UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

SCHEDULE 13D/A

(Amendment No. 4)

 

Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

MVC CAPITAL, INC.

 

(Name of Issuer)

 

Common Stock, $0.01 par value

 

(Title of Class of Securities)

 

553829102

 

(CUSIP Number)

 

Wynnefield Partners Small Cap Value, L.P I.

450 Seventh Avenue, Suite 509

New York, New York 10123

Attention: Mr. Nelson Obus

 

Copy to:

Jeffrey S. Tullman, Esq.

Kane Kessler, P.C.

666 Third Ave, 23rd Floor

New York, New York 10017

(212) 519-5101


 

(Name, Address and Telephone Number of Person Authorized to Receive Notices and Communications)

 

April 24, 2020

 

(Date of Event which requires Filing of this Statement)

 

If the filing person has previously filed a statement on Schedule 13G to report the acquisition which is the subject of this Schedule 13D, and is filing this schedule because of §§ 240.13d-1(e), 240.13d-1(f) or 240.13d-1(g), check the following box ¨

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

NAME OF REPORTING PERSON

S.S. OR I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NO. OF ABOVE PERSON

 

Wynnefield Partners Small Cap Value, L.P. I 13-3953291 

2

CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP (See Instructions)

(a) ¨

 

(b) x

3

SEC USE ONLY

 

 

4

SOURCE OF FUNDS*

 

WC

5

CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEMS 2(d) or 2(e)

 

¨

6

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

 

Delaware

NUMBER OF

SHARES

BENEFICIALLY

OWNED BY

EACH

REPORTING

PERSON

WITH

7

SOLE VOTING POWER

 

450,695                 (See Item 5)

8

SHARED VOTING POWER

 

0                           (See Item 5)

9

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER

 

450,695               (See Item 5)

10

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

 

0                          (See Item 5)

 

11

 

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

 

450,695                                                  (See Item 5)

12

 

CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES*

 

¨

13

 

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)

 

2.5%

14

 

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON*

 

PN

 

 

 

 

1

NAME OF REPORTING PERSON

S.S. OR I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NO. OF ABOVE PERSON

 

Wynnefield Partners Small Cap Value, L.P. 13-3688497 

2

CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP (See Instructions)

(a) ¨

 

(b) x

3

SEC USE ONLY

 

 

4

SOURCE OF FUNDS*

 

WC

5

CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEMS 2(d) or 2(e)

 

¨

6

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

 

Delaware

 

NUMBER OF

SHARES

BENEFICIALLY

OWNED BY

EACH

REPORTING

PERSON

WITH

7

SOLE VOTING POWER

 

551,039                   (See Item 5)

8

SHARED VOTING POWER

 

0                              (See Item 5)

9

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER

 

551,039                   (See Item 5)

10

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

 

0                              (See Item 5)

 

11

 

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

 

551,039                                                     (See Item 5)

12

 

CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES*

 

¨

13

 

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)

 

3.1%

14

 

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON*

 

PN

 

 

 

 

1

NAME OF REPORTING PERSON

S.S. OR I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NO. OF ABOVE PERSON

 

Wynnefield Small Cap Value Offshore Fund, Ltd. (No IRS Identification No.)

2

CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP (See Instructions)

(a) ¨

 

(b) x

3

SEC USE ONLY

 

 

4

SOURCE OF FUNDS*

 

WC

5

CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEMS 2(d) or 2(e)

 

¨

6

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

 

Cayman Islands

NUMBER OF

SHARES

BENEFICIALLY

OWNED BY

EACH

REPORTING

PERSON

WITH

7

SOLE VOTING POWER

 

472,645                   (See Item 5)

8

SHARED VOTING POWER

 

0                              (See Item 5)

9

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER

 

472,645                   (See Item 5)

10

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

 

0                              (See Item 5)

11

 

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

 

472,645                                                      (See Item 5)

12

 

CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES*

 

¨

13

 

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)

 

2.7%

14

 

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON*

 

CO

   

 

 

 

1

NAME OF REPORTING PERSON

S.S. OR I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NO. OF ABOVE PERSON

