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Section 1: SC 13D/A (SC 13D/A)

SC 13D/A

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

SCHEDULE 13D

(Rule 13d-101)

INFORMATION TO BE INCLUDED IN STATEMENTS FILED PURSUANT

TO RULE 13d-1(a) AND AMENDMENTS THERETO FILED PURSUANT TO

RULE 13d-2(a)

Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

(Amendment No. 1)

 

 

Essendant Inc.

(Name of Issuer)

Common Stock

(Title of Class of Securities)

296689102

(CUSIP Number)

Sean D. Rodgers, P.C.

Laura Sullivan

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

601 Lexington Avenue

New York, NY 10022

212-446-4600

(Name, Address and Telephone Number of Person Authorized to Receive Notices and Communications)

May 17, 2018

(Date of Event Which Requires Filing of this Statement)

 

 

If the filing person has previously filed a statement on Schedule 13G to report the acquisition that is the subject of this Schedule 13D, and is filing this schedule because of Rule 13d-1(e), 13d-1(f) or 13d-1(g), check the following box.  ☐

 

 

Note: Schedules filed in paper format shall include a signed original and five copies of the schedule, including all exhibits. See Rule 13d-7 for other parties to whom copies are to be sent.

 

 

The information required on the remainder of this cover page shall not be deemed to be “filed” for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section of the Act but shall be subject to all other provisions of the Act (however, see the Notes).

(Continued on following pages)

 

* The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting person’s initial filing on this form with respect to the subject class of securities, and for any subsequent amendment containing information which would alter disclosures provided in a prior cover page. The information required on the remainder of this cover page shall not be deemed to be “filed” for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section of the Act but shall be subject to all other provisions of the Act (however, see the Notes).

 

 

 


SCHEDULE 13D

 

CUSIP No. 296689102  

 

  1   

Name of Reporting Person

 

Emu Investments LLC

  2  

Check the Appropriate Box if a Member of a Group

(a)  ☐        (b)  ☒

 

  3  

SEC Use Only

 

  4  

Source of Funds

 

AF

  5  

Check Box if Disclosure of Legal Proceedings Is Required Pursuant to Items 2(d) or 2(e)

 

  6  

Citizenship or Place of Organization

 

Delaware

Number of

Shares

Beneficially

Owned by

Each

Reporting

Person

With

 

     7    

Sole Voting Power

 

0

     8   

Shared Voting Power

 

4,203,631

     9   

Sole Dispositive Power

 

0

   10   

Shared Dispositive Power

 

4,203,631

11  

Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person

 

4,203,631

12  

Check Box if the Aggregate Amount in Row (11) Excludes Certain Shares

 

13  

Percent of Class Represented by Amount in Row (11)

 

11.16% (1)

14  

Type of Reporting Person

 

OO

 

(1) Calculated based 37,656,113 shares of common stock, par value $0.10 per share of Essendant Inc., outstanding as of April 20, 2018, as reported in Essendant Inc.’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2018.

 

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SCHEDULE 13D

 

CUSIP No. 296689102  

 

  1   

Name of Reporting Person

 

Staples, Inc.

  2  

Check the Appropriate Box if a Member of a Group

(a)  ☐        (b)  ☒

 

  3  

SEC Use Only

 

  4  

Source of Funds

 

WC

  5  

Check Box if Disclosure of Legal Proceedings Is Required Pursuant to Items 2(d) or 2(e)

 

  6  

Citizenship or Place of Organization

 

Delaware

Number of

Shares

Beneficially

Owned by

Each

Reporting

Person

With

 

     7    

Sole Voting Power

 

0

     8   

Shared Voting Power

 

4,203,631

     9   

Sole Dispositive Power

 

0

   10   

Shared Dispositive Power

 

4,203,631

11  

Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person

 

4,203,631

12  

Check Box if the Aggregate Amount in Row (11) Excludes Certain Shares

 

13  

Percent of Class Represented by Amount in Row (11)

 

11.16% (1)

14  

Type of Reporting Person

 

CO

 

(1) Calculated based 37,656,113 shares of common stock, par value $0.10 per share of Essendant Inc., outstanding as of April 20, 2018, as reported in Essendant Inc.’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2018.

