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GPN Global Payments

Filed: 1 May 20, 4:36pm


UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
    
FORM 8-K

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 29, 2020
 
 
 Commission file number 001-16111
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GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)
 
Georgia 58-2567903
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
 (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
 
3550 Lenox Road,Atlanta,Georgia 30326
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
 
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:     (770) 829-8000
 
NONE
(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act
Title of each classTrading symbolName of exchange on which registered
Common stock, no par valueGPNNew York Stock Exchange
 
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Item 5.03. Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; Change in Fiscal Year.
At the Annual Meeting of Shareholders held on April 29, 2020 (the 'Annual Meeting'), the shareholders of Global Payments Inc. (the "Company") approved amendments to the Company’s Third Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation (the "Articles") to eliminate supermajority voting requirements. The amendments to Article III and Article V of the Articles provide that the affirmative vote of at least a majority of the then outstanding shares of common stock entitled to vote on a matter may (i) remove directors for cause and (ii) amend the Company’s bylaws. The amendments to the Articles were effective upon filing Articles of Amendment with the Secretary of State of Georgia on April 29, 2020. The Articles of Amendment are attached hereto as Exhibit 3.1 and are incorporated herein by reference.

The Board of Directors of the Company also approved amendments to the Company’s Ninth Amended and Restated Bylaws (the "Bylaws") to eliminate supermajority voting requirements. The Amendments to the Bylaws provide that the affirmative vote of at least a majority of then outstanding shares of common stock and entitled to vote on a matter may (i) remove directors for cause, (ii) call a special meeting of the shareholders and (iii) alter, amend, repeal or adopt new bylaws. The amendments to the Bylaws were effective on April 29, 2020. The Tenth Amended and Restated Bylaws, reflecting the amendments, are attached hereto as Exhibit 3.2 and are incorporated herein by reference.

Item 5.07. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.
At the Annual Meeting, the Company’s shareholders voted on and approved all four proposals, each of which is described in more detail in the Company’s definitive proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 16, 2020. The final voting results were as follows:

Proposal 1. Each of the following directors were re-elected for a one-year term until the 2021 annual meeting of shareholders.
NomineeVotes in FavorVotes AgainstAbstentionsBroker Non-Votes
M. Troy Woods242,363,4473,781,575148,27224,324,184
Kriss Cloninger III244,876,0891,207,917209,28824,324,184
Jeffrey S. Sloan243,817,0612,351,503124,73024,324,184
F. Thaddeus Arroyo245,226,694853,431213,16924,324,184
Robert H.B. Baldwin, Jr.140,807,128105,371,355114,81124,324,184
John G. Bruno244,756,8001,347,210189,28424,324,184
William I Jacobs221,125,58725,038,727128,98024,324,184
Joia M. Johnson245,148,265971,392173,63724,324,184
Ruth Ann Marshall242,111,0884,044,462137,74424,324,184
Connie D. McDaniel244,680,1841,442,687170,42324,324,184
William B. Plummer244,959,2091,149,269184,81624,324,184
John T. Turner243,452,1841,888,216952,89424,324,184

Proposal 2. Approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers for the year ended December 31, 2019.
Votes in FavorVotes AgainstAbstentionsBroker Non-Votes
233,443,14112,358,934491,21924,324,184

Proposal 3. Approval of amendments to the Company’s Articles to eliminate supermajority voting requirements.
Votes in FavorVotes AgainstAbstentionsBroker Non-Votes
245,663,254425,473204,56724,324,184




Proposal 4. Ratification of the reappointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the Company’s independent public accountants for the calendar year ending December 31, 2020.
Votes in FavorVotes AgainstAbstentionsBroker Non-Votes
265,908,5164,527,888181,0740

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d) Exhibits.

Exhibit No.Description
3.1
3.2
104Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).










Signatures

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.


  GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC. 
    
Date:May 1, 2020By: /s/ Paul M. Todd 
  Paul M. Todd 
  Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer