Cooperation Agreement dated December 21, 2020, by and among Evolent Health, Inc., Engaged Capital Flagship Master Fund, LP, Engaged Capital Co-Invest XI, LP, Engaged Capital Special Situation Fund, LP, Engaged Capital Flagship Fund, LP, Engaged Capital Flagship Fund, Ltd., Engaged Capital LLC, Engaged Capital Holdings, LLC and Glenn W. Welling
This Cooperation Agreement, dated as of December 21, 2020 (this Agreement), is by and among Evolent Health, Inc. (the Company) and the persons and entities set forth on Exhibit A hereto (the Engaged Group, and, for clarity and as applicable, including each member thereof acting individually).
WHEREAS, the Company and Engaged Capital, LLC, a member of the Engaged Group, have engaged in various discussions and communications concerning the Companys business, financial performance and strategic plans;
WHEREAS, as of the date hereof, the Engaged Group is the Beneficial Owner (as defined below) of 8,553,155 shares of Class A common stock, $0.01 par value per share, of the Company (the Common Stock), or approximately 9.96% of the Common Stock issued and outstanding on the date hereof; and
WHEREAS, the Company and the Engaged Group have determined to come to an agreement with respect to certain matters relating to the composition of the Board of Directors of the Company (the Board) and certain other matters, as provided in this Agreement.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing premises and the mutual covenants and agreements contained herein, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the Parties (as defined below), intending to be legally bound hereby, agree as follows:
1. Board Appointments, Committees and Related Agreements.
(a) Board Matters.
(i) Immediately following the execution of this Agreement, the Board and all applicable committees of the Board shall take all necessary actions to appoint Craig A. Barbarosh (the New Director) as a Class III director of the Board with a term expiring at the 2021 annual meeting of stockholders of the Company (the 2021 Annual Meeting).
(ii) The Board will include the New Director as a nominee for election to the Board on the slate of nominees recommended by the Board in the Companys proxy statement and on its proxy card relating to the 2021 Annual Meeting and take all necessary or appropriate actions to cause the election of the New Director to the Board at the 2021 Annual Meeting, including: (A) recommending that the Companys stockholders vote in favor of the New Director, and (B) otherwise supporting the New Director in a manner no less rigorous and favorable than the manner in which the Company supports the Boards other nominees.
(iii) The Board and all applicable committees of the Board shall take all necessary actions to seek the approval of the Companys stockholders at the 2021 Annual Meeting of an amendment to the Companys Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation (the Charter) to declassify the structure of the Board (the Declassification Proposal) such that directors standing for election at and subsequent to the 2021 Annual Meeting shall stand for election to one-year terms (with it being acknowledged and agreed that if the Declassification Proposal is approved by the Companys stockholders in accordance with the Charter and the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (the DGCL), then the Companys Class III directors (including the New Director) will be elected at the 2021 Annual Meeting with terms of office expiring at the 2022 annual meeting of stockholders of the Company (the 2022 Annual Meeting)). The Board shall recommend in favor of, and use its reasonable best efforts to solicit stockholder approval of, the Declassification Proposal at the 2021 Annual Meeting, and all directors and executive officers of the Company agree to vote all shares Beneficially Owned by them and over which they have voting control in favor of the Declassification Proposal. Without limiting the foregoing, the Company agrees to (A) engage Saratoga Proxy Consulting LLC as a proxy solicitor on reasonable and customary terms to solicit stockholder approval of the Declassification Proposal and (B) to adjourn the 2021 Annual Meeting for up to two (2) weeks (with the length of any such adjournment to be determined by the Company in reasonable consultation with the Engaged Group and consistent with the desire to approve the Declassification Proposal) to solicit additional stockholder support for the Declassification Proposal if as of immediately prior to the commencement of the 2021 Annual Meeting at least 75% of the outstanding Common Stock has not voted in favor of the Declassification Proposal.
(iv) During the period commencing with the date of this Agreement through the expiration of the Termination Date the Board and all applicable committees of the Board shall not increase the size of the Board to more than ten (10) directors without the prior written consent of the Engaged Group.
(b) Strategy Committee. Promptly following the execution of this Agreement, the Board shall establish a Strategy Committee of the Board (the Strategy Committee) to make recommendations to the Board with respect to value creation initiatives, including through improvements to the Companys operations, financial performance (including cost reduction) and overall business strategy and direction. Until the Termination Date, the Strategy Committee shall consist of four (4) non-executive Board members, including the New Director who shall serve on the Strategy Committee.
(c) Director Committee Appointments. Subject to the Companys Corporate Governance Guidelines and NYSE rules and applicable laws, the Board and all applicable committees of the Board shall take all actions necessary to ensure that from and after the appointment of the New Director to the Board and until the Termination Date, the New Director
is appointed to the Compensation Committee of the Board. Further, subject to the Companys Corporate Governance Guidelines and NYSE rules and applicable laws, the Board and all applicable committees of the Board shall take all action necessary to ensure that until the Termination Date, any executive committee of the Board or any committee of the Board tasked with evaluating an Extraordinary Transaction (as defined below) shall include the New Director. Without limiting the foregoing, the Board shall give the New Director the same due consideration for membership to any committee of the Board as any other independent director.
(d) Replacement Director. From the date of this Agreement until the Termination Date, if the New Director is unable or unwilling to serve as a director, resigns as a director or is removed as a director, and so long as the Engaged Group continuously Beneficially Owns in the aggregate at least the lesser of (A) 5.0% of the Companys then outstanding Common Stock and (B) 4,288,937 shares of Common Stock (subject to adjustment for stock splits, reclassifications and combinations, the Ownership Minimum), then the Engaged Group shall have the ability to recommend a substitute person(s) to replace the New Director in accordance with this Section 1(d) (any such replacement director, a Replacement Director). The appointment of any Replacement Director shall be subject to (A) the execution and delivery by such Replacement Director of a fully completed copy of the Companys standard director and officer questionnaire and other reasonable and customary director onboarding documentation required by the Company in connection with the appointment or election of new Board members; (B) such Replacement Director satisfying the Director Criteria (as defined below); and (C) the approval of the Board (it being acknowledged that the Board cannot unreasonably withhold its approval), taking into account the recommendation of the Nominating and Governance Committee of the Board (the Nominating Committee). The Nominating Committee shall make its determination and recommendation regarding whether such candidate so qualifies within five (5) Business Days after such candidate has submitted to the Company the documentation required by Section 1(e)(iv) below. In the event the Nominating Committee does not accept a substitute person recommended by the Engaged Group as the Replacement Director (it being acknowledged that the Nominating Committee cannot unreasonably withhold its approval), the Engaged Group shall have the right to recommend additional substitute person(s) whose appointment shall be subject to the Nominating Committee recommending such person in accordance with the procedures described above. Upon the recommendation of a Replacement Director candidate by the Nominating Committee, the Board shall review, approve and vote on the appointment of such Replacement Director to the Board no later than five (5) Business Days after the Nominating Committees recommendation of such Replacement Director; provided, however, that if the Board does not approve and appoint such Replacement Director to the Board (it being acknowledged that the Board cannot unreasonably withhold its approval), the Parties shall continue to follow the procedures of this Section 1(d) until a Replacement Director is approved and appointed to the Board. Upon a Replacement Directors appointment to the Board, the Board and all applicable committees of the Board shall consider whether such Replacement Director has the necessary qualifications to be appointed to any committee of the Board of which the replaced director was a member immediately prior to such directors departure from the Board, and, if the qualifications for such committee(s) are met, shall appoint such Replacement Director to such committee(s) or, if the qualifications for such committee(s) are not met, shall consider in good faith appointing the Replacement Director to other committees of the Board. Any Replacement Director designated pursuant to this Section 1(d) replacing the New Director prior to the 2021 Annual Meeting shall stand for election at the 2021 Annual Meeting together
with the Companys other nominees. Upon a Replacement Directors appointment to the Board, such Replacement Director shall be deemed to be the New Director for all purposes under this Agreement.
(e) Additional Agreements.
(i) The Engaged Group agrees (A) to cause its Affiliates and Associates (each as defined below) to comply with the terms of this Agreement and (B) that it shall be responsible for any breach of this Agreement by any such Affiliate or Associate. A breach of this Agreement by an Affiliate or Associate of any member of the Engaged Group, if such Affiliate or Associate is not a Party, shall be deemed to occur if such Affiliate or Associate engages in conduct that would constitute a breach of this Agreement if such Affiliate or Associate were a Party to the same extent as the Engaged Group.
(ii) Until the Termination Date, the Engaged Group agrees that it shall, and shall cause each of its Affiliates and Associates to, appear in person or by proxy or participate virtually at each annual or special meeting of the stockholders of the Company, or any action by written consent of the Companys stockholders in lieu thereof, and any adjournment, postponement, rescheduling or continuation thereof (each, a Stockholder Meeting) and vote all Voting Securities (as defined below) Beneficially Owned, directly or indirectly, by the Engaged Group or any such Affiliate or Associate (or which the Engaged Group or such Affiliate or Associate has the right or ability to vote) at such meeting (A) in favor of the nominees for director recommended by the Board, against or withhold from voting in favor of the election of any nominee for director not approved, recommended and nominated by the Board for election at any such meeting, and against any removal of any director of the Board; (B) in favor of the Declassification Proposal; and (C) in accordance with the Boards recommendation with respect to any other matter presented at such meeting; provided, however, that in the event Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) or Glass Lewis & Co., LLC (Glass Lewis) recommends otherwise with respect to any proposals (other than the election of directors or the Declassification Proposal), the Engaged Group shall be permitted to vote in accordance with the ISS or Glass Lewis recommendation; provided, further, that the Engaged Group shall be permitted to vote in its sole discretion with respect to any publicly announced proposals relating to an Extraordinary Transaction.
