HLM-P Hillman Companies

Filed: 17 Mar 21, 4:17pm

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  March 17, 2021
The Hillman Companies, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Delaware 001-13293 23-2874736
(State or other jurisdiction (Commission File No.) (I.R.S. Employer
of incorporation)   Identification No.)
10590 Hamilton Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45231
(Address of principal executive offices)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (513) 851-4900

Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each classTrading SymbolsName of each exchange on which registered
11.6% Junior Subordinated DebenturesNone
Preferred Securities GuarantyNone

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  

Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

As previously disclosed, on January 24, 2021, Landcadia Holdings III, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Landcadia”), entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”), by and among Landcadia, Helios Sun Merger Sub, Inc., a Delaware corporation and a direct wholly-owned subsidiary of Landcadia (“Merger Sub”), HMAN Group Holdings Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Hillman Holdco”, and, together with its direct and indirect subsidiaries, collectively, “Hillman”) and CCMP Sellers’ Representative, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company in its capacity as the Stockholder Representative thereunder (the “Stockholder Representative”). Hillman Holdco is a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of The Hillman Companies, Inc. (the “Company”).

On March 12, 2021, Landcadia, Merger Sub, Hillman Holdco and the Stockholder Representative entered into a First Amendment to the Merger Agreement (the “First Amendment”) in order to clarify the treatment of the Debentures Indenture (as defined in the Merger Agreement) and the Trust Preferred Securities (as defined in the Merger Agreement). In particular, due to contractual requirements and practical considerations, the Trust Preferred Securities cannot be redeemed and the Debenture Indenture cannot be satisfied and discharged on the Closing Date.

The First Amendment provides that:

(i)At the Closing, proceeds sufficient to effect the satisfaction and discharge of the Debentures Indenture (and upon receipt of such funds by Hillman Group Capital Trust (the “Hillman Trust”), as holder of the Debentures and issuer of the Trust Preferred Securities, to redeem the Trust Preferred Securities) will be deposited with the trustee under the Debentures Indenture, and the Debentures Indenture will be discharged thereby; and

(ii)Hillman Trust and its subsidiaries will effect the redemption of the Trust Preferred Securities as promptly as practicable following the Closing Date.

The foregoing description of the First Amendment, and the transactions and documents contemplated thereby, are not complete and are subject to and qualified in their entirety by reference to the First Amendment, a copy of which is filed with this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 2.1 hereto, and the terms of which are incorporated by reference herein.

Important Information About the Business Combination and Where to Find It

In connection with the proposed Business Combination, Landcadia has filed a registration statement on Form S-4 (File No. 333-252693) (the “Registration Statement”) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), which includes a proxy statement/prospectus and certain other related documents, that will be both the proxy statement to be distributed to holders of Landcadia’s common stock in connection with its solicitation of proxies for the vote by Landcadia’s stockholders with respect to the proposed Business Combination and other matters as may be described in the Registration Statement, as well as the prospectus relating to the offer and sale of the securities to be issued in the Business Combination. After the Registration Statement is declared effective, Landcadia will mail a definitive proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant documents to its stockholders. This document does not contain all the information that should be considered concerning the proposed Business Combination and is not intended to form the basis of any investment decision or any other decision in respect of the Business Combination. Landcadia’s stockholders, Hillman Holdco’s stockholders and other interested persons are advised to read the preliminary proxy statement/prospectus included in the Registration Statement and, when available, the amendments thereto and the definitive proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed in connection with the proposed Business Combination, as these materials will contain important information about Hillman Holdco, Landcadia and the Business Combination. When available, the definitive proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials for the proposed Business Combination will be mailed to stockholders of Landcadia as of a record date to be established for voting on the proposed Business Combination and other matters as may be described in the Registration Statement. Landcadia stockholders and Hillman Holdco stockholders are also able to obtain copies of the preliminary proxy statement, and will also be able to obtain copies of the definitive proxy statement and other documents filed with the SEC, without charge, once available, at the SEC’s website at, or by directing a request to Landcadia’s secretary at 1510 West Loop South, Houston, Texas 77027, (713) 850-1010.

Participants in Solicitation

Landcadia and Hillman and their respective directors and officers may be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies of Landcadia’s stockholders in connection with the proposed business combination. A list of the names of Landcadia’s directors and executive officers and a description of their interests in Landcadia is contained in Landcadia’s registration statement on Form S-4 containing the proxy statement / prospectus for the business combination, which was filed with the SEC and is available free of charge at the SEC’s web site at Information about the Company’s directors and executive

officers is available in the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 26, 2020 and certain of its Current Reports on Form 8-K.

Forward-Looking Statements

This Current Report on Form 8-K includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company's and Landcadia’s actual results may differ from their expectations, estimates and projections and consequently, you should not rely on these forward looking statements as predictions of future events. Words such as "expect," "estimate," "project," "budget," "forecast," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "may," "will," "could," "should," "believes," "predicts," "potential," "continue," and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the Company's and Landcadia’s expectations with respect to future performance and anticipated financial impacts of the proposed business combination, the satisfaction of the closing conditions to the proposed transaction and the timing of the completion of the proposed transaction. These forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially from the expected results. Most of these factors are outside the Company's and Landcadia’s control and are difficult to predict. Factors that may cause such differences include, but are not limited to: (1) the risk that the proposed business combination disrupts the Company’s current plans and operations; (2) the ability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the proposed business combination, which may be affected by, among other things, competition, the ability of the Company to grow and manage growth profitably and retain its key employees; (3) costs related to the proposed business combination; (4) changes in applicable laws or regulations; (5) the possibility that Landcadia or the Company may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors; (6) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement; (7) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against Landcadia or the Company following the announcement of the merger agreement; (8) the inability to complete the proposed business combination, including due to failure to obtain approval of the stockholders of Landcadia or Hillman, certain regulatory approvals or satisfy other conditions to closing in the merger agreement; (9) the impact of COVID-19 on the Company’s business and/or the ability of the parties to complete the proposed business combination; (10) the inability to obtain or maintain the listing of the combined company’s shares of common stock on Nasdaq following the proposed transaction; or (11) other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in the registration statement containing the proxy statement/prospectus relating to the proposed business combination, including those under "Risk Factors" therein, and in Landcadia’s or the Company's other filings with the SEC. The foregoing list of factors is not exclusive, and readers should also refer to those risks that will be included under the header “Risk Factors” in the registration statement on Form S-4 filed by Landcadia with the SEC and those included under the header “Risk Factors” in the final prospectus of Landcadia related to its initial public offering. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements in this press release, which speak only as of the date made. Landcadia and the Company do not undertake or accept any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements in this press release to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

No Offer or Solicitation

This Current Report on Form 8-K is for informational purposes only and shall not constitute a solicitation of a proxy, consent or authorization with respect to any securities or in respect of the Business Combination. This Current Report on Form 8-K shall also not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any states or jurisdictions in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act, or an exemption therefrom.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.

Exhibit No.Description
First Amendment to Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of March 12, 2021, by and among Landcadia, Merger Sub, Hillman Holdco and the Stockholder Representative.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Dated:March 17, 2021By:/s/ Robert O. Kraft
   Robert O. Kraft
  Title:Chief Financial Officer