 

Wynnefield Capital, Inc. Profit Sharing & Money Purchase Plan 

2

CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP (See Instructions)

(a) ¨

 

(b) x

3

SEC USE ONLY

 

 

4

SOURCE OF FUNDS*

 

N/A

5

CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEMS 2(d) or 2(e)

 

¨

6

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

 

Delaware

NUMBER OF

SHARES

BENEFICIALLY

OWNED BY

EACH

REPORTING

PERSON

WITH

7

SOLE VOTING POWER

 

40,000                     (See Item 5)

8

SHARED VOTING POWER

 

0                              (See Item 5)

9

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER

 

40,000                     (See Item 5)

10

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

 

0                              (See Item 5)

11

 

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

 

40,000                                                        (See Item 5)

12

 

CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES*

 

¨

13

 

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)

 

0.2%

14

 

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON*

 

EP

 

 

 

 

1

NAME OF REPORTING PERSON

S.S. OR I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NO. OF ABOVE PERSON

 

Wynnefield Capital Management, LLC 13-4018186

2

CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP (See Instructions)

(a) ¨

 

(b) x

3

SEC USE ONLY

 

 

4

SOURCE OF FUNDS*

 

N/A

5

CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEMS 2(d) or 2(e)

 

¨

6

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

 

New York

NUMBER OF

SHARES

BENEFICIALLY

OWNED BY

EACH

REPORTING

PERSON

WITH

7

SOLE VOTING POWER

 

1,001,734                (See Item 5)

8

SHARED VOTING POWER

 

0                              (See Item 5)

9

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER

 

1,001,734                (See Item 5)

10

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

 

0                              (See Item 5)

 

11

 

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

 

1,001,734                                                   (See Item 5)

12

 

CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES*

 

¨

13

 

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)

 

5.7%

14

 

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON*

 

OO

 

 

 

 

 

1

NAME OF REPORTING PERSON

S.S. OR I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NO. OF ABOVE PERSON

 

Wynnefield Capital, Inc. 13-3688495 

2

CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP (See Instructions)

(a) ¨

 

(b) x

3

SEC USE ONLY

 

 

4

SOURCE OF FUNDS*

 

N/A

5

CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEMS 2(d) or 2(e)

 

¨

6

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

 

Delaware

NUMBER OF

SHARES

BENEFICIALLY

OWNED BY

EACH

REPORTING

PERSON

WITH

7

SOLE VOTING POWER

 

472,645                   (See Item 5)

8

SHARED VOTING POWER

 

0                              (See Item 5)

9

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER

 

472,645                   (See Item 5)

10

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

 

0                              (See Item 5)

 

11

 

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

 

472,645                                                     (See Item 5)

12

 

CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES*

 

¨

13

 

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)

 

2.7%

14

 

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON*

 

CO

 

 

 

 

1

NAME OF REPORTING PERSON

S.S. OR I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NO. OF ABOVE PERSON

 

Nelson Obus

2

CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP (See Instructions)

(a) ¨

 

(b) x

3

SEC USE ONLY

 

 

4

SOURCE OF FUNDS*

 

N/A

5

CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEMS 2(d) or 2(e)

 

¨

6

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

 

United States

NUMBER OF

SHARES

BENEFICIALLY

OWNED BY

EACH

REPORTING

PERSON

WITH

7

SOLE VOTING POWER

 

0                              (See Item 5)

8

SHARED VOTING POWER

 

1,514,379                (See Item 5)

9

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER

 

0                              (See Item 5)

10

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

 

1,514,379                (See Item 5)

11

 

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

 

1,514,379                                                   (See Item 5)

12

 

CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES*

 

¨

13

 

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)

 

8.5%

14

 

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON*

 

IN

 

 

 

 

1

NAME OF REPORTING PERSON

S.S. OR I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NO. OF ABOVE PERSON

 

Joshua Landes

2

CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP (See Instructions)

(a) ¨

 

(b) x

3

SEC USE ONLY

 

 

4

SOURCE OF FUNDS*

 

N/A

5

CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEMS 2(d) or 2(e)

