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Date : 11/20/2019 @ 10:15PM
Source : Edgar (US Regulatory)
Stock : Document Security Systems Inc New (DSS)
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UNITED STATES

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DOCUMENT SECURITY SYSTEMS, INC.
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VOTE FOR DOCUMENT SECURITY SYSTEMS DIRECTOR NOMINEES

ON THE ENCLOSED WHITE PROXY CARD TODAY

 

November 18, 2019

 

Dear Fellow Document Security Systems Stockholder,

 

I am writing to you, concerning your Company’s upcoming 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which will be held on December 9, 2019. For this meeting, you will be making important voting decisions, which can improve your Company’s prospects for recovery and growth, and thereby have a major impact on the future value of your investment.

 

We are in the process of executing a major business turnaround for your Company which is outlined below. Last spring, soon after my appointment as CEO, I determined that the prior management had made a major strategic blunder, by focusing too much of the Company’s time and resources on attempting to monetize the Company’s intellectual property assets, while neglecting our core businesses.

 

The Company was also in need of a major capital infusion, to financially stabilize the business. Our Chairman, Mr. Heng Fai Ambrose Chan, stepped forward to make crucially needed equity investments, to enable your new management team time to better implement our strategic business turnaround plan and return your Company to profitability. Mr. Chan is a highly accomplished, world class entrepreneur, whose wisdom, advice and experience is proving invaluable, as we proceed with this turnaround effort.

 

Your Board of Directors has also been enhanced and transformed by the addition of highly qualified and proven business leaders, who are included in our proposed slate of seven directors. We possess the experience and expertise needed to successfully execute our Company’s new strategic business plan. These proposed directors include current and former C-level executives from major companies, and veteran professionals responsible for investing hundreds of millions of dollars into growth companies. Collectively, we bring fresh perspectives to the Company’s business, and we are committed to the execution of a major business turnaround, for the benefit of all of our stockholders.

 

I am requesting that you take prompt action to vote “FOR” all of Document Security Systems’ director candidates, on the enclosed WHITE proxy card or instruction form, in order to help assure that there is no disruption in the execution of our plan to turnaround the Company. We have high confidence that our strategic plan for profitable growth will realize Document Security Systems’ potential and create substantial long-term stockholder value.

 

Here in summary are the primary elements of our new strategic business plan:

 

Revive the Company’s Core Businesses – We are upgrading equipment and products to enhance cross-selling opportunities with existing customers and will rejuvenate research and development on digital anti-counterfeit technology products.

 

Substantial Reduction of Corporate Overhead and Cash Burn* – Since last spring, we have reduced the Company’s monthly cash burn by more than $160,000, by eliminating non-essential layers of management and redundant operating expense and by renegotiating vendor contracts.

 

Exit Unprofitable Business Lines – To preserve capital and stop further cash drain, we are shutting down the costly IP monetization business line.

 

Implement Business Diversification Initiatives – As stability of the core business is restored, we plan to both internally develop and acquire profitable new businesses, which are in some cases complimentary to our core businesses and addressable markets and, in others, open exciting new opportunities for expansion into new business lines.

 

     
 

 

 

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR STRATEGIC PLAN TO REVIVE DOCUMENT SECURITY SYSTEMS

BY VOTING THE WHITE PROXY CARD TODAY.

 

As you might be aware, three small stockholders, who have labeled themselves as a “Concerned Shareholders Group,” are now threatening to launch a proxy contest, to displace your new CEO and six current members of your Board of Directors, with seven of their own hand-picked nominees, none of whom have disclosed that they possess any prior public company Board experience or any public company management experience. In addition, this group has not disclosed any concrete alternative business plan to create stockholder value and is instead deceptively seeking to assign blame to your new management for the blunders of the prior management.

 

From our perspective, a proxy contest involving these seven questionable alternate director nominees can only serve to disrupt the implementation of our new strategic business plan to turn around your Company. Should you receive proxy materials from this so-called Concerned Shareholders Group, or their affiliates, we urge you to completely disregard them and take no action. Please do NOT vote any BLUE proxy card this Group may send.

 

Your new management team and reconstituted Board of Directors are committed to the successful turnaround of your Company, and the creation of substantial long-term stockholder value. Please vote the enclosed WHITE proxy card today “FOR” all of your Company’s seven director nominees, “FOR” Proposals 2, 3, and 4, and for “1 YEAR” for Proposal 5.

 

Thank you for your prompt attention and your support. Sincerely,

 

 

Frank D. Heuszel, CEO of Document Security Systems, Inc.

 

You may also vote your shares electronically, via telephone or internet, by following the enclosed instructions. If you have any questions about voting your shares, you may also contact The Proxy Advisory Group, LLC, which is assisting us in this matter, by calling 212-616-2180, or by emailing info@proxyadvisory.net

 

*Prior to April 2019, DSS was burning cash by approximately $255,000 per month. Over the previous five years, the Company had transitioned from a profitable packaging and security printing company to a company more focused on an IP Monetization business line. (IP monetization is simply the business art of turning a patent to value and return by monetizing that asset through licensing, sale-license back, joint-venturing, exploiting co-development arrangements, and pursuing aggressive legal prosecutions of other businesses that infringe on the patent.) The company’s attempted transformation to this new line of business failed simply because the company didn’t have sufficient capital to initiate and sustain litigation against major corporations (Apple, Intel Corp, SK Hynix, Samsung Electronics, Qualcomm, Seoul Semiconductor, Everlight, Cree, Lite-On Inc, and Nichia Corp.), and the selection of the initial patents which were purchased, were not strong cases. The result was that all available capital was focused on the IP business and the previous core business lines suffered from want of capital and attention, and in fact management specifically instructed line managers to pare back the companies and its new business searches. As a result, business lines revenues were insufficient to meet their own cash flow needs let alone the holding company’s overhead costs, and the Company burned capital at an accelerated rate and DSS was unable to meet its operating payments as they became due.

 

     
 

 

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