SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): November 29, 2021
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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
As previously disclosed, on November 1, 2021, Rogers Corporation, a Massachusetts corporation (“Rogers” or the “Company”), entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”) with DuPont de Nemours, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“DuPont” or “Parent”), and Cardinalis Merger Sub, Inc., a Delaware corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary of Parent (“Merger Sub”), whereby, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement, the Company will merge with and into Merger Sub (the “Merger”). Among other matters, the Merger Agreement provides for certain modifications to equity awards outstanding under the Company’s 2019 Long-Term Equity Compensation Plan. On November 1, 2021, the Compensation and Organization Committee (the “Committee”) of the Board of Directors of the Company effectuated the modifications to existing equity awards as required by the terms of the Merger Agreement, and such modifications were previously described in a Current Report on Form 8-K dated November 2, 2021.
On November 29, 2021, as permitted by the terms of the Merger Agreement, the Committee authorized the Company to enter into agreements with certain employees, including certain of the Company’s executive officers, to provide for certain conditional cash payments and approved the form of such agreements (the “Gross-Up Agreements”), a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 hereto and is incorporated herein by reference. The Gross-Up Agreements provide that if an employee will become entitled to payments and benefits in connection with the Merger, including accelerated vesting of Company equity awards, that are “excess parachute payments” under Sections 280G and 4999 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), the employee will be entitled to receive an additional payment from the Company in an amount such that, after payment by the individual of all applicable taxes on the parachute payments and this additional payment (including any excise tax imposed under Section 4999 of the Code), the individual will be in the same after-tax position as if no excise tax were imposed on the parachute payments. In authorizing the Company to enter into Gross-Up Agreements, the Committee considered, among other things, the employee retention and performance benefits accruing to the Company as a result of providing affected employees the additional financial incentive to remain with the Company through the close of the Merger.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
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Additional Information and Where to Find It
This communication does not constitute a solicitation of any proxy, vote or approval. Rogers intends to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and mail to its shareholders a definitive proxy statement in connection with the proposed transaction with DuPont. ROGERS’ SHAREHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY THE PROXY STATEMENT AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT ARE FILED WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ROGERS AND THE PROPOSED MERGER. Investors and shareholders may obtain a free copy of the proxy statement and other documents filed with the SEC (when they became available) from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or by accessing the Rogers’ website at https://rogerscorp.com/investors.
Certain Information Concerning Participants
Rogers and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Rogers’ shareholders with respect to the proposed merger. Information about Rogers’ directors and executive officers is set forth in Rogers’ definitive proxy statement for its 2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 26, 2021, and its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, which was filed with the SEC on February 19, 2021. These documents may be obtained as indicated above. Investors and shareholders may obtain more detailed information regarding the direct and indirect interests of Rogers and its respective directors and executive officers in the proposed transaction by reading the definitive proxy statement that Rogers intends to file with the SEC when it becomes available.
Safe Harbor Statement
Statements included in this report that are not a description of historical facts are forward-looking statements. Words or phrases such as “believe,” “may,” “could,” “will,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “seek,” “plan,” “expect,” “should,” “would” or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, and are based on Rogers’ current beliefs and expectations. This report contains forward-looking statements, which concern the planned acquisition of Rogers by DuPont, our plans, objectives, outlook, goals, strategies, future events, future net sales or performance, capital expenditures, future restructuring, plans or intentions relating to expansions, business trends and other information that is not historical information. All forward-looking statements are based upon information available to us on the date of this report and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements. Rogers’ actual future results may differ materially from Rogers’ current expectations due to the risks and uncertainties inherent in its business and risks relating to the Merger. These risks include, but are not limited to: uncertainties as to the timing and structure of the Merger; the possibility that various closing conditions for the transaction may not be satisfied or waived, including that a governmental entity may prohibit, delay or refuse to grant approval for the consummation of the Merger; the risk that management’s time and attention is diverted on transaction related issues; the risk that Rogers is unable to retain key personnel; the risk that the business of Rogers may suffer as a result of potential adverse changes to relationships with employees, customers, vendors and other business partners; the risk that shareholder litigation in connection with the Merger may result in significant costs of defense, indemnification and liability. Other risks and uncertainties that could cause such results to differ include: the duration and impacts of the novel coronavirus global pandemic and efforts to contain its transmission and distribute vaccines, including the effect of these factors on our business, suppliers, customers, end users and economic conditions generally; failure to capitalize on, volatility within, or other adverse changes with respect to the Company's growth drivers, including advanced mobility and advanced connectivity, such as delays in adoption or implementation of new technologies; uncertain business, economic and political conditions in the United States (U.S.) and abroad, particularly in China, South Korea, Germany, Hungary and Belgium, where we maintain significant manufacturing, sales or administrative operations; the trade policy dynamics between the U.S. and China reflected in trade agreement negotiations and the imposition of tariffs and other trade restrictions, including trade restrictions on Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Huawei); fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; our ability to develop innovative products and the extent to which our products are incorporated into end-user products and systems and the extent to which end-user products and systems incorporating our products achieve commercial success; the ability and willingness of our sole or limited source suppliers to deliver certain key raw materials, including commodities, to us in a timely and cost-effective manner; intense global competition affecting both our existing products and products currently under development; business interruptions due to catastrophes or other similar events, such as natural disasters, war, terrorism or public health crises; failure to realize, or delays in the realization of anticipated benefits of acquisitions and divestitures due to, among other things, the existence of unknown liabilities or difficulty integrating acquired businesses; our ability to attract and retain management and skilled technical personnel; our ability to protect our proprietary technology from infringement by third parties and/or allegations that our technology infringes third party rights; changes in effective tax rates or tax laws and regulations in the jurisdictions in which we operate; failure to comply with financial and restrictive covenants in our credit agreement or restrictions on our operational and financial flexibility due to such covenants; the outcome of ongoing and future litigation, including our asbestos-related product liability litigation; changes in environmental laws and regulations applicable to our business; and disruptions in, or breaches of, our information technology systems. Should any risks and uncertainties develop into actual events, these developments could have a material
adverse effect on the Company or the Merger. For additional information about the risks, uncertainties and other factors that may affect our business, please see our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Rogers Corporation assumes no responsibility to update any forward-looking statements contained herein except as required by law.
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: December 2, 2021||By:||/s/ Jay B. Knoll|
|Jay B. Knoll|
|Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary|