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Verizon Urges Shareholder Careful Consideration of Ponos Industries LLC Offer

In a June 26th notice, investment company Ponos Industries LLC extended an unsolicited “mini-tender” offer to Verizon Communications, Inc. (VZ) to purchase two million shares above current market value at $60 each of the company’s stock. Verizon responded to the offer by urging its existing investors to carefully consider the proposal and consult with financial advisors before acceptance.

While the Ponos offer exceeds current Verizon stock valuations, the offer is conditional on Verizon shares closing above $60 a share on the last full day in the NYSE. A stock sale of this nature could place shareholders in the position of receiving a below-market price for their stock. The Ponos mini-tender offer is written to expire on July 30th; however, Verizon informed parties that per the offer, the company could extend payment far beyond this date. The investment company’s offer also does yet to secure financing.

Mini-tender offers are discouraged by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) because they have been shown to “catch investors off-guard” and often incite a situation where investors release their stocks for less than their market values. Verizon investors have the opportunity to withdraw any shares they have already tendered prior to the offer’s expiration by giving written notice.

Ponos industries made a similar mini-tender offer to AT&T (T) in June of this year, which was similarly cautioned to investors by the phone giant.

At the close of the market on Friday, Verizon shares had risen by 1.02% to $54.49.

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