April 24, 2014 / 2:49 PM / 5 years ago

Glass Lewis backs Sherritt in its battle with activist

TORONTO (Reuters) - Sherritt International Corp (S.TO) received another boost in its battle with activist investor George Armoyan on Thursday when a second major proxy advisory firm advised shareholders not to back a slate of director nominees put forward by Armoyan.

The endorsement from proxy advisory firm Glass Lewis is the second major endorsement for the diversified miner. Earlier this week, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) also advised its clients to back the company’s nominees over a slate put forward by Armoyan, saying “the dissident has not made a compelling case for change to the board level at this stage.

Proxy advisory firms such as Glass Lewis and ISS advise major institutional investors ahead of shareholder votes. Their reports often influence votes for or against management in proxy battles.

“With unanimous support from the leading proxy advisors, momentum is clearly behind Sherritt’s director nominees,” Sherritt Chairman Harold Stephen said in a statement on Thursday.

Reporting by Euan Rocha; Editing by Dan Grebler

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