ADDvantage Technologies Group DEF 14A 2012
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20649
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ADDvantage Technologies Group, Inc.
1221 East Houston
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 74012
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING
Your vote at the annual meeting is important to us. Please vote your shares of common stock by completing the enclosed proxy card and returning it to us in the enclosed envelope. This proxy statement has information about the annual meeting and was prepared by our management and our Board of Directors. This proxy statement is first being sent to shareholders on or about February 1, 2012. Please note that our annual report accompanies this mailing of the proxy statement.
ADDVANTAGE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, INC.
ADDvantage Technologies Group, Inc.
1221 East Houston
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 74012
PROXY STATEMENT FOR 2012 ANNUAL MEETING
Who can attend the annual meeting?
All shareholders as of the record date, January 18, 2012.
Who can vote?
You can vote your shares of common stock if our records show that you owned the shares on January 18, 2012. A total of 10,207,390 shares of common stock can vote at the annual meeting. You get one vote for each share of common stock. We do not recognize cumulative voting for the election of our directors. The enclosed proxy card shows the number of shares you can vote.
How do I vote by proxy?
Follow the instructions on the enclosed proxy card to vote on each proposal to be considered at the annual meeting. Sign and date the proxy card and mail it back to us in the enclosed envelope. The proxyholders named on the proxy card will vote your shares as you instruct. If you sign and return the proxy card but do not vote on a proposal, the proxyholders will vote for you on that proposal. Unless you instruct otherwise, the proxyholders will vote for each of the seven directors andfor the ratification of the appointment of HoganTaylor LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm.
What if other matters come up at the annual meeting?
The matters described in this proxy statement are the only matters we know will be voted on at the annual meeting. If other matters are properly presented at the meeting, any proxies returned to us will be voted as the proxyholders see fit.
Can I change my vote after I return my proxy card?
Yes. At any time before the vote on a proposal, you can change your vote either by giving our Secretary a written notice revoking your proxy card or by signing, dating and returning to us a new proxy card. We will honor the proxy card with the latest date. Attendance at the annual meeting will not, by itself, revoke your proxy card.
Can I vote in person at the annual meeting rather than by completing the proxy card?
Although we encourage you to complete and return the proxy card to ensure that your vote is counted, you can attend the annual meeting and vote your shares in person. If your shares are held in the name of your broker, a bank, or other nominee, that party should give you instructions for voting your shares.
How are votes counted?
We will hold the annual meeting if holders of a majority of the shares of common stock entitled to vote either sign and return their proxy cards or attend the meeting. If you sign and return your proxy card, your shares will be counted to determine whether we have a quorum even if you abstain or fail to vote on any of the proposals listed on the proxy card. Votes will be tabulated by an inspector of election appointed by our Board of Directors. Abstentions from voting, which you may specify on the ratification of the appointment of HoganTaylor LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm, will have the effect of a negative vote.
If your shares are held in the name of a nominee, and you do not tell the nominee how to vote your shares (so-called “broker nonvotes”), the nominee may vote them on the proposal to ratify the appointment of HoganTaylor LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm. Uninstructed nominees are no longer permitted to vote for directors. Broker nonvotes will be counted as present to determine if a quorum exists.
What percentage of stock are the directors and executive officers entitled to vote at the annual meeting?
Together, they beneficially own 4,962,128 shares of our common stock, or 48.3% of the stock entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting.
Who are the largest principal shareholders?
David E. Chymiak, our Chairman of the Board, beneficially owns 2,617,644 shares of our common stock, or 25.6% of the stock entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. Kenneth A. Chymiak, our President and Chief Executive Officer, beneficially owns
2,233,743 shares of our common stock, or 21.8% of the stock entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting.
Who pays for this proxy solicitation?
The accompanying proxy is solicited by and on behalf of our Board of Directors, and the entire cost will be paid by us. In addition to sending you these materials, some of our employees may contact you by telephone, by mail or in person. None of these employees will receive any extra compensation for doing this, but they may be reimbursed for their out-of-pocket expenses incurred while assisting us in soliciting your proxy.
We have three executive officers. Our officers are elected by our Board of Directors and serve at the pleasure of the Board of Directors.
David E. Chymiak
Biographical information for Mr. Chymiak, the Chairman of our Board since 1999, is set forth below in Proposal No. 1, Election of Directors.
