SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Tender Offer Statement under Section 14(d)(1) or 13(e)(1)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
(Amendment No. 3)
(Name of Subject Company (Issuer))
CEDAR ACQUISITION CORPORATION
a subsidiary of
OC ACQUISITION LLC
(Parent of Offeror)
a subsidiary of
(Parent of Offeror)
(Names of Filing Persons)
Common Stock, Par Value $0.01 per share
(Title of Class of Securities)
(CUSIP Number of Class of Securities)
Brian S. Higgins
Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Secretary
2300 Oracle Way
Austin, Texas 78741
Telephone: (737) 867-1000
(Name, Address and Telephone Number of Person Authorized to Receive Notices and Communications on Behalf of Filing Persons)
With copies to:
Keith A. Flaum
Christopher R. Moore
Tiffany P. Posil
Hogan Lovells US LLP
4085 Campbell Avenue, Suite 100
Menlo Park, California 94025
Telephone: (650) 463-4000
CALCULATION OF FILING FEE
|Transaction Valuation*||Amount of Filing Fee*|
Estimated solely for purposes of calculating the filing fee. This calculation is based on the offer to purchase all of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share, of Cerner Corporation (Cerner), at a purchase price of $95.00 per share, net to the seller in cash, without interest thereon and subject to any required tax withholding. Such shares consist of: (i) 292,952,521 shares of common stock of Cerner that were issued and outstanding as of January 11, 2022; (ii) 3,262,118 shares of common stock of Cerner potentially issuable upon exercise of outstanding exercisable in-the-money stock options as of January 11, 2022; (iii) 2,995,301 shares of common stock of Cerner issuable upon the settlement of outstanding restricted stock units as of January 11, 2022; and (iv) 550,052 shares of common stock of Cerner issuable upon the settlement of outstanding performance share units as of January 11, 2022. The foregoing figures have been provided by the issuer to the offeror and are as of January 11, 2022, the most recent practicable date.
The filing fee was calculated in accordance with Rule 0-11 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Fee Rate Advisory No. 1 for Fiscal Year 2022, issued August 23, 2021, by multiplying the transaction value by 0.0000927.
Check the box if any part of the fee is offset as provided by Rule 0-11(a)(2) and identify the filing with which the offsetting fee was previously paid. Identify the previous filing by registration statement number, or the form or schedule and the date of its filing.
|Amount Previously Paid: $2,639,836.37||Filing Party: Cedar Acquisition Corporation, OC Acquisition LLC and Oracle Corporation|
|Form of Registration No.: Schedule TO||Date Filed: January 19, 2022|
Check the box if the filing relates solely to preliminary communications made before the commencement of a tender offer.
Check the appropriate boxes below to designate any transactions to which the statement relates:
Third-party tender offer subject to Rule 14d-1.
Issuer tender offer subject to Rule 13e-4.
Going-private transaction subject to Rule 13e-3.
Amendment to Schedule 13D under Rule 13d-2.
Check the following box if the filing is a final amendment reporting the results of the tender offer: ☐
If applicable, check the appropriate box(es) below to designate the appropriate rule provision(s) relied upon:
Rule 13e-4(i) (Cross-Border Issuer Tender Offer)
Rule 14d-1(d) (Cross-Border Third-Party Tender Offer)
This Amendment No. 3 (this Amendment) amends and supplements the Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO (together with any amendments and supplements thereto, the Schedule TO), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 19, 2022 by Cedar Acquisition Corporation, a Delaware corporation (Purchaser), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of OC Acquisition LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Oracle Corporation, a Delaware corporation (Oracle). The Schedule TO relates to the offer by Purchaser to purchase all of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the Shares), of Cerner Corporation, a Delaware corporation, at a purchase price of $95.00 per Share net to the seller in cash, without interest thereon and subject to any required tax withholding, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase, dated January 19, 2022 (the Offer to Purchase), and in the related Letter of Transmittal, copies of which are attached to the Schedule TO as Exhibits (a)(1)(A) and (a)(1)(B), respectively.
