The investors are concerned Emmis will gain voting rights to two-thirds of the preferred shares and that it would use that clout to get out of paying millions of dollars in dividends.
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. and competing U.S. health insurers approved $10 billion in stock repurchases in the past year, a concern to investors who say buybacks failed to increase share prices and who want more spent on dividends.
The CEO of the parent company of Steak n Shake spent $40.8 million to acquire more than 134,000 shares in May and June. He
now controls about 202,000 shares, or 14 percent of the 1.4 million shares outstanding.
A big Emmis Communications Corp. shareholder believes the $90 million deal CEO Jeff Smulyan unveiled Monday morning to
take the company private is unlikely to get derailed—even though it’s worth far less than a takeover offer Smulyan
failed to get through his board four years ago.
Robert P. Stiller, a lifelong entrepreneur who built Green Mountain into a wholesale coffee giant with 7,000 customers and
$500 million in revenue, owns 3.4 million shares, or 17 percent of the Noble Roman’s company.