 

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SCHEDULE 13D

 

CUSIP No. 296689102  

 

  1   

Name of Reporting Person

 

Arch Investors L.P.

  2  

Check the Appropriate Box if a Member of a Group

(a)  ☐        (b)  ☒

 

  3  

SEC Use Only

 

  4  

Source of Funds

 

OO

  5  

Check Box if Disclosure of Legal Proceedings Is Required Pursuant to Items 2(d) or 2(e)

 

  6  

Citizenship or Place of Organization

 

Delaware

Number of

Shares

Beneficially

Owned by

Each

Reporting

Person

With

 

     7    

Sole Voting Power

 

0

     8   

Shared Voting Power

 

4,203,631

     9   

Sole Dispositive Power

 

0

   10   

Shared Dispositive Power

 

4,203,631

11  

Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person

 

4,203,631

12  

Check Box if the Aggregate Amount in Row (11) Excludes Certain Shares

 

13  

Percent of Class Represented by Amount in Row (11)

 

11.16% (1)

14  

Type of Reporting Person

 

OO

 

(1) Calculated based 37,656,113 shares of common stock, par value $0.10 per share of Essendant Inc., outstanding as of April 20, 2018, as reported in Essendant Inc.’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2018.

 

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SCHEDULE 13D

 

CUSIP No. 296689102  

 

  1   

Name of Reporting Person

 

SP GP (Cayman) Ltd.

  2  

Check the Appropriate Box if a Member of a Group

(a)  ☐        (b)  ☒

 

  3  

SEC Use Only

 

  4  

Source of Funds

 

OO

  5  

Check Box if Disclosure of Legal Proceedings Is Required Pursuant to Items 2(d) or 2(e)

 

  6  

Citizenship or Place of Organization

 

Cayman Islands

Number of

Shares

Beneficially

Owned by

Each

Reporting

Person

With

 

     7    

Sole Voting Power

 

0

     8   

Shared Voting Power

 

4,203,631

     9   

Sole Dispositive Power

 

0

   10   

Shared Dispositive Power

 

4,203,631

11  

Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person

 

4,203,631

12  

Check Box if the Aggregate Amount in Row (11) Excludes Certain Shares

 

13  

Percent of Class Represented by Amount in Row (11)

 

11.16% (1)

14  

Type of Reporting Person

 

OO

 

(1) Calculated based 37,656,113 shares of common stock, par value $0.10 per share of Essendant Inc., outstanding as of April 20, 2018, as reported in Essendant Inc.’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2018.

 

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SCHEDULE 13D

 

CUSIP No. 296689102  

 

  1   

Name of Reporting Person

 

Sycamore Partners II, L.P.

  2  

Check the Appropriate Box if a Member of a Group

(a)  ☐        (b)  ☒

 

  3  

SEC Use Only

 

  4  

Source of Funds

 

OO

  5  

Check Box if Disclosure of Legal Proceedings Is Required Pursuant to Items 2(d) or 2(e)

 

  6  

Citizenship or Place of Organization

 

Cayman Islands

Number of

Shares

Beneficially

Owned by

Each

Reporting

Person

With

 

     7    

Sole Voting Power

 

0

     8   

Shared Voting Power

 

4,203,631

     9   

Sole Dispositive Power

 

0

   10   

Shared Dispositive Power

 

4,203,631

11  

Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person

 

4,203,631

12  

Check Box if the Aggregate Amount in Row (11) Excludes Certain Shares

 

13  

Percent of Class Represented by Amount in Row (11)

 

11.16% (1)

14  

Type of Reporting Person

 

PN

 

(1) Calculated based 37,656,113 shares of common stock, par value $0.10 per share of Essendant Inc., outstanding as of April 20, 2018, as reported in Essendant Inc.’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2018.

 

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SCHEDULE 13D

 

CUSIP No. 296689102  

 

  1   

Name of Reporting Person

 

Sycamore Partners II GP, L.P.

