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ACCESSION NUMBER: 0000890566-97-000893
CONFORMED SUBMISSION TYPE: DEF 14A
PUBLIC DOCUMENT COUNT: 1
CONFORMED PERIOD OF REPORT: 19970520
FILED AS OF DATE: 19970418
COMPANY CONFORMED NAME: CORNELL CORRECTIONS INC
CENTRAL INDEX KEY: 0001016152
STANDARD INDUSTRIAL CLASSIFICATION: SERVICES-FACILITIES SUPPORT MANAGEMENT SERVICES 
IRS NUMBER: 760433642
STATE OF INCORPORATION: DE
FISCAL YEAR END: 1231
FORM TYPE: DEF 14A
SEC ACT: 1934 Act
SEC FILE NUMBER: 001-14472
FILM NUMBER: 97583522
STREET 1: 4801 WOODWAY
STREET 2: STE 400W
BUSINESS PHONE: 7136230790
STREET 1: 4801 WOODWAY
STREET 2: STE 400W
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[LOGO] CORNELL CORRECTIONS, INC.
4801 WOODWAY, SUITE 100E
HOUSTON, TEXAS 77056
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS
TO BE HELD ON MAY 20, 1997
To the Shareholders of
Cornell Corrections, Inc.:
The annual meeting of shareholders of Cornell
Corrections, Inc. will be held at 4801 Woodway, Suite 200E,
Houston, Texas, on Tuesday, May 20, 1997 at 10:00 a.m. for the
1. To elect five directors.
2. To approve the appointment of Arthur Andersen LLP
as independent public accountants for 1997.
3. To transact such other business as may properly
come before the meeting or any adjournment thereof.
The Board of Directors has fixed the close of business on
April 15, 1997 as the record date for determining shareholders
entitled to notice of and to vote at the meeting.
You are cordially invited to attend the meeting in
person. Even if you plan to attend the meeting, however, you
are requested to mark, sign, date and return the accompanying
proxy as soon as possible.
By Order of the Board of Directors
/s/ STEVE W. LOGAN
Steve W. Logan
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, TREASURER
April 17, 1997
4801 Woodway, Suite 100E
Houston, Texas 77056
[LOGO] April 17, 1997 [LOGO]
You are cordially invited to attend the annual meeting of
shareholders to be held at 4801 Woodway, Suite 200E, Houston,
Texas, on May 20, 1997 at 10:00 a.m. For those of you who
cannot be present at this annual meeting, we urge that you
participate by indicating your choices on the enclosed proxy
and completing and returning it at your earliest convenience.
This booklet includes the notice of the meeting and the
proxy statement, which contains information about the Board
and its committees. Other matters on which action is expected
to be taken during the meeting are also described.
It is important that your shares are represented at the
meeting, whether or not you are able to attend personally.
Accordingly, you are requested to sign, date and mail promptly
the enclosed proxy in the envelope provided.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, thank you for your
cooperation and continued support.
/s/ DAVID M. CORNELL
David M. Cornell
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, PRESIDENT
AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
[LOGO] CORNELL CORRECTIONS, INC.
4801 WOODWAY, SUITE 100E
HOUSTON, TEXAS 77056
This Proxy Statement and the accompanying proxy card are being mailed to
shareholders beginning on or about April 18, 1997. They are furnished in
connection with the solicitation by the Board of Directors of Cornell
Corrections, Inc. (the “Company”) of proxies from the holders of the Company’s
Common Stock (“Common Stock”) for use at the annual meeting of shareholders to
be held at the time and place and for the purposes set forth in the accompanying
notice. In addition to the solicitation of proxies by mail, proxies may also be
solicited by telephone, telegram or personal interview by regular employees of
the Company. The Company will pay all costs of soliciting proxies. The Company
will also reimburse brokers or other persons holding stock in their names or in
the names of their nominees for their reasonable expenses in forwarding proxy
material to beneficial owners of stock.
All duly executed proxies received prior to the meeting will be voted in
accordance with the choices specified thereon. As to any matter for which no
choice has been specified in a duly executed proxy, the shares represented
thereby will be voted FOR the election as directors of the nominees listed
therein, FOR approval of the appointment of Arthur Andersen LLP as the Company’s
independent public accountants and in the discretion of the persons named in the
proxy in connection with any other business that may properly come before the
annual meeting. A shareholder giving a proxy may revoke it at any time before it
is voted at the annual meeting by filing with the Secretary of the Company an
instrument revoking it, by delivering a duly executed proxy bearing a later date
or by appearing at the annual meeting and voting in person.
