Shareholders over at Turtle Beach (NASDAQ: HEAR) have had a lot to say in recent months. The once-thriving manufacturer of gaming headphones has recently reached a period of stagnancy. Shares of HEAR have depreciated over 60% since the current management took over eight years ago, and large shareholders such as Donerail Group are calling out for urgent change.
In a letter to shareholders today, the Donerail Group voiced their concerns; including chronic underperformance and “dismal” operating results, as well as a general weakness amongst management. Following this, the Donerail Group has nominated a full slate of director candidates for a complete board overhaul.
Following the nomination, Turtle Beach stock rose around 7.5% in response to the company’s change in direction, bolstered by a tweet from Citron Research touting an imminent takeover. Currently, Turtle Beach is working on an auction of itself involving bankers from BofA; with rumors circulating that a deal could be on the table in the next couple of weeks.
Previously, it was Donerail who had Turtle Beach in its sights, locking in an initial bid of $36.50 before revising it to $32.86 around 6 months later. Now, though, the group has completely dropped their bid in favor of a complete board overhaul, beginning its proxy battle for control over the company-in-crisis.
It’s clear that something needs to happen over at Turtle Beach. Whether a change of board or an ‘imminent’ buyout, investors and shareholders can be reassured that a directional change is certainly on the cards – and soon.
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