Except as otherwise set forth in this Amendment, the information set forth in the Schedule TO remains unchanged and is incorporated herein by reference to the extent relevant to the items in this Amendment. Capitalized terms used but not defined herein have the meanings ascribed to them in the Schedule TO.
Items 4 and 11.
The Offer to Purchase and Items 4 and 11 of the Schedule TO, to the extent such Items incorporate by reference the information contained in the Offer to Purchase, are hereby amended and supplemented as follows:
Amending and restating the second paragraph of Section 16 Certain Legal Matters; Regulatory ApprovalsU.S. Antitrust Laws on page 46 of the Offer to Purchase, as amended by Amendment No. 1 to the Schedule TO-T, to read as follows:
At 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on February 22, 2022, the applicable waiting period under the HSR Act with respect to the purchase of Shares in the Offer and the Merger expired.
Adding a new paragraph as the second paragraph under the caption Legal Proceedings of Section 16 Certain Legal Matters; Regulatory Approvals, as previously set forth in Amendment No. 1 to the Schedule TO-T, to read as follows:
On February 15, 2022, a purported stockholder of Cerner filed a complaint in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware, captioned Operating Engrs Constr. Indus. & Misc. Pension Fund v. Cerner Corporation, C.A. No. 2022-0150 (Del. Ch.) (the Pension Fund Complaint). The Pension Fund Complaint names Cerner as defendant and asserts a claim under Section 220 of the Delaware General Corporation Law. The Pension Fund Complaint seeks, among other relief, an order to produce or permit inspection of books and records, as well as costs and expenses including attorneys fees.
The foregoing summary is qualified in its entirety by the Pension Fund Complaint, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit (a)(5)(L) to this Schedule TO-T and is incorporated by reference herein.
Item 12. Exhibits.
Item 12 of the Schedule TO is hereby amended and supplemented by adding the following exhibits:
|Exhibit No.|| |
|(a)(5)(K)||Press Release issued by Oracle Corporation on February 23, 2022, announcing expiration of HSR waiting period.|
|(a)(5)(L)||Complaint captioned Operating Engrs Constr. Indus. & Misc. Pension Fund v. Cerner Corporation, filed February 15, 2022 in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware.|
|107||Filing fee table (incorporated by reference to Amendment No. 1 to Schedule TO filed by Oracle Corporation on February 4, 2022).|
After due inquiry and to the best knowledge and belief of the undersigned, each of the undersigned certifies that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and correct.
Date: February 23, 2022
|Cedar Acquisition Corporation|
/s/ Brian S. Higgins
|Name: Brian S. Higgins|
|Title: Senior Vice President and Secretary|
|OC Acquisition LLC|
/s/ Brian S. Higgins
|Name: Brian S. Higgins|
|Title: Senior Vice President, Legal|
/s/ Brian S. Higgins
|Name: Brian S. Higgins|
|Title: Senior Vice President, Associate|
|General Counsel and Secretary|
For Immediate Release
Oracle Announces Expiration of HSR Waiting Period to Acquire Cerner Corporation
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 23, 2022 Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) (Oracle) announced today that the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, applicable to Oracles pending acquisition of Cerner Corporation (Nasdaq: CERN) (Cerner) expired at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on February 22, 2022.
The tender offer for Cerner shares remains subject to the satisfaction or waiver of other conditions, including clearances under applicable foreign competition and foreign direct investment laws. The tender offer is scheduled to expire at 12:00 midnight, Eastern Time, at the end of the day on March 16, 2022; however, the parties anticipate extending the tender offer to allow additional time for the satisfaction of the remaining conditions to the tender offer.
Oracle offers integrated suites of applications plus secure, autonomous infrastructure in the Oracle Cloud. For more information about Oracle (NYSE: ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.