(iii) Until the Termination Date, upon written request from the Company, the Engaged Group shall promptly provide the Company with information regarding the amount of the securities of the Company then Beneficially Owned by the Engaged Group. Such information provided to the Company shall be kept strictly confidential unless required to be disclosed pursuant to law, the rules of any stock exchange or any Legal Requirement (as defined below).
(iv) Prior to the date of this Agreement, the New Director has submitted to the Company a fully completed copy of the Companys standard director & officer questionnaire and other reasonable and customary director onboarding
documentation required by the Company of all current directors in connection with the appointment or election of new Board members. Any Replacement Director will also promptly (but in any event prior to being placed on the Board in accordance with this Agreement) submit to the Company a fully completed copy of the Companys standard director & officer questionnaire and other reasonable and customary director onboarding documentation required by the Company of all current non-employee directors in connection with the appointment or election of new Board members.
2. Standstill Agreement.
(a) Until the Termination Date, the Engaged Group shall not, and shall cause each of its Affiliates and Associates not to, directly or indirectly, in any manner, alone or in concert with others:
(i) (A) acquire, cause to be acquired, or offer, seek or agree to acquire, whether by purchase, tender or exchange offer, through the acquisition of control of another person, by joining or forming a partnership, limited partnership, syndicate or other group (including any group of persons that would be treated as a single person under Section 13(d) of the Exchange Act (as defined below)), through swap or hedging transactions or otherwise (the taking of any such action, an Acquisition), Beneficial Ownership of any securities or assets of the Company (or any direct or indirect rights or options to acquire such ownership, including voting rights decoupled from the underlying Voting Securities) such that after giving effect to any such Acquisition, the Engaged Group or any of its Affiliates and Associates holds, directly or indirectly, in excess of 12.0% of the Voting Securities, (B) acquire, cause to be acquired or offer, seek or agree to acquire, whether by purchase or otherwise, any interest in any indebtedness of the Company, or (C) acquire, cause to be acquired or offer, seek or agree to acquire, ownership of any asset or business of the Company or any right or option to acquire any such asset or business from any person;
(ii) (A) nominate, give notice of an intent to nominate, or recommend for nomination a person for election to the Board or take any action in respect of the removal of any director (in each case other than pursuant to Section 1), (B) seek or knowingly encourage any person to submit any nomination in furtherance of a contested solicitation or take any other action in respect of the election or removal of any director (in each case other than pursuant to Section 1), (C) submit, or seek or knowingly encourage the submission of, any stockholder proposal (pursuant to Rule 14a-8 under the Exchange Act or otherwise) for consideration at, or bring any other business before, any Stockholder Meeting, (D) request, or knowingly initiate, encourage or participate in any request, to call a Stockholder Meeting, (E) publicly seek to amend any provision of the Charter, Third Amended and Restated By-Laws (the By-Laws) or other governing documents of the Company (each as may be amended from time to time) (in each case other than pursuant to Section 1) or (F) take any action similar to the foregoing with respect to any subsidiary of the Company; provided, however, that nothing in this Agreement shall prevent the Engaged Group or its Affiliates or Associates from taking actions in furtherance of identifying director candidates in connection with the 2022 Annual Meeting so long as such actions do
not create a public disclosure obligation for the Engaged Group or the Company and are undertaken on a basis reasonably designed to be confidential and in accordance in all material respects with the Engaged Groups normal practices in the circumstances;
(iii) solicit any proxy, consent or other authority to vote of stockholders or conduct any other referendum (binding or non-binding) (including any withhold, vote no or similar campaign) with respect to, or from the holders of, Voting Securities, or become a participant (as such term is defined in Instruction 3 to Item 4 of Schedule 14A promulgated under the Exchange Act) in, or knowingly assist, advise, initiate, encourage or influence any person (other than the Company) in, any solicitation of any proxy, consent or other authority to vote any Voting Securities (other than such assistance, advice, encouragement or influence that is consistent with the Boards recommendation in connection with such matter);
