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Jehanne Leroy
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Etude de l'AG du 29/06/2017

Comme lors des 2 précédentes assemblées, le fonds Elliott, principal actionnaire minoritaire de la société a déposé des résolutions externes non agréées par le directoire. Ces résolutions proposent le versement d'un dividende, la nomination d'un membre au conseil, la révocation de M. Hardig en tant que membre du Conseil ainsi que la révocation de M. Cooper en tant que Président du Directoire.

Ce dernier point est particulièrement soutenu par Proxinvest au regard de la pratique de la société et de son actionnaire de contrôle (dont M. Cooper est l'un des dirigeants) en termes de conventions réglementées :

- Tout d'abord, le principal actionnaire XPO Logistics France a participé l'année dernière aux votes des conventions conclues avec XPO Inc, son actionnaire de contrôle, directement intéressé ;

- De plus, la convention de prêt non sécurisé et notamment le taux d’intérêts pratiqué (ajouté au fait que la société n’avait manifestement même pas pris la peine de s’entretenir avec des tierces parties afin d’obtenir des taux plus favorables) semblent plutôt démontrer le détournement de la valeur qui s’opère en faveur de la holding américaine et au détriment des actionnaires minoritaires de la société.

Underlying
XPO Logistics

Norbert Dentressangle is a player in goods transport between the European continent and Great Britain that focuses its operation on transporting fresh produce, fruit, and vegetables from the Rhone valley to big markets in Great Britain, such as Covent Garden in London. Co. structures its business on four types of companies: Logistics operating companies, which provide warehousing and distribution services; Transport operating companies, which provide domestic and international transport services; Freight Forwarding operating companies, which provide goods transport organization services worldwide, by road, sea and air; and Service companies, which provide services to operating companies.

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Jehanne Leroy

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