SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): August 21, 2015
(Exact name of
registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
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New York, New York 10036
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||Completion of Acquisition or Disposition of Assets. |
On August 21, 2015, ascena retail group, inc.,
a Delaware corporation (ascena), completed its acquisition of ANN INC., a Delaware corporation (ANN), pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger dated as of May 17, 2015 (the Merger Agreement), by and among
ascena, ANN and Avian Acquisition Corp., a Delaware corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of ascena (Merger Sub). In accordance with the Merger Agreement, Merger Sub was merged with and into ANN, with ANN surviving the merger as a
wholly owned subsidiary of ascena (the merger). The merger became effective upon the filing of a Certificate of Merger with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware on August 21, 2015 (the effective time).
At the effective time, each outstanding share of common stock, par value $0.0068 per share (ANN common stock), of ANN (other than shares held by
ascena, Merger Sub and ANN and shares with respect to which appraisal rights have been properly demanded in accordance with the Delaware General Corporation Law) was converted into the right to receive (i) $37.34 in cash and (ii) 0.68 of a
share of common stock, par value $0.01 per share (ascena common stock), of ascena ((i) and (ii) together, the merger consideration), with cash payable in lieu of fractional shares of ascena common stock.
In addition, all unvested ANN equity awards vested at the effective time. Each ANN equity award was converted into the right to receive the merger
consideration with respect to the number of shares of ANN common stock underlying the award and, in the case of options, with respect to the number of net shares of ANN common stock underlying the award, after taking the option exercise price into
The description of the Merger Agreement contained in this Current Report on Form 8-K (including the description of the merger consideration) is
qualified in its entirety by reference to the Merger Agreement, a copy of which was filed as Exhibit 2.1 to the Current Report on Form 8-K filed by ANN on May 18, 2015.
||Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule or Standard; Transfer of Listing. |
August 21, 2015, ANN notified the New York Stock Exchange (the NYSE) of the effectiveness of the merger, pursuant to which each share of ANN common stock was converted into the right to receive the merger consideration. The NYSE
notified ANN that trading of the ANN common stock on the NYSE will be suspended before the opening of trading on August 24, 2015.
In addition, on
August 21, 2015, ANN requested that the NYSE file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) an application on Form 25 to delist and deregister the ANN common stock under Section 12(b) of the Securities Exchange
Act of 1934, as amended, which the NYSE has advised ANN it expects to file on August 24, 2015. ANN also intends to file with the SEC a Form 15 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act), in
order to suspend ANNs reporting obligations under Section 13 and 15(d) of the Exchange Act.
The information set forth under Item 2.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated into this
Item 3.01 by reference.
||Material Modification to Rights of Security Holders. |
The information set forth under Items 2.01 and
5.03 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated into this Item 3.03 by reference.
At the effective time, each holder of ANN common stock
issued and outstanding immediately prior to the effective time ceased to have any rights as a stockholder of ANN (other than the right to receive the merger consideration).
||Changes in Control of Registrant. |
On August 21, 2015, ascena consummated the acquisition of ANN
through the merger.
The aggregate purchase price paid for all equity securities of ANN was approximately 31,792,000 shares of ascena common stock and
$1.746 billion in cash. The estimates provided for herein are based on the number of shares of ANN common stock and equity awards outstanding as of August 21, 2015. The actual cash paid and shares issued may vary from this estimate depending on
the number of shares of ANN common stock and equity awards ultimately determined to be outstanding immediately prior to the effective time. ascenas source of funds for the merger consideration includes shares of ascena common stock and the
proceeds of a senior secured term loan placed by ascena on July 29, 2015.
The information set forth under Items 2.01, 3.03, 5.02 and 5.03 of
this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated into this Item 5.01 by reference.
||Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers. |
In connection with the consummation of the merger, each of the following members of the ANNs Board of Directors (the Board) resigned from the
Board, subject to, and effective as of immediately prior to, the effective time: Katie J. Bayne, James J. Burke, Jr., Ronald W. Hovsepian, Linda A. Huett, Kay Krill, Michael C. Plansky, Stacey Rauch and Daniel W. Yih. These resignations were not a
result of any disagreements between ANN and the current directors on any matter relating to ANNs operations, policies or practices. In connection with the merger, the directors of Merger Sub immediately prior to the effective time were elected
to serve as the directors of ANN.
Following the consummation of the merger, Michael J. Nicholson, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer,
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of ANN, ceased serving as an officer of ANN. In addition, Katherine H. Ramundo, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of ANN, has advised ANN that she will cease serving as an officer of ANN
effective as of August 31, 2015.
||Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; Change in Fiscal Year. |
At the effective time, the
certificate of incorporation of ANN, as in effect immediately prior to the merger, was amended and restated to be in the form of the certificate of incorporation of Merger Sub (except that the name of the corporation has been renamed ANN INC. and
the provisions of the certificate of incorporation of Merger Sub relating to the incorporator of Merger Sub have been omitted). In addition, at the effective time, ANNs bylaws, as in effect immediately prior to the merger, were amended and
restated to read in their entirety as the bylaws of Merger Sub immediately prior to the effective time.
The information set forth under Item 2.01 of
this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated into this Item 5.03 by reference.
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: August 21, 2015
/s/ Gene Wexler
Senior Vice President