As of April 15, 1997, the record date for determining shareholders entitled
to vote at the annual meeting, the Company had outstanding and entitled to vote
6,839,270 shares of Common Stock. Each share entitles the holder to one vote on
each matter submitted to a vote of shareholders. The requirement for a quorum at
the annual meeting is the presence in person or by proxy of holders of a
majority of the outstanding shares of Common Stock. Information regarding the
vote required for approval of other particular matters is set forth in the
discussion of those matters appearing elsewhere in this Proxy Statement.
The Annual Report to Shareholders, which includes financial statements of
the Company for the year ended December 31, 1996, has been mailed to all
shareholders. The Annual Report is not a part of the proxy solicitation
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
Five directors are to be elected. The names of Messrs. David M. Cornell,
Campbell A. Griffin, Jr., Richard T. Henshaw III, Peter A. Leidel and Tucker
Taylor will be placed in nomination, and the persons named in the proxy will
vote in favor of such nominees unless authority to vote in the election of
directors is withheld. Each nominee is currently a director of the Company. The
term of office for all directors to be elected will be a one-year term expiring
on the date of the annual meeting in 1998 (or until their respective successors
are duly elected and qualified). In accordance with the Company’s By-laws, the
five directors will be elected by a plurality of the votes cast.
NOMINEES — The following summaries set forth information concerning the
five nominees for election as directors at the meeting, including each nominee’s
age, position with the Company, if any, and business experience during the past
DAVID M. CORNELL has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the
Company since its founding. He is 61 years of age and lives in Houston, Texas.
CAMPBELL A. GRIFFIN, JR. became a director of the Company in October 1996
and is Chairman of the Audit Committee. From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Griffin served as
an Adjunct Professor of Administrative
Science at William Marsh Rice University and, from 1993 to 1995, he was a
Councilman for the City of Hunters Creek Village. Mr. Griffin is an arbitrator
for the American Arbitration Association, the New York Stock Exchange and the
National Association of Securities Dealers and a member of the American, Texas
and Houston Bar Associations. He is 67 years of age and lives in Houston, Texas.
RICHARD T. HENSHAW III has been a director of the Company since March 1994
and is a member of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Henshaw has been a Managing
Director of Charterhouse Group International, Inc. (“Charterhouse”), a private
investment firm specializing in leveraged buy-out acquisitions, since January
1997, and was a Senior Vice President of Charterhouse prior thereto. Mr. Henshaw
is also a director of American Disposal Services, Inc. He is 57 years of age and
lives in Waccabuc, New York.
PETER A. LEIDEL has been a director of the Company and its predecessor
since May 1991 and is Chairman of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Leidel is a
partner of Dillon Read Venture Partners III, L.P. and Concord Partners II, L.P.,
both private venture capital funds managed by Dillon, Read & Co., Inc. (“Dillon
Read”). Mr. Leidel is also a Senior Vice President of Dillon Read, where he has
been employed since 1983, and a director of Willbros Group, Inc. and seven
private companies. He is 40 years of age and lives in Pound Ridge, New York.
TUCKER TAYLOR became a director of the Company in October 1996 and is a
member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Taylor has been Vice President of a division
of Columbia/HCA Healthcare System since 1994. Prior thereto, he was Executive
Vice President for Marketing, Sales and Strategic Planning at Medical Care
America. Mr. Taylor is also a director of SuperShuttle. He is 56 years of age
and lives in Millbrook, New York.
BOARD ORGANIZATION AND MEETINGS — The members of the Audit Committee and
the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors indicated in the above
summaries are not employees of the Company. The Audit Committee of the Board
recommends the appointment of independent public accountants to conduct audits
of the Company’s financial statements, reviews with the independent accountants
the plan and results of the auditing engagement, approves other professional
services provided by the independent accountants and evaluates the independence
of the accountants. The Audit Committee also reviews the adequacy of the
Company’s system of internal accounting controls. The Compensation Committee
approves, or in some cases recommends to the Board, remuneration arrangements
and compensation plans involving the Company’s directors, executive officers and
certain other employees whose compensation exceeds specified levels. The
Compensation Committee also acts on the granting of stock options including the
Company’s 1996 Stock Option Plan (“Stock Option Plan”). The Board does not
have a standing nominating committee or other committee performing a similar
During 1996, the Board of Directors held six meetings. During 1996, all
members of the Board of Directors attended at least 75% of the total of all
Board meetings and applicable committee meetings.