Kenneth A. Chymiak
Biographical information for Mr. Chymiak, our President and Chief Executive Officer since 1999, is set forth below in Proposal No. 1, Election of Directors.
Scott A. Francis
Biographical information for Mr. Francis, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since September 15, 2008 and Secretary since August 6, 2009, is set forth below in Proposal No. 1, Election of Directors.
BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS
The following table shows the number of shares of common stock beneficially owned (as of January 18, 2012) by:
Except as otherwise indicated, the beneficial owners listed in the table have sole voting and investment powers of their shares.
Beneficial Ownership of Directors and Officers
* Less than one percent.
The following table provides information at September 30, 2011 with respect to compensation plans under which our equity securities are authorized for issuance.
Securities Authorized for Issuance Under Equity Compensation Plans
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
All of the members of our current Board of Directors are included as Nominees to be elected at the annual meeting. The directors will be elected for one-year terms expiring at the next annual meeting. Our bylaws provide that our Board shall consist of not less than one nor more than nine directors, as determined from time to time by board resolution. Our Board has established the number of directors for the 2012 year to be seven.
Vote Required. >The seven nominees receiving the highest number of votes will be elected. Votes withheld for a nominee will not be counted. You get one vote for each of your shares of common stock for each of the directorships.
Nominations. >At the annual meeting, we will nominate as directors the persons named in this proxy statement. Although we do not know of any reason why one of these nominees might not be able to serve, our Board of Directors will propose a substitute nominee if any nominee is unavailable for election.
General Information About the Nominees. >All of the nominees are currently directors of ADDvantage. Each has agreed to be named in this proxy statement and to serve as director if elected. The ages listed for the nominees are as of January 18, 2012.
The following information, including principal occupation or employment for the past five or more years and a summary of each individual’s experience, qualifications, attributes or skills that have led to the conclusion that each individual should serve as a director in light of our current business and structure, is furnished with respect to each nominee.
David E. Chymiak, 66, has been the Chairman of our Board since 1999. He is also the President and a director of our wholly owned subsidiary, Tulsat Corporation, which he acquired with Kenneth A. Chymiak in 1985. David E. Chymiak is the brother of Kenneth A. Chymiak, our President and Chief Executive Officer. His extensive experience in the various technologies and products within the cable television industry enables him to chair our Board of Directors with respect to industry matters. Mr. Chymiak brings to the Board of Directors business leadership and corporate strategy.
Kenneth A. Chymiak, 65, has been our President and Chief Executive Officer since 1999. He has also been the Vice President and a director of our wholly owned subsidiary, Tulsat Corporation, which he acquired with David E. Chymiak in 1985. Kenneth A. Chymiak is the brother of David E. Chymiak, our Chairman of the Board since 1999. As our current President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Chymiak provides a management representative on the Board of Directors with extensive knowledge of our day-to-day operations. As a result, he facilitates the Board of Directors’ access to timely and relevant information and its oversight of management’s strategy, planning and performance. He has extensive experience in the management of companies in a wide range of industries and brings to the Board of Directors business leadership and corporate strategy.
Scott A. Francis> Director since 2011
Scott A. Francis, 44, has been our Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since September 15, 2008 and was appointed Secretary on August 6, 2009. Mr. Francis has over 20 years of finance and management experience. Prior to joining ADDvantage, he served as a controller of accounting at Vanguard Car Rental USA, Inc. from June 2004 until September 2008. Prior to that, he served as manager of financial reporting for WilTel Communications, Inc. from 1997 through May 2004. Mr. Francis is a certified public accountant with a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from Oklahoma State University. Mr. Francis brings to the Board of Directors business leadership, corporate strategy and financial expertise. His extensive background in compliance matters as they relate to publicly traded companies allows him to provide significant input to our Board of Directors.
Thomas J. Franz, 53, is currently head of TJ Franz & Associates, a firm specializing in profitability and contract CFO consulting for small and medium sized businesses, which he founded in 2003. For the 10 years prior, he served as Chief Financial Officer for several businesses and served in a Chief Operating Officer role as well. From 1983 to 1993 Franz held several public accounting roles for clients in the banking, government, venture capital, not for profit and financial services industries. Franz is a Certified Public Account with a bachelor of business administration degree from Oklahoma State University where he also received a Masters degree in accounting. Mr. Franz is the Chairman of our Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. Mr. Franz’ background in business leadership, corporate strategy and financial and operating expertise allows him to provide significant input to our Board of Directors.