(iv) (A) grant any proxy, consent or other authority to vote with respect to any matters (other than to the named proxies included in the Companys proxy card for any Stockholder Meeting or as otherwise permitted by Section 1(e)(ii)) or (B) deposit or agree or propose to deposit any securities of the Company in any voting trust or similar arrangement, or subject any securities of the Company to any agreement or arrangement with respect to the voting of such securities (including a voting agreement or pooling arrangement), other than (I) any such voting trust or arrangement solely for the purpose of delivering to the Company or its designee a proxy, consent or other authority to vote in connection with a solicitation made by or on behalf of the Company or (II) customary brokerage accounts, margin accounts and prime brokerage accounts so long as a member of the Engaged Group retains the sole right to vote any such securities at any Stockholder Meeting;
(v) knowingly encourage, advise or influence any person or knowingly assist any person in so encouraging, advising or influencing any person, with respect to the giving or withholding of any proxy, consent or authority to vote any Voting Securities or in conducting any referendum (binding or non-binding) (including any withhold, vote no, or similar campaign);
(vi) without the prior written approval of the Company, separately or in conjunction with any other person in which it is or proposes to be either a principal, partner or financing source or is acting or proposes to act as broker or agent for compensation, propose, suggest or recommend publicly or in a manner that the Engaged Group is required under applicable law, rule or regulation to disclose publicly or participate in, effect or seek to effect any Extraordinary Transaction or knowingly encourage any other third party in any such activity; provided, that nothing in this Section 2(a)(vi) shall be interpreted to prohibit the Engaged Group from proposing, suggesting or recommending any Extraordinary Transaction privately to the Company so long as any such action is not publicly disclosed by the Engaged Group and is made by the Engaged Group in a manner that would not reasonably be expected to require the public disclosure thereof by the Company, the Engaged Group or any other person;
(vii) form, join, encourage the formation of, or in any way participate in any partnership, limited partnership, syndicate or group (within the meaning of Section 13(d)(3) of the Exchange Act) with respect to any Voting Securities (other than a group that includes all or some of the members of the Engaged Group, but does not include any other entities or persons that are not members of the Engaged Group as of the date hereof; provided that nothing herein shall limit the ability of an Affiliate of the Engaged Group to join such group following the execution of this Agreement, so long as any such Affiliate agrees to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Agreement);
(viii) make or publicly advance any request or proposal to amend, modify or waive any provision of this Agreement, or take any action challenging the validity or enforceability of any provision of or obligation arising under this Agreement; provided that the Engaged Group may make confidential requests to the Board to amend, modify or waive any provision of this Agreement, which the Board may accept or reject in its sole and absolute discretion, so long as any such request is not publicly disclosed by the Engaged Group and is made by the Engaged Group in a manner that would not reasonably be expected to require the public disclosure thereof by the Company, the Engaged Group or any other person;
(ix) make a request for a list of the Companys stockholders or for any books and records of the Company pursuant to Section 220 of the DGCL; or
(x) enter into any discussion, negotiation, agreement, arrangement or understanding concerning any of the foregoing (other than this Agreement) or encourage, assist, solicit, seek, or seek to cause any person to undertake any action inconsistent with this Section 2.
(b) Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, the foregoing provisions of this Section 2 shall not be deemed to restrict the Engaged Group from: (i) communicating privately with the Board or any of the Companys officers regarding any matter, so long as such communications are not intended to, and would not reasonably be expected to, require any public disclosure of such communications, (ii) communicating privately with stockholders of the Company and others in a manner that does not otherwise violate this Section 2 or Section 5, or (iii) making any public disclosure necessary to comply with any Legal Requirement. Furthermore, for the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this Agreement shall be deemed to restrict in any way the New Director in the exercise of its fiduciary duties under applicable law as a director of the Company.
3. Representations and Warranties of All Parties. Each Party represents and warrants to the other Party that (a) such Party has all requisite power and authority to execute and deliver this Agreement and to perform its obligations hereunder, (b) this Agreement has been duly and validly authorized, executed and delivered by it and is a valid and binding obligation of such Party, enforceable against such Party in accordance with its terms (subject to applicable bankruptcy and similar laws relating to creditors rights and to general equity principles) and (c) this Agreement will not result in a material violation of any (i) term or condition of any agreement to which such person is a party or by which such Party may otherwise be bound or (ii) law, rule, license, regulation, judgment, order or decree governing or affecting such Party.
