GPRE Green Plains

Filed: 18 May 21, 4:49pm



Washington, D.C. 20549



Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)

May 18, 2021


(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)



(Commission file number)

(IRS employer identification no.)



1811 Aksarben Drive, Omaha, Nebraska


(Address of principal executive offices)

(Zip code)

(402) 884-8700

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

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

Title of each class

Trading Symbol

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share


The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

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

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

Item 3.02. Unregistered Sale of Equity Securities.

As previously reported, on May 11, 2021 Green Plains Inc. (the “Company”) entered into a privately negotiated exchange agreement (the “Exchange Agreement”) with certain noteholders (the “Noteholders”) of the Company’s 4.00% Convertible Senior Notes due 2024 (the “2024 Notes”), pursuant to which the Noteholders agreed to exchange $51 million in aggregate principal amount of the Company’s outstanding 2024 Notes for shares of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.01 per share (“Common Stock”). Pursuant to the Exchange Agreement, the transaction was priced based on the daily volume weighted-average price (“VWAP”) per share of Common Stock during the three trading-day averaging period commencing on the trading day immediately following the date of the Exchange Agreement which resulted in an implied price per share of $26.80. On May 18, 2021, the Company exchanged 3,568,705 shares of common stock in exchange for $51 million in aggregate principal of the 2024 Notes and paid the Noteholders accrued but unpaid interest in cash.

The exchange of treasury shares of Common Stock for the 2024 Notes is being made pursuant to an exemption from registration provided in Section 3(a)(9) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. This Current Report on Form 8-K does not constitute an offer to exchange the 2024 Notes or other securities of the Company for Common Stock or other securities of the Company.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date: May 18, 2021

Green Plains Inc.

By: /s/ G. Patrich Simpkins Jr.    

G. Patrich Simpkins Jr.
Chief Financial Officer

(Principal Financial Officer)