 

¨

6

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

 

United States

NUMBER OF

SHARES

BENEFICIALLY

OWNED BY

EACH

REPORTING

PERSON

WITH

7

SOLE VOTING POWER

 

0                              (See Item 5)

8

SHARED VOTING POWER

 

1,514,379                (See Item 5)

9

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER

 

0                              (See Item 5)

10

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

 

1,514,379                (See Item 5)

 

11

 

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

 

1,514,379                                                   (See Item 5)

12

 

CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES*

 

¨       

13

 

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)

 

8.5%

14

 

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON*

 

IN

 

 

 

 

Item 1. Security and Issuer.

 

This Amendment No. 4 amends the Statement of Beneficial Ownership on Schedule 13D originally filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) on June 1, 2016, as amended by Amendment No. 1, filed on April 27, 2019, Amendment No. 2 filed on January 22, 2020 and Amendment No. 3 filed on April 21, 2020 (collectively the “Schedule 13D”) by the Wynnefield Reporting Persons (as defined in the Schedule 13D) with respect to the shares of common stock, $0.01 par value per share (the “Common Stock”) of MVC Capital, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Issuer”). The Issuer maintains its principal executive office at 287 Bowman Avenue, 2nd Floor, Purchase, NY 10577.

 

Item 4. Purpose of the Transaction

 

Item 4 of the Schedule 13D is hereby amended by the addition of the following:

 

On April 24, 2020, the Wynnefield Reporting Persons delivered a letter to the Issuer notifying it that the Wynnefield Reporting Persons intend to nominate and seek to elect Arthur D. Lipson as an additional third member of the Wynnefield Reporting Persons’ slate of nominees for election to the Issuer’s Board of Directors (“the Board”) at the Issuer’s 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “2020 Annual Meeting”).

 

Previously, on April 21, 2020, the Wynnefield Reporting Persons’ provided notice to the Issuer of its intent to (i) nominate and seek to elect John D. Chapman and Ron Avni (together with Mr. Lipson, each, a “Nominee” and collectively, the “Nominees”) to the Board; and (ii) present the stockholder proposal (the “Proposal”) previously set forth in the Wynnefield Reporting Persons’ letter to the Company dated January 17, 2020, at the Annual Meeting.

 

The background and experience of Arthur D. Lipson is set forth below.

 

Arthur D. Lipson, 77. Mr. Lipson, a shareholder of the Issuer, has been a private investor since 2017. From 1997 to 2017, Mr. Lipson was the sole managing member of Western Investment LLC, a firm that specialized in investing in undervalued companies, particularly closed-end funds. Mr. Lipson was also a director at Pioneer Municipal and Equity Income Trust (“PBF”), a closed-end fund, during which time he oversaw the elimination of a 17% discount to PBF’s net asset value and the merger of PBF into Pioneer Tax Free Income Fund, an open-end fund. Mr. Lipson has substantial experience in trading and research, including previously heading all fixed income research for Lehman Brothers and for Paine Webber, and is credited as the creator of the Kuhn Loeb Bond Indices, now known as the Bloomberg Barclays Indices. He received a Masters of Science from Columbia University and a Bachelors of Science from the California Institute of Technology.

 

The Wynnefield Reporting Persons believe Mr. Lipson’s extensive financial, trading and investment expertise, particularly in the area of closed-end funds, provides him with unique skills, insights and qualifications to serve as a member of the Issuer’s Board of Directors and any of its committees.

 

On April 27, 2020, the Wynnefield Reporting Persons issued a press release announcing that it has nominated Mr. Lipson as an additional third member of the Wynnefield Reporting Persons’ slate of nominees for election to the Board at the 2020 Annual Meeting. A copy of the press release is included as Exhibit 5 to this Schedule 13D and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Biographical information regarding Messrs. Chapman and Avni was previously included in the Wynnefield Reporting Persons’ Schedule 13D originally filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 21, 2020 and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

In the event any of the Nominees shall be unable to serve for any reason, the Wynnefield Reporting Persons reserve the right to select a replacement Nominee. Additionally, in the event the Issuer purports to increase the number of directors serving on the Board or otherwise increases the number of directors to be elected at the 2020 Annual Meeting, the Wynnefield Reporting Persons reserve the right to nominate additional persons as directors to fill any vacancies created by the increase or to fill any additional positions on the Board which the Issuer’s stockholders shall vote on at the 2020 Annual Meeting.

