GAMCO’s First Use of Proxy Access and “Fix-It” Proposals

First Use of Proxy Access Bylaw

On November 10, 2016, GAMCO Investors, Inc. and its affiliated funds filed a Schedule 14N disclosing their nomination of a proxy access candidate for election to the board of directors of National Fuel Gas Company pursuant to the company’s recently adopted proxy access bylaw.

National Fuel has a nine-member classified board, and its access bylaw has a 3/3/20/20 formulation. GAMCO disclosed in its Schedule 14N aggregate beneficial ownership of 7.8% of National Fuel’s common stock, and based on its Schedule 13D filings, GAMCO has beneficially owned more than 3% for more than three years. In 2015, GAMCO submitted a shareholder proposal, which did not pass, requesting that the company engage an investment bank to effectuate a spin-off of the company’s utility segment.

Source: GAMCO’s First Use of Proxy Access and “Fix-It” Proposals

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  1. Good advice under What to Do Now. Very few companies where I have submitted proposals have bothered to engage. Those that do will find that I am very open to negotiation on fix-it proposals.

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