4. Representations, Warranties and Covenants of the Engaged Group. The Engaged Group represents, warrants and covenants to the Company that (a) as of the date of this Agreement, the Engaged Group collectively beneficially owns and is entitled to vote an aggregate of 8,553,155 shares of Common Stock, (b) as of the date of this Agreement, the Engaged Group does not have, and does not have any right to acquire, any interest in any indebtedness or other securities of the Company, or a Synthetic Position (as defined below), (c) the Engaged Group has not provided or agreed to provide, and will not provide, any compensation in cash or otherwise to the New Director or any Replacement Director in connection with such persons appointment to, or service as a director on, the Board, (d) the New Director is not a former employee or current employee of the Engaged Group, and (e) the Engaged Group is not and will not become party to any agreement, arrangement or understanding (whether written or oral) with the New Director or any Replacement Director with respect to such persons service as a director on the Board, including any such agreement, arrangement or understanding with respect to how such person should or would vote or act on any issue or question as a director.
5. Non-Disparagement. Subject to applicable law, each of the Parties covenants and agrees that, until the Termination Date, or if earlier, until such time as the other Party or any of its Representatives (as defined below) shall have breached this Section 5, neither it nor any of its Representatives shall in any way attempt to discredit, make derogatory statements with respect to, call into disrepute, defame, make or cause to be made any statement or announcement that relates to and constitutes an ad hominem attack on, or relates to and otherwise disparages (or causes to be disparaged) the other Party or such other Partys subsidiaries, Affiliates, successors, assigns, officers (including any current or former officer of a Party or a Parties subsidiaries), directors (including any current or former director of a Party or a Parties subsidiaries) or employees (or attorneys or Representatives solely in the context of their representation of a Party in connection with the subject matter of this Agreement), or any of their practices, procedures, businesses, business operations, products or services, in any manner. The foregoing shall not prevent the making of any factual statement in connection with any compelled testimony or production of information by Legal Requirement.
6. No Litigation. Each Party agrees that, until the Termination Date, it shall not institute, solicit, join or assist in any lawsuit, claim or proceeding before any court or government agency (each, a Legal Proceeding) against the other Party, any Affiliate of the other Party or any of their respective current or former directors or officers, except for (a) any Legal Proceeding initiated primarily to remedy a breach of or to enforce this Agreement and (b) counterclaims with respect to any proceeding initiated by, or on behalf of one Party or its Affiliates against the other Party or its Affiliates; provided, however, that the foregoing shall not prevent any Party or any of its Representatives from responding to oral questions, interrogatories, requests for information or documents, subpoenas, civil investigative demands or similar processes (each, a Legal Requirement) in connection with any Legal Proceeding if such Legal Proceeding has not been initiated by, on behalf of or at the suggestion of such Party; provided, further, that in the event any Party or any of its Representatives receives such Legal Requirement, such Party shall give prompt written notice of such Legal Requirement to the other Party (except where such notice would be legally prohibited or not practicable). Each Party represents and warrants that neither it nor any assignee has filed any lawsuit against the other Party.
7. Confidentiality. The Engaged Group acknowledges and agrees that the New Director shall be required to preserve the confidentiality of the Companys information, including any non-public information entrusted to or obtained by such director by reason of the New Directors position as a director of the Company. The Engaged Group further acknowledges and agrees that no New Director shall share any information about the Company with the Engaged Group without the Boards consent, and the Engaged Group shall not seek to obtain any such confidential information from any New Director.
8. Press Release; Communications. Promptly following the execution of this Agreement, the Company shall issue the press release in the form attached hereto as Exhibit B (the Press Release) announcing certain terms of this Agreement. Neither the Company nor the Engaged Group shall make or cause to be made, and the Company and the Engaged Group shall cause their respective Affiliates and Associates not to make or cause to be made, any public announcement or statement with respect to the subject matter of this Agreement that is contrary to the statements made in the Press Release or the terms of this Agreement, except as required by law or the rules of any stock exchange or with the prior written consent of the other Party. The Engaged Group acknowledges and agrees that the Company may file this Agreement and file or furnish the Press Release with the SEC as exhibits to a Current Report on Form 8-K and other filings with the SEC. The Engaged Group shall be given a reasonable opportunity to review and comment on any Current Report on Form 8-K or other filing with the SEC made by the Company with respect to this Agreement, and the Company shall give reasonable consideration to any comments of the Engaged Group. The Company acknowledges that the Engaged Group may file this Agreement as an exhibit to its Schedule 13D with the SEC. The Company shall be given a reasonable opportunity to review and comment on such Schedule 13D filing made by the Engaged Group with respect to this Agreement, and the Engaged Group shall give reasonable consideration to any comments of the Company.
9. Expenses. Each Party shall be responsible for its own fees and expenses incurred in connection with the negotiation, execution and effectuation of this Agreement and the transactions contemplated hereby, except that the Company shall reimburse the Engaged Group for its reasonable documented expenses, including legal fees incurred in connection with the negotiation and entry into this Agreement and the matters related thereto, in an amount not to exceed $90,000.
