Texas Pacific Land Trust (TPL) (the “Trust”) today announced that, in response to a comment by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), the Trust will file and mail to shareholders a supplement to the Trust’s proxy statement (the “Proxy Supplement”) in connection with the special meeting (the “Special Meeting”) originally scheduled to be held on May 22, 2019. To provide shareholders sufficient time to receive by mail and review the Proxy Supplement in order to be able to cast their votes on a fully informed basis, the Trust will convene the Special Meeting before immediately adjourning – without conducting any business – until June 6, 2019. The reconvened meeting will be held at the originally scheduled location in Dallas, and the record date for the Special Meeting will remain unchanged.
The Trust’s nominee for the Trustee position, retired four-star General Donald “Don” G. Cook, has committed to resign after no more than three years. General Cook would stand for reelection if he is renominated, thus providing shareholders with the opportunity to evaluate his performance as a Trustee. General Cook has submitted a formal letter of resignation to that effect. The SEC advised the Trust that a supplement to the Trust’s proxy statement is required because General Cook’s commitment constitutes a fundamental change to the Trust’s proxy solicitation. The dissident group’s candidate, Eric Oliver, has not agreed to make a similar commitment.
“We have heard very clearly from shareholders their desire for the Trust to provide greater transparency,” said Trustee David E. Barry. “In that light, we believe it is especially important for all shareholders to have the opportunity to fully review the Proxy Supplement.”
Shareholders who have voted do not need to recast their votes, and proxies previously submitted will be voted at the adjourned meeting unless properly revoked. Shareholders can revoke their proxy and/or change their vote at any time prior to the closing of the polls at the Special Meeting. Only the latest-dated proxy will be counted.
The Trust urges shareholders to follow the recommendation of leading proxy advisory firm ISS and vote “FOR” General Don Cook using the BLUE proxy card. Shareholders can also read more information by visiting www.TrustTPL.com. If shareholders have any questions or need assistance in voting their shares, they may contact the Trust’s proxy solicitor:
1407 Broadway, 27th Floor
New York, New York 10018
(212) 929-5500 or call Toll-Free (800) 322-2885
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