Oracle, Java, and MySQL are registered trademarks of Oracle Corporation.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This document may contain certain forward-looking statements about Oracle and Cerner, including statements that involve risks and uncertainties concerning Oracles proposed acquisition of Cerner, anticipated customer benefits and general business outlook. When used in this document, the words can, will, expect, opportunity, promises, goal and similar expressions and any other statements that are not historical facts are intended to identify those assertions as forward-looking statements. Any such statement may be influenced by a variety of factors, many of which are beyond the control of Oracle or Cerner, that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those projected, described, expressed or implied in this document due to a number of risks and uncertainties. Potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the possibilities that the transaction will not close or that the closing may be delayed, that the anticipated synergies may not be achieved after closing, and that the combined operations may not be successfully integrated in a timely manner, if at all; general economic conditions in regions in which either company does business; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on how Oracle, Cerner and their respective customers are operating their businesses and the duration and extent to which the pandemic will impact Oracles or Cerners future results of operations; and the possibility that Oracle or Cerner may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors. Accordingly, no assurances can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what impact they will have on the results of operations or financial condition of Oracle or Cerner.
In addition, please refer to the documents that Oracle and Cerner, respectively, file with the SEC on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. These filings identify and address other important factors that could cause Oracles and Cerners respective operational and other results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements set forth in this document. You are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this document. Except as required by law, neither Oracle nor Cerner is under any duty to update any of the information in this document.
Additional Information about the Acquisition and Where to Find It
This communication does not constitute an offer to buy or solicitation of an offer to sell shares of common stock of Cerner (the Shares). This communication is for informational purposes only. The tender offer is not being made to, nor will tenders be accepted from, or on behalf of, holders of Shares in any jurisdictions in which the making of the tender offer or the acceptance thereof would not comply with the laws of that jurisdiction.
The tender offer is being made pursuant to a Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO (including an Offer to Purchase, a related Letter of Transmittal and certain other tender offer documents) filed by Cedar Acquisition Corporation with the SEC on January 19, 2022, as amended or supplemented from time to time. In addition, on January 19, 2022, Cerner filed a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 with the SEC related to the tender offer, which has been amended or supplemented from time to time. Holders of Shares are urged to read these documents carefully (as each may be amended or supplemented from time to time) because they contain important information that holders of Shares should consider before making any decision regarding tendering their Shares. The Offer to Purchase, the related Letter of Transmittal and certain other tender offer documents, as well as the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement, are available to all holders of Shares at no expense to them. The tender offer materials and the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement are available for free at the SECs website at www.sec.gov.
Oracle and Cerner also file annual, quarterly and special reports and other information with the SEC, which are available at the SECs website at www.sec.gov.
IN THE COURT OF CHANCERY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE
AND MISCELLANEOUS PENSION
C.A. No. 2022-
VERIFIED COMPLAINT PURSUANT TO 8 DEL. C. § 220
TO COMPEL INSPECTION OF BOOKS AND RECORDS
Plaintiff Operating Engineers Construction Industry and Miscellaneous Pension Fund (Plaintiff), by and through its undersigned counsel, alleges upon knowledge as to itself and its own actions and upon information and belief as to all other matters, as follows:
NATURE OF THE ACTION
1. Plaintiff brings this action to enforce its right to inspect certain corporate books and records of Defendant Cerner Corporation (Cerner or the Company), a Delaware corporation, pursuant to 8 Del. C. § 220 (Section 220). Plaintiff seeks to inspect these documents to investigate possible wrongdoing and/or breaches of fiduciary duty by members of the Companys board of directors (the Board) and Cerners senior management, in connection with the planned merger (Merger) between Cerner and Oracle Corporation (Oracle). Plaintiff further seeks access to certain books and records to investigate the independence and disinterestedness of the Board.
2. On December 20, 2021, Cerner announced it had entered into a merger agreement with Oracle (Merger Agreement), which would be effectuated by a cash tender offer to acquire all of Cerners outstanding common stock for $95.00 per share (Tender Offer). Cerner published its definitive Schedule 14A proxy statement on January 19, 2022 (Proxy Statement), which indicated that the Tender Offer would expire on midnight of February 16, 2022. An amendment to the Proxy Statement filed on February 11, 2022 stated that the Tender Offer will now expire on midnight of March 16, 2022.