 

 

 

 

The Wynnefield Reporting Persons currently intend to conduct a proxy solicitation to elect the Nominees to the Board and approve the Proposal at the Annual Meeting.

 

Prior to nominating the Nominees, WCI entered into an indemnification agreement (the “Indemnification Agreement”) with each Nominee pursuant to which WCI has agreed, subject to certain exceptions, to indemnify each Nominee against any losses and/or costs suffered, incurred or sustained by such Nominee in connection with such Nominee’s being a member of the slate or the Wynnefield Reporting Persons’ solicitation of proxies in connection therewith. The foregoing description of the Indemnification Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Indemnification Agreement, which is included as Exhibit 4 to the Wynnefield Reporting Persons’ Schedule 13D originally filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 21, 2020 and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

No Wynnefield Reporting Person has any present plan or proposal which would relate to or result in any of the matters set forth in subparagraphs (a) - (j) of Item 4 of Schedule 13D except as set forth herein or such as would occur upon or in connection with completion of, or following, any of the actions discussed herein. The Wynnefield Reporting Persons intend to review their investment in the Issuer on a continuing basis. The Wynnefield Reporting Persons have had and anticipate having further discussions with management and the Board of the Issuer relating to the Issuer’s underperformance, overall business strategy, corporate governance, management accountability, capital allocation, and the evaluation of strategic alternatives. Depending on various factors including, without limitation, the Issuer’s financial position and investment strategy, the price levels of the securities of the Issuer, conditions in the securities markets and general economic and industry conditions, the Wynnefield Reporting Persons may in the future take such actions with respect to their investment in the Issuer as they deem appropriate including, without limitation, engaging in communications with management and the Board, engaging in discussions with stockholders of the Issuer and others about the Issuer and the Wynnefield Reporting Persons’ investment, making proposals to the Issuer concerning changes to the capitalization, ownership structure, board structure (including board composition) or operations of the Issuer, purchasing additional securities of the Issuer, selling some or all of such securities, entering into financial instruments or other agreements that increase or decrease the Wynnefield Reporting Persons’ economic or beneficial exposure with respect to their investment in the Issuer, engaging in short selling of or any hedging or similar transaction with respect to the securities of the Issuer, including swaps and other derivative instruments, or changing their intention with respect to any and all matters referred to in Item 4.

 

The Wynnefield Reporting Persons together with Messrs. Chapman, Avni and Lipson are participants in the solicitation of proxies from stockholders in connection with the 2020 Annual Meeting. The Wynnefield Reporting Persons intend to file a proxy statement (the “2020 Proxy Statement”) with the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the solicitation of proxies for the Annual Meeting unless it withdraws its nomination of the Nominees and/or the Proposal.

 

Promptly after any filing of its definitive 2020 Proxy Statement with the SEC, Wynnefield Reporting Persons intend to mail the definitive 2020 Proxy Statement and an accompanying proxy card to some or all stockholders pursuant to applicable SEC rules. STOCKHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE 2020 PROXY STATEMENT (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT THE ISSUER WILL FILE WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Stockholders may obtain, free of charge, copies of the definitive 2020 Proxy Statement and any other documents filed by the Wynnefield Reporting Persons with respect to the Issuer with the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the 2020 Annual Meeting at the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website (http://www.sec.gov).

 

Item 7. Material to be Filed as Exhibits.

 

Item 7 of the Schedule 13D is hereby amended by the addition of the following

 

  Exhibit 5 Press Release dated April 27, 2020

 

 

 

 

SIGNATURE

 

After reasonable inquiry and to the best of their knowledge and belief, the undersigned certify that the information set forth in this Schedule 13D is true, complete and correct.

