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Section 1: 425 (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): June 1, 2018

 

 

Kemper Corporation

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

 

 

 

DE   001-18298   95-4255452
(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)
  (Commission File Number)   (IRS Employer
Identification No.)

 

One East Wacker Drive

Chicago, IL

  60601
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: 312-661-4600

Not Applicable

(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 (see General Instruction A.2. below):

 

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

 

Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in 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 5.07. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

The Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Kemper Corporation (the “Company”) was held on Friday, June 1, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois to vote upon the following proposals set forth in a definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus dated and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on April 27, 2018 (the “Proxy Statement”): (i) to approve the issuance of shares of Company common stock (the “Share Issuance Proposal”) pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of February 13, 2018 (the “Merger Agreement”), by and among the Company, Vulcan Sub, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, and Infinity Property and Casualty Corporation (“Infinity”); (ii) to adjourn the Annual Meeting, for a period no longer than twenty (20) business days in the aggregate, for the absence of a quorum or to allow reasonable additional time to solicit proxies in favor of the Share Issuance Proposal if there are insufficient votes in favor of the Share Issuance Proposal at the time of the Annual Meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof (the “Adjournment Proposal”); (iii) to elect the ten director nominees named in the Proxy Statement; (iv) to ratify, on a non-binding, advisory basis, the selection of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accountant for fiscal year 2018; and (v) to approve, on a non-binding, advisory basis, the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers, as described in the Proxy Statement. The final voting results for each of the proposals submitted to a vote of shareholders at the Annual Meeting are as follows:

 

Proposal 1: Share Issuance Proposal

A majority of votes cast by shareholders voted to approve the Share Issuance Proposal:

 

     For    Against    Abstain    Broker Non-Votes
   43,375,345    413,221    99,056    N/A

 

Proposal 2: Meeting Adjournment Proposal

Because a quorum was present at the Annual Meeting and a majority of votes cast by shareholders voted to approve the Share Issuance Proposal, the vote was not called on the Adjournment Proposal.

 

Proposal 3: Election of Directors

Shareholders elected each of the ten director nominees named in the Proxy Statement:

 

Nominees

   For    Against      Abstain      Broker Non-Votes

George N. Cochran

   43,587,372      171,541        128,709      N/A

Kathleen M. Cronin

   39,366,160      4,353,333        168,129      N/A

Douglas G. Geoga

   43,572,773      252,853        61,996      N/A

Thomas M. Goldstein

   43,642,523      186,250        58,849      N/A

Lacy M. Johnson

   43,481,813      368,191        37,618      N/A

Robert J. Joyce

   43,633,331      205,742        48,549      N/A

Joseph P. Lacher, Jr.

   43,650,314      177,566        59,742      N/A

Christopher B. Sarofim

   43,617,043      211,641        58,938      N/A

David P. Storch

   41,254,545      2,582,385        50,692      N/A

Susan D. Whiting

   43,658,596      191,199        37,827      N/A

 

Proposal 4: Advisory Vote to Ratify Deloitte & Touche LLP as Independent Registered Public Accountant

A majority of votes cast by shareholders voted, on a non-binding, advisory basis, to ratify the selection of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accountant for fiscal year 2018:

 

     For    Against    Abstain    Broker Non-Votes
   47,986,508    425,075    68,738   

 

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Proposal 5: Advisory Vote to Approve Compensation of Named Executive Officers

A majority of votes cast by shareholders voted, on a non-binding, advisory basis, to approve the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers, as described in the Proxy Statement:

 

     For    Against    Abstain    Broker Non-Votes
   42,934,922    727,592    225,108    N/A

 

Item 8.01 Other Events.

On June 1, 2018, the Company and Infinity issued a joint press release announcing the voting results of the Share Issuance Proposal and the voting results of a proposal to adopt the Merger Agreement presented at a special meeting of the shareholders of Infinity. A copy of the press release is filed herewith as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.

Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This Current Report on Form 8-K may contain or incorporate by reference statements or information that are, include or are based on forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements give expectations, intentions, beliefs or forecasts of future events or otherwise for the future, and can be identified by the fact that they relate to future actions, performance or results rather than relating strictly to historical or current facts. Words such as “believe(s),” “goal(s),” “target(s),” “estimate(s),” “anticipate(s),” “forecast(s),” “project(s),” “plan(s),” “intend(s),” “expect(s),” “might,” “may,” “could” and variations of such words and other words and expressions of similar meaning are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. However, the absence of such words or other words and expressions of similar meaning does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking.

Any or all forward-looking statements may turn out to be wrong, and, accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict, and are not guarantees or assurances of future performance. No assurances can be given that the results and financial condition contemplated in any forward-looking statements will be achieved or will be achieved in any particular timetable. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict, and can be affected by inaccurate assumptions or by known or unknown risks and uncertainties that may be important in determining actual future results and financial condition. The general factors that could cause actual results and financial condition to differ materially from those expressed or implied include, without limitation, the following: (a) the satisfaction or waiver of the conditions precedent to the consummation of the proposed merger involving the Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company and Infinity, including, without limitation, the receipt of regulatory approvals (including approvals, authorizations and clearance by insurance regulators necessary to complete such proposed merger) on the terms desired or anticipated (and the risk that such approvals may result in the imposition of conditions that could adversely affect the combined company or the expected benefits of such proposed merger); (b) unanticipated difficulties or expenditures relating to such proposed merger; (c) risks relating to the value of the shares of the Company’s common stock to be issued in such proposed merger; (d) disruptions of the Company’s and Infinity’s current plans, operations and relationships with third persons caused by the announcement and pendency of such proposed merger, including, without limitation, the ability of the combined company to hire and retain any personnel; (e) legal proceedings that may be instituted against the Company and Infinity in connection with such proposed merger; and (f) those factors listed in annual, quarterly and periodic reports filed by the Company and Infinity with the SEC, whether or not related to such proposed merger.

The Company assumes no, and expressly disclaims any, duty or obligation to update or correct any forward-looking statement as a result of events, changes, effects, states of facts, conditions, circumstances, occurrences or developments subsequent to the date of this Current Report on Form 8-K or otherwise, except as required by law. Readers are advised, however, to consult any further disclosures the Company makes on related subjects in its filings with the SEC.

Additional Information About the Transaction and Where to Find It

 

 

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This Current Report on Form 8-K does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. This Current Report on Form 8-K relates to the proposed merger involving the Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company and Infinity, among other things. In connection therewith, the Company filed with the SEC a Registration Statement on Form S-4 that includes a definitive joint proxy statement of the Company and Infinity and also constitutes a definitive prospectus of the Company, and each of the Company and Infinity may be filing with the SEC other documents regarding the proposed transaction. The Company and Infinity commenced mailing of the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus to the Company’s shareholders and Infinity’s shareholders on April 30, 2018. BEFORE MAKING ANY INVESTMENT DECISION, INVESTORS AND SECURITYHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY AND/OR INFINITY ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS REGARDING THE PROPOSED MERGER AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED OR TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN OR WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors and securityholders may obtain free copies of the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus, any amendments or supplements thereto and other documents filed with the SEC by the Company and Infinity through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by the Company are available free of charge under the “Investors” section of the Company’s website located at http://www.kemper.com or by contacting the Company’s Investor Relations Department at 312.661.4930 or [email protected] Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Infinity are available free of charge under the “Investor Relations” section of Infinity’s website located at http://www.infinityauto.com or by contacting Infinity’s Investor Relations Department at 205.803.8186 or [email protected].

 

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d)                Exhibits:

 

Exhibit

Number

  

Description of Exhibit

99.1    Joint Press Release of Kemper Corporation and Infinity Property and Casualty Corporation, dated June 1, 2018.

 

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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.

 

Kemper Corporation
By:  

/s/ C. Thomas Evans, Jr.

  C. Thomas Evans, Jr.
  Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel

Date: June 1, 2018

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Section 2: EX-99.1 (EX-99.1)

EX-99.1

Exhibit 99.1

 

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Press Release

KEMPER AND INFINITY SHAREHOLDERS APPROVE PROPOSALS

RELATED TO PENDING MERGER

CHICAGO and BIRMINGHAM, Ala., June 1, 2018 – Kemper Corporation (NYSE: KMPR) and Infinity Property and Casualty Corporation (NASDAQ: IPCC) announced that, during an annual meeting of Kemper’s shareholders held today in Chicago and a special meeting of Infinity’s shareholders held today in Birmingham, the companies’ respective shareholders approved proposals related to the previously announced merger agreement under which Kemper will acquire Infinity.

The proposals received overwhelming shareholder support, with 99.1% of the shares of Kemper common stock voted at Kemper’s annual meeting voting to approve a proposal to issue shares of Kemper common stock pursuant to the merger agreement, and 99.9% of the shares of Infinity common stock voted at Infinity’s special meeting voting to approve a proposal to adopt the merger agreement.

“Today’s vote is an important milestone toward completing our transaction to form a leader in auto insurance, particularly specialty auto, and create significant value for both Infinity and Kemper shareholders,” said Joseph P. Lacher, Jr., Kemper’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “I’m pleased with the tremendous support our shareholders have shown for our transaction, and for the commitment associates on both sides have demonstrated to our integration planning efforts as we work to create a combined company that will deliver enhanced products, service and performance to all our stakeholders.”

Glen N. Godwin, Infinity Chief Executive Officer, added, “We’d like to thank our shareholders who have demonstrated their support for the merger with Kemper and what it means for the markets we serve. Today’s vote was an important step in creating a stronger company for the benefit of our customers, employees, shareholders and the communities we serve.”

The pending transaction, first announced on February 13, 2018, is expected to close in the third quarter of 2018, and remains subject to fulfillment or waiver of certain additional closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory clearances and approvals.

About Kemper Corporation

The Kemper family of companies is one of the nation’s leading insurers. With $8 billion in assets, Kemper is improving the world of insurance by offering personalized solutions for individuals, families and businesses. Kemper’s businesses collectively:

 

    Offer insurance for home, auto, life, health and valuables

 

    Service six million policies

 

    Represented by 20,000 agents and brokers

 

    Employ 5,550 associates dedicated to providing exceptional service

 

    Licensed to sell insurance in 50 states and the District of Columbia

Learn more about Kemper.


About Infinity Property and Casualty Corporation

Infinity Property and Casualty Corporation (NASDAQ: IPCC) is a national provider of automobile insurance with a concentration on nonstandard auto insurance. Its products are offered through a network of approximately 10,600 independent agencies and brokers. For more information about Infinity, please visit www.infinityauto.com.

Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This communication may contain or incorporate by reference statements or information that are, include or are based on forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements give expectations, intentions, beliefs or forecasts of future events or otherwise for the future, and can be identified by the fact that they relate to future actions, performance or results rather than relating strictly to historical or current facts. Words such as “believe(s),” “goal(s),” “target(s),” “estimate(s),” “anticipate(s),” “forecast(s),” “project(s),” “plan(s),” “intend(s),” “expect(s),” “might,” “may,” “could” and variations of such words and other words and expressions of similar meaning are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. However, the absence of such words or other words and expressions of similar meaning does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking.

Any or all forward-looking statements may turn out to be wrong, and, accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict, and are not guarantees or assurances of future performance. No assurances can be given that the results and financial condition contemplated in any forward-looking statements will be achieved or will be achieved in any particular timetable. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict, and can be affected by inaccurate assumptions or by known or unknown risks and uncertainties that may be important in determining actual future results and financial condition. The general factors that could cause actual results and financial condition to differ materially from those expressed or implied include, without limitation, the following: (a) the satisfaction or waiver of the conditions precedent to the consummation of the proposed merger transaction involving Kemper Corporation (“Kemper”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kemper and Infinity Property and Casualty Corporation (“Infinity”), including, without limitation, the receipt of regulatory approvals (including approvals, authorizations and clearances by insurance regulators necessary to complete such proposed merger transaction) on the terms desired or anticipated (and the risk that such approvals may result in the imposition of conditions that could adversely affect the combined company or the expected benefits of such proposed merger transaction); (b) unanticipated difficulties or expenditures relating to such proposed merger transaction; (c) risks relating to the value of the shares of Kemper’s common stock to be issued in such proposed merger transaction; (d) disruptions of Kemper’s and Infinity’s current plans, operations and relationships with third persons caused by the announcement and pendency of such proposed merger transaction, including, without limitation, the ability of the combined company to hire and retain any personnel; (e) legal proceedings that may be instituted against Kemper and Infinity in connection with such proposed merger transaction; and (f) those factors listed in annual, quarterly and periodic reports filed by Kemper and Infinity with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), whether or not related to such proposed merger transaction.

Kemper and Infinity assume no, and expressly disclaim any, duty or obligation to update or correct any forward-looking statement as a result of events, changes, effects, states of facts, conditions, circumstances, occurrences or developments subsequent to the date of this communication or otherwise, except as required by law. Readers are advised, however, to consult any further disclosures Kemper and Infinity make on related subjects in its filings with the SEC.


Additional Information About the Transaction and Where to Find It

This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. This communication relates to the proposed merger transaction involving Kemper, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kemper and Infinity, among other things. In connection therewith, Kemper filed with the SEC a Registration Statement on Form S-4 that includes a definitive joint proxy statement of Kemper and Infinity and also constitutes a definitive prospectus of Kemper, and each of Kemper and Infinity may be filing with the SEC other documents regarding the proposed transaction. Kemper and Infinity commenced mailing of the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus to Kemper’s shareholders and Infinity’s shareholders on April 30, 2018. BEFORE MAKING ANY INVESTMENT DECISION, INVESTORS AND SECURITYHOLDERS OF KEMPER AND/OR INFINITY ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS REGARDING THE PROPOSED MERGER AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED OR TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN OR WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors and securityholders may obtain free copies of the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus, any amendments or supplements thereto and other documents filed with the SEC by Kemper and Infinity through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Kemper are available free of charge under the “Investors” section of Kemper’s website located at http://www.kemper.com or by contacting Kemper’s Investor Relations Department at 312.661.4930 or [email protected] Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Infinity are available free of charge under the “Investor Relations” section of Infinity’s website located at http://www.infinityauto.com or by contacting Infinity’s Investor Relations Department at 205.803.8186 or [email protected].

 

Contact - Kemper

    
News Media:   Barbara Ciesemier   
  312.231.3604   
  [email protected]   
Investors:   Michael Marinaccio   
  312.661.3699   
  [email protected]   
Contact – Infinity   
Investors:   Amy Jordan   
  205.803.8186   
  [email protected]   
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