DIRECTOR REMUNERATION — None of Mr. Cornell, Mr. Henshaw or Mr. Leidel
receive compensation for serving as directors. Mr. Griffin and Mr. Taylor
receive a fee of $1,000 for attendance at each Board of Directors meeting and
$500 for attendance at each committee meeting (unless held on the same day as a
Board of Directors meeting). Mr. Griffin and Mr. Taylor also were granted by the
Company in October 1996 non-qualified options to purchase 15,000 shares of
Common Stock under the Stock Option Plan. Such options vested 25% on the date of
grant and the remainder will vest ratably over three years. Such options have a
term of 10 years and a per share exercise price of $12.00. All directors are
reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses incurred in attending meetings of the
Board of Directors or committees thereof and for other expenses incurred in
their capacity as directors.
SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS — The following tabulation
sets forth the shares of Common Stock of the Company beneficially owned directly
or indirectly as of April 15, 1997 (i) by the Company’s directors, chief
executive officer and the three other executive officers and (ii) by all the
foregoing as a group.
AMOUNT AND NATURE OF
DIRECT OTHER OF CLASS
———– —– ———–
David M. Cornell…………………… 704,399(2) — 10.1%
Campbell A. Griffin, Jr…………….. 3,750 — *
Richard T. Henshaw III(3)…………… — — —
Peter A. Leidel(4)…………………. 3,774 — *
Steven W. Logan……………………. 243,624 — 3.5%
William J. Schoeffield……………… 40,000 — *
Tucker Taylor……………………… 6,250 — *
Marvin W. Wiebe, Jr………………… 12,157 — *
All of the above as a group (8
persons)………………………….. 1,013,954 — 14.2%
* Less than one percent.
(1) Pursuant to regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the
“SEC”), securities must be listed as beneficially owned by a person who
directly or indirectly holds or shares the power to vote or dispose of the
securities, whether or not the person has any economic interest in the
securities. In addition, a person is deemed a beneficial owner if he has the
right to acquire beneficial ownership within 60 days, including upon
exercise of a stock option or conversion of a convertible security. Shares
of Common Stock listed under the “Direct” column include those owned by
the individuals and members of their immediate families (or held by any of
them in family trusts). Securities owned by certain family members and
trusts for the benefit of such family members are included in the foregoing
table even in certain instances where the possession or sharing of voting or
dispositive power is not acknowledged. The “Direct” column also includes
shares subject to stock options exercisable within 60 days (126,124 for Mr.
Cornell, 3,750 for Mr. Griffin, 116 for Mr. Leidel, 139,874 for Mr. Logan,
20,000 for Mr. Schoeffield, 3,750 for Mr. Tucker, 7,500 for Mr. Wiebe and
301,114 for all the above as a group).
(2) Includes 88,665 shares over which Jane B. Cornell, the former wife of David
M. Cornell, has sole investment power and, pursuant to a voting agreement,
over which Mr. Cornell has sole voting power, and includes 200,000 shares
held in trust for Mr. Cornell’s children.
(3) Mr. Henshaw is a Managing Director of Charterhouse. He disclaims any
beneficial ownership of the shares beneficially owned by Charterhouse and
its affiliates. See “Security Ownership of Certain Shareholders”.
(4) Mr. Leidel is a Senior Vice President of Dillon Read. He disclaims any
beneficial ownership of 1,191,863 shares held by affiliates of Dillon Read.
See “Security Ownership of Certain Shareholders”. Dillon Read, as agent
for Mr. Leidel, holds 3,774 shares (116 of which would be received upon
exercise of options). Mr. Leidel does not have voting or investment power
with respect to such shares.
COMPLIANCE WITH SECTION 16(A) OF THE EXCHANGE ACT — Section 16(a) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), requires the
Company’s directors and executive officers to file with the SEC and the New York
Stock Exchange initial reports of ownership and reports of changes in ownership
of Common Stock. Based solely on a review of the copies of such reports
furnished to the Company and written representations that no other reports were
required, the Company believes that all its directors and executive officers
during 1996 complied on a timely basis with all applicable filing requirements
under Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act, except that Mr. Henshaw, a director of
the Company, did not timely file a Form 3.
EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION — Set forth below is information regarding the
compensation of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer (the “CEO”) and the
three other executive officers of the Company (together with the CEO, the
SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE. The summary compensation table set forth below
contains information regarding the compensation of each of the named officers
for services rendered in all capacities during 1995 and 1996.
SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE
(1) Other annual compensation for each named officer did not exceed the lesser
of $50,000 or 10% of the annual compensation earned by such individual.
(2) Effective June 1, 1996, the Board of Directors of the Company approved
annual salaries of $200,000 and $130,000 for Mr. Cornell and Mr. Logan,
respectively, with respective bonuses of up to $50,000 and up to $20,000,
payable at the recommendation of the Compensation Committee and subject to
the discretion of a majority of the non-employee Directors.
(3) The amounts shown represent contributions by the Company under its 401(k)
Profit Sharing Plan.
(4) Mr. Schoeffield became Chief Operating Officer of the Company effective
October 16, 1996. The Board of Directors of the Company approved an annual
salary of $160,000 for Mr. Schoeffield with a guaranteed bonus of $40,000
for the first twelve months of employment.
(5) Excludes $56,750 and $59,750 representing Mr. Wiebe’s portion of an annual
fixed installment payment in 1996 and 1995, respectively, relating to an
acquisition by the Company in 1994.
(6) The amounts for Mr. Wiebe include contributions by the Company under its
401(k) Profit Sharing Plan of $2,602 and $4,620 for 1996 and 1995,
respectively, and an automobile allowance of $1,767 and $1,699 for 1996 and
1995, respectively. Mr. Wiebe elected, pursuant to his employment agreement
with the Company, to use a portion of the bonus he earned during the year
ended December 31, 1995 to purchase Common Stock at 90% of the fair market
value of the Common Stock, as determined by the Board of Directors. The 1995
amount includes $2,608 for the difference between the price paid by Mr.
Wiebe for the Common Stock and the fair market value of the Common Stock, as
determined by the Board of Directors.
OPTION GRANTS. Shown below is further information on grants of stock
options during 1996 to the named officers reflected in the Summary Compensation
OPTION GRANTS IN 1996
(1) The options granted to Mr. Cornell and Mr. Logan were granted on July 9,
1996 and became exercisable immediately. The options granted to Mr. Wiebe
were granted on May 1, 1996 and became exercisable in 25% increments on each
of the date of grant, and the first, second and third anniversaries of the
date of grant. The options granted to Mr. Schoeffield were granted on
October 16, 1996 and became exercisable in 20% increments on each of the
date of grant and the first, second, third and fourth anniversaries of the
date of grant. All of the above options were granted pursuant to the Stock
(2) Based on the Black-Scholes option pricing model. The actual value, if any,
that may be realized will depend on the excess of the underlying stock price
over the exercise price on the date the option is exercised, so there is no
assurance the value realized will be at or near the value estimated by the
Black-Scholes model. The estimated values under the model are based on the
following assumptions for the grants to Mr. Cornell, Mr. Schoeffield, Mr.
Wiebe, and Mr. Logan, respectively: expected volatility based on a
historical volatility of month-end common stock prices of a comparable
company for the applicable option term, as determined as of the date of
grant (0.0%, 32.5%, 0.0%, and 0.0%), a risk-free rate of return based on a
zero-coupon U.S. Treasury rate at the time of grant for the applicable
option term (6.9%, 6.6%, 6.6%, and 6.9%), an average of dividend yields on
Common Stock (0%), and option exercise periods (10 years, 10 years, 7 years,
and 10 years) with the exercise occurring at the end of such period.
OPTION EXERCISES AND 1996 YEAR-END OPTION HOLDINGS. Shown below is
information with respect to exercises of options by the named officers during
1996 pursuant to the Stock Option Plan and information with respect to
unexercised options to purchase Common Stock granted in 1996 and prior years to
the named officers and held by them at December 31, 1996.
YEAR-END 1996 OPTION HOLDINGS
(1) The excess, if any, of the market value of Common Stock at December 31, 1996
($8.875) over the option exercise price(s).
(2) All of these options become immediately exercisable upon a change in control
of the Company.
(3) On July 8, 1996, Mr. Cornell acquired 137,110 shares of Common Stock at a
per share exercise price of $2.00. The initial public offering price per
share on October 3, 1996 was $12.00 and the per share market value on
December 31, 1996 was $8.875.
