UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
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) November 20, 2017
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State of Incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer Identification No.)
ONE SOUTH MAIN, 15th FLOOR,
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
(Address of principal executive offices)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code 801-844-7637
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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ITEM 8.01 OTHER EVENTS.
On November 20, 2017, Zions Bancorporation (the “Company”) announced its intention to pursue a transaction described in the attached press release and employee communication, copies of which are also available on the Company’s website at www.zionsbancorporation.com.
Forward Looking Information
The statements related to the proposed transaction in the attached communications include forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Exchange Act. Statements in this communication that are based on other than historical information or that express Zions Bancorporation’s expectations regarding future events or determinations are forward-looking within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements reflect, among other things, our current expectations, all of which are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements, market trends, industry results or regulatory outcomes to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.
Without limiting the foregoing, the words “anticipates,” “believes,” “can,” “continue,” “could,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “may,” “might,” “plans,” “projects,” “should,” “would,” “targets,” “will” and the negative thereof and similar words and expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain, such as statements about the potential timing or consummation of the proposed transaction and receipt of regulatory approvals or determinations, or the anticipated benefits thereof, including, without limitation, future financial and operating results. Important risk factors that may cause such material differences include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties related to the ability to obtain shareholder and regulatory approvals or determinations, or the possibility that such approvals or determinations may be delayed; the imposition by regulators of conditions or requirements that are not favorable to Zions; the ability of Zions Bancorporation to achieve anticipated benefits from the consolidation and regulatory determinations; and legislative, regulatory and economic developments that may diminish or eliminate the anticipated benefits of the consolidation. These risks, as well as other risks associated with the proposed transaction, will be more fully discussed in the proxy statement that will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the proposed transaction.
Except as required by law, Zions Bancorporation specifically disclaims any obligation to update any factors or to publicly announce the result of revisions to any of the forward-looking statements included herein to reflect future events or developments.
Important Additional Information and Where to Find It
Zions Bancorporation will file a proxy statement and other relevant documents concerning the proposed transaction with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). INVESTORS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. You will be able to obtain the documents free of charge at the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. In addition, you may obtain documents filed with the SEC by Zions free of charge by contacting: Investor Relations, Zions Bancorporation, One South Main Street, 15th Floor, Salt Lake City, Utah 84133, (801) 844-7637.
Participants in Proxy Solicitation
Zions Bancorporation, and its respective directors and executive officers, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Zions’ shareholders in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of Zions and their ownership of Zions stock is set forth in the proxy statement for Zions’ 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. Investors may obtain additional information regarding the interests of such participants by reading the proxy statement for the proposed transaction when it becomes available.
ITEM 9.01 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS
The following exhibit is furnished as part of this current report on Form 8-K:
Exhibit 99.2 – Employee communication dated November 20, 2017
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Company has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: November 20, 2017
By: /s/ Thomas E. Laursen
Thomas E. Laursen
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary