As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 3, 2020
Registration No. 333-
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933
THE BOEING COMPANY
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
100 N. Riverside Plaza
Chicago, IL 60606-1596
(Address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of registrant’s principal executive offices)
Grant M. Dixton
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
The Boeing Company
100 N. Riverside Plaza
Chicago, IL 60606-1596
(Name, address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)
Robert M. Hayward, P.C.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
300 North LaSalle Street
Chicago, Illinois 60654
Approximate date of commencement of proposed sale to the public: From time to time on or after the effective date of this registration statement.
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CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE
Title of Each Class of
Securities to be Registered(1)(2)
Senior Debt Securities
Subordinated Debt Securities
Common Stock, par value $5.00 per share(3)
Omitted pursuant to General Instructions II.E of Form S–3. An indeterminate amount of securities is being registered as may from time to time be issued at indeterminate prices, or, in the case of the common stock, as may be issuable upon conversion of debt securities.
In accordance with Rules 456(b) and 457(r), the registrant is deferring payment of the Registration Fee.
The common stock registered hereby is solely for issuance upon the conversion features, if any, of debt securities.
THE BOEING COMPANY
Senior Debt Securities
Subordinated Debt Securities
The Boeing Company may offer from time to time, in one or more offerings, any combination of its senior debt securities and subordinated debt securities. The common stock registered hereby is solely for issuance upon the conversion features, if any, of debt securities.
We will provide the specific terms of any offering of these securities in a supplement to this prospectus. The applicable prospectus supplement will also describe the specific manner in which we will offer these securities and may also supplement, update or amend information contained in this prospectus. You should carefully read this prospectus and any applicable prospectus supplement, as well as the documents incorporated by reference herein or therein, before you make an investment decision.
We may sell these securities on a continuous or delayed basis, directly, through agents, dealers or underwriters as designated from time to time, or through a combination of these methods. If any agents, dealers or underwriters are involved in the sale of any securities, the applicable prospectus supplement will set forth their names and any applicable commissions or discounts.
Our common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “BA.”
Investing in our securities involves risks. You should carefully consider the information set forth under “Risk Factors” on page 1 of this prospectus before making an investment decision.
Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of these securities or determined if this prospectus is truthful or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.
The date of this prospectus is August 3, 2020.
This prospectus is part of an automatic shelf registration statement that we filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). By using a shelf registration statement, we may, at any time and from time to time, in one or more offerings, sell the securities described in this prospectus.
Each time we use this prospectus to offer securities, we will provide you with a prospectus supplement that will describe the specific amounts, prices and terms of the securities being offered. The prospectus supplement may also supplement, update or change information contained in this prospectus. Therefore, if there is any inconsistency between the information in this prospectus and the prospectus supplement, you should rely on the information in the prospectus supplement.
We have not authorized anyone to provide you with any information other than that contained or incorporated by reference in this prospectus, any related prospectus supplement or in any free writing prospectus prepared by or on behalf of us or to which we have referred you. We are not making an offer of these securities in any jurisdiction where the offer is not permitted. You should not assume that the information in this prospectus or any applicable prospectus supplement is accurate as of any date other than the date of the document.
To understand the terms of the securities described in this prospectus, you should carefully read any applicable prospectus supplement. You should also read the documents we have referred you to under “Where You Can Find More Information” and “Incorporation of Certain Information by Reference” below for information about us. The shelf registration statement, including the exhibits thereto, can be read at the SEC’s website as described under “Where You Can Find More Information.”
The terms “Boeing,” “we,” “us,” and “our” as used in this prospectus refer to The Boeing Company. The phrase “this prospectus” refers to this prospectus and any applicable prospectus supplement, unless the context otherwise requires.
The Boeing Company is one of the world’s major aerospace firms and a leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems and service provider of aftermarket support. Our products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training. We are organized based on the products and services we offer. Our historical financial statements report our operations in four principal segments: Boeing Commercial Airplanes; Boeing Defense, Space & Security; Boeing Global Services; and Boeing Capital Corporation (“BCC”).
The Boeing Company was incorporated in Washington in 1916 and reincorporated in Delaware in 1934. Our principal executive offices are located at 100 N. Riverside Plaza, Chicago, Illinois 60606-1596 and our telephone number is (312) 544-2000. We maintain a website at www.boeing.com. We have not incorporated by reference into this prospectus the information on our website, and you should not consider it to be a part of this prospectus.
Our business is subject to uncertainties and risks. Before making an investment decision, you should carefully consider and evaluate all of the information included and incorporated by reference in this prospectus or any prospectus supplement, including the risk factors incorporated by reference from our most recent annual report on Form 10-K, as updated by our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and other filings we make with the SEC. These risks could materially adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations, cash flows or prospects. You could lose all or part of your investment. See “Where You Can Find More Information” and “Incorporation of Certain Information by Reference” below.
Certain statements in or incorporated by reference in this prospectus and any prospectus supplement are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “may,” “should,” “expects,” “intends,” “projects,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” “targets,” “anticipates” and similar expressions generally identify these forward-looking statements. Examples of forward-looking statements include statements relating to our future financial condition and operating results, as well as any other statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact.
Forward-looking statements are based on expectations and assumptions that we believe to be reasonable when made, but that may not prove to be accurate. These statements are not guarantees and are subject to risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from these forward-looking statements. Information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ from those in our forward-looking statements is contained under “Risk Factors” in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 and our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2020 and June 30, 2020, each of which is incorporated in this prospectus by reference (and in any of our annual reports on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for subsequent periods that are so incorporated). Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and we assume no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
Unless otherwise specified in a prospectus supplement, the net proceeds from the sale of the securities to which this prospectus relates will be used for general corporate purposes. General corporate purposes may include, among other things, repayment of debt, additions to working capital, capital expenditures, pension funding and funding and investments in our subsidiaries including BCC. Net proceeds may be temporarily invested prior to use.
We may offer any combination of senior debt securities, subordinated debt securities and debt securities that are convertible into our common stock. Senior debt securities will be issued under the senior indenture dated February 1, 2003 between us and The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., as successor to JPMorgan Chase Bank, or any successor trustee, as amended from time to time. Subordinated debt securities will be issued under a separate subordinated indenture to be entered into between us and The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A. or a trustee or trustees identified in the prospectus supplement. The indentures are filed as exhibits to the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part.
The following description relates generally to every series of debt securities. The prospectus supplement will describe the particular terms of any debt securities we may offer. The following summaries of the debt securities and the indentures are incomplete and may not include all the information that is important to you. We urge you to read the indentures and the description of the debt securities included in the prospectus supplement. If any information in the prospectus supplement differs from the general terms described below, you should rely on the information in the prospectus supplement with respect to the particular debt securities being offered.
The debt securities will be unsecured general obligations of The Boeing Company. The senior debt securities will rank equally with all of our other unsecured and unsubordinated indebtedness. The subordinated
debt securities will be subordinated to all of our existing and future senior indebtedness as described below under “Subordination.” Neither indenture limits the amount of debt securities that may be issued thereunder. The indentures allow us to issue debt securities from time to time in one or more series with varying maturities, at par or at a discount. The indentures also give us the ability to reopen a previous issue of a series of debt securities and issue additional debt securities of such series.
You should refer to the prospectus supplement applicable to the debt securities for which this prospectus is being delivered with respect to additional terms such as the following:
the title of the debt securities being offered and whether they are senior debt securities or subordinated debt securities;
the aggregate principal amount and the denominations in which the debt securities are being offered;
the date or dates on which the principal of the debt securities is scheduled to become due, or the method by which this date or these dates will be determined or extended;
the rate or rates, which may be fixed or variable, at which the debt securities will bear interest, or the formula by which the interest will be calculated;
the date or dates from which interest on the debt securities will accrue, and the method by which such interest will be paid;
the place or places of payments on the debt securities;
the place or places where the debt securities may be surrendered for exchange, and notices or demands in respect of the debt securities may be served and any registered securities may be surrendered for registration of transfer;
the terms and conditions, if any, upon which we may redeem the debt securities prior to their stated maturity;
any obligation by us to redeem, purchase or repay the debt securities at the option of the holder;
any provisions for the establishment of a sinking, purchase or other similar fund, if any;
the denominations in which the debt securities will be issued, if other than minimum denominations of $2,000 or any integral multiple of $1,000 above the minimum denomination in the case of registered securities issued in certificated form;
any provisions modifying the defeasance and covenant defeasance provisions;
whether the debt securities will be issued in whole or in part in the form of a global certificate;
any provisions for the payment of specified taxes, assessments or other governmental charges to non- United States persons or option to redeem the affected debt securities in lieu of making such payments;
the currency, currencies or currency unit or composite currency in which the debt securities will be denominated and/or in which the principal, premium, if any, or interest on the debt securities will be payable, and any index used to determine the amount of principal, premium, if any, or interest on such debt securities;
any deletions from, modifications of or additions to the events of default or covenants applicable to such debt securities, whether or not consistent with the events of default or covenants contained in the indenture as originally executed;
any conversion features; and
any other terms of the debt securities.
Form, Exchange, Registration and Transfer
The debt securities of a series may be issued in fully registered form. The debt securities of a series may be issuable in permanent global form. The debt securities may be presented for exchange and registration of transfer at the offices of the trustee maintained for that purpose as indicated in the applicable prospectus supplement. The debt securities may also be submitted to transfer agents designated by us in the applicable prospectus supplement. The transfer or exchange will be effected when the trustee or authorized transfer agent is satisfied with the documents of title and the identity of the person making the request. At a minimum, we will establish transfer agents, in the case of registered securities, in each place where payments can be made with respect to such series. Additional transfer agents may be designated in the prospectus supplement or otherwise from time to time and we reserve the right to rescind the designation of any transfer agent or to approve a change in the location through which any transfer agent acts. While there will be no service charge for any registration of transfer or exchange of the debt securities, we may require payment of an amount sufficient to cover any taxes and other governmental charges associated with such registration.
If only part of a series of outstanding debt securities is to be called for redemption, we will not be required to (1) register the transfer or exchange of the debt securities of the series to be redeemed from 15 days before the date notice is given identifying the serial numbers of the debt securities to be redeemed and ending at the close of business on the day of sending of the notice of redemption, if the debt securities of such series are issuable only as registered securities; or (2) register the transfer or exchange of any registered security called for redemption except for the portion, if any, that is not being redeemed.
Interest and Interest Rates
Unless otherwise specified in a prospectus supplement or a term sheet, each debt security will begin to accrue interest from the date it is originally issued or from a specified date.
Each interest payment on a debt security will include interest accrued from, and including, the issue date, a specified date or the last interest payment date, as the case may be, to but excluding the applicable interest payment date or the maturity date of the security.
Interest on the debt securities denominated in U.S. dollars will be paid by check mailed on an interest payment date other than a maturity date to the persons entitled thereto to the addresses of such holders as they appear in the security register or, at our option, by wire transfer to a bank account maintained by the holder. The principal of, premium, if any, and interest on debt securities denominated in U.S. dollars, together with interest accrued and unpaid thereon, due on the maturity date will be paid in immediately available funds upon surrender of such debt securities at the corporate trust office of the applicable trustee, or, at our option, by wire transfer of immediately available funds to an account with a bank designated at least 15 calendar days prior to the maturity date by the applicable registered holder, provided the particular bank has appropriate facilities to receive these payments and the particular debt security is presented and surrendered at the office or agency maintained by us for this purpose.
The prospectus supplement for the debt securities will specify the interest rate. Unless otherwise specified, interest will be computed on the basis of a 360-day year comprised of twelve 30-day months and will be payable semiannually in arrears on dates specified in the applicable prospectus supplement. If the stated maturity date, any redemption date or any repayment date (together referred to as the “Maturity Date”) or an interest payment date for any fixed rate note is not a business day, principal of, premium, if any, and interest on that security will be paid on the next business day, and no interest will accrue from and after the Maturity Date or interest payment date. Interest on debt securities will be paid to holders of record as of each regular record date. Unless otherwise specified in a prospectus supplement, a “regular record date” will be the fifteenth calendar day (whether or not a business day) preceding the applicable Interest Payment Date.
We will make payments of principal, premium, if any, and interest, if any, on registered securities at the offices of the agent or agents designated by us to make such payments. We may also make payments of interest, at our option, by check mailed to the address of the person appearing on the securities register maintained by the trustee or by wire transfer to the account of the person appearing on such register. Unless otherwise indicated in the applicable prospectus supplement, we will make payments of interest due on the registered securities to the holder of record as it appears on the register maintained by the trustee at the close of business on the date established for making such determination.
We will designate the trustee as our sole paying agent for debt securities issuable solely as registered securities. Additional paying agents may be designated in the prospectus supplement or otherwise from time to time and we reserve the right to rescind the designation of any paying agent or to approve a change in the location through which any paying agent acts.
Any moneys we pay to a paying agent for the payment of principal, premium, or interest on the debt securities which remains unclaimed at the second anniversary of the date such payment was due will be returned to us and thereafter holders of debt securities shall look only to us, as general unsecured creditors, for payment.
Unless otherwise indicated in the applicable prospectus supplement, the notes will be issued in the form of one or more fully registered global securities which will be deposited with, or on behalf of, The Depository Trust Company, New York, New York (the “Depositary” or “DTC”) and registered in the name of Cede & Co., the Depositary’s nominee. Beneficial interests in the global securities will be represented through book-entry accounts of financial institutions acting on behalf of beneficial owners as direct and indirect participants in the Depositary.
Investors may elect to hold interests in the global securities through the Depositary, if they are participants in such systems, or indirectly through organizations which are participants in such systems. Except as described below, the global securities may be transferred, in whole and not in part, only to another nominee of the Depositary or to a successor of the Depositary or its nominee.
So long as the Depositary or its nominee is the registered owner of the global securities, the Depositary or its nominee, as the case may be, will be considered the sole owner or holder of the notes represented by the global securities for all purposes under the indenture. Except as provided below, owners of beneficial interests in the global securities will not be entitled to have notes represented by the global securities registered in their names, will not receive or be entitled to receive physical delivery of notes in definitive form, and will not be considered the owners or holders thereof under the indenture.
Principal and interest payments on notes registered in the name of the Depositary or its nominee will be made to the Depositary or its nominee, as the case may be, as the registered owner of the global securities. None of The Boeing Company, the trustee, any paying agent, or registrar for the notes will have any responsibility or liability for any aspect of the records relating to or payments made on account of beneficial interests in the global securities or for maintaining, supervising, or reviewing any records relating to those beneficial interests.
We expect that the Depositary or its nominee, upon receipt of any payment of principal or interest, will credit the participants’ accounts with payments in amounts proportionate to their respective beneficial interests in the principal amount of the global securities as shown on the records of the Depositary or its nominee. We also expect that payments by participants to owners of beneficial interests in the global securities held through these participants will be governed by standing instructions and customary practices, as is now the case with securities held for the accounts of customers registered in “street name.” The participants are responsible for the standing instructions and customary practices governing beneficial interests.
The Depositary and the direct and indirect participants will send notices and communications to direct and indirect participants and beneficial owners, as the case may be, in accordance with the arrangements governing their relationships, subject to any statutory or regulatory requirements as may be in effect from time to time.
