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As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 21, 2018

Registration Statement No. ________

 

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM S-3

REGISTRATION STATEMENT

UNDER

THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

 

 

Donegal Group Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   23-2424711

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

1195 River Road

Marietta, Pennsylvania 17547

(888) 877-0600

(Address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of registrant’s principal executive offices)

 

 

Kevin G. Burke

President and Chief Executive Officer

Donegal Group Inc.

1195 River Road

Marietta, Pennsylvania 17547

(888) 877-0600

(Name, address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)

 

 

Copies to:

John W. Kauffman, Esq.

Duane Morris LLP

30 South 17th Street

Philadelphia PA, 19103

(215) 979-1227

 

 

Approximate date of commencement of proposed sale to the public: From time to time after the effective date of this registration statement.

If the only securities being registered on this form are being offered pursuant to dividend or interest reinvestment plans, please check the following box.  ☐

If any of the securities being registered on this form are to be offered on a delayed or continuous basis pursuant to Rule 415 under the Securities Act, other than securities offered only in connection with dividend or interest reinvestment plans, check the following box.  ☒

If this Form is filed to register additional securities for an offering pursuant to Rule 462(b) under the Securities Act, please check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering.  ☐

If this Form is a post-effective amendment filed pursuant to Rule 462(c) under the Securities Act, check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering.  ☐

If this Form is a registration statement pursuant to General Instruction I.D. or a post-effective amendment thereto that shall become effective upon filing with the Commission pursuant to Rule 462(e) under the Securities Act, check the following box.  ☐

If this Form is a post-effective amendment to a registration statement filed pursuant to General Instruction I.D. filed to register additional securities or additional classes of securities pursuant to Rule 413(b) under the Securities Act, check the following box.  ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

 

Large accelerated filer      Accelerated filer  
Non-accelerated filer   ☐  (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)     
     Smaller reporting company  
    

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 7(a)(2)(B) of Securities Act.  ☐

 

 

CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE

 

 

Title of each class of

securities to be registered

 

Amount

to be

registered(1)

 

Proposed

maximum

offering price

per share(2)

 

Proposed

maximum

aggregate

offering price(2)

  Amount of
registration fee

Class A common stock, $.01 par value

  350,000 shares   $14.31   $5,008,500   $623.56

 

 

(1)

This registration statement, pursuant to Rule 416 under the Securities Act of 1933, covers an indeterminate number of additional shares of Class A common stock with respect to the shares registered in the event of a stock split, stock dividend or similar transaction.

(2)

Calculated pursuant to Rule 457(c), based on $14.31 per share, which was the average of the high and low prices of the registrant’s Class A common stock as reported by the Nasdaq Global Select Market on August 17, 2018.

The registrant hereby amends this registration statement on such date or dates as may be necessary to delay its effective date until the registrant shall file a further amendment which specifically states that this registration statement shall thereafter become effective in accordance with Section 8(a) of the Securities Act or until the registration statement shall become effective on such date as the Securities and Exchange Commission, acting pursuant to said Section 8(a), may determine.

 

 

 

 


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SUBJECT TO COMPLETION DATED AUGUST 21, 2018

 

LOGO

350,000 Shares of Class A Common Stock

of

Donegal Group Inc.

Donegal Group Inc. 2018 Agency Stock Purchase Plan

 

 

We offer 350,000 shares of our Class A common stock pursuant to this prospectus to eligible insurance agencies under our 2018 Agency Stock Purchase Plan, or our plan.

Our Class A common stock trades on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol “DGICA.” On August 17, 2018, the Nasdaq Global Select Market reported the last sales price of our Class A common stock was $14.33 per share.

We will offer shares of our Class A common stock under our plan directly to eligible agencies through our officers and will not use a broker or a dealer. In addition, we will not pay commissions, discounts or any other payments to any person for any services in connection with the offer or sale of shares of our Class A common stock under our plan. We will pay all costs of administering our plan. We will not charge participants any brokerage commissions or service charges in connection with their purchase of shares under our plan. We will retain all proceeds from the sale of shares of our Class A common stock under our plan.

The location of our principal executive offices is 1195 River Road, Marietta, Pennsylvania 17547; our telephone number is (888) 877-0600 and our Internet web site is www.donegalgroup.com. The information on our web site is not a part of this prospectus. We recommend that you retain this prospectus for future reference.

 

 

The purchase of these securities involves investment risks. Please read carefully the section we title “Risk Factors ” on page 2 of this prospectus.