Paul F. Largess, 61, is currently the Chief Accounting Officer of SemGroup Corporation and has served in that capacity since September 2009. From 2007 to 2009, he served several Tulsa, Oklahoma area companies as a consultant and at The University of Tulsa as an adjunct professor of accounting. He retired as Controller from CITGO Petroleum Corporation in 2006 after 21 years of service. At CITGO, he served in a number of positions in accounting, finance and audit. Prior to joining CITGO, he worked for seven years as an auditor with Texaco and two years in public accounting. He holds a degree in accounting from The University of Tulsa and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Largess is the Chairman of our Audit Committee. Mr. Largess brings to the Board of Directors business leadership, corporate strategy and financial expertise, and his extensive background in compliance matters as they relate to publicly traded companies allows him to provide significant input to our Board of Directors.
James C. McGill, 68, is currently the Vice Chairman of the board of directors of MacroSolve, Inc. and has served in that capacity since May 2011. From 2002 through May 2011, he served as the Chairman of the board of directors of MacroSolve, Inc., which does business as Anyware Mobile Solutions, a provider of remote end-user data services. In addition, Mr. McGill served as the Chief Executive Officer of MacroSolve from 2002 through 2008 and as the President of MacroSolve from 2002 through 2003. He served for two years on MacroSolve’s audit committee. In addition, he is a board member of numerous
organizations in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area, and over the last 40 years he has served on numerous public company boards and has served as chief executive officer of several corporations. In addition to service on the MacroSolve audit committee, Mr. McGill was, for 12 years, a member, and for eight years, chairman, of the audit committee of The IT Group, Inc. During his career, McGill has received 25 U.S. and foreign patents in the field of pollution control and has extensive experience in helping to develop early-stage and emerging companies. McGill is a registered professional engineer with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from The University of Tulsa where he graduated Cum Laude. He is a member of the University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Hall of Fame. Mr. McGill has extensive experience in managing companies in a variety of industries, and his business leadership, corporate strategy background and operating expertise strengthen the Board of Directors.
Stephen J. Tyde, 64, is the founder of The Pump & Motor Works, Inc., a re-manufacturer of industrial pumps, motors, transformers and switchgear (to 20,000 hp). After 20 years in the turbo machinery business, Mr. Tyde started The Pump & Motor Works in 1989 and developed it to a multi-million dollar operation before his divestiture in 2001. During that time, Mr. Tyde oversaw all aspects of the company and retained personal responsibility for financial planning, reporting and controls. He continues to serve on a part-time basis as Vice President of that company. Since 2001, Mr. Tyde has served as the sole owner and President of P&MW Holding, Inc., an industrial real estate company. Mr. Tyde received an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Ohio State University, a Masters Degree in Business Administration from George Washington University, and has studied engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Tyde is the Chairman of our Compensation Committee. Mr. Tyde has extensive experience in managing companies and brings to the Board of Directors business leadership, corporate strategy and operating expertise that strengthen the Board of Directors.
Recommendation of the Board of Directors:
The Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR the election of each nominee.
Board Independence>. The Board of Directors has determined that Messrs. Franz, Largess, McGill and Tyde have no relationship with us that would interfere with the exercise of independent judgment in carrying out the responsibilities of a director and that such individuals are independent under the rules and listing standards of The NASDAQ Stock Market (“NASDAQ”) and the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission implemented pursuant to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
Board Leadership Structure. >The Board of Directors does not have a current requirement that the roles of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board be either combined or separated, because the Board of Directors believes it is in our best interests to make this determination based on our current position and direction and the constitution of the Board of Directors and management team. The Board of Directors evaluates whether the roles of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board should be combined or separated. The Board of Directors has determined that having the positions of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer separated is in the best interest of our shareholders at this time. The Chief Executive Officer is primarily responsible for our overall management and the development and implementation of our strategy, and he has access to the people, information and resources necessary to facilitate that function. The Chairman of the Board has extensive product and industry knowledge in the cable television industry and is primarily responsible for management of our overall inventory. The Board of Directors believes that separating the roles of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman is an appropriate leadership structure as it promotes the strengths and expertise of these two executive officers currently serving on the Board of Directors.
Oversight of Risk Management.> It is management’s responsibility to manage our enterprise risks on a day-to-day basis. The Board of Directors is responsible for risk oversight by focusing on our overall risk management strategy and the steps management is taking to manage our risk.