DTC has provided us the following information: DTC is a limited-purpose trust company organized under the laws of the State of New York, a “banking organization” within the meaning of the New York Banking Law, a member of the Federal Reserve System, a “clearing corporation” within the meaning of the New York Uniform Commercial Code and a “clearing agency” registered pursuant to the provisions of Section 17A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). DTC holds and provides asset servicing for U.S. and non-U.S. equity, corporate and municipal debt issues and money market instruments that DTC’s participants, referred to as “direct DTC participants,” deposit with DTC. DTC also facilitates the post-trade settlement among direct participants of sales and other securities transactions in deposited securities through electronic computerized book-entry transfers and pledges between direct participants’ accounts, thereby eliminating the need for physical movement of certificates. Direct DTC participants include both U.S. and non-U.S. securities brokers and dealers, banks, trust companies, clearing corporations and certain other organizations. DTC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, which is owned, in part, by a number of direct DTC participants. Indirect access to the DTC system is also available to others, referred to as “indirect DTC participants,” for example, securities brokers and dealers, banks, trust companies and clearing corporations, that clear through or maintain a custodial relationship with a direct DTC participant, either directly or indirectly. DTC rules applicable to direct and indirect participants are on file with the SEC.
Beneficial interests in a global security will be shown on, and transfers of beneficial interests in the global security will be made only through, records maintained by DTC and its participants, both direct and indirect. When you purchase debt securities through the DTC system, the purchases must be made by or through a direct DTC participant, which will receive credit for the debt securities in its account on DTC’s records. When you actually purchase the debt securities, you will become their beneficial owner. Your ownership interest will be recorded only on the direct or indirect DTC participants’ records. DTC will have no knowledge of your individual ownership of the debt securities. DTC’s records will show only the identity of the direct DTC participants and the amount of the debt securities held by or through them. You will not receive a written confirmation of your purchase or sale or any periodic account statement directly from DTC. You should instead receive these confirmations and account statements from the direct or indirect DTC participant through which you purchase the debt securities. The direct or indirect DTC participants are responsible for keeping accurate account of the holdings of their customers. The trustee will wire payments on the debt securities to the DTC nominee that is the registered holder of the debt securities. The trustee and we will treat DTC or its nominee as the owner of each global security for all purposes. Accordingly, the trustee, any paying agent and we will have no direct responsibility or liability to pay amounts due on a global security to you or any other beneficial owners in that global security. Any redemption notices will be sent by us directly to DTC, which will, in turn, inform the direct or indirect DTC participants, which will then contact you as a beneficial holder.
Under the rules, regulations and procedures creating and affecting DTC and its operations, DTC is required to make book-entry transfers between direct DTC participants on whose behalf it acts with respect to the debt securities and is required to receive and transmit distributions of principal of and premium, if any, and interest on the debt securities. Direct and indirect DTC participants with which investors have accounts with respect to the debt securities similarly are required to make book-entry transfers and receive and transmit payments on behalf of their respective investors.
As DTC can only act on behalf of direct DTC participants, who in turn act on behalf of indirect DTC participants and certain banks, the ability of a person having a beneficial interest in a security held in DTC to transfer or pledge that interest to persons or entities that do not participate in the DTC system, or otherwise take actions in respect of that interest, may be affected by the lack of a physical certificate representing that interest. The laws of some states of the United States require that certain persons take physical delivery of securities in definitive form in order to transfer or perfect a security interest in those securities. Consequently, the ability to transfer beneficial interests in a security held in DTC to those persons may be limited.
DTC has advised us that it will take any action permitted to be taken by a holder of debt securities under the terms and conditions of the debt securities (including, without limitation, the presentation of debt securities for exchange) only at the direction of one or more of the direct DTC participants to whose accounts with DTC interests in the relevant debt securities are credited, and only in respect of the portion of the aggregate principal amount of the debt securities as to which that direct DTC participant or those direct DTC participants has or have given the direction. However, in certain circumstances described below, DTC will exchange the global securities held by it for certificated debt securities, which it will distribute to the direct DTC participants.
It is DTC’s current practice, upon receipt of any payment of distributions or liquidation amounts, to proportionately credit direct DTC participants’ accounts on the payment date based on their holdings of the relevant securities. In addition, it is DTC’s current practice to pass through any consenting or voting rights to such direct DTC participants by using an omnibus proxy. Consequently, those direct DTC participants should, in turn, make payments to and solicit votes from you, the ultimate owner of debt securities, based on their customary practices. Payments to you with respect to your beneficial interest in any debt securities will be the responsibility of the direct and indirect DTC participants and not of DTC, the trustee or us.
Individual certificates in respect of the notes will be issued in exchange for the global securities only if:
DTC notifies us that it is unwilling or unable to continue as a clearing system in connection with the global securities, or ceases to be a clearing agency registered under the Exchange Act, and a successor clearing system is not appointed by us within 90 days after we receive such notice from DTC or upon our becoming aware that DTC is no longer so registered; or
we determine not to have the notes represented by a global security and notify the trustee of our decision.
In the event that individual certificates are issued, holders of the notes will be able to receive payments (including principal and interest) on the notes and effect transfer of the notes at the offices of our paying agent, The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A.
Title to book-entry interests in the notes will pass by book-entry registration of the transfer within the records of DTC in accordance with their respective procedures. Book-entry interests in the notes may be transferred within DTC in accordance with procedures established for this purpose by DTC.
The information in this section concerning DTC and DTC’s book-entry system has been obtained from sources that we believe to be reliable, but we take no responsibility for the accuracy thereof. Furthermore, DTC has no obligation to perform or continue to perform the procedures described herein, and any of the procedures may change or be discontinued at any time.
Optional Redemption, Repayment and Repurchase
If specified in a prospectus supplement, we may redeem the debt securities at our option, in whole at any time or in part from time to time, at a redemption price equal to the greater of (1) 100% of the principal amount of the debt securities to be redeemed and (2) the sum of the present values of the Remaining Scheduled Payments (as defined below) on the debt securities, being redeemed, discounted to the redemption date on a semi-annual basis (assuming a 360-day year consisting of twelve 30-day months) at the Treasury Rate (as defined below) applicable to such, debt securities, plus the rate specified in the applicable prospectus supplement plus accrued and unpaid interest on the principal amount being redeemed to, but not including, the redemption date.
“Treasury Rate” means, with respect to any redemption date for the notes (i) the yield, under the heading which represents the average for the immediately preceding day, appearing in the most recently published statistical release designated “H.15” or any successor publication which is published daily by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and which establishes yields on actively traded United States Treasury
securities adjusted to constant maturity under the caption “Treasury Constant Maturities,” for the maturity corresponding to the Comparable Treasury Issue, provided that, if no maturity is within three months before or after the maturity date for the notes, yields for the two published maturities most closely corresponding to the Comparable Treasury Issue will be determined and the Treasury Rate will be interpolated or extrapolated from those yields on a straight line basis rounding to the nearest month; or (ii) if that release, or any successor release, is not published during the day preceding the calculation date or does not contain such yields, the rate per annum equal to the semi-annual equivalent yield to maturity of the Comparable Treasury Issue, calculated using a price for the Comparable Treasury Issue (expressed as a percentage of its principal amount) equal to the Comparable Treasury Price for that redemption date. The Treasury Rate will be calculated by us on the third business day preceding the redemption date.
“Comparable Treasury Issue” means the United States Treasury security or securities selected by an Independent Investment Banker as having a maturity comparable to the remaining term of the notes being redeemed that would be utilized, at the time of selection and in accordance with customary financial practice, in pricing new issues of corporate debt securities of comparable maturity to the remaining term of such notes.
“Independent Investment Banker” means one of the Reference Treasury Dealers, to be appointed by us.
“Comparable Treasury Price” means, with respect to any redemption date for any notes (i) the average of four Reference Treasury Dealer Quotations for that redemption date, after excluding the highest and lowest of such Reference Treasury Dealer Quotations; or (ii) if we obtain fewer than four Reference Treasury Dealer Quotations, the average of all quotations obtained by us.
“Reference Treasury Dealer” will be specified in the applicable prospectus supplement.
“Reference Treasury Dealer Quotations” means, with respect to each Reference Treasury Dealer and any redemption date, the average, as determined by us, of the bid and asked prices for the Comparable Treasury Issue, expressed in each case as a percentage of its principal amount, quoted in writing to us by such Reference Treasury Dealer at 3:30 p.m., New York City time on the third business day preceding such redemption date.
“Remaining Scheduled Payments” means, with respect to each note to be redeemed, the remaining scheduled payments of the principal thereof and interest thereon that would be due after the related redemption date but for such redemption; provided, however, that, if such redemption date is not an interest payment date with respect to such note, the amount of the next succeeding scheduled interest payment thereon will be deemed to be reduced by the amount of interest accrued thereon to such redemption date.
If we issue original issue discount debt securities, which are debt securities issued at a discount from the principal amount payable on the maturity date (including zero coupon debt securities), that are identified as such in the applicable prospectus supplement, the amount payable in the event of redemption or repayment prior to its stated maturity date will be the amortized face amount on the redemption or repayment date, as the case may be. The amortized face amount of such a security will be equal to (i) the issue price specified in the applicable prospectus supplement plus (ii) that portion of the difference between the issue price and the principal amount of the note that has accrued at the yield to maturity described in the prospectus supplement (computed in accordance with generally accepted U.S. bond yield computation principles) by the redemption or repayment date.
We will send notice of any redemption at least 10 days, but not more than 60 days, before the date of redemption to each holder of the debt securities to be redeemed. If less than all of the debt securities are to be redeemed at any time, the trustee will select debt securities to be redeemed on a pro rata basis or by any other method the trustee deems fair and appropriate. Unless we default in payment of the redemption price, on and after the date of redemption, interest will cease to accrue on the debt securities or portions thereof called for redemption.
We may at any time purchase debt securities at any price in the open market or otherwise, subject to applicable law. We may hold, resell or surrender for cancellation any debt securities that we purchase.
The following defined terms will be used in this description of the indenture covenants:
“attributable debt” in respect of any sale and leaseback transaction means, as of any time of determination, the lesser of (1) the sale price of the principal property so leased multiplied by a fraction the numerator of which is the remaining portion of the base term of the lease included in such transaction and the denominator of which is the base term of such lease and (2) the total obligation (discounted to present value at the implicit interest factor, determined in accordance with generally accepted financial practice, included in the rental payments of, if such interest factor cannot be readily determined, at a rate of interest of 10% per annum, compounded semi-annually) of the lessee for rental payments (other than amounts required to be paid on account of property taxes as well as maintenance, repairs, insurance, water rates and other items which do not constitute payments for property rights) during the remaining portion of the base term of the lease included in such transaction.
“capital stock” means any and all shares, interests, participations or other equivalents (however designated) evidencing equity ownership.
“consolidated net tangible assets” means the total amount of assets (less applicable reserves and other properly deductible items) after deducting (1) all current liabilities, excluding any current liabilities which are by their terms extendible or renewable at the option of the obligor on the liabilities to a time more than 12 months after the time as of which the amount of current liabilities is being computed, and (2) all goodwill, trade names, trademarks, patents, unamortized debt discount and expense and other like intangibles, all as set forth on the most recent balance sheet of The Boeing Company and its subsidiaries and computed in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
“debt” means any notes, bonds, debentures or other similar evidences of indebtedness for money borrowed.
“lien” means any pledge, mortgage, lien, encumbrance or security interest.
“original issue discount security” means any debt security which provides for an amount less than the principal amount thereof to be due and payable upon a declaration of acceleration of the maturity thereof.
“principal property” means all real property and tangible personal property constituting a manufacturing plant located within the United States owned by The Boeing Company or a subsidiary, exclusive of (1) motor vehicles, mobile materials-handling equipment and other rolling stock, (2) office furnishings and equipment, information and electronic data processing equipment, (3) any property financed through industrial development bonds, (4) any real property held for development or sale, (5) any property the gross book value of which (including related land and improvements thereon and all machinery and equipment included therein without deduction of any depreciation reserves) is less than 15% of consolidated net tangible assets or (6) any property which our Board of Directors determines is not material to the operation of the business of The Boeing Company and its subsidiaries taken as a whole.
“senior indebtedness” means all of the indebtedness of, or guaranteed by, The Boeing Company for borrowed money (including the principal of, premium, if any, or interest on any such borrowed money and any commitment fees for unborrowed amounts which, if borrowed, would constitute senior indebtedness), whether currently outstanding or hereafter incurred, unless, under the instrument evidencing the same or under which the same is outstanding, it is expressly provided that such indebtedness is subordinate to other indebtedness and obligations of The Boeing Company.
“subordinated indebtedness” means the subordinated debt securities and all other indebtedness of, or guaranteed by, The Boeing Company whether or not outstanding on the date of the subordinated indenture, which is by the terms thereof made subordinate and junior in right of payment to all senior indebtedness.
“subsidiary” means any company the voting stock of which is more than 50% owned and controlled by The Boeing Company or a subsidiary of The Boeing Company.
“U.S. government obligations” means generally direct noncallable obligations of the United States of America for the payment of which its full faith and credit is pledged or obligations of a person controlled or supervised by and acting as an agency or instrumentality of the United States of America, the timely payment of which is unconditionally guaranteed as a full faith and credit obligation by the United States of America.
Maintenance of Principal Properties
The indentures provide that we will cause all of our principal properties to be maintained and kept in good condition, repair and working order and supplied with all necessary equipment. We will cause such repairs, renewals, replacements, betterments and improvements to be made to our principal properties that, in our judgment, are required in order to continue to carry on the business conducted at our principal properties. However, the indentures do not prevent us from discontinuing the operation or maintenance or disposing of any principal property if we determine that the action is desirable.
Limitation on Liens
So long as any debt securities are outstanding under the senior indenture:
The Boeing Company will not itself, and will not permit any subsidiary to, create, incur, issue, assume or guarantee any debt secured by any lien on any principal property owned by The Boeing Company or any subsidiary; and
The Boeing Company will not itself, and will not permit any subsidiary to, create, incur, issue, assume or guarantee any debt secured by any lien on any shares of capital stock or debt of any subsidiary.
However, any of the actions described in the first two bullet points under “Limitation on Liens” above may be taken if:
the securities under the indenture are equally and ratably secured; or
the aggregate principal amount of the secured debt then outstanding plus the attributable debt of The Boeing Company and its subsidiaries in respect of sale and leaseback transactions described below involving principal properties entered into after the date when The Boeing Company first issues securities pursuant to the indenture, other than transactions that are permitted as described in the third bullet point under “Sale and Leaseback Transactions,” would not exceed 15% of consolidated net tangible assets.
This restriction on liens will not apply to debt secured by permitted liens. Therefore, for purposes of this restriction, debt secured by permitted liens will be excluded in computing secured debt. Permitted liens include:
liens existing as of the date when The Boeing Company first issued securities pursuant to the indenture;
liens existing on any property of a corporation at the time the corporation is merged into or consolidated with The Boeing Company or a subsidiary; provided the lien is not extended to any principal property immediately prior to the merger or consolidation;
liens existing on any property of a corporation at the time it became or becomes a subsidiary;
liens securing debt owing by a subsidiary to The Boeing Company or to a subsidiary;
liens on property to secure all or part of the cost of acquiring, substantially repairing or altering, constructing, developing or substantially improving all or any part of such property, or to secure debt incurred to provide funds for the reimbursement of funds expended for the foregoing purposes;
liens in connection with government contracts, including the assignment of moneys due or to become due on government contracts or to secure progress, advance or the acquisition of real or personal property from any governmental body pursuant to any contract or statute;
materialmen’s, carriers’, mechanics’, workmen’s, repairmen’s and other like liens arising in the ordinary course of business in respect of obligations which are not overdue or which are being contested in good faith in appropriate proceedings;
liens in connection with legal proceedings or arising in the ordinary course of business and not in connection with the borrowing of money; and
extensions, substitutions, replacements or renewals of the foregoing.