(FOOTNOTES CONTINUED ON FOLLOWING PAGE)
(4) On July 8, 1996, Mr. Logan acquired 82,750 shares of Common Stock at the
following per share exercise prices: 50,000 shares at $2.00, 29,000 shares
at $2.50, and 3,750 shares at $2.17. The initial public offering price per
share on October 3, 1996 was $12.00 and the per share market value on
December 31, 1996 was $8.875.
COMPENSATION COMMITTEE INTERLOCKS AND INSIDER PARTICIPATION — The members
of the Compensation Committee of the Board are Messrs. Henshaw and Leidel, both
of whom are non-employee directors. Mr. Leidel is a Senior Vice President of
Dillon Read, which in 1996 performed investment banking services for the
Company for which it received customary fees.
REPORT OF COMPENSATION COMMITTEE ON EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION — This report
is submitted by the Company’s Compensation Committee at the direction of the
Board of Directors pursuant to the rules established by the SEC. This report
provides certain data and information regarding the compensation and benefits
provided to the Company’s CEO and the named officers. The Compensation Committee
of the Board of Directors is responsible for all decisions regarding
compensation for the Company’s executive officers. The Compensation Committee is
composed of two independent non-employee directors. Because the Compensation
Committee believes that each such officer has the potential to effect the
short-term and long-term profitability of the Company, the Committee places
considerable importance on the task of creating and implementing the Company’s
executive compensation program.
The Company’s executive compensation program is focused on shareholder
value, the overall performance of the Company, success of the Company as
impacted by the executive’s performance and the performance of the individual
COMPENSATION PHILOSOPHY. The Compensation Committee’s philosophy is to
provide competitive levels of compensation to the Company’s executive officers
that are integrated with the Company’s annual long-term performance goals,
reward above-average corporate performance, recognize individual initiative and
achievements and assist the Company in attracting and retaining qualified
executives. The compensation policies and programs utilized by the Compensation
Committee and endorsed by the Board of Directors generally consists of the
o Recommend executive officer total compensation in relation to Company
o Provide a competitive compensation program in order to attract,
motivate, and retain qualified personnel;
o Provide a management tool for focusing and directing the energies of
key executives toward achieving individual and corporate objectives;
o Provide long-term incentive compensation in the form of annual stock
option awards and performance-based stock option awards to link
individual success to that of the Company.
The compensation program of the Company currently consists of base salary,
annual incentive compensation in the form of cash bonuses and stock options. In
1996, the Company’s executive compensation was reviewed by the Compensation
Committee relative to peer group executive compensation. Because the Company’s
compensation plan involves incentives contingent upon the Company’s performance
and individual performance, an executive officer’s actual compensation level in
any particular year may be above or below that of a prior year.
The 1996 compensation package for the executive officers included salary
and cash bonuses as well as stock options. The following briefly describes the
sources of compensation:
BASE SALARY. Each fiscal year the Compensation Committee, along with the
CEO, reviews and approves an annual salary plan for the Company’s executive
officers. This salary plan is developed by the CEO. Many factors are included in
determining base salaries such as the responsibilities borne by the executive
officer, the scope of the position, length of service with the Company and
corporate and individual performance.
LONG-TERM COMPONENT — STOCK INCENTIVE PLANS. To date, the Company has
relied primarily upon stock option awards to provide long-term incentives for
executives. The Compensation Committee continues to believe that stock options
have been and remain an excellent vehicle for providing financial
incentives for management. The Company’s existing Stock Option Plan authorizes
the issuance of both incentive and non-qualified stock options to officers and
key employees of the Company. Subject to general limits prescribed by the Stock
Option Plan, the Compensation Committee has the authority to determine the
individuals to whom stock options are awarded and the terms of the options and
the number of shares subject to each option. The size of any particular stock
option award is based upon position and the individual performance during the
related evaluation period. Because the option exercise price for the employee is
the price of stock on the date of grant and the options generally carry a seven
to ten year life, employees benefit only if the value of the Company’s Common
Stock increases. Thus, employees with stock options are rewarded for their
efforts to improve long-term stock market performance. In this way, the
financial interests of management are aligned with those of the Company’s
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER COMPENSATION. The Compensation Committee’s basis
for compensation of the CEO is derived from the same consideration addressed
above. Mr. Cornell participates in the same executive compensation plans
available to the other executive officers. In 1996, the Compensation Committee
increased the salary of Mr. Cornell by 60%, and granted to Mr. Cornell certain
incentive stock options. The compensation levels established for Mr. Cornell
were in response to the Committee’s assessment of the Company’s record revenue
growth, which increased by approximately 56% compared to 1995, and the Company’s
success in acquiring and integrating certain competitors as well as the
Committee’s continued recognition of Mr. Cornell’s leadership of the Company.
