This excerpt taken from the CSS DEF 14A filed Jun 14, 2005.
You received this proxy statement because the board of directors of CSS Industries, Inc. (CSS) is soliciting your proxy to vote at the 2005 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (Meeting) to be held at The Rittenhouse, 210 West Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, August 2, 2005 at 9:30 a.m. local time. This proxy statement provides information regarding the matters to be presented at the Meeting. You may vote in one of two ways: (i) in person, by attending the Meeting and casting your vote, or (ii) by proxy, by completing, signing and returning the enclosed proxy card. We are sending this proxy statement and the accompanying form of proxy to stockholders beginning on June 16, 2005.
Stockholders of record at the close of business on June 6, 2005 may vote at the Meeting. On the record date, 10,435,659 shares of CSS common stock, par value $.10 per share, were outstanding. Each share of common stock is entitled to one vote on any matter that is properly presented at the Meeting.
We are paying for this solicitation of proxies. In addition to this mailing, proxies may be solicited by telephone by officers, directors or employees of CSS and its affiliated companies, who will not receive payment specifically for these services. We reimburse banks, brokerage houses and other custodians, nominees and fiduciaries for their reasonable out-of-pocket expenses in forwarding solicitation material to the beneficial owners of CSS shares.
In order to have an effective vote on any matter at the Meeting, there must be a quorum. A quorum exists when the holders of a majority of the shares entitled to vote are present in person or represented by proxy. Directors will be elected by a plurality of the votes cast at the Meeting. This means that the seven nominees receiving the most votes will be elected as directors. Any other matter to be voted on at the Meeting requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares present either in person or represented by proxy.
You may vote at the Meeting by attending in person and submitting a ballot or by completing and properly submitting the enclosed proxy. The shares represented by each properly completed proxy card will be voted at the Meeting in accordance with each stockholders choices. For the election of directors, votes may be cast in favor or withheld. Votes that are withheld will not be counted in the vote and will have no effect, other than to determine the presence of a quorum. Abstentions may not be specified for the election of directors. An abstention on any other matters to be voted on at the Meeting will have the same effect as a vote against, and a broker non-vote generally is not counted on such matters. A broker non-vote occurs when a nominee (such as a broker) does not vote on a particular proposal because the nominee does not have discretionary voting power with respect to that item and has not received instructions from the beneficial owner.
If you do not indicate on the proxy card how you wish to have your shares voted, the shares will be voted as recommended by the board of directors. If any additional matters are properly presented at the Meeting, the proxy holders will vote in their discretion. This authority is given to the proxy holders in the enclosed form of proxy.
You may revoke your proxy at any time before the vote is taken at the Meeting by filing with the Secretary of CSS a written revocation or another form of proxy bearing a date later than the date of the proxy that you submitted previously. You may also revoke your proxy by attending the Meeting and voting in person. Your attendance at the Meeting will not in and of itself constitute revocation of a proxy if you do not file a written revocation, submit a later-dated proxy or vote in person.