BCC and its subsidiaries are excluded from the restrictions on liens discussed above.
Sale and Leaseback Transactions
So long as any debt securities are outstanding under the senior indenture, The Boeing Company will not, and will not permit any subsidiary to, enter into any sale and leaseback transaction after the date when The Boeing Company first issued securities pursuant to the indenture, covering any principal property, which was or is owned or leased by The Boeing Company or a subsidiary and which has been or is to be sold or transferred more than 120 days after the completion of construction and commencement of full operation of that principal property.
However, a sale and leaseback transaction of this kind will not be prohibited if:
the lease is for a temporary period not exceeding three years;
the attributable debt of The Boeing Company and its subsidiaries in respect of the sale and leaseback transaction and all other sale and leaseback transactions entered into after the date when The Boeing Company first issued securities pursuant to the indenture (other than sale and leaseback transactions that are permitted as described in the other bullet points of this paragraph), plus the aggregate principal amount of debt secured by liens on principal properties then outstanding (not otherwise permitted or excepted) without equally and ratably securing the indenture securities, would not exceed 15% of consolidated net tangible assets;
an amount equal to the net proceeds of the sale or transfer (but not in excess of the net book value) of the principal property sold or transferred (as determined by The Boeing Company) is applied within 180 days to the voluntary retirement of the indenture securities or other indebtedness of The Boeing Company (other than indebtedness subordinated to the indenture securities) or indebtedness of a subsidiary, for money borrowed, maturing more than 12 months after the voluntary retirement;
the rent payable under the lease is to be reimbursed under a contract with the government of the United States or any instrumentality or agency thereof; or
the lease is with The Boeing Company or another subsidiary.
BCC and its subsidiaries are excluded from the restrictions on sale and leaseback transactions discussed above.
Merger and Sales of Assets
Under each of the indentures, we may consolidate or merge with or into any other corporation, and we may convey, transfer or lease all or substantially all of our properties or assets to another person provided that:
the corporation formed by such consolidation or into which The Boeing Company is merged or the person which acquires by conveyance or transfer, or which leases, the properties and assets of The Boeing Company substantially as an entirety shall be a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the United States of America, any state thereof or the District of Columbia, and if such corporation is not The Boeing Company, shall expressly assume, by an indenture supplement, executed and delivered to the trustee, in form satisfactory to the trustee, the due and punctual payment of the principal of, premium, if any, and interest (including all additional amounts, if any) on all the debt securities and the performance of every covenant of the respective indenture on the part of The Boeing Company to be performed or observed;
immediately after giving effect to such transaction and treating any indebtedness which becomes an obligation of The Boeing Company or a subsidiary as a result of such transaction as having been incurred by The Boeing Company or a subsidiary at the time of such transaction, no event of default, and no event which, after notice or lapse of time or both, would become an event of default, shall have happened and be continuing; and
The Boeing Company has delivered to the trustee an officer’s certificate and an opinion of counsel, each stating that such consolidation (if the corporation formed by such consolidation is not The Boeing Company), merger, conveyance, transfer or lease and such supplemental indenture comply with the terms of the respective indentures and that all conditions precedent therein provided for relating to such transaction shall have been complied with.
Events of Default, Notice and Waiver
The following events, with respect to the debt securities of a series are defined in the indentures as “events of default”:
the non-payment of any interest extending 30 days beyond the date such interest payment became due and whether or not, in the case of the subordinated debt securities, such payment is prohibited by the subordination provisions referred to below under “Subordination”;
non-payment of any principal of or premium, if any, on the debt securities of the applicable series as such payments become due whether or not, in the case of the subordinated debt securities, such payment is prohibited by the subordination provisions referred to below under “Subordination”;
default in the deposit of any sinking fund payment on the debt securities of that series when and as due, whether or not, in the case of the subordinated debt securities, such payment is prohibited by the subordination provisions referred to below under “Subordination”;
default in the performance of any other covenant or warranty of The Boeing Company in the respective indenture which remains unremedied for a period of 90 days after notice of default by the holders of at least 25% in principal amount of the outstanding debt securities of that series or by the trustee;
certain events of bankruptcy, insolvency or reorganization; or
any other event of default provided in a supplemental indenture with respect to debt securities of a particular series.
Reference is made to the prospectus supplement relating to any series of offered debt securities which are original issue discount securities for the particular provisions relating to the principal amount of such original issue discount securities due upon acceleration upon the occurrence of an event of default and its continuation.
The trustee is required, within 90 days after the occurrence of any default which is known to the trustee and is continuing, to give to all holders of the applicable series of debt securities with respect to which such default has occurred notice of such default, provided, that, except in the case of default in the payment of principal, premium, if any (including any sinking fund payment) or interest, if any, on a series of debt securities with respect to which such default has occurred, the trustee shall be protected in withholding such notice if it determines in good faith that the withholding of such notice is in the interest of the holder of the debt securities of such series.
If an event of default with respect to debt securities of any series then outstanding shall have occurred and be continuing, the trustee or the holders of at least 25% in principal amount of the outstanding debt securities of such series may declare the principal (or, if the debt securities of that series are original issue discount securities, such portion of the principal amount as may be specified in the terms of that series) and accrued interest of all the debt securities of such series to be due and payable immediately. In certain cases, the holders of a majority in aggregate principal amount of the debt securities of such series then outstanding may rescind and annul such declaration and its consequences.
The trustee may require indemnification by the holders of a series of debt securities with respect to which a default has occurred before proceeding to exercise any right or power under the applicable indenture at the request of the holders of debt securities of such series. The holders of a majority in principal amount of the outstanding debt securities of a series may direct the time, method and place of conducting any proceeding for any remedy available to the trustee, or exercising any trust or power conferred on the trustee.
In certain cases, the holders of not less than a majority in principal amount of an outstanding series of debt securities may, on behalf of the holders of all debt securities of such series, and any related coupons, waive any past default with respect to such series and its consequences except a default (1) in the payment of the principal, premium, if any, or interest (except to the extent that such interest has been paid), if any, on such series of debt securities with respect to which such default has occurred or (2) in respect of a covenant or provision in the indenture which cannot be modified or amended without the consent of each holder of each debt security of the applicable series.
We will be required to file annually with the trustee a certificate as to the absence of defaults under each indenture.
The occurrence of an event of default under an indenture may give rise to a cross-default under other series of debt securities issued under such indenture and other indebtedness of ours that may be outstanding from time to time.
Notices to holders of registered securities will be delivered to the addresses of such holders as they appear in the security register maintained by the trustee.
Modification of the Indentures
Modification and amendment of the indentures may be made by us and the trustee without the consent of any holder, for any of these purposes:
to evidence the succession of another corporation to The Boeing Company;
to add to the covenants of The Boeing Company for the benefit of the holders of all or any series of debt securities or to surrender any right or power therein conferred upon The Boeing Company;
to add additional events of default;
to change any provision of the indentures to facilitate the issuance of bearer securities;
to change or eliminate any provision of any indenture, provided no debt security outstanding of any series is entitled to the benefit of such provision;
to secure the debt securities;
to establish the form or terms of unissued debt securities;
to provide for the acceptance of appointment by a successor trustee;
to cure any ambiguity, defect or inconsistency in either indenture or both of them; or
to supplement any provision of any indenture as necessary to permit or facilitate the defeasance and discharge of any series of debt securities, provided such action does not adversely affect the interests of holders of the series of debt securities.