10. Termination. This Agreement shall terminate on the earliest to occur of (a) thirty (30) calendar days prior to the notice deadline under the By-Laws for the nomination of director candidates for election to the Board at the 2022 Annual Meeting, (b) thirty (30) calendar days prior to the first anniversary of the notice deadline under the By-Laws for the nomination of director candidates for election to the Board at the 2021 Annual Meeting, and (c) the closing of an Extraordinary Transaction (the effective date of termination, the Termination Date). Notwithstanding the foregoing, the provisions of Section 9 through Section 21 shall survive the termination of this Agreement. No termination of this Agreement shall relieve any Party from liability for any breach of this Agreement prior to such termination.
11. Certain Defined Terms. For purposes of this Agreement:
(a) Affiliate has the meaning set forth in Rule 12b-2 promulgated by the SEC under the Exchange Act, and shall include all persons or entities that at any time during the term of this Agreement become Affiliates of any person or entity referred to in this Agreement; provided, however, that this term shall refer only to Affiliates controlled by the Company or the members of the Engaged Group, as applicable; provided, further, that, for purposes of this Agreement, the members of the Engaged Group shall not be Affiliates of the Company and the Company shall not be an Affiliate of the members of the Engaged Group.
(b) Associate has the meaning set forth in Rule 12b-2 promulgated by the SEC under the Exchange Act, and shall include all persons or entities that at any time during the term of this Agreement become Associate of any person or entity referred to in this Agreement; provided, however, that this term shall refer only to Associates controlled by the Company or the members of the Engaged Group, as applicable; provided, further, that, for purposes of this Agreement, the members of the Engaged Group shall not be Associates of the Company and the Company shall not be an Associate of the members of the Engaged Group.
(c) Beneficial Ownership means having the right or ability to vote, cause to be voted or control or direct the voting of any Voting Securities (in each case whether directly or indirectly, including pursuant to any agreement, arrangement or understanding, whether or not in writing); provided that a person shall be deemed to have Beneficial Ownership of any Voting Securities that such person has a right, option or obligation to own, acquire or control or direct the voting of upon conversion, exercise, expiration, settlement or similar event (Exercise) under or pursuant to (i) any Derivative (as defined below) (whether such Derivative is subject to Exercise immediately or only after the passage of time or upon the satisfaction of one or more conditions) and (ii) any Synthetic Position that is required or permitted to be settled, in whole or in part, in Voting Securities. A person shall be deemed to be the Beneficial Owner of, or to beneficially own, any securities that such person has Beneficial Ownership of.
(d) Business Day means any day that is not (i) a Saturday, (ii) a Sunday or (iii) other day on which commercial banks in the State of New York are authorized or required to be closed by applicable law.
(e) Director Criteria means that a person (i) qualifies as independent pursuant to SEC rules and regulations, applicable stock exchange listing standards and applicable corporate governance guidelines and policies, (ii) qualifies to serve as a director under the DGCL, (iii) is not an Affiliate, Associate, employee or principal of the Engaged Group or any of its Affiliates or Associates, and (iv) has the relevant experience to be a director of the Company.
(f) Exchange Act means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (together with the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder).
(g) Extraordinary Transaction means any tender offer, exchange offer, merger, consolidation, acquisition, business combination, sale, recapitalization, restructuring, or other transaction with a person that, in each case, that results in a change in control of the Company or the sale of substantially all of its assets.
(h) Party means the Company and the Engaged Group, individually, and Parties means the Company and the Engaged Group, collectively.
(i) person has the meaning ascribed to such terms under the Exchange Act and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.
(j) Representatives means a persons Affiliates and Associates and its and their respective directors, officers, employees, partners, members, managers, consultants, legal or other advisors, agents and other representatives acting in a capacity on behalf of, in concert with or at the direction of, such person or its Affiliates and Associates.
(k) SEC means the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
(l) Synthetic Position means any option, warrant, convertible security, stock appreciation right or other security, contract right or derivative position or similar right (including any swap transaction with respect to any security, other than a broad based market basket or index) (each of the foregoing, a Derivative), whether or not presently exercisable, that has an exercise or conversion privilege or a settlement payment or mechanism at a price related to the value of Voting Securities or a value determined in whole or in part with reference to, or derived in whole or in part from, the value of Voting Securities and that increases in value as the market price or value of Voting Securities increases or that provides an opportunity, directly or indirectly, to profit or share in any profit derived from any increase in the value of Voting Securities, in each case regardless of whether (i) it conveys any voting rights in such Voting Securities to any person, (ii) it is required to be or capable of being settled, in whole or in part, in Voting Securities or (iii) any person (including the holder of such Synthetic Position) may have entered into other transactions that hedge its economic effect.