3. The Merger appears to be substantively and procedurally unfair. The Proxy Statement revealed that the Board stymied potential bidders for the Company in favor of its preferred partner, Oracle. In fact, the Board acquiesced to an exclusivity agreement with Oracle - without receiving any consideration for granting exclusivity - that precluded Cerner from maximizing its sales price.
4. Despite the lack of a sales process, the Board also failed to secure a go shop provision in the Merger Agreement, which would have enabled Cerner to solicit potential counterparties and obtain a better sales price. The Board further agreed to an onerous termination fee of $950 million, virtually guaranteeing that no other potential counterparty would even attempt to acquire the Company. Cerner, for reasons that are unclear to Plaintiff but that may become clear upon review of the requested materials at issue, expressed a clear preference for Oracle and did not follow reasonable steps to obtain a value-maximizing transaction.
5. On February 7, 2022, Plaintiff served a demand to inspect Cerners books and records, in full compliance with Section 220 (the 220 Demand), a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit A. The 220 Demand was received by the Companys registered agent on
February 7, 2022, as shown by Exhibit B hereto. By statute Cerner was required to respond to the 220 Demand on or before February 14, 2022.
6. By failing to formally respond to the 220 Demand within the statutory period, Cerner has forced Plaintiff to bring this action to enforce its inspection rights.
7. Due to the imminent expiration of the Tender Offer and closing of the Merger, Plaintiff brings this Action in order to preserve its rights and standing under Section 220. Plaintiff asks that the Court enter a summary order directing the Company to produce for inspection all of the books and records that Plaintiff has requested.
8. This Court has exclusive jurisdiction to hear and determine this action pursuant to Section 220. Cerner is incorporated in Delaware and maintains a registered agent and principal place of business within the State of Delaware. Venue is also appropriate pursuant to Section 220.
9. Plaintiff is a current stockholder of record of Cerner and has continuously been a stockholder of the Company at all times relevant herein.
10. Defendant Cerner is a Delaware corporation headquartered in Missouri. Cerners common stock is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol CERN.
A. THE COMPANY AND ITS SENIOR MANAGEMENT
11. Cerner is a leading supplier of health care information technology solutions and tech-enabled services. Cerner operates the second-largest electronic health record business in the United States, controlling 25 percent of the market according to a recent study.1
12. Cerners President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is David Freinberg, who joined the Company effective October 1, 2021. Freinberg replaced former CEO and Board Chairman Brent Shafer, who continues to provide services to Cerner through October 1, 2022 pursuant to a transition agreement.
13. Cerner Director William Zollars was elevated to Board Chairman in October 2021.
14. Cerners Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is Jerome Labat, who joined the Company in June 2020 and formerly served in various managerial capacities with Oracle for approximately 20 years.
15. Mark Erceg joined Cerner as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) effective February 22, 2021.
B. CERNER FIELDS INTEREST FROM POTENTIAL BIDDERS; STEERS NEGOTIATIONS TO ORACLE
16. According to the Proxy Statement, the Board received multiple unsolicited offers between May 2021 and July 2021 from strategic buyers and private equity partners who were
See THE NEW YORK TIMES, Oracle takes a big move toward health with a deal to buy Cerner for $28.3 billion (Dec. 20, 2021) (at https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/20/technology/oracle-cerner-health-records.html).
interested in exploring a take-private acquisition of the Company. One of the inquiries resulted in a call between an interested private equity sponsor (Sponsor A) and Cerner management on August 9, 2021 to discuss Cerners recent performance and Sponsor As interest in a potential acquisition. Cerner declined to pursue a deal, however, informing Sponsor A that the Company was focused on pursuing a standalone strategy.2
17. Although the Board rebuffed Sponsor A due to the purported strengths of the Companys standalone strategy, the Board soon zeroed in on consummating a deal with Oracle, which first approached Cerner on October 7, 2021.3
18. Cerner continued discussions with Oracle through December 2021, without conducting a market check or otherwise attempting to create competition for Oracle to ensure that Oracle would put its highest bid on the table or to ensure that Cerner would be sold in the value-maximizing transaction. On November 12, 2021, Oracle presented its first offer via a written, non-binding proposal to acquire Cerner for $92.00 per share in cash. Oracle also requested to enter into an agreement for exclusive negotiations through December 13, 2021 (Initial Proposal). The Initial Proposal represented a 23% premium to Cerners trading price.4
19. The Board, together with Cerners management and advisors, discussed other potential counterparties and the possibility of initiating a sales process on November 20, 2021. This discussion addressed potential private equity buyers, including Sponsor A (which had first contacted Cerner in July 2021) and potential strategic counterparties. Despite the obvious potential
See Proxy Statement at pp. 14-15.
