SOURCE: Nautilus, Inc.

December 07, 2007 18:00 ET

ISS, Glass Lewis and PROXY Governance Reject Sherborne's Bid for Control of Nautilus Board

Governance Firms View Sherborne Control as Not in the Interest of All Shareholders

VANCOUVER, WA--(Marketwire - December 7, 2007) - Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE: NLS) today announced that the nation's three leading independent voting advisory services, ISS Governance Services, Glass Lewis & Co., and PROXY Governance, INC., have all issued recommendations to their clients, reflecting the view that Sherborne's bid for control of Nautilus' Board is not in the interest of all shareholders. Specifically, each advisory service has rejected Sherborne's proposal to remove four directors and replace them with four Sherborne nominees. The governance firms' clients include institutional investors, mutual funds, pension funds and other fiduciaries.

"We are gratified that these independent advisors clearly understand the risk to shareholder value should Sherborne's nominees take control of the Board at the December 18th Special Meeting," CEO Bob Falcone stated. "We largely agree with the conclusions of these independent firms." These include:

--  Nautilus' strategic diversification approach offers superior
    opportunities for growth and profitability.
--  Nautilus, unlike Sherborne, has a detailed plan.
--  Sherborne's nominees lack fitness and fitness equipment industry
--  The Company's newly appointed CEO and managers should be given the
    chance to lead the strategy.
--  Sherborne should not be given control of the Nautilus board.

In its December 4th analysis, PROXY Governance, INC. stated:

"... [We] believe that the company has implemented or is in the process of implementing a substantial part of the dissident's turnaround plan. Further, we believe that the company's strategic diversification into other sales channels beyond its (admittedly more profitable) direct-to-consumer market will provide more opportunities for growth and profitability over the long term. We also support the company's offer to give the dissident firm representation on the board. We therefore support the current board members."

"[W]e find it significant that the company has stated that, following this proxy contest, it intends to give each of its two largest shareholders ... representation on the board. ... [W]e consider the board's offer to be reasonable."

"[W]e believe that Falcone should be given a chance to realize his vision for the company."

Glass Lewis noted in its recommendation that:

"In our view, dissidents seeking to take over a board should pay a premium for the privilege through a buyout offer."

"[W]e are not convinced that giving the Dissident four full board seats, which would effectively give Sherborne majority control over the board, is in the best interests of shareholders."

Finally, ISS Governance Services indicated that:

"The board appointed Mr. Falcone as the interim CEO, after an extensive search process, which was based on his extensive experience as the CFO for Nike, Inc. and his tenure on the board of the company. In comparison, while the dissident nominees have turnaround experience, its nominees do not have experience in the fitness and fitness equipment industries."

"On the whole, we note that while the dissident has highlighted some of the issues at the company, they have not presented any specific solutions. Comparatively, the management's plan includes detailed initiatives to address the problems at the company. As such, it is difficult to ascertain if the dissident's plan is superior to the more detailed plan presented by management."

At the special meeting on December 18th Nautilus shareholders will vote on proposals put forward by Sherborne Investors LP and its affiliates, which want to replace a majority of the Board of Directors with Sherborne's own nominees. To protect the value of their investment, Nautilus urges shareholders to vote AGAINST the removal of a majority of the Board TODAY -- by telephone, Internet or by signing, dating and returning the WHITE proxy card. Shareholders with questions about how to vote their shares are urged to call the company's proxy solicitor, Innisfree M&A Incorporated, toll-free at 888-750-5834.

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In connection with the solicitation of proxies, Nautilus has filed with the SEC and mailed to shareholders a definitive proxy statement (the "Proxy Statement"). The Proxy Statement contains detailed information about Nautilus, the special meeting and individuals who are deemed to be participants in Nautilus' solicitation of proxies. Nautilus' shareholders are urged to read the Proxy Statement carefully in its entirety. Shareholders may obtain additional free copies of the Proxy Statement and other relevant documents filed with the SEC by Nautilus through the website maintained by the SEC at or at Nautilus' website at

About Nautilus, Inc.

Headquartered in Vancouver, Wash., Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE: NLS) is a pure fitness company that provides tools and education necessary to help people achieve a fit and healthy lifestyle. With a brand portfolio that includes Nautilus®, Bowflex®, Schwinn®Fitness, StairMaster®, Universal®, and Pearl iZUMi®, Nautilus manufactures and markets a complete line of innovative health and fitness products through direct, commercial, retail, and international channels. The Company was formed in 1986 and had sales of $680 million in 2006. It has 1,450 employees and operations in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Oklahoma, Illinois, Virginia, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, China, Australia, and other locations around the world. More information is at