September 30, 2020.

Item 4. Purpose of Transaction:

The Reporting Persons purchased the Shares based on the Reporting Persons’ belief that the Shares, when purchased, were undervalued and represented an attractive investment opportunity. Depending upon overall market conditions, other investment opportunities available to the Reporting Persons, and the availability of Shares at prices that would make the purchase or sale of Shares desirable, the Reporting Persons may endeavor to increase or decrease their position in the Issuer through, among other things, the purchase or sale of Shares on the open market or in private transactions or otherwise, on such terms and at such times as the Reporting Persons may deem advisable.

The Reporting Persons have engaged, and intend to continue to engage, in discussions with the Issuer’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) and management team regarding means to create shareholder value, including, but not limited to, by strengthening the management team, improving capital allocation, divesting non-core assets and enhancing corporate governance (including changes to the composition of the Board).

No Reporting Person has any present plan or proposal which would relate to or result in any of the matters set forth in subparagraphs (a) - (j) of Item 4 of Schedule 13D except as set forth herein or such as would occur upon or in connection with completion of, or following, any of the actions discussed herein. Depending on various factors including, without limitation, the Issuer’s financial position and investment strategy, the price levels of the Shares, conditions in the securities markets and general economic and industry conditions, the Reporting Persons may in the future take such actions with respect to their investment in the Issuer as they deem appropriate including, without limitation, engaging in additional communications with management and the Board of the Issuer, engaging in discussions with shareholders of the Issuer or third parties, including potential acquirers and service providers about the Issuer and the Reporting Persons’ investment, making proposals to the Issuer concerning changes to the capital allocation strategy, capitalization, ownership structure, including a sale of the Issuer as a whole or in parts, Board structure (including Board composition) or operations of the Issuer, purchasing additional Shares, selling some or all of their Shares, engaging in short selling of or any hedging or similar transaction with respect to the Shares, or changing their intention with respect to any and all matters referred to in Item 4.

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