While the Board of Directors as a whole maintains the ultimate oversight responsibility, the Board of Directors has delegated certain risk management oversight responsibilities to its various committees. The Audit Committee reviews and discusses our major financial risk exposures and the steps management has taken to identify, monitor, and control such risks. The Compensation Committee is responsible for overseeing risks related to our compensation programs, including structuring and reviewing our executive compensation programs, considering whether such programs are in line with our strategic objectives and incentivizing appropriate risk-taking. The Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee is tasked with risks associated with corporate governance and compliance.
Committees of the Board>. The Board of Directors has three standing committees: the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee and the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. The following section describes the functions and membership of each committee and the number of times it met during our fiscal year ended September 30, 2011.
The functions and members of the Audit Committee are set forth below. The members of the Audit Committee are Paul F. Largess (Chairman), Thomas J. Franz, James C. McGill and Stephen J. Tyde. The Audit Committee met four times during fiscal year 2011. All of the meetings were held prior to the reporting of our quarterly financial results.
Report of the Audit Committee
The Audit Committee of our Board of Directors is comprised of four directors who are not officers. Under currently applicable rules, each member is an independent director of the Company and meets the independence standards applicable for audit committee members under the rules of NASDAQ as well as under rules adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
The Audit Committee reviews our financial reporting process on behalf of the Board of Directors. The Audit Committee’s policy is to review and pre-approve all proposed engagements for audit or non-audit services rendered by our independent registered public accounting firm. Under its pre-approval policy, the Audit Committee approved 100% of the services provided by HoganTaylor LLP (“HoganTaylor”) in 2011 as those services are described in the section entitled “Principal Accounting Fees and Services.” Management has the primary responsibility for the financial statements and the reporting process, including the system of internal controls.
In connection with its function to oversee and monitor our financial reporting process, the Audit Committee has done the following:
Audit Committee Financial Expert
The SEC has adopted rules pursuant to the provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act requiring audit committees to include an “audit committee financial expert,” defined as a person who has the following attributes:
The financial expert will have to possess all of the attributes listed above to qualify as an audit committee financial expert.
Our Board of Directors has determined that each of Thomas J. Franz, Paul F. Largess, James C. McGill and Stephen J. Tyde meets the definitions of an audit committee financial expert.
The members of the Compensation Committee are Stephen J. Tyde (Chairman), Thomas J. Franz and James C. McGill. The Compensation Committee met three times during fiscal 2011. The functions of the Compensation Committee are set forth below.
Composition and Delegation
The Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors is comprised of three directors who are not officers. All functions of the Compensation Committee are to be performed by the Committee members and are not authorized to be delegated outside of the Committee. Under currently applicable rules, each member is an “independent director” as defined under Rule 5605(a)(2) of NASDAQ, a “non-employee director” (within the meaning of Rule 16b-3(b)(3) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934) and satisfies the requirements of an “outside director” as defined by Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The functions and members of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee are set forth below. The members of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee are Thomas J. Franz (Chairman), Paul F. Largess and James C. McGill. The Committee met once during fiscal year 2011.
The Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee is comprised of three directors who are not officers. Under currently applicable rules, each member is an “independent director” as defined under the NASDAQ rules as well as under rules adopted by the SEC pursuant to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
The Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee’s criteria and process for identifying and evaluating the candidates that it selects, or recommends to the full Board for selection, as director nominees, are: (i) regular review of composition and size of the board; (ii) review of qualifications of candidates properly recommended or nominated by any qualifying shareholder; (iii) evaluation of the performance of the Board and qualification of members of the Board eligible for re-election: and (iv) consideration of the suitability of each candidate, including current members of the Board, in light of the size and composition of the Board. After such review and consideration, the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee will recommend a slate of director nominees.
While the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee has not established specific minimum
requirements for director candidates, other than they be at least 21 years of age, the Committee believes that candidates and nominees must reflect a board that is comprised of directors who: (i) are predominantly independent; (ii) are of high integrity; (iii) have qualifications that will increase overall board effectiveness; and (iv) meet other requirements as may be required by applicable rules, such as financial literacy or financial expertise with respect to Audit Committee members. The Committee does not have a formal policy regarding the consideration of diversity in identifying director nominees, but the Committee does consider, among other things, a director nominee’s potential contribution to the diversity of background and experience of our Board of Directors, including with respect to age, gender, international background, race and specialized experience.
The Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee has adopted a policy with regard to the consideration of director candidates recommended by shareholders. The Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee will consider director candidates recommended by any shareholder holding 10,000 shares of our common stock for at least 12 months prior to the date of submission of the recommendation or nomination. Additionally, a recommending shareholder shall submit a written statement in support of the candidate, particularly within the context of the criteria for board membership, including issues of character, judgment, age, independence, expertise, corporate experience, other commitments and the like, personal references, and a written indication by the candidate of his or her willingness to serve, if elected, and evidence of the recommending person’s ownership of our stock sufficient to meet the stock ownership requirements described above.
Our Board held five meetings during fiscal year 2011. Each director, except one, attended all of the meetings of the Board and the committees on which he served. One director missed one board and committee meeting.
Shareholder Communication with the Board of Directors and Committees
Communication with the Board of Directors or any of the Committees should be directed to the attention of Stephen J. Tyde. Written correspondence to Mr. Tyde may be delivered to our executive offices, 1221 East Houston, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, 74012. All shareholder communications directed to Mr. Tyde will be promptly forwarded to him. All Board members are encouraged, but not required, to attend our annual meeting. Last year, all but one of our Board members attended our annual meeting.
We have adopted a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics which is applicable to all of our directors, officers and employees. A copy of our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics is posted on our website at www.addvantagetechnologies.com. We intend to satisfy the disclosure requirements, including those of Item 406 of Regulation S-K, regarding certain amendments to, or waivers from, provisions of our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics by posting such information on our website.
During fiscal years 2011 and 2010, we leased one property in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma from a company owned by David E. Chymiak and Kenneth A. Chymiak equally. The leased property is used as an overflow warehouse and is currently leased on a month-to-month basis for $7,500 per month. The lease payments made on this property totaled $90,000 for each of the fiscal years 2011 and 2010.
Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 requires our directors and executive officers, and persons who own more than 10% of our common stock to report their initial ownership of our common stock and any subsequent changes in that ownership to the SEC and to furnish us with a copy of each of these reports. SEC regulations impose specific due dates for these reports and we are
required to disclose in this proxy statement any failure to file by these dates during fiscal year 2011.
Based solely on the review of the copies of these reports furnished to us and written representations that no other reports were required, during and with respect to the fiscal year ended September 30, 2011, we believe that these persons have complied with all applicable filing requirements.
We paid our non-employee directors $500 per quarter and $500 for each board meeting and $250 for each committee meeting or telephonic board or committee meeting the director attended. The chairman of the Audit Committee receives an additional $250 per quarter. In addition, all directors are eligible to receive awards of restricted shares or options to purchase shares of our common stock each year after the annual shareholders meeting. These annual awards have ranged between 1,000 and 6,667 shares. We reimburse all directors for out-of-pocket expenses incurred by them in connection with their service on our Board and any Board committee. The following table reflects the total compensation earned by each non-employee director during the fiscal year:
Fiscal Year 2011 Director Compensation
The following table reflects the compensation of the named executive officers of the Company for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2011.
Senior Management Incentive Compensation Plan
In Fiscal 2010, the plan provided for an annual cash payment to the named executive officers based upon the achievement by the Company of a set target of earnings before interest and income tax (EBIT). The cash payment that could be earned was a sliding scale based upon the amount by which the Company exceeded the EBIT target. The Chairman and CEO were eligible to be awarded 15% of their respective base salaries upon achieving the EBIT target up to a maximum of 55% of their respective base salaries. The CFO was eligible to be awarded 7.5% of his base salary upon the Company’s achieving the EBIT target up to a maximum of 27.5% of his base salary.
In Fiscal 2011, the Compensation Committee increased the number of company financial performance targets from one to seven within the guidelines of the existing plan. For each of the seven financial targets achieved, each named executive officer could earn a cash payment ranging from 1% of base salary to a maximum of 5% of base salary, depending upon the amount by which the target is exceeded. Therefore, the maximum cash payment that each named executive officer could earn is 35% of his base salary.
Outstanding Equity Awards at September 30, 2011
PROPOSAL NO. 2
RATIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
Our Audit Committee has selected the accounting firm of HoganTaylor as our independent registered public accounting firm to examine our financial statements for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012.
Representatives from HoganTaylor will attend the Annual Meeting to answer appropriate questions and make statements if they desire.
Recommendation of the Board of Directors:
The Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR the ratification of the appointment of HoganTaylor.
