ALSK Alaska Communications Systems
Filed: 22 Dec 20, 12:13pm
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of
The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 21, 2020
ALASKA COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS GROUP, INC.
|(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)|
|(State or other jurisdiction||(Commission||(IRS Employer|
|of incorporation)||File Number)||Identification No.)|
|600 Telephone Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska||99503-6091|
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: 907-297-3000
|(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:
☐ Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of each class||Trading Symbol||Name of each exchange on which registered|
|Common stock, $.01 par value per share||ALSK||The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC|
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).
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Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On December 21, 2020, Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Alaska Communications” or the “Company”), entered into an amendment (the “Amendment”) to the Amended & Restated Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of December 10, 2020 (the “December 10 Merger Agreement” and, the December 10 Merger Agreement as amended by the Amendment, the “Merger Agreement”) with Juneau Parent Co, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Parent”), and Juneau Merger Co, Inc., a Delaware corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent (“Merger Sub”).
Pursuant to the Amendment, holders of the Company common stock will receive merger consideration of $3.26 per share in cash, without interest, an increase of $0.06 per share above the previous per share merger consideration of $3.20 per share in cash, without interest.
Parent and Merger Sub secured an increase in committed equity financing from an affiliate of Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc. and a fund managed by GCM Grosvenor Inc. to fund the increase in the consideration to be paid to the Company’s stockholders, subject to the terms and conditions set forth in equity commitment letters with respect to the Merger, as amended on December 21, 2020.
The other terms of the Merger Agreement remain unchanged from those previously disclosed in the Form 8-K filed by the Company on December 10, 2020, which is incorporated herein by reference.
The execution of the Amendment followed the Company’s receipt of a Superior Proposal (as defined in the Merger Agreement) from an unaffiliated third party.
The foregoing description of the Amendment does not purport to be complete and is subject to, and qualified in its entirety by reference to, the full text of the Amendment, which is attached as Exhibit 2.1 hereto and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
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* The Company has omitted schedules and other similar attachments to such agreement pursuant to Item 601(b) of Regulation S-K. The Company will furnish a copy of such omitted document to the SEC upon request.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
This communication may be deemed to be solicitation material in connection with the proposed acquisition of the Company by Macquarie Capital and GCM Grosvenor, whereby the Company will become a wholly owned subsidiary of an affiliate of Macquarie Capital and GCM Grosvenor (the “proposed merger”), pursuant to a definitive Amended and Restated Agreement and Plan of Merger, as amended by Amendment No. 1 to Amended & Restated Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Amended Merger Agreement”) by and among the Company, Juneau Parent Co, Inc. (“Parent”) and Juneau Merger Co, Inc. (“Merger Sub”). The proposed merger will be submitted to the Company’s stockholders for their consideration at a special meeting of the stockholders. In connection therewith, the Company intends to file relevant materials with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including a proxy statement on Schedule 14A, which will be mailed or otherwise disseminated to the Company’s stockholders. STOCKHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED OR TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMPANY AND THE PROPOSED MERGER. Stockholders may obtain free copies of the definitive proxy statement, any amendments or supplements thereto and other documents containing important information about the Company or the proposed merger, once such documents are filed with the SEC, free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, or from Alaska Communications at alsk.com or by directing a request to the Company’s Investor Relations Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants in the Solicitation
The Company and certain of its directors and executive officers and other members of management and employees may be deemed to be “participants” in the solicitation of proxies from the Company’s stockholders in connection with the proposed merger. Information about the Company’s directors and executive officers and their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, is set forth in the Company’s proxy statement on Schedule 14A for its 2020 annual meeting of stockholders filed with the SEC on April 29, 2020. To the extent holdings of the Company’s securities by such participants (or the identity of such participants) have changed, such information has been or will be reflected on Statements of Change in Ownership on Forms 3 and 4 subsequently filed with the SEC. Additional information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be included in the definitive proxy statement and may be included in relevant documents filed with the SEC regarding the proposed merger, if and when they become available. Free copies of these materials may be obtained as described in the preceding paragraph.
Alaska Communications Forward-Looking Statements
This communication contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The reader is cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current expectations of future events and these include statements using the words such as will and expected, and similar statements. If underlying assumptions prove inaccurate or known or unknown risks or uncertainties materialize, actual results could vary materially from the expectations of the Company. Risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: (i) the risk that the transaction may not be completed in a timely manner or at all, which may adversely affect the Company’s business and the price of its common stock, (ii) the failure to satisfy the conditions to the consummation of the transaction, including the adoption of the Amended Merger Agreement by the stockholders of the Company, and the receipt of certain governmental and regulatory approvals, (iii) the failure of Parent and Merger Sub to obtain the necessary financing pursuant to the arrangements set forth in the commitment letters delivered pursuant to the Amended Merger Agreement or otherwise, (iv) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the Amended Merger Agreement, (v) the effect of the announcement or pendency of the transaction on the Company’s business relationships, operating results, and business generally, (vi) risks that the proposed transaction disrupts the Company’s current plans and operations and potential difficulties in the Company’s employee retention as a result of the transaction, (vii) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against the Company or Parent or Merger Sub related to the Amended Merger Agreement or the transaction contemplated thereby. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. You should carefully consider the foregoing factors and the other risks and uncertainties that affect the businesses of the Company described in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, filed with the SEC on March 16, 2020 and other reports and documents filed from time to time with the SEC. These filings identify and address other important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Copies of these filings are available online at https://www.alsk.com/. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements, and the Company assumes no obligation and does not intend to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. The Company does not give any assurance that it will achieve its expectations.
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.
|Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc.|
|Date: December 22, 2020|
|/s/ Leonard A. Steinberg|
|Leonard A. Steinberg|