 

  Dated: April 27, 2020
   
  WYNNEFIELD PARTNERS SMALL CAP VALUE, L.P. I
   
  By: Wynnefield Capital Management, LLC,
    its General Partner
   
  By: /s/ Nelson Obus
    Nelson Obus, Co-Managing Member
   
  WYNNEFIELD PARTNERS SMALL CAP VALUE, L.P.
   
  By: Wynnefield Capital Management, LLC,
    its General Partner
   
  By: /s/ Nelson Obus
    Nelson Obus, Co-Managing Member
   
  WYNNEFIELD SMALL CAP VALUE OFFSHORE FUND, LTD.
   
  By: Wynnefield Capital, Inc.,
    its Investment Manager
   
  By: /s/ Nelson Obus
    Nelson Obus, President
   
  WYNNEFIELD CAPITAL INC. PROFIT SHARING & MONEY PURCHASE PLAN
   
  By: /s/ Nelson Obus
    Nelson Obus, Co-Trustee
 
WYNNEFIELD CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, LLC
   
  By: /s/ Nelson Obus
    Nelson Obus, Co-Managing Member
 
WYNNEFIELD CAPITAL, INC.
   
  By: /s/ Nelson Obus
    Nelson Obus, President
   
    /s/ Nelson Obus
    Nelson Obus, Individually
   
    /s/ Joshua Landes
    Joshua Landes, Individually

 

 

 

 

WYNNEFIELD CAPITAL NOMINATES THIRD HIGHLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATE
FOR ELECTION TO MVC CAPITAL BOARD

 

Arthur Lipson to stand for election, alongside previously nominated candidates John Chapman and Ron Avni

 

NEW YORK, April 27, 2020 – Wynnefield Capital, Inc. (together with its affiliates, “Wynnefield” or Wynnefield Capital), beneficial owners of approximately 8.5% of the outstanding common stock of MVC Capital Inc. (NYSE: MVC) (“MVC” or the “Company”) and the Company’s second largest shareholder, today announced the nomination of Arthur Lipson, a highly-qualified, independent candidate for election to MVC’s nine member Board of Directors at the Company’s 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (“Annual Meeting”). The nomination of Mr. Lipson, is in addition to Wynnefield’s prior nominations of John D. Chapman and Ron Avni to the Company’s Board.

 

Nelson Obus, President of Wynnefield Capital, said, “We are pleased that Arthur Lipson, along with John Chapman and Ron Avni, will stand for election to MVC’s Board at its upcoming annual meeting of shareholders. Each of these individuals are highly experienced and qualified to serve the best interests of MVC’s shareholders.”

 

Mr. Obus continued, “Arthur Lipson is an ideal candidate for our entirely independent, minority slate. He is a long-term shareholder of MVC with extensive financial, trading and investment expertise, particularly in the areas of closed-end funds.”

 

“We are confident that Messrs. Chapman, Avni and Lipson would work diligently and collaboratively with their Board colleagues to reposition MVC for success. We would hope that these actions include an independent review of strategic alternatives, primarily a potential merger of MVC with another business development company to achieve necessary scale, paving the way for lower operating expenses and higher dividends.”

 

In the event that MVC purports to increase the number of directors serving on the Board or otherwise increases the number of directors to be elected at the 2020 Annual Meeting, Wynnefield reserves the right to nominate additional persons as directors to fill any vacancies created by the increase or to fill any additional positions on the Board which MVC’s shareholders shall vote on at the 2020 Annual Meeting.

 

Wynnefield Capital’s director nominees are (in alphabetical order):

 

Ron Avni (44)

 

-20 years of extensive financial, operational and investment management experience.

 

-Track record of successfully creating shareholder value within distressed companies and transforming these companies in collaboration with key stakeholders.

 

-Adviser to companies on investment and business strategies.

 

-Served as a portfolio manager at QVT Financial LP, a multi-billion-dollar investment firm where, among other things, he led investment activities in closed-end fund arbitrage and related special situations globally.

 

 

 

 

-Served as senior quantitative analyst and trader at Weiss Asset Management from 2003 to 2005, where he developed quantitative trading methodologies and software as well as managed a broad array of the firm’s business operations.