Modification and amendment of the indentures may be made by us and the trustee with the consent of the holders of not less than two-thirds in principal amount of the outstanding debt securities of an affected series; provided that no such modification or amendment may, without the consent of the holder of each outstanding debt security affected thereby:
change the stated maturity date or the principal of, premium, if any, or any installment of interest (or any additional amount) on, any such debt security;
reduce the principal amount or rate of interest thereon;
change the redemption price, if applicable;
change the place or currency of payment of principal of or premium, if any, or interest on any debt security;
impair the right to institute suit for the enforcement of any such payment on or after the stated maturity thereof;
reduce the above-stated percentage of outstanding debt securities necessary to modify or amend the respective indentures;
modify the foregoing requirements or reduce the percentage of outstanding debt securities necessary to waive any past default or compliance with certain restrictive provisions to less than a majority;
change any obligation of The Boeing Company to maintain an office or transfer agency; or
reduce the amount of principal of an original issue discount security payable upon acceleration of the maturity thereof.
Discharge and Defeasance
Unless otherwise specified in a prospectus supplement, under each of the indentures, we may discharge certain obligations to holders of any series of debt securities that have not already been delivered to the trustee for cancellation and that either have become due and payable or will become due and payable within one year (or scheduled for redemption within one year) by depositing with the applicable trustee, in trust, funds in an amount sufficient to pay the entire indebtedness on such debt securities in respect of principal and premium, if any, and interest, if any, to the date of such deposit (if such debt securities have become due and payable) or to the maturity thereof or redemption date, as the case may be, along with an officer’s certificate and an opinion of counsel stating that all conditions precedent relating to the satisfaction and discharge of the indenture have been complied with.
Each indenture further provides that, if applicable to the debt securities of any series, we may elect to defease and be discharged from any and all obligations with respect to such debt securities (except for, among
other things, the obligation to pay additional amounts, if any, upon the occurrence of certain events of taxation, assessment or governmental charge with respect to payments on such debt securities and the obligations to register the transfer or exchange of such debt securities, to replace temporary or mutilated, destroyed, lost or stolen securities, to maintain an office or agency in respect of such debt securities and to hold moneys for payment in trust) (“defeasance”) upon the irrevocable deposit by us with the trustee, in trust, of an amount of money or U.S. government obligations, or both, applicable to such debt securities which through the scheduled payment of principal and interest in accordance with their terms will provide money in an amount sufficient to pay the principal of (and premium, if any) and interest, if any, on such securities, and any mandatory sinking fund or analogous payments thereon, on the scheduled due dates therefor.
Such a trust may only be established if, among other things, (1) the defeasance does not result in a breach or violation of, or constitute a default under, the applicable indenture or any other agreement or instrument to which we are a party or by which we are bound, (2) no default or event of default with respect to the debt securities to be defeased shall have occurred and be continuing on the date of the establishment of such a trust, and (3) we have delivered to the trustee an opinion of counsel (as specified in the applicable indenture) to the effect that the holders of such debt securities will not recognize income, gain or loss for U.S. federal income tax purposes as a result of such defeasance and will be subject to U.S. federal income tax on the same amounts, in the same manner and at the same times as would have been the case if such defeasance had not occurred, and such opinion of counsel must refer to and be based upon a letter ruling of the Internal Revenue Service received by us, a revenue ruling published by the Internal Revenue Service or a change in applicable U.S. federal income tax law occurring after the date of the applicable indenture.
The applicable prospectus supplement may further describe the provisions, if any, permitting defeasance, including any modifications to the provisions described above, with respect to the debt securities of a particular series.
The indebtedness evidenced by subordinated debt securities and the payment of the principal and premium, if any, and interest, if any, on each and all of the subordinated debt securities will be subordinated in right of payment to the prior payment in full of senior indebtedness and, unless specifically designated as ranking junior to our other subordinated debt securities, rank equally with all of our other subordinated debt securities which have not been specifically designated as ranking junior to our other subordinated debt securities. We have not issued any subordinated debt or any subordinated debt ranking junior to the subordinated debt securities but we reserve the right to issue such junior subordinated debt.
If we default in the payment of any senior indebtedness, unless and until such default shall have been cured or waived, no direct or indirect payment shall be made on account of the principal of and premium, if any, or interest, if any, or any additional amounts on the subordinated debt securities, or in respect of any sinking fund for, or redemption, retirement or purchase or other acquisition of any of the subordinated debt securities.
If any other event of default occurs with respect to any senior indebtedness, permitting the holders thereof to accelerate the maturity thereof, then, unless and until such event of default shall have been cured or waived, no direct or indirect payment shall be made on account of the principal of, or premium, if any, or interest, if any (including additional amounts) on any subordinated debt securities or in respect of any sinking fund for, or redemption, retirement, purchase or other acquisition of the subordinated debt securities, during any period of 90 days after written notice of such default shall have been given to us by any holder of senior indebtedness or during any period in which any judicial proceeding is pending in respect of such default and a notice of acceleration of the maturity of such senior indebtedness has been transmitted to us in respect of such default.
In the event of: (1) any insolvency, bankruptcy, receivership, liquidation, reorganization, readjustment or other similar proceeding relating to us, our creditors or our property; (2) any proceeding for the liquidation,
dissolution or other winding up of The Boeing Company, whether voluntary or involuntary, whether or not involving bankruptcy proceedings; (3) any assignment by us for the benefit of creditors; or (4) any other marshalling of our assets, all senior indebtedness shall first be paid in full before any payment or distribution shall be made to any holder of subordinated debt securities.
If any such payment or distribution to be paid to the holders of senior indebtedness shall be made to any holder of subordinated debt securities in contravention of the foregoing and before all of the senior indebtedness shall have been paid in full, such payment or distribution shall be received in trust for the benefit of, and shall be paid over or delivered and transferred to, the holders of senior indebtedness at the time outstanding in accordance with the priorities then existing among such holders for applications to the payment of all senior indebtedness remaining unpaid.
Senior indebtedness shall not be deemed to have been paid in full unless the holders thereof shall have received cash equal to the amount of senior indebtedness then outstanding. Upon payment in full of all senior indebtedness, the holders of subordinated debt securities shall be subrogated to all rights of any holders of senior indebtedness to receive any further payments or distributions applicable to the senior indebtedness until all amounts owing on the subordinated debt securities shall have been paid in full, and such amounts or distributions which otherwise would be paid or distributed to the holders of senior indebtedness, shall, as between us and our creditors (other than the holders of senior indebtedness), on the one hand, and the holders of the subordinated debt securities, on the other hand, be deemed to be a payment by us on account of senior indebtedness and not on account of the subordinated debt securities.
The debt securities may be convertible into our common stock. We will include in the prospectus supplement the terms and conditions, if any, on which the debt securities being offered are convertible. Such terms will include the conversion price, the conversion period, provisions as to whether conversion is mandatory, at our option or the option of the holder, the events requiring adjustment of the conversion price and provisions affecting conversion in the event of redemption of such debt securities.
The following description of our capital stock is a summary and is subject to the provisions of our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation (the “Charter”), our By-Laws, and the relevant provisions of the laws of the State of Delaware. The total number of shares of capital stock authorized by the Charter is 1,220,000,000, consisting of 1,200,000,000 shares of common stock and 20,000,000 shares of preferred stock. Holders of common stock are entitled to receive such dividends as may be declared by Boeing’s Board of Directors out of legally available funds, and are entitled to share pro rata in any distributions to shareholders, subject to the preferences of any preferred stock which may be issued and to restrictions contained in agreements to which we are a party. No preemptive, conversion or redemption rights or sinking funds provisions are applicable to the common stock. All outstanding shares of common stock are fully paid and non-assessable. All holders of the common stock are entitled to one vote per share on all matters to be voted on by Boeing shareholders, including the election of directors. Shareholders do not have cumulative voting rights in election of directors. The affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares present or represented by proxy and entitled to vote at a shareholders’ meeting is required for shareholder action, except for (1) the election of directors, in which case a nominee shall be elected to the Board of Directors if the votes cast for such nominee’s election exceed the votes cast against such nominee’s election (except in the case of a contested election in which case the candidates receiving the greatest number of votes are elected as directors) and (2) amendments to the provisions in the By-Laws related to compensation and removal of officers, which require the approval of a majority of the outstanding shares entitled to vote for the election of directors.
