NEW YORK, Nov. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — ALJ Regional Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALJJ) (“ALJ”) confirmed today that Jess Ravich, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of ALJ adopted a pre-arranged stock trading plan, dated September 13, 2016 (the “10b5-1 Plan”), in accordance with guidelines specified under Rule 10b5-1 of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 and ALJ’s policies regarding stock transactions. The 10b5-1 Plan was adopted on behalf of the Exemption Trust under the Ravich Revocable Trust of 1989 (the “Trust”), a trust whose beneficiaries are Mr. Ravich’s heirs. No shares are being sold under the 10b5-1 Plan to which Mr. Ravich is the beneficiary.
The 10b5-1 Plan was adopted to enable the Trust to sell a portion of its ALJ common stock over time as part of the Trust’s long-term strategy for asset diversification. As of September 13, 2016, ALJ common stock accounted for over 90% of the Trust’s assets. Utilizing this type of trading plan, the Trust can gradually diversify its investment portfolio, spreading stock trades out over an extended period of time and reducing market impact. In addition, as a result of being established well in advance of a potential trade, the 10b5-1 Plan helps avoid concerns as to whether Mr. Ravich or the Trust had material, non-public information when a decision is made to sell stock. The transactions under the 10b5-1 Plan have been and will continue to be disclosed publicly through Form 4 filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although the proceeds of the sales are not being received by Mr. Ravich, the sales are nevertheless attributed to Mr. Ravich pursuant to the provisions of the Exchange Act.
As of September 13, 2016, Mr. Ravich and his affiliates (including the Trust) held 14,296,183 shares of ALJ common stock, which represented in total approximately 40% of ALJ’s outstanding capital stock. The Trust intends to sell 1,000,000 shares of ALJ common stock under the 10b5-1 Plan in increments of up to 5,000 shares per day. If all sales under the 10b5-1 Plan are conducted, approximately 20% of the shares owned by the Trust will be sold, and the vast majority of the Trust’s assets would remain shares of ALJ’s common stock. Mr. Ravich and his affiliates (including the Trust) would collectively retain approximately 93% of their holdings of ALJ stock and 37.1% of the outstanding shares of ALJ, based on the outstanding shares of ALJ as of September 13, 2016.
About ALJ Regional Holdings, Inc.
ALJ Regional Holdings, Inc. is the parent company of Faneuil, Inc., a leading provider of outsourcing and co-sourced services to both commercial and government entities in the healthcare, utility, toll and transportation industries; Floors-N-More, LLC, dba Carpets N’ More, one of the largest floor covering retailers in Las Vegas and a provider of multiple finishing products for commercial, retail and home builder markets including all types of flooring, countertops, cabinets, window coverings and garage/closet organizers, with five retail locations; and Phoenix Color Corp., a leading manufacturer of book components, educational materials and related products producing value-added components, heavily illustrated books and specialty commercial products using a broad spectrum of materials and decorative technologies.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. Such statements include information regarding our expectations, goals or intentions regarding the future, including but not limited to statements about stock trading plans established under Rule 10b5-1 of the Securities and Exchange Act, and other statements including the words “believe,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” “will” and similar expressions. You should not place undue reliance on these statements, as they involve certain risks and uncertainties, and actual results or performance may differ materially from those discussed in any such statement. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are discussed in our Form 10-Q filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and available through EDGAR on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. All forward-looking statements in this release are made as of the date hereof and we assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statement.
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