This excerpt taken from the WDR DEF 14A filed Mar 14, 2005.
Statement Pursuant to Section 14(a) of
March 21, 2005
To the Stockholders of
Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc.'s 2005 Annual Meeting of Stockholders will be held in the William T. Morgan Auditorium at the executive offices of the Company, 6300 Lamar Avenue, Overland Park, Kansas 66202 at 10:00 a.m., local time, on Wednesday, April 27, 2005.
At the annual meeting, we will ask you to (1) approve the election of the nominees shown in the accompanying Proxy Statement as directors, and (2) transact such other business as may properly come before the annual meeting or any adjournments thereof.
The accompanying formal notice and Proxy Statement discuss matters which will be presented for a stockholder vote. We have also enclosed our 2004 Annual Report, which is not a part of the proxy soliciting materials. If you have any questions or comments about the matters discussed in the Proxy Statement or about the operations of the Company, we will be pleased to hear from you. It is important that your shares be voted at the annual meeting. If you are unable to attend the annual meeting in person and wish to have your shares voted, you may vote by telephone, Internet, or by filling in, signing and dating the enclosed proxy and returning it in the accompanying envelope as promptly as possible.
We hope that you will take this opportunity to meet with us to discuss the results and operations of the Company for the 2004 fiscal year.
Henry J. Herrmann