See id., p. 15.
See id, pp. 16-17.
for maximizing the Companys sales price and generating competition for Oracle, the Board decided against an outreach process due to a speculative lack of interest from potential strategic buyers.5
20. Having eschewed a market check, the Board created a Transaction Working Group to oversee management and the Company advisors in negotiations with Oracle. The Transaction Working Group - comprised of directors John Greisch, Melinda Mount, Halsey Wise, and Chairman Zollars - was not granted any formal authority and did not act as a special committee.6
C. THE BOARD GIFTS ORACLE EXCLUSIVITY AND DROPS ITS GO-SHOP REQUEST
21. On November 24, 2021, the Board authorized management to inform Oracle that Cerner was unwilling to continue discussions or enter into exclusivity based upon the terms of the Initial Proposal, but that the Cerner Board would consider a proposal with materially improved pricing term. Later that same day, Cerner management purportedly passed on the Boards rejection of the Initial Proposal to Oracle; the Proxy Statement fails to specify whether management also rejected Oracles request for exclusivity.7
22. On December 1, 2021, Oracle submitted a best and final offer to acquire Cerner for $95.00 per share, subject to exclusivity and other conditions (Revised Proposal). Rather than pushing back on exclusivity in order to launch a sales process that would maximize shareholder value, on December 2, 2021, the Transaction Working Group abandoned any notion of soliciting
Id., p. 17.
See id, pp. 18-19.
competing proposals and instead recommended to the Board that Cerner enter into an exclusivity agreement with Oracle and accept the $95.00 per share proposal so long as Cerner could achieve closing certainty. Later that day, the Board agreed that negotiations should proceed only with Oracle, without contacting other potential buyers, and that management should respond that it would accept the $95.00 per share price subject to agreement on closing conditions.8
23. Cerner entered into an exclusivity agreement with Oracle on December 4, 2021, which would run through December 20, 2021. Cerner did not extract any consideration for granting Oracle exclusivity, which precluded the Company from soliciting a competing proposal. The Board purportedly discussed potential transaction terms that could permit a post-signing market check, including the possibility that a third-party could make an acquisition proposal after the signing of the definitive transaction agreement, and directed its legal counsel to propose a 45-day go shop provision and a reduced termination fee structure. But Oracle, emboldened by the Boards ready accession to its demand for exclusive negotiation rights, presented an initial draft of the Merger Agreement on December 11, 2021 that did not include a go shop provision and did not raise the revised proposal price of $95.00 per share. Oracles proposed agreement provided for a tender offer structure, restricted Cerners ability to solicit or negotiate alternative acquisition proposals, included a 4% termination fee, and required a support agreement that obligated all Board members and Company officers to tender their shares pursuant to the Merger Agreement.9
See id., pp. 20-21.
24. On December 16, 2021, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL reported that Cerner was in discussions to be acquired by Oracle.10 The day after word leaked that Cerner was in play, potential competing deal partners emerged. On December 17, 2021, a strategic buyer reached out to express its interest in pursuing a deal with Cerner. Although Cerner could have asked Oracle to waive its exclusivity agreement or let that provision expire (which it was set to do in 3 days) so that it could engage in discussions with this potential buyer, the Board opted simply to ignore this inbound inquiry.11
D. THE MERGER APPEARS PROCEDURALLY AND SUBSTANTIVELY UNFAIR
25. The facts set forth above create more than a credible basis to infer possible wrongdoing and breaches of fiduciary duty by Cerner and the Board. Over the course of several months, the Board (1) fielded interest from potential counterparties, including Sponsor A; (2) stymied those potential bidders and granted exclusivity to Oracle for no charge; (3) ignored a strategic bidder that indicated interest in a transaction after the news leak on December 17, 2021; and (4) dropped its demand for a go shop provision in the Merger Agreement - without securing an increased purchase price or any other benefit - thereby failing to conduct either a sales process or market check. Instead, Cerner expressed a clear preference for Oracle and did not follow reasonable steps to obtain a value-maximizing transaction.
