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Section 1: 8-K (8-K)

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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): October 6, 2017

FIDELITY & GUARANTY LIFE
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 
 
 
 
 
Delaware
 
001-36227
 
46-3489149
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
 
(Commission
File Number)
 
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)
 
 
 
 
 
Two Ruan Center
601 Locust Street, 14th Floor
Des Moines, IA
 
50309
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
 
Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (800) 445-6758
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:

o
Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

o
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o
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))
 
 
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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 o
 
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Item 8.01 Other Events
On October 6, 2017, Fidelity & Guaranty Life, a Delaware corporation (NYSE:FGL, the “Company”), issued a press release, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.
Forward-Looking Statements
“Safe Harbor” Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This document contains, and certain oral statements made by our representatives from time to time may contain, forward-looking statements relating to the Merger involving the Company, any related matters and any potential stockholder dividends by the Company. All forward-looking statements address matters that involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company’s, CF Corp’s and Parent’s control. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, events and developments to differ materially from those set forth in, or implied by, such statements and, therefore, you should not place undue reliance on any such statements. These statements are based on the beliefs and assumptions of the Company’s management and the management of the Company’s subsidiaries. Generally, forward-looking statements include information concerning current expectations, other actions, events, results, strategies and expectations and are generally identifiable by use of the words “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “projects,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “might,” or “continues” or similar expressions. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Among other risks, there can be no guarantee that the Merger will be completed within the anticipated time frame or at all. Factors that could cause actual results, events and developments to differ include, without limitation: the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the Merger Agreement; the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against the Company, CF Corp or Parent and others following announcement of the Merger Agreement; the inability to complete the Merger due to the failure to satisfy the conditions to the Merger; risks that the Merger disrupts current plans and operations and potential difficulties in employee retention as a result of the Merger; and legislative, regulatory and economic developments. The foregoing review of important factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements that are included herein and elsewhere, including the risk factors included in the Company’s most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and other documents of the Company on file with the SEC. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operation results.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
Stockholders of the Company are strongly advised to read all relevant documents filed with the SEC, including the Company’s information statement, because they will contain important information about the proposed transaction.



These documents will be available at no charge on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. In addition, documents will also be available for free from the Company by contacting Diana Hickert-Hill at [email protected]
Item 9.01.    Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits

Exhibit
No.    Description
                                                        

99.1        Press Release of Fidelity & Guaranty Life dated October 6, 2017.

SIGNATURES

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, thereunto duly authorized.


FIDELITY & GUARANTY LIFE


/s/ Eric L. Marhoun                    

Eric L. Marhoun
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary



Dated: October 10, 2017


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Section 2: EX-99.1 (EXHIBIT 99.1)

Exhibit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CF Corporation and Fidelity & Guaranty Life Report on Status of Merger

LAS VEGAS and DES MOINES, Iowa, October 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- CF Corporation (NASDAQ: CFCO) (“CF Corp.”), a special purpose acquisition company, and Fidelity & Guaranty Life (NYSE: FGL) (“FGL”), a leading provider of fixed indexed annuities and life insurance in the U.S., today reported on the status of their previously announced merger transaction in which CF Corp. has agreed to acquire FGL for $31.10 per share in cash, or a total of approximately $1.835 billion, plus the assumption of $405 million of existing debt.

On October 6, 2017, the Insurance Commissioner of the State of Iowa issued a Notice of Public Hearing to be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 (the “Hearing”). The purpose of the Hearing is for the Iowa Insurance Division to consider whether the proposed acquisition of the Company complies with the standards set forth under applicable Iowa insurance laws. In addition, review of the acquisition by the New York Department of Financial Services is progressing; and the parties anticipate closing the acquisition by year end 2017.

Transaction Website

A website with additional information on the transaction can be found here: www.cfcorpandfidelity.com.

About CF Corporation

CF Corporation’s primary objective is to build an enduring, high quality business by using permanent capital, a core tenet of the CF Corp. structure. CF Corp. also has the largest individual founder coinvestment in a U.S. special purpose acquisition company, which results in alignment of interests with CF Corp.’s investors.

About Fidelity & Guaranty Life

Fidelity & Guaranty Life, an insurance holding company, helps middle-income Americans prepare for retirement. Through its subsidiaries, the company offers fixed annuity and life insurance products distributed by independent agents through an established network of independent marketing organizations. For more information, please visit www.fglife.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains, and certain oral statements made by representatives of CF Corp. and FGL, and their respective affiliates, from time to time may contain, “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. CF Corp.’s and FGL’s actual results may differ from their expectations, estimates and projections and consequently, you should not rely on these forward looking statements as predictions of future events. Words such as “expect,” “estimate,” “project,” “budget,” “forecast,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “believes,” “predicts,” “potential,” “might” and “continues,” and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, CF Corp.’s and FGL’s expectations with respect to future performance and anticipated financial impact of the business combination, the satisfaction of the closing conditions to the business combination and the timing of the completion of the business combination. These forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expected results. Most of these factors are outside CF Corp.’s and FGL’s control and are difficult to predict. Factors that may cause such differences include, but are not limited to: (1) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement relating to the proposed business combination; (2) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against CF Corp. or FGL following the announcement of the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated therein; (3) the inability to complete the business combination, including due to failure to satisfy the conditions to closing in the merger agreement; (4) delays in obtaining or the inability to obtain necessary regulatory approvals (including approval from insurance regulators) required to complete the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement; (5) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement or could otherwise cause the transaction to fail to close; (6) the inability to obtain or maintain the listing of the post-acquisition company’s ordinary shares on a national stock exchange following the business combination; (7) the risk that the business combination disrupts current plans and operations as a result of the announcement and consummation of the business combination; (8) the ability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the business combination, which may be affected by, among other things, competition, the ability of the combined company to grow and manage growth profitably and retain its key employees; (9) costs related to the business combination; (10) changes in applicable laws or regulations; (11) the possibility that FGL or the combined company may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors; and (12) other risks and uncertainties identified in CF Corp.’s proxy statement relating to the business combination, including those under “Risk Factors” therein, and in CF Corp.’s and FGL’s other filings with the SEC. CF Corp. and FGL caution that the foregoing list of factors is not exclusive. CF Corp. and FGL caution readers not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. CF Corp. and FGL do not undertake or accept any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based, subject to applicable law. The information contained in any website referenced herein is not, and shall not be deemed to be, part of or incorporated into this press release.

No Offer or Solicitation

This press release is for informational purposes only and shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities pursuant to the proposed transactions or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which the offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

CF Corporation Contacts:
Douglas B. Newton, Chief Financial Officer
CF Corporation
212-355-5515

Jonathan Keehner / Julie Oakes / Tim Ragones
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
212-355-4449

FGL Contacts:
Investors:
Diana Hickert-Hill
Fidelity & Guaranty Life
[email protected]
410-487-0992

Media:
Jamie Tully / David Millar
Sard Verbinnen & Co
212-687-8080



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