FEDERAL INCOME TAX DEDUCTIBILITY LIMITATIONS. The Committee intends to
structure future compensation so that executive compensation paid by the Company
is fully deductible in accordance with Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue
Code enacted in 1993, which generally disallows a tax deduction to public
companies for compensation over $1 million paid to certain executive officers
unless certain conditions are met.
SUMMARY. The Committee believes that this mix of base salaries, variable
cash incentives and the potential for equity ownership in the Company represents
a balance that will motivate the management team to continue to produce strong
returns. The Committee further believes this program strikes an appropriate
balance between the interests and needs of the Company in operating its business
and appropriate rewards based on shareholder value.
Submitted by the Compensation Committee of the Company’s Board of
Peter A. Leidel, Chairman
Richard T. Henshaw III, Member
April 14, 1997
PERFORMANCE GRAPH — The following performance graph compares the
cumulative total shareholder return on the Common Stock to the cumulative total
return of the Russell 2000 Stock Index and the Company’s peer group since the
date the Common Stock began trading on the American Stock Exchange (October 3,
1996). The graph assumes that the value of the investment in the Common Stock
and each index was $100 at October 3, 1996 and that all dividends were
reinvested on a quarterly basis.
COMPARISON OF CUMULATIVE TOTAL RETURN
[LINEAR GRAPH PLOTTED FROM DATA IN TABLE BELOW]
Total Return Analysis
10/3/96 10/31/96 11/29/96 12/31/96
——- ——– ——– ——–
Cornell Corrections, Inc. $100.00 $85.71 $80.61 $72.45
Peer Group (1) $100.00 $85.37 $81.97 $98.18
Russell 2000 $100.00 $98.19 $102.22 $104.85
Source: Carl Thompson Associates www.ctaonline.com (303) 494-5472. Data from
Bloomberg Financial Markets
(1) The Company’s 1996 Peer Group consists of the following companies:
Corrections Corporation of America, Wackenhut Corrections Corporation,
Correctional Services Corporation, Youth Services International, Inc., and
Childrens Comprehensive Services, Inc.
APPROVAL OF APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS
The Board of Directors, upon recommendation of its Audit Committee, has
approved and recommends the appointment of Arthur Andersen LLP as independent
public accountants to conduct an audit of the Company’s financial statements for
the year 1997. This firm has acted as independent public accountants for the
Company for many years.
Members of Arthur Andersen LLP will attend the annual meeting and will be
available to respond to questions which may be asked by shareholders. Such
members will also have an opportunity to make a statement at the meeting if they
desire to do so.
The Board of Directors recommends that shareholders approve the appointment
of Arthur Andersen LLP as the Company’s independent public accountants. In
accordance with the Company’s By-laws, approval of the appointment of
independent public accountants will require the affirmative vote of a majority
of the shares of Common Stock voted on the matter. Accordingly, abstentions and
broker non-votes applicable to shares present at the meeting will not be
included in the tabulation of votes cast on this issue.
Management does not intend to bring any business before the meeting other
than the matters referred to in the accompanying notice. If, however, any other
matters properly come before the meeting, it is intended that the persons named
in the accompanying proxy will vote pursuant to discretionary authority granted
in the proxy in accordance with their best judgement on such matters. The
discretionary authority includes matters that the Board of Directors does not
know are to be presented at the meeting by others.
CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS — At December 31, 1996, the
Company had notes receivable from Mr. Cornell and Mr. Logan in the amounts of
$405,924 and $257,000, respectively. Interest on the notes is charged annually
at a rate of 6.63% and the notes mature on July 8, 2000.
SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN SHAREHOLDERS — The following table sets
forth information as to persons known to possess voting or dispositive power
over more than 5% of the Company’s outstanding Common Stock.
(1) The information in the foregoing table regarding Concord Partners II, L.P.;
et. al, is based on filings made with the SEC reflecting ownership of Common
Stock as of December 31, 1996. The filings indicate shared voting and
dispositive power for 1,207,336 shares of Common Stock by Dillon Read and
related entities. Includes 34,587 shares (19,114 of which would be received
upon exercise of
(FOOTNOTES CONTINUED ON THE FOLLOWING PAGE)
options) held by Concord Partners, L.P., 646,993 shares (60,639 of which
would be received upon exercise of options) held by Concord Partners II,
L.P., 127,839 shares (11,982 of which would be received upon exercise of
options) held by Concord Partners Japan Limited, each of which is a private
venture capital fund managed by Dillon Read. Also includes 60,249 shares
(6,154 of which would be received upon exercise of options) held by
Lexington Partners III, L.P., 2,435 shares (175 of which would be received
upon exercise of options) held by Lexington Partners IV, L.P., each of which
is a private investment fund for certain Dillon Read affiliated persons,
managed by Dillon Read, and 335,233 shares (31,618 of which would be
received upon exercise of options) held by Dillon Read as agent for certain
(2) The information in the foregoing table regarding Charterhouse Equity
Partners II, L.P., is based on a filing made with the SEC reflecting
ownership of Common Stock as of December 31, 1996. The filing indicates sole
voting and dispositive power for 916,477 shares of Common Stock. Includes
914,986 shares (147,687 of which would be received upon exercise of options)
held by Charterhouse Equity Partners II, L.P. (“CEP II”) and 1,491 shares
held by a party related to CEP II. The general partner of CEP II is CHUSA
Equity Investors II, L.P., whose general partner is Charterhouse Equity II,
Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Charterhouse.
(3) The information in the foregoing table regarding Mr. Cornell is based on a
filing made with the SEC reflecting ownership of Common Stock as of December
31, 1996. The filing indicates sole voting power for 704,399 shares of
Common Stock and sole dispositive power for 615,734 shares of Common Stock.
(4) The information in the foregoing table regarding Wellington Management
Company (“Wellington”) is based on a filing made with the SEC reflecting
ownership of Common Stock as of December 31, 1996. The filing states that
the shares of Common Stock were acquired in the ordinary course of business
and not for the purpose of influencing control of the Company. The filing
indicates shared voting power for 283,900 shares of Common Stock and shared
dispositive power for 347,000 shares of Common Stock.
SHAREHOLDER PROPOSALS FOR 1998 MEETING — In order to be included in the
Company’s proxy material for its 1998 annual meeting of shareholders, eligible
proposals of shareholders intended to be presented at the annual meeting must be
received by the Company on or before December 19, 1997 (directed to the
Secretary of the Company at the address indicated on the first page of this
By Order of the Board of Directors
/s/ DAVID M. CORNELL
David M. Cornell
April 17, 1997
FRONT SIDE OF PROXY
CORNELL CORRECTIONS, INC.
Proxy Solicited on Behalf of Board of Directors, Annual Meeting of
Shareholders to be held Tuesday, May 20, 1997.
The undersigned hereby appoints David M. Cornell, William J. Schoeffield
and Steven W. Logan, jointly and severally, proxies with full power of
substitution and resubstitution and with discretionary authority, to represent
and to vote, in accordance with the instructions set forth below, all shares of
Common Stock which the undersigned is entitled to vote at the 1997 annual
meeting of shareholders of Cornell Corrections, Inc., and any adjournments
1. ELECTION OF DIRECTORS:
Nominees are David M. Cornell, Campbell A. Griffin, Jr., Richard T. Henshaw
III, Peter A. Leidel and Tucker Taylor.
(INSTRUCTION: To withhold authority to vote for any individual nominee,
strike a line through the nominee’s name above.)
[ ] FOR all nominees listed above, except as marked to the contrary above
[ ] WITHHOLD AUTHORITY to vote for all nominees listed above
2. TO APPROVE THE APPOINTMENT OF ARTHUR ANDERSEN LLP as the independent public
accountants of the Company.
[ ] FOR [ ] AGAINST [ ] ABSTAIN
BACK SIDE OF PROXY
Unless a contrary direction is given, this proxy will be voted FOR all the
directors listed and FOR all other items.
Date ___________________________, 1997
Signature (If signing as Attorney,
Administrator, Executor, Guardian,
Trustee or Corporate Officer, please
add your title as such.)
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