The Charter authorizes the Board of Directors, without any further approval, to (1) divide the preferred stock into series, (2) designate each such series, (3) fix and determine dividend rights, (4) determine the price, terms and conditions on which shares of preferred stock may be redeemed, (5) determine the amount payable to holders of preferred stock in the event of voluntary or involuntary liquidation, (6) determine any sinking fund provisions, and (7) establish any voting, preemption or conversion privileges.
We may sell the offered securities through agents, to or through underwriters, or directly to other purchasers. Any underwriters or agents will be identified and their discounts, commissions and other items constituting underwriters’ compensation and any securities exchanges on which the securities are listed will be described in the applicable prospectus supplement. We (directly or through agents) may sell, and the underwriters may resell, the offered securities in one or more transactions, including negotiated transactions, at a fixed public offering price or prices, which may be changed, or at market prices prevailing at the time of sale, at prices related to prevailing market prices or at negotiated prices.
In connection with the sale of offered securities, the underwriters or agents may receive compensation from us or from purchasers of the offered securities for whom they may act as agents. The underwriters may sell offered securities to or through dealers, who may also receive compensation from purchasers of the offered securities for whom they may act as agents. Compensation may be in the form of discounts, concessions or commissions. Underwriters, dealers and agents that participate in the distribution of the offered securities may be underwriters as defined in the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and any discounts or commissions received by them from us and any profit on the resale of the offered securities by them may be treated as underwriting discounts and commissions under the Securities Act.
We will indemnify the underwriters and agents against certain civil liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act, or contribute to payments they may be required to make in respect of such liabilities.
Underwriters, dealers and agents may engage in transactions with, or perform services for, us or our affiliates in the ordinary course of their businesses.
If so indicated in the prospectus supplement relating to a particular series or issue of debt securities, we will authorize underwriters, dealers or agents to solicit offers by certain institutions to purchase the debt securities from us under delayed delivery contracts providing for payment and delivery at a future date. These contracts will be subject only to those conditions set forth in the prospectus supplement, and the prospectus supplement will set forth the commission payable for solicitation of these contracts.
Unless the applicable prospectus supplement indicates otherwise, certain legal matters with respect to the securities offered pursuant to this prospectus and any prospectus supplement will be passed upon for Boeing by Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago, Illinois, and for any underwriters or agents by counsel named in the applicable prospectus supplement.
The financial statements incorporated in this prospectus by reference from our annual report on Form 10-K and the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting have been audited by Deloitte & Touche LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their reports, which are incorporated herein by reference. Such financial statements have been so incorporated in reliance upon the reports of such firm given upon their authority as experts in accounting and auditing.
With respect to the unaudited interim financial information for the periods ended March 31, 2020 and June 30, 2020 that is incorporated herein by reference, Deloitte & Touche LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, have applied limited procedures in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) for a review of such information. However, as stated in their reports included in our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2020 and June 30, 2020 and incorporated by reference herein, they did not audit and they do not express an opinion on that interim financial information. Accordingly, the degree of reliance on their reports on such information should be restricted in light of the limited nature of the review procedures applied. Deloitte & Touche LLP are not subject to the liability provisions of Section 11 of the Securities Act for their reports on the unaudited interim financial information because those reports are not “reports” or a “part” of the registration statement prepared or certified by an accountant within the meaning of Sections 7 and 11 of the Act.
We file periodic reports, proxy statements, and other information with the SEC. Our SEC filings are available to the public on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Copies of certain information filed by us with the SEC are also available on our website at www.boeing.com. Our website is not part of this prospectus and is not incorporated by reference into this prospectus.
This prospectus is part of a registration statement filed on Form S-3 with the SEC under the Securities Act. This prospectus does not contain all of the information set forth in the registration statement and the exhibits and schedules to the registration statement. For further information concerning us and the securities, you should read the entire registration statement and the additional information described under “Incorporation of Certain Information by Reference” below. The registration statement has been filed electronically and may be obtained in any manner listed above. Any statements contained herein concerning the provisions of any document are not necessarily complete, and, in each instance, reference is made to the copy of such document filed as an exhibit to the registration statement or otherwise filed with the SEC. Each such statement is qualified in its entirety by such reference.
The SEC allows us to incorporate by reference much of the information that we file with the SEC, which means that we can disclose important information to you by referring you to those publicly available documents. The information that we incorporate by reference in this prospectus is considered to be part of this prospectus. Because we are incorporating by reference future filings with the SEC, this prospectus is continually updated and those future filings may modify or supersede some of the information included or incorporated in this prospectus. This means that you must read all of the SEC filings that we incorporate by reference to determine if any of the statements in this prospectus or in any document previously incorporated by reference have been modified or superseded. This prospectus incorporates by reference the documents listed below (File No. 1-00442) and any future filings we make with the SEC under Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act (in each case, other than those documents or the portions of those documents not deemed to be filed, including the portions of these documents that are furnished under Item 2.02 or Item 7.01 of a Current Report on Form 8-K, including any exhibits included with such Items) until the offering of the securities under the registration statement is terminated or completed:
our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 filed with the SEC on January 31, 2020;
our current reports on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on January 10, 2020, January 21, 2020, February 7, 2020, February 24, 2020, March 17, 2020, March 19, 2020, March 23, 2020, March 23, 2020, April 6, 2020, April 27, 2020 and May 4, 2020; and
the description of our common stock contained in our current report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on April 30, 2014, including any amendments or reports filed for the purpose of updating such description.
You may request copies of these filings at no cost to you by writing or telephoning us as follows: The Boeing Company, Attention: Corporate Secretary, 100 N. Riverside Plaza, MC 5003-1001, Chicago, Illinois U.S.A. 60606-1596, telephone number (312) 544-2000. Exhibits to the filings will not be sent, unless those exhibits have been specifically incorporated by reference in this prospectus.
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Other Expenses of Issuance and Distribution.
The following table sets forth the estimated fees and expenses to be paid solely by Boeing in connection with the issuance and distribution of the securities being registered hereby, other than underwriting discounts and commissions:
Securities and Exchange Commission registration fee
Legal fees and expenses
Accounting fees and expenses
Rating agency fees and expenses
Trustee’s fees and expenses
In accordance with Rules 456(b) and 457(r), we are deferring payment of the registration fee. The registration fee will be paid at the time of any particular offering of securities under the registration statement and is therefore not currently determinable.
These expenses are calculated in part based on the number of issuances and the amount of securities offered and accordingly cannot be estimated at this time.
Indemnification of Directors and Officers.
Section 145 of the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”) provides that a corporation may indemnify any person, including an officer or director, who was or is, or is threatened to be made, a party to any threatened, pending, or completed action, suit, or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative, or investigative (other than an action by or in the right of such corporation), by reason of the fact that such person is or was a director, officer, employee, or agent of such corporation, or is or was serving at the request of such corporation as a director, officer, employee, or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, or other enterprise. The indemnity may include expenses (including attorneys’ fees), judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by such person in connection with such action, suit, or proceeding, provided such person acted in good faith and in a manner such person reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of such corporation, and, with respect to any criminal actions and proceedings, had no reasonable cause to believe that his or her conduct was unlawful. A Delaware corporation may indemnify any person, including an officer or director, who was or is, or is threatened to be made, a party to any threatened, pending, or contemplated action or suit by or in the right of such corporation, under the same conditions, except that such indemnification is limited to expenses (including attorneys’ fees) actually and reasonably incurred by such person, and except that no indemnification is permitted without judicial approval if such person is adjudged to be liable to such corporation. Where an officer or director of a corporation is successful, on the merits or otherwise, in the defense of any action, suit, or proceeding referred to above, or any claim, issue, or matter therein, the corporation must indemnify that person against the expenses (including attorneys’ fees) that such officer or director actually and reasonably incurred in connection therewith.