(m) Voting Securities means the Common Stock and any other securities of the Company entitled to vote in the election of directors.
12. Mandatory Injunctive Relief; Fees.
(a) Each Party acknowledges and agrees that any breach of any provision of this Agreement shall cause the other Party irreparable harm which would not be adequately compensable by money damages. Accordingly, in the event of a breach or threatened breach by a Party of any provision of this Agreement, the other Party shall be entitled to seek an injunction or other preliminary or equitable relief, without having to prove irreparable harm or actual damages or post a bond or other security. The foregoing right shall be in addition to such other rights or remedies that may be available to the non-breaching Party for such breach or threatened breach, including the recovery of money damages.
(b) If a Party institutes any legal suit, action or proceeding against the other Party to enforce this Agreement (or obtain any other remedy regarding any breach of this Agreement) or arising out of or relating to this Agreement, including contract, equity, tort, fraud and statutory claims, the prevailing Party in the suit, action or proceeding is entitled to receive, and the non-prevailing Party shall pay, in addition to all other remedies to which the prevailing Party may be entitled, the costs and expenses incurred by the prevailing Party in conducting the suit, action or proceeding, including actual attorneys fees and expenses, even if not recoverable by law.
13. Severability. If any term, provision, covenant or restriction of this Agreement is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, void or unenforceable, the remainder of the terms, provisions, covenants and restrictions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect and shall in no way be affected, impaired or invalidated. Each Party agrees to use its commercially reasonable best efforts to agree upon and substitute a valid and enforceable term, provision, covenant or restriction for any of such that is held invalid, void or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction.
14. Notices. Any notices, consents, determinations, waivers or other communications required or permitted to be given under the terms of this Agreement must be in writing and shall be deemed to have been delivered (a) upon receipt, when delivered personally, (b) upon confirmation of receipt, when sent by e-mail (provided that such confirmation is not automatically generated) or (c) one Business Day after deposit with a nationally recognized overnight delivery service, in each case properly addressed to the Party to receive the same. The addresses for such communications shall be:
If to the Company:
Evolent Health, Inc.
800 N. Glebe Road, Suite 500
Arlington, VA 22203
Attention: Jonathan Weinberg
With copies (which shall not constitute notice) to:
King & Spalding LLP
1185 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
Attention: Elizabeth A. Morgan
If to the Engaged Group:
Engaged Capital, LLC
610 Newport Center Drive, Suite 250
Newport Beach, California 92660
Attention: Glenn W. Welling
With copies (which shall not constitute notice) to:
Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP
1325 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
Attention: Steve Wolosky
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|EVOLENT HEALTH, INC.|
|Name:||Jonathan D. Weinberg|
|Title:||General Counsel and Secretary|
|ENGAGED CAPITAL FLAGSHIP MASTER FUND, LP|
|By:||Engaged Capital, LLC|
|Name:||Glenn W. Welling|
|Title:||Founder and Chief Investment Officer|
|ENGAGED CAPITAL CO-INVEST XI, LP|
|By:||Engaged Capital, LLC|
|Name:||Glenn W. Welling|
|Title:||Founder and Chief Investment Officer|
|ENGAGED CAPITAL SPECIAL SITUATION FUND, LP|
|By:||Engaged Capital, LLC|
|Name:||Glenn W. Welling|
|Title:||Founder and Chief Investment Officer|
|ENGAGED CAPITAL FLAGSHIP FUND, LP|
|By:||Engaged Capital, LLC|
|Name:||Glenn W. Welling|
|Title:||Founder and Chief Investment Officer|
|ENGAGED CAPITAL FLAGSHIP FUND, LTD.|
|Name:||Glenn W. Welling|
|ENGAGED CAPITAL, LLC|
|Name:||Glenn W. Welling|
|Title:||Founder and Chief Investment Officer|
|ENGAGED CAPITAL HOLDINGS, LLC|
|Name:||Glenn W. Welling|
|GLENN W. WELLING|
Engaged Capital, LLC
Engaged Capital Flagship Master Fund, LP
Engaged Capital Co-Invest XI, LP
Engaged Capital Special Situation Fund, LP
Engaged Capital Flagship Fund, LP
Engaged Capital Flagship Fund, Ltd.
Engaged Capital Holdings, LLC
Glenn W. Welling
Form of Press Release
Evolent Health Announces Cooperation Agreement With Engaged Capital
Appoints New Independent Director Craig Barbarosh to the Board
Board to Form a Strategy Committee Focused on Value Creation Initiatives
Company to Seek Stockholder Approval to Declassify Board at 2021 Annual Meeting
WASHINGTON, D.C., December 22, 2020 Evolent Health, Inc. (NYSE: EVH) (the Company or Evolent), a health care company that delivers proven clinical and administrative solutions to payers and providers, today announced that it has entered into a Cooperation Agreement with Engaged Capital, LLC (Engaged Capital), pursuant to which Craig Barbarosh has been appointed to Evolents Board of Directors as a Class III director.
