NEW YORK (PRWEB) September 8, 2008
Harbinger is soliciting shareholders' proxies to authorize, in accordance with Ohio law, the acquisition by Harbinger of additional shares of common stock that would increase its stake to between one-fifth and one-third of Cleveland-Cliffs. Harbinger believes it is the largest shareholder in Cleveland-Cliffs, with 16,616,472 common shares, or approximately 15.57% of the issued and outstanding stock, based on figures released by Cleveland-Cliffs.
Harbinger believes that Cleveland-Cliffs is a terrifically well-positioned company, but the recently announced transaction with Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. has convinced Harbinger that the company needs a strong, independent voice advocating the cause of maximizing shareholder value.
Harbinger is not seeking to control Cleveland-Cliffs. Rather, Harbinger intends to be an advocate for the interests of shareholders, working with management, the board of directors, shareholders and all other interested parties to ensure that the Company explores all available alternatives for enhancing the value of its equity.
The special meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 3, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. Ohio time, at The Mayfield Sand Ridge Club, 1545 Sheridan Road, South Euclid, Ohio 44121.
The Company has adopted extraordinary procedures at the special meeting which require shareholders to complete a form of certification included with their proxy card — in addition to the proxy card itself—in order for their votes to be counted fully in connection with the Harbinger share acquisition proposal. Harbinger encourages all shareholders to read Harbinger's proxy statement carefully and then vote their shares by using the GREEN proxy card and accompanying certification of eligibility, or provide proper voting instructions with respect to their shares to their broker or other nominee, as soon as possible so that their shares will be represented at the special meeting.
The Harbinger Capital Partners® Funds investment team located in New York City manages in excess of $21 billion as of August 1, 2008. Our objective is to achieve superior absolute returns primarily through investments in distressed/high yield debt securities, special situation equities and private loans and notes. Harbinger Capital Partners Master Fund I, Ltd. focuses on event-driven situations, turnarounds and capital structure arbitrage, including both long and short positions in highly leveraged and financially distressed companies. Harbinger Capital Partners Special Situations Fund, L.P. is focused on medium to long term, control-oriented and frequently less liquid distressed investments, with flexibility to use other investment strategies and types of securities when attractive opportunities arise.
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