Cooper Standard Adopts Tax Advantage Preservation Plan to Protect Its Tax Benefits and Shareholder Value

NORTHVILLE, Mich. –News Direct– Cooper Standard

Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc. (“Cooper Standard” or the “Company”) (NYSE: CPS) today announced that its Board of Directors (the “Board”) has adopted a Tax Advantage Preservation Plan (the “Rights Agreement”) in an effort to protect shareholder value by attempting to protect against possible limitation of the Company’s ability to utilize its net operating losses, any loss or deduction attributable to a “net embedded unrealized loss” and other tax attributes (collectively, “tax benefits”) under the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”).

As of September 30, 2022, Cooper Standard’s estimated U.S. tax benefits were approximately $130 million, which may be available to offset its future taxable income. The Company views its tax benefits as valuable assets that can benefit the Company and its shareholders. However, if the Company undergoes a “change of ownership”, as defined in Section 382 of the Code, its ability to utilize the tax benefits could be significantly limited, and the timing of the use of the tax benefits could be significantly delayed. , which could significantly alter the value of the tax benefits. Generally, a “change of ownership” occurs if the percentage of the Company’s shares held by one or more “five percent shareholders” increases by more than fifty percentage points from the lowest percentage of shares held by such shareholders at any time during the past three years. period of one year or, whichever is earlier, since the last “change of ownership” suffered by the Company.

The Rights Agreement is intended to deter anyone acquiring 4.9% or more of the outstanding shares (an “Acquiring Person”) of the Company’s common stock without the approval of the Board of Directors. This would protect tax benefits because changes in ownership by someone holding less than 4.9% of the common stock are not included in the calculation of “change in ownership” for purposes of Code Section 382.

The record date for the Rights Distribution is November 17, 2022. Under the Rights Agreement, the Rights will initially trade with common stock of the Company and generally will not become exercisable unless a person (or any person acting as a group) acquires 4.9% or more of the outstanding common shares of the Company. If the Rights become exercisable, all Rights holders (other than any Trigger) will be entitled to acquire Common Shares at a 50% discount. Under the rights agreement, anyone who currently owns 4.9% or more of the company’s common stock may continue to own their common stock but may not acquire additional shares without triggering the rights grant. Under the Rights Agreement, the Board has the discretion to exempt any transaction and to exempt any person (or group of persons) from the provisions of the Rights Agreement.

The rights expire, unless terminated earlier, on the earlier of: (i) November 6, 2025; (ii) when rights are redeemed; (iii) the time at which all exercisable rights are exchanged; (iv) November 6, 2023, if Company shareholder approval of the rights agreement has not been obtained by that date; (v) repeal of Code Section 382 if the Board determines that the rights agreement is no longer necessary or desirable for the preservation of tax benefits; or (vii) the time at which the Board determines that the tax benefits are fully utilized or are no longer available under Section 382 of the Code.

Additional information about the rights grant is available on a Form 8-K filed by Cooper Standard with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Cooper Standard

Cooper Standard, headquartered in Northville, Michigan, with locations in 21 countries, is one of the world’s leading suppliers of sealing and fluid handling systems and components. Using our materials science and manufacturing expertise, we create innovative and sustainable engineered solutions for various transportation and industrial markets. Cooper Standard’s more than 23,000 employees are at the heart of our success, continually improving our business and the surrounding communities. To learn more, visit or follow us on Twitter @CooperStandard.

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You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Our forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or otherwise revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless we are expressly required to do so by law.

This press release also contains references to estimates and other information based on industry publications, surveys and forecasts. This information involves a number of assumptions and limitations, and we have not independently verified the accuracy or completeness of the information.


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