HoganTaylor audited our financial statements for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2011 and 2010. Our Audit Committee considered whether the provisions for the tax services and other services by HoganTaylor were compatible with maintaining their independence and determined that they were.
Fees Incurred by the Company for Services Performed by Audit Firms
The following table shows the fees for professional services provided by HoganTaylor for the audits of our annual financial statements for the years ended September 30, 2011 and 2010, respectively, and fees billed for other services during those periods.
Policy on Audit Committee Pre-Approval of Audit and Permissible Non-Audit Services of Independent Auditor
Consistent with SEC policies regarding auditor independence, the Audit Committee has responsibility for appointing, setting compensation and overseeing the work of the independent registered public accounting firm. In recognition of this responsibility, the Audit Committee has established a policy to pre-approve all audit and permissible non-audit services provided by the independent registered public accounting firm. During the year, the Audit Committee approved all of the services performed by the independent registered public accounting firm. The fees billed for these services approximated 100% of the pre-approved amounts.
Before engagement of the independent registered public accounting firm for the next year’s audit, management will submit a list of services and related fees expected to be rendered during that year within each of the following four categories of services to the Audit Committee for approval:
Before engagement, the Audit Committee pre-approves the independent registered public accounting firm’s services within each category. During the year, circumstances may arise when it may become necessary to engage the independent registered public accounting firm for additional services not contemplated in the
original pre-approval categories. In those instances, the Audit Committee requires specific pre-approval before engaging the independent registered public accounting firm.
The Audit Committee may delegate pre-approval authority to one or more of its members. The member to whom such authority is delegated must report, for informational purposes only, any pre-approval decisions to the Audit Committee at its next scheduled meeting.
If you want to include a shareholder proposal in the proxy statement for the 2013 annual meeting, it must be delivered to our executive offices, 1221 East Houston, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, 74012, on or before October 4, 2012. In addition, if you wish to present a proposal at the 2013 annual meeting that will not be included in our proxy statement and you fail to notify us by December 18, 2012, then the proxies solicited by our Board for the 2013 annual meeting will include discretionary authority to vote on your proposal in the event that it is properly brought before the meeting.
At the date of mailing of this proxy statement, we are not aware of any business to be presented at the annual meeting other than the proposal discussed above. If other proposals are properly brought before the meeting, any proxies returned to us will be voted as the proxyholders see fit.
Only one annual report and proxy statement are being delivered to multiple shareholders who share one address, unless we have received instructions to the contrary. We will promptly provide a separate copy of the annual report and proxy statement to a shareholder at a shared address to which single copies were delivered upon request sent in writing to ADDvantage Technologies Group, Inc., c/o Shareholder Relations, 1221 East Houston, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, 74012, or by calling (918) 251-9121. If you wish to receive a separate annual report and proxy statement in the future, or if you currently receive multiple copies of the annual report and proxy statement and wish to request delivery of only single copies, you may notify us at the same address or phone number.
You can obtain a copy of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2011 at no charge by sending your request in writing to ADDvantage Technologies Group, Inc., c/o Scott A. Francis, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Secretary, 1221 East Houston, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, 74012. This document and other information may also be accessed from our website at www.addvantagetechnologies.com.
Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Shareholder Meeting To Be Held on March 7, 2012
Our proxy statement, our form of proxy and our annual report are available at http://materials.proxyvote.com/006743.
ADDVANTAGE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, INC.
THIS PROXY IS SOLICITED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The undersigned hereby appoints David E. Chymiak and Kenneth A. Chymiak, as proxies, each with the power to appoint his substitute, and hereby authorizes them to represent and to vote, as designated below, all the shares of Common Stock of ADDvantage Technologies Group, Inc. (the “Company”) held of record by the undersigned on January 18, 2012 at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders of the Company to be held at 9:00 am CST on March 7, 2012, at the corporate office of ADDvantage Technologies Group, Inc. 1221 East Houston Street Broken Arrow, OK 74012, and at any and all adjournments or postponements thereof.
Instructions: To withhold authority for any individual nominee or nominees, write their name(s) here:
¨ FOR ¨ AGAINST ¨ ABSTAIN
3. In their discretion, the Proxies are authorized to vote upon such other business as may properly come before the meeting.
This Proxy when properly executed will be voted at the Annual Meeting or any adjournments or postponements thereof as directed herein by the undersigned shareholder. If no specifications are made, this Proxy will be voted For Proposals 1 and 2.> This Proxy is revocable at any time before it is exercised.
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