Neither the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or the SEC, any state securities commission nor any other regulatory body has approved or disapproved of these securities or passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of this prospectus. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.

 

 

The date of this prospectus is August 21, 2018.

 


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

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Summary

     1  

The Company

     1  

Offering Under Our Plan

     1  

Risk Factors

     2  

This Prospectus

     2  

Where You Can Find More Information

     2  

Incorporation of Certain Documents by Reference

     2  

Special Note on Forward-Looking Information

     3  

Description of Our 2018 Agency Stock Purchase Plan

     4  

Purpose and Advantages of Our Plan

     4  

Administration

     5  

Participation

     5  

Costs and Expenses

     7  

Purchases

     7  

Shares; Certificates for Shares

     9  

Withdrawals from Our Plan

     10  

Other Information

     11  

Plan of Distribution

     12  

Use of Proceeds

     12  

Experts

     12  

Legal Opinion

     13  

 


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SUMMARY

This summary highlights some information from this prospectus. This summary may not contain all of the information that is important to you. To understand this offering fully, we recommend that you read the entire prospectus carefully, including the risk factors.

The Company

We are an insurance holding company whose insurance subsidiaries offer personal and commercial lines of property and casualty insurance to businesses and individuals in 22 Mid-Atlantic, Midwestern, New England and Southern states. Our insurance subsidiaries provide their policyholders with a selection of insurance products at competitive rates, while pursuing profitability through adherence to a strict underwriting discipline.

At December 31, 2017, Donegal Mutual Insurance Company, or Donegal Mutual, held approximately 44% of our Class A common stock and approximately 83% of our Class B common stock. Donegal Mutual’s stock ownership in the aggregate represents approximately two-thirds of the voting power of our outstanding Class A common stock and Class B common stock. Our insurance subsidiaries and Donegal Mutual have interrelated operations. While maintaining the separate corporate existence of each company, our insurance subsidiaries and Donegal Mutual conduct business together as the Donegal Insurance Group. As such, Donegal Mutual and our insurance subsidiaries share the same business philosophy, the same management, the same employees and the same facilities and offer the same types of insurance products.

Offering Under Our Plan

By this prospectus, we offer to the independent insurance agencies that offer the insurance products of our subsidiaries and affiliated insurance companies, including Donegal Mutual, and that satisfy the eligibility requirements of our plan an opportunity to acquire a proprietary interest in us through our plan. We adopted our plan to foster our interests and the interests of the agencies that help us achieve our objective of long-term profitable growth.

We have reserved 350,000 shares of our Class A common stock for sale to eligible agencies under our plan, which will expire September 30, 2021. The purchase price for shares of our Class A common stock we offer under our plan will equal 90% of the average closing prices of our Class A common stock on the Nasdaq Global Select Market on the last ten trading days of each applicable subscription period.

We will offer shares under our plan directly to eligible agencies through our officers and will not use a broker or a dealer. In addition, we will not pay commissions, discounts or any other payments to any person for any services in connection with the sale of shares of our Class A common stock under our plan. We will pay all costs of administering our plan. We will not charge participants in our plan any brokerage commissions or service charges in connection with their purchase of shares under our plan.

 



 

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RISK FACTORS

We recommend that you carefully consider the specific risks we describe under the caption “Risk Factors” in our periodic reports we describe in “Incorporation of Certain Documents by Reference” below.

THIS PROSPECTUS

All references in this prospectus to “Donegal Group,” the “Company,” “we,” “our” and “us” refer to Donegal Group Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries unless the context otherwise requires.

We recommend that you read this prospectus together with the documents we incorporate by reference in this prospectus and the additional information we refer to below under “Where You Can Find More Information” and “Incorporation of Certain Documents by Reference” below.

We have filed a registration statement on Form S-3 with the SEC relating to the securities this prospectus covers. This prospectus is a part of the registration statement, but does not contain all of the information we included in the registration statement. Whenever we refer in this prospectus to a Company contract or other document, such reference is only a summary. You should refer to the exhibits we have included or incorporated by reference as a part of the registration statement for a copy of the applicable contract or other document.

WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION

We file annual, quarterly and current reports, proxy statements and other information with the SEC. You may read and copy any documents we file with the SEC at the SEC’s public reference room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. You may call the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330 for further information on the use of its public reference room. You may also review our filings with the SEC through the SEC’s Internet site at www.sec.gov or by visiting our web site at www.donegalgroup.com. The information these Internet sites contain does not constitute a part of this prospectus.