  2  

Check the Appropriate Box if a Member of a Group

(a)  ☐        (b)  ☒

 

  3  

SEC Use Only

 

  4  

Source of Funds

 

NA

  5  

Check Box if Disclosure of Legal Proceedings Is Required Pursuant to Items 2(d) or 2(e)

 

  6  

Citizenship or Place of Organization

 

Cayman Islands

Number of

Shares

Beneficially

Owned by

Each

Reporting

Person

With

 

     7    

Sole Voting Power

 

0

     8   

Shared Voting Power

 

4,203,631

     9   

Sole Dispositive Power

 

0

   10   

Shared Dispositive Power

 

4,203,631

11  

Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person

 

4,203,631

12  

Check Box if the Aggregate Amount in Row (11) Excludes Certain Shares

 

13  

Percent of Class Represented by Amount in Row (11)

 

11.16% (1)

14  

Type of Reporting Person

 

OO

 

(1) Calculated based 37,656,113 shares of common stock, par value $0.10 per share of Essendant Inc., outstanding as of April 20, 2018, as reported in Essendant Inc.’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2018.

 

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SCHEDULE 13D

 

CUSIP No. 296689102  

 

  1   

Name of Reporting Person

 

Sycamore Partners II GP, Ltd.

  2  

Check the Appropriate Box if a Member of a Group

(a)  ☐        (b)  ☒

 

  3  

SEC Use Only

 

  4  

Source of Funds

 

NA

  5  

Check Box if Disclosure of Legal Proceedings Is Required Pursuant to Items 2(d) or 2(e)

 

  6  

Citizenship or Place of Organization

 

Cayman Islands

Number of

Shares

Beneficially

Owned by

Each

Reporting

Person

With

 

     7    

Sole Voting Power

 

0

     8   

Shared Voting Power

 

4,203,631

     9   

Sole Dispositive Power

 

0

   10   

Shared Dispositive Power

 

4,203,631

11  

Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person

 

4,203,631

12  

Check Box if the Aggregate Amount in Row (11) Excludes Certain Shares

 

13  

Percent of Class Represented by Amount in Row (11)

 

11.16% (1)

14  

Type of Reporting Person

 

OO

 

(1) Calculated based 37,656,113 shares of common stock, par value $0.10 per share of Essendant Inc., outstanding as of April 20, 2018, as reported in Essendant Inc.’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2018.

 

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SCHEDULE 13D

 

CUSIP No. 296689102  

 

  1   

Name of Reporting Person

 

Stefan L. Kaluzny

  2  

Check the Appropriate Box if a Member of a Group

(a)  ☐        (b)  ☒

 

  3  

SEC Use Only

 

  4  

Source of Funds

 

OO

  5  

Check Box if Disclosure of Legal Proceedings Is Required Pursuant to Items 2(d) or 2(e)

 

  6  

Citizenship or Place of Organization

 

United States

Number of

Shares

Beneficially

Owned by

Each

Reporting

Person

With

 

     7    

Sole Voting Power

 

4,203,631

     8   

Shared Voting Power

 

0

     9   

Sole Dispositive Power

 

4,203,631

   10   

Shared Dispositive Power

 

0

11  

Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person

 

4,203,631

12  

Check Box if the Aggregate Amount in Row (11) Excludes Certain Shares

 

13  

Percent of Class Represented by Amount in Row (11)

 

11.16% (1)

14  

Type of Reporting Person

 

IN

 

(1) Calculated based 37,656,113 shares of common stock, par value $0.10 per share of Essendant Inc., outstanding as of April 20, 2018, as reported in Essendant Inc.’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2018.

 

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CUSIP No. 296689102

    

SCHEDULE 13D

    

This statement constitutes Amendment No. 1 to the Schedule 13D relating to the common stock, par value $0.10 per share (the “Common Stock”), of Essendant Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Issuer”), and hereby amends the Schedule 13D filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 16, 2018 (the “Initial Schedule 13D” or the “Schedule 13D”).

Item 1. Security and Issuer

Item 1 is hereby amended by amending and restating the second paragraph as follows:

As of May 17, 2018, the Reporting Persons (defined below) beneficially owned an aggregate of 4,203,631 shares of Common Stock, representing approximately 11.16% of the outstanding shares of Common Stock of the Issuer.

