Cirrus Networks shareholders reject Webcentral's board changes

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Cirrus Networks shareholders reject Webcentral's board changes

Cirrus Networks has revealed that its shareholders have rejected Webcentral’s proposal to overhaul its board and place Webcentral executives as replacements.

In its extraordinary general meeting on Friday, Cirrus Networks shareholders voted against Webcentral’s proposals to remove directors Andrew Milner and Daniel Rohr and the appointments of Webcentral CEO Joe Demase and Michael Wilton. The proposal to remove former Cirrus CEO Matt Sullivan was withdrawn.

The proposal to remove Milner was rejected by 57.3 percent of the shareholder vote, while 55.57 percent rejected the proposal to remove Rohr. Meanwhile the appointment of Demase was rejected by 56.59 percent of the votes, while Wilton was rejected by 56.57 percent.

In a statement sent to CRN, Demase said of the results, "We had an opportunity to address shareholders at today’s meeting about our plans and our view of the Cirrus business. The result was very close with roughly 17 percent of existing shareholders voting in our favour which supported our existing 18 per cent shareholding.”

“Remarkably, 75 percent of all shareholders voted, which is very significant for an EGM. We will assess our options and decide next steps shortly. Cirrus has completed a review of the business yet the board still refuses to provide any financial guidance for FY22. Shareholders need this information to make informed investment decisions.”

Demase added the Webcentral-5G Networks merger is expected to complete in mid-November and said results have indicated that it has been “going very well”.

CRN has contacted Cirrus Networks for comment.

Webcentral first announced plans to acquire Cirrus in August, offering to purchase all of Cirrus’ ASX shares for 3.2 cents each for a total consideration of around $26 million. The MSP’s rejected the offer and urged shareholders to reject it in the EGM, saying Webcentral was not paying an adequate control premium and that the proposed price was not enough.

Webcentral eventually secured 18 percent of Cirrus earlier this month, up from its original holdings of 8.86 percent.

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