 

-CFA® Charterholder. Received an AB in Physics, magna cum laude, from Harvard University and is enrolled in a PhD program at the University of Texas at Austin.

 

John D. Chapman (64)

 

-Specializes in representing shareholder interests in connection with the operation and management of investment funds and ancillary assets.

 

-Unique skillset, insights and qualifications to serve as a member of MVC’s Board and any of its committees.

 

-Extensive legal, financial analysis and corporate governance expertise.

 

-Served as the chairman, executive director, or non-executive director of a number of public companies, both domestically and globally.

 

-CFA® Charterholder and member of the New York State Bar Association. Received a B.A. from Bates College and a Juris Doctorate from The University of Texas.

 

Arthur D. Lipson (77)

 

-Served as the managing member of Western Investment LLC, specializing in investing undervalued companies, particularly closed-end funds.

 

-Served as a director of Pioneer Municipal and Equity Income Trust, during which time he oversaw the elimination of a steep discount to PBF’s net asset value and the merger of PBF into Pioneer Tax Free Income Fund, an open end fund.

 

-Previously headed all fixed income research for Lehman Brothers and Paine Weber, and is credited as the creator of the Kuhn Loeb Bond Indices, now known as the Bloomberg Barclay Indices.

 

-Long-term shareholder of MVC.

 

-Received a B.S. from the California Institution of Technology and a M.S. from Columbia University and

 

Additional biographical information regarding Wynnefield Capital’s director nominees will be included in Wynnefield Capital’s amended Statement of Beneficial Ownership on Schedule 13D to be filed with the SEC.

 

Kane Kessler, P.C. is providing legal counsel to Wynnefield Capital.

 

 

 

 

About Wynnefield Capital, Inc.

 

Established in 1992, Wynnefield Capital, Inc. is a value investor specializing in U.S. small cap situations that have company or industry specific catalysts.

 

Additional Information and Where to Find It

 

Wynnefield Partners Small Cap Value, L.P.; Wynnefield Partners Small Cap Value, L.P. I; Wynnefield Small Cap Value Offshore Fund, Ltd.; Wynnefield Capital, Inc. Profit Sharing & Money Purchase Plan; Wynnefield Capital Management, LLC; Wynnefield Capital, Inc.; Joshua H. Landes; and Nelson Obus (collectively, “Wynnefield Capital”) together with John D. Chapman, Ron Avni and Arthur D. Lipson are participants in the solicitation of proxies from stockholders in connection with the 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of MVC Capital, Inc. (the “Company”). Wynnefield Capital intends to file a proxy statement (the “2020 Proxy Statement”) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) in connection with the solicitation of proxies for the Annual Meeting unless it withdraws its nominations and/or proposal.

 

Wynnefield Capital may be deemed to beneficially own 1,514,379 shares of the Company’s common stock, representing approximately 8.5% of the Company’s outstanding common stock. Other than Mr. Lipson, who may be deemed to beneficially own 202,123 shares of the Company’s common stock, representing approximately 1.1% of the Company’s outstanding common stock, none of the other participants own any shares of the Company’s common stock. Additional information regarding such participants, including their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be included in the 2020 Proxy Statement and other relevant documents to be filed with the SEC in connection with the Annual Meeting.

 

Promptly after any filing of its definitive 2020 Proxy Statement with the SEC, Wynnefield Capital intends to mail the definitive 2020 Proxy Statement and an accompanying proxy card to some or all stockholders pursuant to applicable SEC rules. STOCKHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE 2020 PROXY STATEMENT (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT THE COMPANY WILL FILE WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Stockholders may obtain, free of charge, copies of the definitive 2020 Proxy Statement and any other documents filed by Wynnefield Capital with respect to the Company with the SEC in connection with the Annual Meeting at the SEC’s website (http://www.sec.gov).

 

Media Contact:


Mark Semer / Daniel Yunger
Kekst CNC
212.521.4800
mark.semer@kekstcnc.com / daniel.yunger@kekstcnc.com

 

Proxy Solicitor:

 

Saratoga Proxy Consulting

John Ferguson / Joe Mills

212.257.1311

info@saratogaproxy.com