Section 145 of the DGCL further authorizes a corporation to purchase and maintain insurance on behalf of any person who is or was a director, officer, employee, or agent of the corporation or is or was serving at the request of the corporation as a director, officer, employee, or agent of another corporation or enterprise, against any liability asserted against him and incurred by him in any such capacity, or arising out of his or her status as such, whether or not the corporation would otherwise have the power to indemnify him under Section 145.
The rights provided in Section 145 of the DGCL are not exclusive, and the corporation may also provide for indemnification under any bylaw, agreement, vote of stockholders or disinterested directors or otherwise.
Article VII, Section 3 of Boeing’s By-Laws provides for indemnification of its directors and officers to the fullest extent permitted by the DGCL. Boeing has purchased liability insurance applicable to its directors and certain officers as permitted by Section 145 of the DGCL.
Section 102(b)(7) of the DGCL permits a corporation to provide in its certificate of incorporation that a director of the corporation shall not be personally liable to the corporation or its stockholders for monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty as a director, except for liability for (i) any breach of the director’s duty of loyalty to the corporation or its stockholders, (ii) acts or omissions not in good faith or that involve intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of law, (iii) payments of unlawful dividends or unlawful stock repurchases or redemptions, or (iv) for any transaction from which the director derived an improper personal benefit.
Article Eleventh of Boeing’s Charter provides that, to the full extent that the DGCL permits the limitation or elimination of the liability of directors, a director will not be liable to Boeing or its stockholders for monetary damages for conduct as a director.
|25.1||Statement of Eligibility under the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, as amended, of The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., as trustee with respect to the Senior Debt Securities Indenture, dated as of February 1, 2003|
|25.2||Statement of Eligibility under the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, as amended, of The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, as trustee under the form of Subordinated Debt Securities Indenture|
|25.3||Statement of Eligibility under the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, as amended, of trustee to be named with respect to the form of Subordinated Debt Securities Indenture (2)|
To be filed, if necessary, by amendment or as an exhibit to a document incorporated by reference herein.
To be filed in accordance with the requirements of Section 305(b)(2) of the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.
The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes:
To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this registration statement:
To include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act of 1933;
To reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of the registration statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in the registration statement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any increase or decrease in volume of securities offered (if the total dollar value of securities offered would not exceed that which was registered) and any deviation from the low or high end of the estimated maximum offering range may be reflected in the form of prospectus filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) if, in the aggregate, the changes in volume and price represent no more than a 20% change in the maximum aggregate offering price set forth in the “Calculation of Registration Fee” table in the effective registration statement; and
To include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in the registration statement or any material change to such information in the registration statement;
provided, however, that paragraphs (1)(i), (1)(ii) and (1)(iii) above do not apply if the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in reports filed with or furnished to the Commission by the registrant pursuant to section 13 or section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that are incorporated by reference in the registration statement, or is contained in a form of prospectus filed pursuant to Rule 424(b) that is part of the registration statement.
That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act of 1933, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.
To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.
That, for the purpose of determining liability under the Securities Act of 1933 to any purchaser:
Each prospectus filed by the registrant pursuant to Rule 424(b)(3) shall be deemed to be part of the registration statement as of the date the filed prospectus was deemed part of and included in the registration statement; and
Each prospectus required to be filed pursuant to Rule 424(b)(2), (b)(5), or (b)(7) as part of a registration statement in reliance on Rule 430B relating to an offering made pursuant to Rule 415(a)(1)(i), (vii), or (x) for the purpose of providing the information required by section 10(a) of the Securities Act of 1933 shall be deemed to be part of and included in the registration statement as of the earlier of the date such form of prospectus is first used after effectiveness or the date of the first contract of sale of securities in the offering described in the prospectus. As provided in Rule 430B, for liability purposes of the issuer and any person that is at that date an underwriter, such date shall be deemed to be a new effective date of the registration statement relating to the securities in the registration statement to which that prospectus relates, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof. Provided, however, that no statement made in a registration statement or prospectus that is part of the registration statement or made in a document incorporated or deemed incorporated by reference into the registration statement or prospectus that is part of the registration statement will, as to a purchaser with a time of contract of sale prior to such effective date, supersede or modify any statement that was made in the registration statement or prospectus that was part of the registration statement or made in any such document immediately prior to such effective date.
That, for the purpose of determining liability of the registrant under the Securities Act of 1933 to any purchaser in the initial distribution of the securities, the undersigned registrant undertakes that in a primary offering of securities of the undersigned registrant pursuant to this registration statement, regardless of the underwriting method used to sell the securities to the purchaser, if the securities are offered or sold to such purchaser by means of any of the following communications, the undersigned registrant will be a seller to the purchaser and will be considered to offer or sell such securities to such purchaser:
Any preliminary prospectus or prospectus of the undersigned registrant relating to the offering required to be filed pursuant to Rule 424;
Any free writing prospectus relating to the offering prepared by, or on behalf of, the undersigned registrant or used or referred to by the undersigned registrant;
The portion of any other free writing prospectus relating to the offering containing material information about the undersigned registrant or its securities provided by or on behalf of the undersigned registrant; and
Any other communication that is an offer in the offering made by the undersigned registrant to the purchaser.
The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act of 1933, each filing of the registrant’s annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (and, where applicable, each filing of an employee benefit plan’s annual report pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934) that is incorporated by reference in the registration statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.
Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act of 1933 may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the registrant pursuant to the provisions set forth in response to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the registrant has been advised that in the opinion of
|the Securities and Exchange Commission such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act of 1933 and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act of 1933 and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.|
The undersigned registrant hereby further undertakes that:
For purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act of 1933, the information omitted from the form of prospectus filed as part of this registration statement in reliance upon Rule 430A and contained in a form of prospectus filed by the registrant pursuant to Rule 424(b)(1) or (4) or 497(h) under the Securities Act shall be deemed to be part of this registration statement as of the time is was declared effective; and
For purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act of 1933, each post-effective amendment that contains a form of prospectus shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-3 and has duly caused this registration statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of Chicago, State of Illinois, on the 3rd day of August, 2020.
|THE BOEING COMPANY|
/s/ Gregory D. Smith
|Gregory D. Smith|
|Executive Vice President, Enterprise Operations and Chief Financial Officer (Principal Financial Officer)|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this registration statement has been signed by the following persons in the capacities indicated below on the 3rd day of August, 2020.
/s/ David L. Calhoun
David L. Calhoun
|President and Chief Executive Officer (Principal Executive Officer) and Director|
/s/ Gregory D. Smith
Gregory D. Smith
|Executive Vice President, Enterprise Operations and Chief Financial Officer (Principal Financial Officer)|
/s/ Robert E. Verbeck
Robert E. Verbeck
|Senior Vice President, Finance and Corporate Controller (Principal Accounting Officer)|
Lawrence W. Kellner
|Chairman of the Board|
Robert A. Bradway
Arthur D. Collins Jr.
Edmund P. Giambastiani Jr.
Lynn J. Good
Caroline B. Kennedy
Steven M. Mollenkopf
John M. Richardson
Susan C. Schwab
Ronald A. Williams
The undersigned by signing his name hereunto has hereby signed this registration statement on behalf of the above-named directors on August 3, 2020, pursuant to powers of attorney executed on behalf of each such director and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission as Exhibit 24.1 hereto.
/s/ David L. Calhoun
|David L. Calhoun|
|Date:||August 3, 2020|