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CTB Cooper Tire & Rubber

Filed: 30 Apr 21, 4:36pm

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 8-K

 

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 30, 2021

 

 

 

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Cooper Tire & Rubber Company

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware 001-04329 34-4297750

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)

 

(Commission

File Number)

 

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

 

701 Lima Avenue

Findlay, Ohio

 45840
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (419) 423-1321

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

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):

 

 

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

 

Title of each class

 

Trading

Symbol(s)

 

Name of each exchange

on which registered

Common Stock, $1.00 par value CTB New York Stock Exchange

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

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Item 5.07

Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders

On April 30, 2021, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (“Cooper Tire” or the “Company”) held a virtual special meeting of the Company’s stockholders (the “Special Meeting”). At the Special Meeting, the Company’s stockholders voted on and approved (a) a proposal (the “Merger Proposal”) to adopt the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of February 22, 2021 (the “Merger Agreement”), by and among The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (“Goodyear”), Vulcan Merger Sub Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Goodyear, and the Company, and (b) a proposal (the “Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation Proposal”) to approve, on a non-binding advisory basis, the compensation that may be paid or become payable to the Company’s named executive officers that is based on or otherwise relates to the merger. Prior to the Special Meeting, the Company delivered a definitive proxy statement/prospectus (the “Proxy Statement”) to its stockholders describing the Special Meeting, the Merger Proposal, the Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation Proposal, the merger and related information. The Proxy Statement also contained a proposal to adjourn the Special Meeting, if necessary or appropriate, to solicit additional proxies if there were not sufficient votes to adopt the Merger Agreement (the “Adjournment Proposal”). The Proxy Statement was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on April 2, 2021.

As of the close of business on April 1, 2021, the record date for the Special Meeting, there were 50,522,665 shares of the Company’s common stock outstanding and entitled to vote. 39,501,175 shares of the Company’s common stock were represented at the Special Meeting by proxy or by attending the Special Meeting, representing approximately 78% of Company’s common stock outstanding as of the record date and entitled to vote at the Special Meeting, which constituted a quorum to conduct business at the Special Meeting. Virtual attendance at the Special Meeting constituted presence in person for purposes of satisfying the quorum and voting requirements. The following are the final voting results on the Merger Proposal, the Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation Proposal and the Adjournment Proposal, each of which is more fully described in the Proxy Statement.

Merger Proposal: The number of shares voted for or against, as well as abstentions and broker non-votes, if applicable, with respect to the Merger Proposal presented at the Special Meeting was:

 

Votes For

  

Votes Against

  

Abstentions

  

Broker Non-Votes

39,024,037

  

382,338

  

94,800

  N/A

Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation Proposal: The number of shares voted for or against, as well as abstentions and broker non-votes, if applicable, with respect to the Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation Proposal presented at the Special Meeting was:

 

Votes For

  

Votes Against

  

Abstentions

  

Broker Non-Votes

36,334,638

  

2,942,780

  

223,757

  N/A

Adjournment Proposal: The number of shares voted for or against, as well as abstentions and broker non-votes, if applicable, with respect to the Adjournment Proposal presented at the Special Meeting was:

 

Votes For

  

Votes Against

  

Abstentions

  

Broker Non-Votes

36,452,515

  

2,956,358

  

92,302

  N/A

With respect to the Adjournment Proposal, although the Adjournment Proposal would have received sufficient votes to be approved, no motion was made because the adjournment of the Special Meeting was determined not to be necessary or appropriate.

 

Item 8.01

Other Events.

On April 30, 2021, Cooper Tire issued a press release announcing the results of the Special Meeting. A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1. With the approval of the Merger Proposal, Cooper Tire expects to complete the merger in the second half of 2021, however the transaction could close earlier, following and subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including receipt of required regulatory approvals.