Evolent has also agreed to form a Strategy Committee of the Board, consisting of four non-executive Board members, including Mr. Barbarosh. The Strategy Committee will make recommendations to the Board with respect to value creation initiatives, including through improvements to the Companys operations, financial performance (including cost reduction) and overall business strategy and direction. Mr. Barbarosh will also be appointed to the Boards Compensation Committee and stand for re-election at the Companys 2021 annual meeting of stockholders (the 2021 Annual Meeting).
In addition, and as previously communicated, at the 2021 Annual Meeting Evolent will propose an amendment to its Charter and seek stockholder approval to declassify the Board such that, if passed, directors standing for election at and subsequent to the 2021 Annual Meeting will stand for election to one-year terms.
Frank Williams, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Evolent said, We are pleased to have come to an agreement with Engaged Capital and look forward to furthering our constructive relationship. We also welcome our newest independent director, Craig Barbarosh, and the perspectives he will bring to the Board. The Evolent Board of Directors is committed to best-in-class governance and thoughtful refreshment of our Board. With the addition of Craig, we have now added five accomplished independent directors to our Board over the past five years. Craigs healthcare industry knowledge and nearly 30 years of experience as a proven business leader and public company board member will be highly valuable as we work to execute on our strategic priorities of driving profitable growth and maximizing long-term value for all Evolent shareholders.
Glenn W. Welling, the founder and Chief Investment Officer of Engaged Capital, added, We are pleased that we have aligned with Evolents management team and Board on a series of corporate changes that will help Evolent focus on the goal of maximizing value for all
shareholders. The changes announced today, including Craigs appointment to the Board, the formation of a Strategy Committee of the Board and the commitment to seek to declassify the Board at the upcoming annual meeting are important steps in Evolents evolution as a public company. We appreciate the constructive relationship we have developed with the Company and look forward to working with the Board as the Company moves forward.
Craig A. Barbarosh has been an independent director of Landec Corporation since October 2019, and Nextgen Healthcare, Inc. since 2009, where he is currently the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee. He is also an independent director of Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc., where he is the Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Barbarosh previously served as an independent director on the Board of Directors of Aratana Therapeutics, Inc., BioPharmX, Inc., and Bazaarvoice, Inc. He also served as the independent board observer for Payless Holdings, LLC and is the independent director for Ruby Tuesday, Inc. Mr. Barbarosh has been a partner at a large, international law firm since June 2012. He holds his J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and his B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
In addition to the foregoing Board matters, Engaged Capital has agreed to customary standstill and voting commitments in connection with the Cooperation Agreement. The complete agreement between the Company and Engaged Capital will be included as an exhibit to the Companys Current Report on Form 8-K, which will be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC).
PJT Partners is serving as exclusive strategic advisor and King & Spalding LLP is serving as legal advisor to Evolent. Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP is serving as legal advisor to Engaged Capital.
About Evolent Health
Evolent Health (NYSE: EVH) delivers proven clinical and administrative solutions that improve whole-person health while making health care simpler and more affordable. Our solutions encompass total cost of care management, specialty care management, and administrative simplification. Evolent serves a national base of leading payers and providers, is the first company to receive the National Committee for Quality Assurances Population Health Program Accreditation, and is consistently recognized as a top place to work in health care nationally. Learn more about how Evolent is changing the way health care is delivered by visiting evolenthealth.com.
About Engaged Capital
Engaged Capital, LLC (Engaged Capital) was established in 2012 by a group of professionals with significant experience in activist investing in North America and was seeded by Grosvenor Capital Management, L.P., one of the oldest and largest global alternative investment managers. Engaged Capital is a limited liability company owned by its principals and formed to create long-term shareholder value by bringing an owners perspective to the managements and
boards of undervalued public companies. Engaged Capital manages approximately $1.3B of assets and its efforts and resources are dedicated to a single investment style, Constructive Activism with a focus on delivering superior, long-term, risk-adjusted returns for investors. Engaged Capital is based in Newport Beach, California.
Forward-Looking Statements Cautionary Language
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended (the PSLRA). The Company claims the protection afforded by the safe harbor for forward-looking statements provided by the PSLRA. Actual events or results may differ materially from those contained in these forward-looking statements. In addition, please refer to the periodic reports that the Company has filed with the SEC, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K and the risk factors noted therein. Such periodic filings by the Company identify and address other important factors that could cause future events or results to vary from the forward-looking statements set forth in this press release. In addition, the Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date hereof.
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