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Section 1: 8-K (FORM 8-K)

Form 8-K

 

 

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): November 16, 2017

 

 

Westlake Chemical Partners LP

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   001-36567   32-0436529

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(Commission

File Number)

 

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

2801 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 600

Houston, Texas

(Address of principal executive office) (Zip Code)

(713) 585-2900

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code

 

 

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:

 

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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  ☐

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  ☐

 

 

 


Item 5.03 Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; Change in Fiscal Year.

On November 16, 2017, in response to certain changes to the Internal Revenue Code enacted by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the “BBA”) relating to partnership audit and adjustment procedures, Westlake Chemical Partners GP LLC (the “General Partner”) entered into Amendment No. 1 (“Amendment No. 1”) to the First Amended and Restated Agreement of Limited Partnership of Westlake Chemical Partners LP dated as of August 4, 2014. Amendment No. 1 is effective as of November 16, 2017.

The foregoing description of Amendment No. 1 does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete text of Amendment No. 1, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 3.1 to this Current Report and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d) Exhibits.

 

Exhibit

Number

  

Description

3.1    Amendment No. 1 to the First Amended and Restated Agreement of Limited Partnership of Westlake Chemical Partners LP dated as of November 16, 2017.

 

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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 hereunto duly authorized.

 

    WESTLAKE CHEMICAL PARTNERS LP
    By:   Westlake Chemical Partners GP LLC, its general partner
Dated November 16, 2017     By:  

/s/ Albert Chao

      Albert Chao
      President and Chief Executive Officer

 

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Section 2: EX-3.1 (EX-3.1)

EX-3.1

Exhibit 3.1

AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO THE

FIRST AMENDED AND RESTATED

AGREEMENT OF LIMITED PARTNERSHIP OF

WESTLAKE CHEMICAL PARTNERS LP

November 16, 2017

This Amendment No. 1 (this “Amendment”) to the First Amended and Restated Agreement of Limited Partnership of Westlake Chemical Partners LP, a Delaware limited partnership (the “Partnership”), dated as of August 4, 2014 (the “Partnership Agreement”), is entered into effective as of November 16, 2017, by Westlake Chemical Partners GP LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (the “General Partner”), as the general partner of the Partnership. Capitalized terms used but not defined herein are used as defined in the Partnership Agreement.

RECITALS

WHEREAS, Section 9.3 of the Partnership Agreement currently provides as follows:

“Subject to the provisions hereof, the General Partner is designated as the Tax Matters Partner (as defined in the Code) and is authorized and required to represent the Partnership (at the Partnership’s expense) in connection with all examinations of the Partnership’s affairs by tax authorities, including resulting administrative and judicial proceedings, and to expend Partnership funds for professional services and costs associated therewith. Each Partner agrees to cooperate with the General Partner and to do or refrain from doing any or all things reasonably required by the General Partner to conduct such proceedings.”

WHEREAS, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 eliminates the concept of a “Tax Matters Partner,” replaces it with the concept of a “Partnership Representative” and makes certain changes to the manner in which partnerships and their partners are audited and taxes may be assessed therefrom, each effective for tax years commencing after December 31, 2017;

WHEREAS, Section 9.2 of the Partnership Agreement provides the General Partner with authority to determine whether the Partnership should make elections permitted by the Code;

WHEREAS, Section 13.1(c) of the Partnership Agreement provides that the General Partner, without the approval of any Partner, may amend any provision of the Partnership Agreement to reflect a change that the General Partner determines to be necessary or appropriate to ensure that the Partnership will not be treated as an association taxable as a corporation or otherwise taxed as an entity for U.S. federal income tax purposes;

WHEREAS, Section 13.1(d)(ii) of the Partnership Agreement provides that the General Partner, without the approval of any Partner, may amend any provision of the Partnership Agreement to reflect a change that the General Partner determines to be necessary or appropriate to, among other things, satisfy any requirements, conditions or guidelines contained in any opinion, directive, order, ruling or regulation of any federal or state agency or judicial authority or contained in any federal or state statute;


WHEREAS, Section 13.1(d)(i) of the Partnership Agreement provides that the General Partner, without the approval of any Partner, may amend any provision of the Partnership Agreement to reflect a change that the General Partner determines does not adversely affect the Limited Partners (including any particular class of Partnership Interests as compared to other classes of Partnership Interests) in any material respect;

WHEREAS, Section 13.1(d)(iv) of the Partnership Agreement provides that the General Partner, without the approval of any Partner, may amend any provision of the Partnership Agreement to reflect a change that the General Partner determines is required to effect the intent expressed in the Registration Statement (as defined in the Partnership Agreement) or the intent of the provisions of the Partnership Agreement or is otherwise contemplated by the Partnership Agreement; and

WHEREAS, acting pursuant to the power and authority granted to it under Sections 13.1(c) and 13.1(d) of the Partnership Agreement, the General Partner has determined that the following amendment to the Partnership Agreement is necessary or appropriate to ensure that the Partnership will not be treated as an association taxable as a corporation or otherwise taxed as an entity for U.S. federal income tax purposes and to satisfy requirements, conditions or guidelines contained in any opinion, directive, order, ruling or regulation and does not adversely affect the Limited Partners (including any particular class of Partnership Interests as compared to other classes of Partnership Interests) in any material respect.

NOW, THEREFORE, it is hereby agreed as follows:

Section 1. Amendment.

(A)    Section 9.3 of the Partnership Agreement is hereby amended and restated to read in its entirety as follows:

Section 9.3 Tax Controversies.

