SOURCE: VN Capital Management, LLC

December 08, 2015 10:32 ET

Breeze-Eastern Corporation Major Shareholder Opposes TransDigm Group Merger

VN Capital Urges Others to Vote No to the Proposed Tender Offer

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - December 08, 2015) - VN Capital Management LLC, an investment advisor to a fund holding approximately 12.6% of Breeze-Eastern Corporation (BZC) common shares, opposes the recently announced merger agreement between Breeze-Eastern and TransDigm Group, Inc. (TDG). VN Capital encourages other shareholders not to tender their shares because we believe the accepted $19.61 sale price is inadequate and significantly undervalues the company.

"We firmly believe Breeze-Eastern should not accept a 6.6% sale discount. The Company's closing stock price was $21 on November 18, 2015; the day prior to the sale announcement. Breeze-Eastern holds dominant market share, excellent cash flow generation capability and compelling growth prospects. As such, it should receive a premium to its pre-merger announcement level," said James Vanasek, Principal at VN Capital.

"This markdown, enables the company's two largest stock holders Tinicum and Wynnefield Capital Management to liquidate their respective positions. This should not force other shareholders to receive an inadequate price for their stock, especially since many would like to remain owners of a thriving Breeze-Eastern," said Vanasek.

"We disagree with the valuation methodology pursued by Harris Williams & Co., in its advisory role to the Breeze-Eastern Board. We believe it contains a number of fundamental flaws and we fear that it was designed to justify the agreed discounted price and not to reflect the Company's true value.

"Furthermore, VN Capital believes that the process leading up to the merger agreement, as revealed in the Schedule 14D-9 filed on December 3, 2015, the limited 'go-shop' window and substantial break-up fee, bias the outcome in favor of an expeditious 'private-equity exit strategy' instead of maximizing the potential sale price for all shareholders," added Don Noone, also Principal at VN Capital.

Given this view, VN Capital is exploring all of its legal options, not limited to, but including seeking to exercise its appraisal rights, in opposition to the proposed merger. VN Capital encourages shareholders to exercise their appraisal rights and not tender into the offer.

About VN Capital Management

VN Capital Management, LLC is a registered investment advisory firm located in New York, New York that was founded in 2002 by P. Donnell Noone and James T. Vanasek. The firm manages a hedge fund that holds a concentrated portfolio of small-cap equities.

About Breeze-Eastern Corporation

Breeze-Eastern is a leading global designer and manufacturer of high performance lifting and pulling devices for military and civilian aircraft, including rescue hoists, winches and cargo hooks and weapons lifting systems

Contact Information

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    VN Capital Management, LLC
    James Vanasek
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