26. This series of events raises serious questions as to the Boards discharge of its fiduciary duties to obtain the highest possible value for Cerners stockholders.
See THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, Oracle in Talks to Buy Cerner (Dec. 16, 2021) (at https://www.wsj.com/articles/oracle-in-talks-to-buy-cerner-11639697730).
Proxy Statement, p. 23.
27. Plaintiff also has a reasonable basis to believe that in negotiating the Merger with Oracle, Cerners senior management was primarily interested not in maximizing shareholder value but in enhancing their own potential compensation packages. CEO Feinberg, CFO Erceg, CTO Labat, and former CEO Shafer are entitled to over $64 million in golden parachute payments should their employment be terminated post-Merger, which includes over $50 million worth of equity awards that will vest and be payable in connection with the Merger. This includes nearly $22 million for Feinberg, comprised of $4.5 million in cash and $17.4 million in equity awards.12
28. Additionally, Feinberg and Labat - a former Oracle executive - each waived certain severance provisions of their employment agreement as a purported inducement for the companies to enter into the Merger Agreement.13 In fact, not only will Feinberg and Labat receive severance benefits if their employment is terminated without cause during the 12-month period following the closing of the Merger, but they will also receive the same severance benefits if they remain employed with the post-Merger business after the first year. The benefits include cash severance payouts of $4,500,000 and $2,300,000 for Feinberg and Labat, respectively.
29. Substantively, the Board failed to negotiate a Tender Offer price that reflected the value of Cerners shares. Although the terms of the Initial Proposal represented a 23% premium to the unaffected stock price, the Tender Offer price of $95.00 per share represented only a 19.9% premium above the closing stock price immediately before THE WALL STREET JOURNAL first reported about a potential deal.
See id., p. 11-12.
Form 8-K, Exhibit Nos. 10.1 and 10.2 (Jan. 19, 2022).
PLAINTIFFS SECTION 220 DEMAND
30. On February 7, 2022, Plaintiff addressed its 220 Demand to the Board and served its 220 Demand on the Company on February 7, 2022. Plaintiffs 220 Demand is attached to this complaint as Exhibit A and is incorporated herein by reference. The affidavit of service of the 220 Demand on the Companys registered agent is attached hereto as Exhibit B. The 220 Demand complies with the provisions relating to the form and manner for making a demand for books and records under Delaware law.
31. Cerner failed to formally respond to Plaintiffs 220 Demand by the February 14, 2022 statutory deadline, which itself constitutes a refusal of the demand.
32. Plaintiff has asserted a proper purpose in the 220 Demand. It is well-established that the investigation of potential breaches of fiduciary duty and/or corporate wrongdoing are proper purposes under Section 220. See Mudrick Capital Mgmt., L.P. v. Globalstar, Inc., 2018 WL 3625680, at *6 (Del. Ch. July 30, 2018) (quoting Seinfeld v. Verizon Commcns, Inc., 909 A.2d 117, 121 (Del. 2006) (It is well established that a stockholders desire to investigate wrongdoing or mismanagement is a proper purpose.)); Lavin v. West Corp., 2017 WL 6728702, at *13 (Del. Ch. Dec. 29, 2017) (finding a proper purpose where a stockholder was seeking the inspection of a corporations books and records to investigate potential breaches of fiduciary duty in connection with a sale of West Corporation to Apollo).
33. The misconduct described above and in the 220 Demand provides more than a credible basis to infer possible wrongdoing and/or breaches of fiduciary duty on the part of the Board.
34. The documents sought by Plaintiff are identified with rifled precision in subject matter temporal scopelimited to the period January 1, 2020 to the presentand include the typical board documents, communications, and materials sufficient to determine the boards independence and disinterestedness in the context of pleading demand futility in a potential derivative action, all of which are necessary to fulfill the proper purposes set forth in the 220 Demand.
35. Plaintiffs 220 Demand contained, inter alia, the following requests:
(a) Board minutes, materials, agendas, and exhibits during which the Merger or alternative transactions or agreements were discussed or raised;
(b) Board communications between or among the directors or officers of Cerner concerning the Merger or alternative transactions or agreements;
(c) Board materials and communications concerning the consideration by the Board of actual or potential conflicts of interest with any Board member or any of Cerners officers;
(d) Presentations, slide decks, appraisals, valuation materials, or similar documents concerning the Merger or any alternative transactions or agreements reviewed by, prepared for, or considered by the Board;
(e) Documents concerning the nomination and appointment of each Board member and the Boards process for screening the current directors to ensure they have no conflicts of interest or personal ties to any person or entity that may prevent them from acting in the best interest of Cerners stockholders;
(f) Documents concerning any personal, familial, financial, or business relationships, between or among any members of the Board, other than their service as directors of Cerner; and
(g) Documents that have already been produced or that the Company is planning or intending to produce to any other stockholder making a demand for inspection of books and records under Section 220 or any analogous status concerning any of the subject matter described herein.
36. As described above, Plaintiffs 220 Demand sets forth a proper purpose and a credible basis to inspect the requested documents, and requests only those appropriate books and records in furtherance of Plaintiffs proper purposes. Cerner failed to formally respond to Plaintiffs 220 Demand within the statutory deadline, and has yet to respond as of the date of this filing. As such, Cerner has violated its obligations under Section 220, and Plaintiff respectfully requests that the Court enter an order compelling Cerner immediate compliance with its statutory obligations to Plaintiff.
Demand for Inspection Pursuant to 8 Del. C. § 220
37. Plaintiff incorporates by reference and realleges each and every allegation contained above, as though fully set forth herein.
38. Plaintiffs 220 Demand satisfies the form and manner requirements of Section 220.
39. Plaintiffs 220 Demand for inspection is made for purposes of: (a) investigating potential wrongdoing and mismanagement by members of Cerners Board or other Cerner
executives in connection with the Merger, in violation of their fiduciary duty of loyalty; (b) determining the appropriate action in the event the members of the Board did not properly discharge their fiduciary duties; and (c) determining whether the members of the Board are disinterested and independent and are capable of exercising unbiased business judgment in determining whether to institute a derivative action or respond to a litigation demand.
40. Plaintiffs stated purposes in making the 220 Demand are proper under Delaware law and are directly related to Plaintiffs interest as a stockholder in the Company. The requests for information and books and records are narrowly tailored to serve these stated purposes, and are necessary and essential to fulfill these purposes.
41. Cerner has wrongly refused to respond to Plaintiffs 220 Demand within the statutory period.
42. For the foregoing reasons, Plaintiff is entitled to a judgment directing Cerner to produce to Plaintiff, or otherwise permit Plaintiff to inspect and receive copies of, the books and records requested in the 220 Demand.
43. Plaintiff has no adequate remedy at law.
PRAYER FOR RELIEF
WHEREFORE, Plaintiff prays this Court summarily enter judgment in favor of Plaintiff and against the Company:
A. Entering judgment in favor of Plaintiff and against Cerner;
B. Ordering Cerner to produce to Plaintiff, or to otherwise permit the inspection and copying of, the books and records identified herein and in Plaintiffs 220 Demand;
C. Awarding to Plaintiff the costs and expenses incurred in this action, including without limitation reasonable attorneys fees; and
D. Granting such other and further relief as the Court deems just and proper.
Dated: February 15, 2022
|GRANT & EISENHOFER P.A.|
/s/ Michael J. Barry
Michael J. Barry (#4368)
Christine M. Mackintosh (#5085)
123 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Counsel for Plaintiff Operating
Engineers Construction Industry and
Miscellaneous Pension Fund