IRVINE, Calif. - August 26, 2008 - Quality Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: QSII) announced today that RiskMetrics and Proxy Governance, two of the nation's leading voting advisory services, have recommended that shareholders vote for all of the Quality Systems Board nominees at the company's annual meeting of shareholders on September 4, 2008. These recommendations follow a similar recommendation from Glass Lewis on August 25, meaning that all three of the leading proxy advisory firms have now advised Quality Systems shareholders to support the company's slate of director nominees -- George Bristol, Patrick Cline, Vincent Love, Philip Kaplan, Russell Pflueger, Steven Plochocki, Sheldon Razin and Robert Smith.
In making its recommendation, RiskMetrics highlighted the company's financial performance and track record of delivering shareholder value, noting: "On the basis of historical and recent performance versus the peer group and the Healthcare IT index as a whole, and in light of the largely positive analyst outlook for the company, we conclude change is not warranted from a performance perspective."
Proxy Governance likewise noted that Quality Systems has outperformed its peers over the past five years in stock performance, and that the compensation paid to its CEO is well in line with the market given the company's "superior financial performance relative to peers."
"As the dissidents have neither demonstrated that the replacement of the current board is warranted nor that the opposition slate is better qualified to oversee the company, let alone voiced a new or compelling different strategy for the company, we believe shareholders would be better served by re-electing the management slate of directors who have delivered the superior results of the past five years," Proxy Governance said in its report.
Steven Plochocki, CEO of Quality Systems, said, "We are extremely pleased that the country's three leading independent proxy advisory firms have recognized the strengths of our Board nominees, who possess a keen understanding of the company and understand our strategy to continue building shareholder value. Under the guidance of our current Board nominees, the company has implemented a strategic plan that is generating strong returns for our shareholders. In our recent quarterly earnings announcement, net revenues jumped 31% and our Board approved a 20% dividend increase, which we believe are indisputable signs of our Board's success. We believe the most effective way to continue this momentum is to elect the entire Quality Systems Board slate and to reject the independent director proposal."
Proxy Governance agreed with Glass Lewis that supporting management's recommendation to vote against a proposal by Mr. Hussein to amend the definition of "independent director" in the company's bylaws is in the best interest of all shareholders. In reaching its conclusion, Proxy Governance stated that the company's bylaws currently adhered closely to the Nasdaq rules for independence and that a significant majority of the Board is independent, including Chairman Sheldon Razin. Quality Systems expressed its disappointment, however, that RiskMetrics did not reach a similar conclusion.
"Although we are disappointed with RiskMetrics' decision on the bylaw proposal, which we believe ignores the risk associated with the potential change in the company's bylaws and the real agenda inherent in the proposal, we understand they have written guidelines that they had to abide by," said Steven Plochocki.
RiskMetrics does note Mr. Hussein's implications of impropriety in the company's governance and compensation structures unwarranted in its report, saying it "found no evidence to support the claim that the board's governance is preventing the company from achieving its full potential." However, RiskMetrics also said that Mr. Hussein's bylaw proposal would align the definition of "independent director" with the definition that is supported by RiskMetrics as a general policy matter.
Quality Systems' current definition of "independent director" was adopted in 2004 at the urging of its independent directors to ensure compliance with California law and NASDAQ regulatory standards. Quality Systems is dedicated to upholding strong pro-shareholder corporate governance practices and has a history of promoting shareholder value, and it urges its shareholders to reject the measure.
The Company urges all shareholders to vote the white proxy card today. For more information and voting instructions, Quality Systems shareholders should visit: www.qsi2008proxy.com.
About Quality Systems, Inc.
Quality Systems, Inc. and its NextGen Healthcare Information Systems subsidiary develop and market computer-based practice management, patient records, and connectivity and other applications and services for medical and dental group practices. Visit www.qsii.com and www.nextgen.com for additional information.
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