In an amended 13D filing on Brinks Co. (NYSE:BCO), 8.5% holder Pirate Capital disclosed a letter to the board of directors of the Issuer, among other things, encouraging the board to (i) take immediate steps to unlock long-term shareholder value by retaining an investment bank to explore the sale of the Company and initiate a large Dutch tender offer for the Shares, and (ii) immediately appoint Thomas R. Hudson Jr. to the board. The firm also recommended a substantial second Dutch tender offer for its stock.
The firm said its past request urging the company to an retain an investment bank to explore the sale of the Company has not been met and instead, based on management's posturing on the most recent investor call, BCO appears to be pursuing an acquisition.
In its letter the firm said, "Despite BCO's two premier security businesses, the Company has yet to be awarded a deserving multiple. While we applaud the Board's successful strategic initiatives, we believe that BCO remains an undervalued and underleveraged company. We have urged BCO to engage an investment bank to explore the sale of the Company, and we further call on the Company to immediately pursue a substantial second Dutch tender offer for its stock. If the Board agrees that BCO shares are undervalued then it is an opportune time to initiate a Dutch tender. If the shares continue to trade at an unwarranted discount, we believe substantial value will be realized through competitive bidding and the sale process. We are confident that our proposals will unlock significant shareholder value as evidenced by the success of the sale of BAX Global and the first Dutch tender offer. Unfortunately, we have seen no progress towards the fulfillment of these shareholder initiatives."
The firm also said, "We have had meaningful conversations with investment bankers and are highly confident that a number of financial and strategic buyers would be interested in acquiring the Company at a considerable premium to the current stock price."