Star Equity Holdings, Inc. Adopts Rights Agreement to Protect its Net Operating Losses
OLD GREENWICH, Conn., June 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Star Equity Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: STRR; STRRP) (“Star Equity” or the “Company”), a diversified, multi-industry holding company with three business divisions, Healthcare, Construction, and Investments, announced today that its Board of Directors (the “Board”) has adopted, and the Company has entered into, a Rights Agreement (the “Rights Agreement”) with American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, as rights agent, designed to preserve the value of the Company’s significant U.S. net operating loss carryforwards (“NOLs”) and other tax benefits. Star Equity intends to seek stockholder approval of the Rights Agreement at its 2021 annual meeting of stockholders, although the Rights Agreement will be effective immediately pursuant to its terms. The Company believes that in light of the significant amount of its NOLs, it is advisable to adopt the Rights Agreement.
Star Equity had U.S. federal income tax NOLs of approximately $94.9 million as of December 31, 2020. Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code (“Section 382 “) generally allows a company to use NOLs to offset future taxable income and therefore reduce federal income tax obligations. However, the Company’s ability to use its NOLs could be substantially limited if there is an “ownership change” under Section 382. In general, an ownership change would occur if stockholders viewed under Section 382 as owning 5% or more of the Company’s common stock increase their collective ownership by more than 50 percentage points over a defined period of time.
The Rights Agreement, which is similar to tax benefit protection plans adopted by other public companies, is designed to preserve Star Equity’s tax benefits by deterring transfers of Star Equity’s common stock that could result in an “ownership change” under Section 382. In connection with the Rights Agreement, the Board has declared a dividend to Company stockholders of record as of the close of business on June 14, 2021 (the “Record Date”), for each outstanding share of Star Equity’s common stock, of one right (a “Right”) to purchase one one-thousandth of a share of a new series of participating preferred stock of the Company at a specified exercise price.
Pursuant to the Rights Agreement, if any person or group acquires 4.99% or more of the outstanding shares of Star Equity’s common stock without the Board’s permission, or if a person or group that already owns 4.99% or more of Star Equity’s common stock acquires additional shares without the Board’s permission, then, subject to certain exceptions, there would be a triggering event under the Rights Agreement. The Rights would then become exercisable and entitle stockholders (other than the acquiring person or group) to purchase additional shares of Star Equity at a significant discount and result in significant dilution in the economic interest and voting power of the acquiring person or group. In its discretion, the Board may exempt certain transactions from the provisions of the Rights Agreement, including if the Board determines that the transaction will not jeopardize the Company’s tax benefits, or the transaction will otherwise serve Star Equity’s best interests. Any stockholder desiring to own 5% or more of our shares, or increase an existing ownership position that is already at or above 5%, can request an exemption from the Board by submitting certain basic information to the Company and following the other instructions included in the Rights Agreement.
The Rights Agreement and the rights issued under the Rights Agreement will expire on June 2, 2024, or on an earlier date if certain events occur, as described more fully in the Rights Agreement.
Additional information regarding the Rights Agreement will be contained in a Current Report on Form 8-K and in a Registration Statement on Form 8-A that Star Equity will file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
About Star Equity Holdings, Inc.
Star Equity Holdings, Inc. is a diversified holding entity with three divisions: Healthcare, Construction, and Investments.
Our Healthcare division designs, manufactures, and distributes diagnostic medical imaging products and provides mobile imaging services. Our Healthcare division operates in two businesses: (i) diagnostic services and (i) diagnostic imaging. The diagnostic services business offers imaging services to healthcare providers as an outsourced alternative to purchasing and operating their own equipment. The diagnostic imaging business develops, sells, and maintains solid-state gamma cameras.
Our Construction division manufactures modular housing units for commercial and residential real estate projects and operates in two businesses: (i) modular building manufacturing and (ii) structural wall panel and wood foundation manufacturing, including building supply distribution operations for professional builders.
Our Investments division manages and finances the Company and affiliate’s real estate assets and investments.
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Factors that may influence or contribute to the inaccuracy of forward-looking statements or cause actual results to differ materially from expected or desired results may include, without limitation, the substantial amount of debt of the Company and the Company’s ability to repay or refinance it or incur additional debt in the future; the Company’s need for a significant amount of cash to service and repay the debt and to pay dividends on the Company’s preferred stock; the restrictions contained in the debt agreements that limit the discretion of management in operating the business; legal, regulatory, political and economic risks in markets and public health crises that reduce economic activity and cause restrictions on operations (including the recent coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak); the length of time associated with servicing customers; losses of significant contracts or failure to get potential contracts being discussed; disruptions in the relationship with third party vendors; accounts receivable turnover; insufficient cash flows and resulting lack of liquidity; the Company’s inability to expand the Company’s business; unfavorable changes in the extensive governmental legislation and regulations governing healthcare providers and the provision of healthcare services and the competitive impact of such changes (including unfavorable changes to reimbursement policies); high costs of regulatory compliance; the liability and compliance costs regarding environmental regulations; the underlying condition of the technology support industry; the lack of product diversification; development and introduction of new technologies and intense competition in the healthcare industry; existing or increased competition; risks to the price and volatility of the Company’s common stock and preferred stock; stock volatility and in liquidity; risks to preferred stockholders of not receiving dividends and risks to the Company’s ability to pursue growth opportunities if the Company continues to pay dividends according to the terms of the Company’s preferred stock; the Company’s ability to execute on its business strategy (including any cost reduction plans); the Company’s failure to realize expected benefits of restructuring and cost-cutting actions; the Company’s ability to preserve and monetize its net operating losses; risks associated with the Company’s possible pursuit of acquisitions; the Company’s ability to consummate successful acquisitions and execute related integration, as well as factors related to the Company’s business including economic and financial market conditions generally and economic conditions in the Company’s markets; failure to keep pace with evolving technologies and difficulties integrating technologies; system failures; losses of key management personnel and the inability to attract and retain highly qualified management and personnel in the future; and the continued demand for and market acceptance of the Company’s services. For a detailed discussion of cautionary statements and risks that may affect the Company’s future results of operations and financial results, please refer to the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, the risk factors in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. This release reflects management’s views as of the date presented.
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|For more information contact:|
|Star Equity Holdings, Inc.||The Equity Group|
|Jeffrey E. Eberwein||Lena Cati|
|Executive Chairman||Vice President|