Item 3. Source and Amount of Funds or Other Consideration

Item 3 is hereby amended by amending and restating it in its entirety as follows:

As of May 17, 2018, Emu had invested approximately $39,926,608.64 (exclusive of brokerage commissions) to purchase the 4,203,631 shares of Common Stock it owns. Emu obtained such funds through cash on hand of Staples.

Item 5. Interest in Securities of the Issuer

Item 5 is hereby amended by amending and restating the first two paragraphs as follows:

(a) , (b) Based upon the Issuer’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2018, there were 37,656,113 shares of the Common Stock outstanding as of April 20, 2018.

Based on the foregoing, as of May 17, 2018, the 4,203,631 shares of the Common Stock (the “Subject Shares”) beneficially owned by the Reporting Persons represent approximately 11.16% of the shares of the Common Stock issued and outstanding. Such 4,203,631 shares of the Common Stock are directly owned by Emu.

Item 5(c) is hereby amended by amending and restating the first paragraph as follows:

(c) Exhibit 99.2, which is incorporated by reference into this Item 5(c) as if restated in full, describes all of the transactions in shares of Common Stock that were effected in the past sixty days by the Reporting Persons. Except as set forth in Exhibit 99.2 attached hereto, within the last 60 days, no reportable transactions were effected by any Reporting Person. As described on Exhibit 99.2, no Reporting Person has transacted in shares of Common Stock since May 17, 2018.

Item 7. Material to be Filed as Exhibits

Item 7 is hereby amended and restated as follows:

 

Exhibit 99.1    Joint Filing Agreement, dated as of May 16, 2018, among Emu Investments LLC, Staples, Inc., Arch Investors L.P., SP GP (Cayman) Ltd., Sycamore Partners II, L.P., Sycamore Partners II GP, L.P., Sycamore Partners II GP, Ltd. and Stefan L. Kaluzny (previously filed).
Exhibit 99.2    Trading data (filed herewith).
Exhibit 99.3    Letter from Staples, Inc. to Essendant Inc. dated April 17, 2018 (previously filed).
Exhibit 99.4    Letter from Staples, Inc. to Essendant Inc. dated April 29, 2018 (previously filed).

 

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SIGNATURES

After reasonable inquiry and to the best of each of the undersigned’s knowledge and belief, each of the undersigned certify that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and correct.

Date: May 21, 2018

 

EMU INVESTMENTS LLC
By:  

/s/ Stefan L. Kaluzny

  Stefan L. Kaluzny
  Chief Executive Officer
STAPLES, INC.
By:  

/s/ Stefan L. Kaluzny

  Stefan L. Kaluzny
  Director
ARCH INVESTORS L.P.
By:   SP GP (Cayman) Ltd.,
  its General Partner
By:  

/s/ Stefan L. Kaluzny

  Stefan L. Kaluzny
  Director
SP GP (CAYMAN) LTD.
By:  

/s/ Stefan L. Kaluzny

  Stefan L. Kaluzny
  Director
SYCAMORE PARTNERS II, L.P.
By:   Sycamore Partners II GP, L.P.,
  its General Partner
By:   Sycamore Partners II GP, Ltd.,
  its General Partner
By:  

/s/ Stefan L. Kaluzny

  Stefan L. Kaluzny
  Director

 

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SYCAMORE PARTNERS II GP, L.P.
By:   Sycamore Partners II GP, Ltd.,
  its General Partner
By:  

/s/ Stefan L. Kaluzny

  Stefan L. Kaluzny
  Director
SYCAMORE PARTNERS II GP, LTD.
By:  

/s/ Stefan L. Kaluzny

  Stefan L. Kaluzny
  Director

/s/ Stefan L. Kaluzny

STEFAN L. KALUZNY

 

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EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit

  

Description

99.1    Joint Filing Agreement, dated as of May 16, 2018, among Emu Investments LLC, Staples, Inc., Arch Investors L.P., SP GP (Cayman) Ltd., Sycamore Partners II, L.P., Sycamore Partners II GP, L.P., Sycamore Partners II GP, Ltd. and Stefan L. Kaluzny (previously filed).
99.2    Trading data (filed herewith).
99.3    Letter from Staples, Inc. to Essendant Inc. dated April 17, 2018 (previously filed).
99.4    Letter from Staples, Inc. to Essendant Inc. dated April 29, 2018 (previously filed).

 

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Section 2: EX-99.2 (EX-99.2)

EX-99.2

Exhibit 99.2

TRADING DATA

EMU Investments LLC

 

Shares of Common Stock Purchased

   Price Per Share
($) (15)
    Date of
Purchase
 

130,132

   $ 7.54  (2)      May 1, 2018  

361,925

   $ 8.70  (3)      May 2, 2018  

24,242

   $ 9.00  (4)      May 2, 2018  

236,500

   $ 9.01  (5)      May 3, 2018  

135,000

   $ 9.48  (6)      May 4, 2018  

559,378

   $ 9.77  (7)      May 7, 2018  

212,052

   $ 9.77  (8)      May 8, 2018  

241,203

   $ 9.59  (9)      May 9, 2018  

157,862

   $ 9.93  (10)      May 10, 2018  

946,056(1)

   $ 7.59       May 11, 2018  

75,000

   $ 10.02  (11)      May 11, 2018  

171,668

   $ 10.35  (12)      May 14, 2018  

394,539

   $ 10.69  (13)      May 15, 2018  

85,000

   $ 11.34  (14)      May 16, 2018  

473,074

   $ 12.51  (16)      May 17, 2018  

Staples, Inc.

None.

Arch Investors L.P.

None.

SP GP (Cayman) Ltd.

None.

Sycamore Partners II, L.P.

None.

Sycamore Partners II GP, L.P.

None.

Sycamore Partners II GP, Ltd.

None.

Stefan L. Kaluzny

None.

 

(1) Represents a privately negotiated block trade with a single counterparty. Beneficial ownership of such shares was acquired by certain of the Reporting Persons on April 26, 2018, April 27, 2018 and April 30, 2018.
(2) The purchase price is a weighted average price. These shares were purchased in multiple transactions at prices ranging from $7.37 to $7.68, inclusive. The reporting persons undertake to provide to the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Staff”), upon request, full information regarding the number of shares purchased at each separate price within the ranges set forth in footnotes (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8), (9), (10), (11), (12), (13) and (14).
(3) The purchase price is a weighted average price. These shares were purchased in multiple transactions at prices ranging from $7.99 to $8.99, inclusive.
(4) The purchase price is a weighted average price. These shares were purchased in multiple transactions at prices ranging from $8.995 to $9.01, inclusive.


(5) The purchase price is a weighted average price. These shares were purchased in multiple transactions at prices ranging from $8.70 to $9.20, inclusive.
(6) The purchase price is a weighted average price. These shares were purchased in multiple transactions at prices ranging from $9.06 to $9.75, inclusive.
(7) The purchase price is a weighted average price. These shares were purchased in multiple transactions at prices ranging from $9.41 to $10.00, inclusive.
(8) The purchase price is a weighted average price. These shares were purchased in multiple transactions at prices ranging from $9.55 to $9.96, inclusive.
(9) The purchase price is a weighted average price. These shares were purchased in multiple transactions at prices ranging from $9.25 to $10.00, inclusive.
(10) The purchase price is a weighted average price. These shares were purchased in multiple transactions at prices ranging from $9.45 to $10.00, inclusive.
(11) The purchase price is a weighted average price. These shares were purchased in multiple transactions at prices ranging from $9.96 to $10.11, inclusive.
(12) The purchase price is a weighted average price. These shares were purchased in multiple transactions at prices ranging from $10.02 to $10.46, inclusive.
(13) The purchase price is a weighted average price. These shares were purchased in multiple transactions at prices ranging from $10.24 to $10.97, inclusive.
(14) The purchase price is a weighted average price. These shares were purchased in multiple transactions at prices ranging from $10.97 to $11.50, inclusive.
(15) Inclusive of brokerage commission.
(16) The purchase price is a weighted average price. These shares were purchased in multiple transactions at prices ranging from $11.99 to $12.97, inclusive.
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