Leading Proxy Advisor ISS Recommends GrafTech Stockholders Vote “FOR” Board-Recommended Director Nominees

ISS Recommends GrafTech Stockholders Vote “FOR” Board-Recommended Nominees of Ms. Debra Fine and Mr. Anthony Taccone Using WHITE Proxy Card

ISS Recommends GrafTech Stockholders Vote “WITHHOLD” on Dissident Nominee

GrafTech International Ltd. (NYSE: EAF) (“GrafTech,” the “Company,” “we,” or “our”) today announced that leading proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS") has recommended that GrafTech stockholders vote “FOR” the nominees recommended by GrafTech’s Board of Directors (the “Board”), Ms. Debra Fine and Mr. Anthony Taccone, using the WHITE proxy card. ISS further recommends that GrafTech stockholders vote “WITHHOLD” on dissident nominee, Mr. Nilesh Undavia, and should NOT vote using the blue proxy card sent by Mr. Undavia. GrafTech’s 2024 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) is to be held on May 9, 2024.

In a report sent to its clients on April 26, 2024, ISS stated the following:

  • “On its part, the board appears to be fully cognizant of all of the issues facing the company, and to be taking appropriate action to address them.”
  • “In its dealings with the dissident, the board has raised what appear to be legitimate concerns with the dissident's candor, especially in completing the director questionnaire, and the board's questions about whether the dissident is in a position to exercise the duty of care required of a director do not seem unfounded.”
  • “Nonetheless, the board is engaged in addressing the company's problems, and additional change at the board level does not appear to be needed at this time. As such, votes for management nominees Fine and Taccone are warranted on the management (WHITE) card.”

The recommendation of ISS is independent recognition that GrafTech’s newly refreshed Board is focused on delivering value for all stockholders. The Board is experienced, highly engaged and majority independent. Further, the Board and management team have taken decisive action in response to the industry-wide cyclical downturn, and GrafTech is successfully executing its strategic initiatives.

The Board has nominated two highly experienced, independent and qualified nominees (Ms. Fine and Mr. Taccone), consistent with the Board’s objective to have a diversity of complementary skills and opinions.

  • Ms. Fine brings over 30 years of deep knowledge of capital markets, including over two decades of investing in the steel industry, and has over 20 years of executive leadership experience as a chief executive officer.
  • Mr. Taccone brings over 35 years of deep knowledge of the global steel industry, with an intimate understanding of our customers.

GrafTech reminds stockholders that every vote is important and encourages its stockholders to review the GrafTech proxy solicitation materials carefully and use the WHITE proxy card to vote today only “FOR” the nominees recommended by the Board, Ms. Fine and Mr. Taccone.

The Board also urges GrafTech stockholders to DISCARD all blue proxy cards and materials sent by Mr. Undavia. Further, stockholders should NOT sign, return or vote any blue proxy card sent by Mr. Undavia. Only the latest validly executed proxy card will count at the Annual Meeting.

Stockholders who have any questions or need assistance voting may contact GrafTech’s proxy solicitation firm, Mackenzie Partners, Inc. They can be reached toll-free at 800-322-2885 from the U.S. or Canada or +1-212-929-5500 from other countries.

About GrafTech

GrafTech International Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of high-quality graphite electrode products essential to the production of electric arc furnace steel and other ferrous and non-ferrous metals. The Company has a competitive portfolio of low-cost, ultra-high power graphite electrode manufacturing facilities, with some of the highest capacity facilities in the world. We are the only large-scale graphite electrode producer that is substantially vertically integrated into petroleum needle coke, our key raw material for graphite electrode manufacturing. This unique position provides us with competitive advantages in product quality and cost.

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Additional Information and Where to Find It

The Company has filed with the SEC a definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A (the “Proxy Statement”), containing a form of WHITE proxy card, with respect to its solicitation of proxies for the Annual Meeting. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) FILED BY THE COMPANY AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ANY SOLICITATION. Investors and security holders may obtain copies of these documents and other documents filed with the SEC by the Company free of charge through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed by the Company are also available free of charge by accessing the Company’s website at http://ir.graftech.com.


GrafTech, its directors, including its director nominees, and certain of its executive officers and employees are participants in the solicitation of proxies with respect to the solicitation by the Company in connection with the Annual Meeting. The identity, their direct or indirect interests (by security holdings or otherwise), and other information relating to the participants is available in the Proxy Statement filed with the SEC on April 2, 2024, in the section entitled “Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management” (on page 28 and available here) and Appendix B (on page B-1 and available here). These documents are or will be available free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.


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