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WLTW Willis Towers Watson Public Limited

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

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FORM 8-K

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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 30, 2020

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WILLIS TOWERS WATSON PLC

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

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Ireland001-1650398-0352587
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)(Commission File Number)(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

c/o Willis Group Limited, 51 Lime Street, London, EC3M 7DQ, England and Wales

(Address, including Zip Code, of Principal Executive Offices)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (011) (44)-(20)-3124-6000

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each classTrading Symbol(s)Name of each exchange on which registered
Ordinary Shares, nominal value $0.000304635 per shareWLTWNASDAQ Global Select Market

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 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

     On April 30, 2020, Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company ("Willis Towers Watson") issued a press release announcing its financial results for the period ended March 31, 2020.

     A copy of Willis Towers Watson's press release is attached hereto as an exhibit to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated by reference herein. A reconciliation between certain non-GAAP financial measures and reported financial results is provided as an attachment to the press release.

Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.

     Willis Towers Watson also posted a slide presentation to its website, which it may refer to during its conference call to discuss the results. The slide presentation is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.2 and incorporated herein by reference.

Item 8.01. Other Events.

    The following risk factor supplements the "Risk Factors" section in Part 1, Item 1A of Willis Towers Watson's Annual Report on Form 10-K (the "Form 10-K") filed with the SEC on February 26, 2020.  The following risk factor should be read in conjunction with the other risk factors set forth in the Form 10-K:

We have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and may be materially and adversely impacted by it in the future.

Recently, the COVID-19 pandemic ('COVID 19') has had an adverse impact on global commercial activity, including the global supply chain; and has contributed to significant volatility in financial markets, including, among others, a decline in equity markets, changes in interest rates and reduced liquidity. It has also resulted in increased travel restrictions and extended shutdown of businesses in various industries including, among others, travel, trade, tourism, health systems and food supply, and significantly reduced overall economic output. As such, there is a risk that COVID-19 could have a material adverse impact on client demand and cash flow.

COVID-19 risks could magnify other risks discussed in this report and any of our SEC filings. For example, actions taken by external parties, including governmental and non-governmental organizations, in combating the spread and severity of COVID-19 or otherwise addressing its impact, could have a material impact on demand for our business. In addition, steps taken by market counterparties such as (re)insurance carriers to limit their exposures to COVID-19 and related risks could have an impact on their willingness to provide or renew coverage for our clients on historical terms and pricing, which could again impact demand for our business. Coverage disputes arising out of the pandemic could also increase our professional liability risk by increasing the frequency and severity of allegations by others that, in the course of providing services, we have committed errors or omissions for which we should have liability.  Also, travel restrictions have caused the postponement or cancellation of various conferences and meetings around the world and adversely impacted sales activity. The rapid development and fluidity of this situation precludes any prediction as to the ultimate adverse impact of COVID-19 on our business. Nevertheless, COVID-19 presents material uncertainty and risk with respect to demand for and pricing of our products and services.

In addition, COVID-19 could materially disrupt our own business operations and the services we provide, as well as the business operations of our clients, suppliers and other third parties with whom we interact.  As an increasing percentage of our colleagues work remotely, we face resiliency risks, such as the risk that our information technology platform could potentially be inadequate to support increasing demand, as well as the risk that unusual working arrangements could impact the effectiveness of our operations or controls. In addition, we depend on third-party platforms and other infrastructure to provide certain of our products and services, and such third-party infrastructures face similar resiliency risks. Also, a potential COVID-19 infection of any of our key colleagues could materially and adversely impact our operations. Further, it is possible that COVID-19 causes us to close down call centers and other processes on which we rely, or impacts processes of third-party vendors on whom we rely, which could also materially impact our operations. The rapidly evolving changes in financial markets could also have a material impact on our own hedging and other financial transactions, which could impact our liquidity. In addition, it is possible that COVID-19 restrictions create difficulty in us meeting our filing or other obligations with the SEC and other regulators.

All of the foregoing events or potential outcomes could cause a material adverse effect on our results of operations in any period and, depending on their severity, could also materially and adversely affect our financial condition. In addition, such events and outcomes could potentially impact our reputation with clients and regulators, among others.

The information contained in Item 2.02 and Item 7.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K (including Exhibits 99.1 and 99.2) is being furnished and shall not be deemed "filed" for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section. Such information shall not be incorporated by reference into any registration statement or other document pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in any such filing.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
 
 

SIGNATURE

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.

 WILLIS TOWERS WATSON PLC
              (Registrant)
   
  
Date: April 30, 2020By: /s/ Neil D. Falis        
 Name: Neil D. Falis
 Title: Deputy Corporate Secretary