(a)    Subject to the provisions hereof, the General Partner (or its designee) is designated as the Tax Matters Partner (as defined in Section 6231(a)(7) of the Code as in effect prior to the effective date of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015), and the Partnership Representative (as defined in Section 6223 of the Code following the effective date of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015) and is authorized to represent the Partnership (at the Partnership’s expense) in connection with all examinations of the Partnership’s affairs by tax authorities, including resulting administrative and judicial proceedings, and to expend Partnership funds for professional services and costs associated therewith. In its capacity as Partnership Representative, the General Partner shall exercise any and all authority of the Partnership Representative under the Code, including, without limitation, (i) binding the Partnership and its Partners with respect to tax matters and (ii) determining whether to make any available election under Section 6226 of the Code, which permits the Partnership to pass any partnership adjustment through to the Persons who were Partners of the Partnership in the year to which the adjustment relates and irrespective of whether such Persons are Partners of the Partnership at the time the election under Section 6226 of the Code is made. Each Partner agrees to cooperate with the General Partner and to do or refrain from doing any or all things

 

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reasonably requested by the General Partner in its capacity as Partnership Representative. For Partners that are not tax-exempt entities (as defined in Section 168(h)(2) of the Code) and subject to the General Partner’s discretion to seek modifications of an imputed underpayment, this cooperation includes (i) filing amended tax returns, paying any additional tax (including interest, penalties and other additions to tax), and providing the General Partner with an affidavit swearing to those facts (all within the requisite time periods), and (ii) providing any other information requested by the General Partner in order to seek modifications of an imputed underpayment. For Partners that are tax-exempt entities (as defined in Section 168(h)(2) of the Code) and subject to the General Partner’s discretion to seek modifications of an imputed underpayment, this cooperation includes providing the General Partner with information necessary to establish the Partner’s tax-exempt status.

(b)    Each Partner agrees that notice of or updates regarding tax controversies shall be deemed conclusively to have been given or made by the General Partner if the Partnership has either (i) filed the information for which notice is required with the Commission via its Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval system and such information is publicly available on such system or (ii) made the information for which notice is required available on any publicly available website maintained by the Partnership, whether or not such Partner remains a Partner in the Partnership at the time such information is made publicly available. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, nothing in this provision shall obligate the Partnership Representative to provide notice to the Partners other than as required by the Code.

(c)    The General Partner may amend the provisions of this Agreement as it determines appropriate to satisfy any requirements, conditions or guidelines set forth in any amendment to the provisions of Subchapter C of Chapter 63 of Subtitle F of the Code or the promulgation of regulations or publication of other administrative guidance thereunder.

(B)    Section 9.4 of the Partnership Agreement is hereby amended and restated to read in its entirety as follows:

Section 9.4 Withholding and Other Tax Payments by the Partnership.

(a)    The General Partner may treat taxes paid by the Partnership on behalf of all or less than all of the Partners either as a distribution of cash to such Partners or as a general expense of the Partnership, as determined appropriate under the circumstances by the General Partner.

(b)    Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, the General Partner is authorized to take any action that may be required to cause the Partnership and other Group Members to comply with any withholding requirements established under the Code or any other federal, state or local law including pursuant to Sections 1441, 1442, 1445 and 1446 of the Code. To the extent that the Partnership is required or elects to withhold and pay over to any taxing authority any amount resulting from the allocation or distribution of income or from a distribution to any Partner (including by reason of Section 1446 of the Code), the General Partner may treat the amount withheld as a distribution of cash pursuant to Section 6.3 or Section 12.4(c) in the amount of such withholding from such Partner.

 

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(c)    If the Partnership pays an imputed underpayment under Section 6225 of the Code, the General Partner may require that Partners of the Partnership in the year to which the underpayment relates indemnify the Partnership for their allocable share of that underpayment (including interest, penalties and other additions to tax). This indemnification obligation shall not apply to a Partner to the extent that (i) the Partnership received a modification of the imputed underpayment under Section 6225(c)(2) of the Code due to the Partner’s filing of amended tax returns and payment of any resulting tax (including interest, penalties and other additions to tax), (ii) the Partner is a tax-exempt entity (as defined in Section 168(h)(2) of the Code) and either the Partnership received a modification of the imputed underpayment under Section 6225(c)(3) of the Code because of such Partner’s status as a tax-exempt entity or the Partnership did not make a good faith effort to obtain a modification of the imputed underpayment due to such Partner’s status as a tax-exempt entity, or (iii) the Partnership received a modification of the imputed underpayment under Section 6225(c)(4)-(6) of the Code as a result of other information that was either provided by the Partner or otherwise available to the Partnership with respect to the Partner. This indemnification obligation imposed on Partners, including former Partners, applies irrespective of whether such Persons are Partners of the Partnership at the time the Partnership pays the imputed underpayment.

Section 2. Ratification of Partnership Agreement. Except as expressly amended hereby, the Partnership Agreement is hereby ratified and confirmed, and shall continue in full force and effect.

Section 3. Governing Law. This Amendment shall be construed in accordance with and governed by the laws of the State of Delaware, with all rights and remedies being governed by such laws without regard to the principles of conflicts of law.

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the General Partner has executed and delivered this Amendment in accordance with Section 13.1 of the Partnership Agreement, and as of the date first above written.

 

GENERAL PARTNER:
Westlake Chemical Partners GP LLC
By:  

/s/ Albert Chao

Name:   Albert Chao
Title:   President and Chief Executive Officer

 

SIGNATURE PAGE

AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO

FIRST AMENDED AND RESTATED AGREEMENT OF LIMITED PARTNERSHIP OF

WESTLAKE CHEMICAL PARTNERS LP

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