Forward-Looking Statements and Cautionary Statements

This communication includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify forward-looking statements by words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “design,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “goal,” “guidance,” “imply,” “intend,” “may,” “objective,” “opportunity,” “outlook,” “plan,” “position,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “prospective,” “pursue,” “seek,” “should,” “strategy,” “target,” “will,” “would” or other similar expressions that convey the uncertainty of future events or outcomes. In accordance with “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, these statements are accompanied by cautionary language identifying important factors, though not necessarily all such factors, that could cause future outcomes to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements that relate to, or statements that are subject to risks, contingencies or uncertainties that relate to: the ability to complete the proposed merger of the Company and Goodyear on anticipated terms and timetable; the effect of restructuring or reorganization of business components; uncertainty and weaknesses in global economic conditions, including the impact of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, or similar public health crises, on the Company’s and Goodyear’s financial condition, operations, distribution channels, customers and suppliers, as well as potentially exacerbating other factors discussed herein; continued volatility in raw material and energy prices, including those of rubber, steel, petroleum-based products and natural gas or the unavailability of such raw materials or energy sources, which may impact the price-adjustment calculations under sales contracts; the ability to cost-effectively achieve planned production rates or levels; the ability to successfully identify and consummate any strategic investments or development projects; the outcome of any contractual disputes with customers, joint venture partners or any other litigation or arbitration; impacts of existing and increasing governmental regulation and related costs and liabilities, including failure to receive or maintain required operating and environmental permits, approvals, modifications or other authorization of, or from, any governmental or regulatory entity and costs related to implementing improvements to ensure compliance with regulatory changes the ability to maintain adequate liquidity, level of indebtedness and the availability of capital could limit cash flow available to fund working capital, planned capital expenditures, acquisitions and other general corporate purposes or ongoing needs of the business; the ability to continue to pay cash dividends, and the amount and timing of any cash dividends; availability of capital and ability to maintain adequate liquidity; the impact of labor problems, including labor disruptions at the Company, its joint ventures, or at one or more of its large customers or suppliers; the ability of our customers, joint venture partners and third party service providers to meet their obligations on a timely basis or at all; adverse changes in interest rates and tax laws; and the potential existence of significant deficiencies or material weakness in our internal control over financial reporting. We have based our forward-looking statements on our current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry and our partnership. We caution that these statements are not guarantees of future performance and you should not rely unduly on them, as they involve risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that we cannot predict. In addition, we have based many of these forward-looking statements on assumptions about future events that may prove to be inaccurate. While our management considers these assumptions to be reasonable, they are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, regulatory and other risks, contingencies and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control. Accordingly, our actual results may differ materially from the future performance that we have expressed or forecast in our forward-looking statements. Differences between actual results and any future performance suggested in our forward-looking statements could result from a variety of factors, including the following: the failure to satisfy various other conditions to the closing of the transaction contemplated by the merger agreement; the failure to obtain governmental approvals of the transaction on the proposed terms and schedule, and any conditions imposed on the combined company in connection with consummation of the transaction; the risk that the cost savings and any other synergies from the transaction may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; disruption from the proposed transaction making it more difficult to maintain relationships with customers, partners, employees or suppliers; the risk that the proposed transaction may be less accretive than expected, or may be dilutive, and that the combined company may fail to realize the benefits expected from the merger; risks relating to any unforeseen liabilities of Goodyear or the Company; the volatility in raw material and energy prices, including those of rubber, steel, petroleum-based products and natural gas or the unavailability of such raw materials or energy sources; extensive governmental regulation; changes to tariffs or trade agreements, or the imposition of new or increased tariffs or trade restrictions, imposed on tires, raw materials or manufacturing equipment which the Company uses, including changes related to tariffs on tires, raw materials and tire manufacturing equipment imported into the U.S. from China or other countries, as well as changes to trade agreements resulting from the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union future laws and regulations or the manner in which they are


interpreted and enforced; the inability to obtain and/or renew permits necessary for the operations; existing and future indebtedness may limit cash flow available; operating expenses could increase significantly if the price of electrical power, fuel or other energy sources increases; changes in credit ratings issued by nationally recognized statistical rating organizations; risks involving the acts or omissions of our joint venture partners; natural disasters, weather conditions, disruption of energy, unanticipated geological conditions, equipment failures, and other unexpected events; a disruption in, or failure of our information technology systems, including those related to cybersecurity; failure of outside contractors and/or suppliers to perform; the cost and time to implement a strategic capital project may be greater than originally anticipated; reliance on estimates of recoverable reserves; and the risks that are described from time to time in Goodyear’s and the Company’s respective reports filed with the SEC. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements except to the extent required by applicable law.

 

Item 9.01

Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d)    Exhibits. The following exhibits are furnished as part of this Current Report on Form 8-K:

 

Exhibit
No.
  

Description

99.1  Press Release, dated April 30, 2021.
104  Cover Page Interactive Data File – the cover page XBRL tags are embedded within the Inline XBRL document.


SIGNATURES

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

 

  Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Date: April 30, 2021  By:     /s/ Jack Jay McCracken                
   Jack Jay McCracken
   Vice President, Assistant General Counsel &
Assistant Secretary