INCORPORATION OF CERTAIN DOCUMENTS BY REFERENCE

The SEC allows us to incorporate information in this prospectus by reference. Incorporation by reference means that we can disclose important information to you by referring to another document we have filed with the SEC or may file with the SEC in the future. The information we incorporate by reference in this prospectus is a part of this prospectus.

 

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This prospectus incorporates by reference important business and financial information and risk factors about us from documents that we have previously filed with the SEC. SEC rules do not require us to include, and we have not included, these documents as part of this prospectus. You may obtain these documents from us at the following address and telephone number without charge upon written or oral request:

Donegal Group Inc.

1195 River Road, P.O. Box 302

Marietta, Pennsylvania 17547

Attention: Jeffrey D. Miller,

                    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Telephone: (888) 877-0600

Email: jeffmiller@donegalgroup.com

We incorporate by reference into this prospectus the following documents that we have previously filed with the SEC (SEC File No. 0-15341):

 

   

Our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017.

 

   

Our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2018 and June 30, 2018.

 

   

Our Proxy Statement dated March 16, 2018.

 

   

Our Current Reports on Form 8-K that we filed on April 3, 2018, April 23, 2018, June 8, 2018 and June 12, 2018, other than the portions of those documents that the SEC rules do not consider as filed.

 

   

The description of our Class A common stock under our registration statement on Form 8-A we filed pursuant to Section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, or the Exchange Act, including any amendment or report we filed with the SEC, for the purpose of updating this description.

In addition, we incorporate by reference any documents we file with the SEC under Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act after the date of this prospectus.

SPECIAL NOTE ON FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

This prospectus and the documents we incorporate by reference in this prospectus contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include certain discussions relating to underwriting, premium and investment income volumes, business strategies, reserves, profitability and business relationships and our other business activities during 2017. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “would,” “expect,” “plan,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,”

 

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“objective,” “project,” “predict,” “potential,” “goal” and similar expressions. While these forward-looking statements reflect our current views about future events, our current assumptions are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause our results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those we currently anticipate or imply by our forward-looking statements. We cannot control or predict many of the factors that could determine our future financial condition or results of operations. Such factors may include those we describe under “Risk Factors.” The forward-looking statements contained in our Form 10-K Report for 2017 reflect our views and assumptions only as of the date of that Form 10-K Report. Except as required by law, we do not intend to update, and we assume no responsibility for updating, any forward-looking statements we have made. We qualify all of our forward-looking statements by these cautionary statements.

DESCRIPTION OF OUR 2018 AGENCY STOCK PURCHASE PLAN

We describe the provisions of our plan below in question and answer form. Under our plan, the term “subsidiary and affiliated insurance companies” means subsidiary insurance companies we and Donegal Mutual control. Our board of directors approved our plan on August 21, 2018.

Purpose and Advantages of Our Plan

1. What is the purpose of our plan?

Our plan provides an eligible agency, as we describe in Question and Answer 6 below, an opportunity to acquire a long-term proprietary interest in us through the purchase of our Class A common stock at a discount from current market prices. In offering our plan, we seek to foster our interests and the interests of eligible agencies by helping us achieve our objective of long-term profitable growth. Accordingly, we adopted our plan for the purpose of facilitating an eligible agency’s purchase of and long-term investment in shares of our Class A common stock. Although an eligible agency is legally free to sell the shares of our Class A common stock it purchases pursuant to our plan, it is our expectation that an eligible agency will hold those shares on a long-term basis. As we discuss in Question and Answer 6 below regarding eligibility, immediate resale of shares is a factor we consider in our determination whether an otherwise eligible agency should remain eligible for continued participation in our plan.

2. What are the advantages of our plan?

Under our plan, an eligible agency can utilize three convenient payment methods to purchase our Class A common stock at a 10% discount from the current market price. The eligible agency will not pay any brokerage commissions or service charges in connection with its purchase.

 

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Administration

3. Who administers our plan for participants?

A committee of at least three persons our board of directors appoints from time to time administers our plan. The committee may adopt rules and regulations for the administration of our plan. The committee’s interpretations or constructions of the provisions of our plan are final and conclusive unless our board of directors takes contrary action.

Our board of directors appointed Kevin G. Burke, Jeffrey D. Miller and Daniel J. Wagner to serve as members of the committee. We do not compensate members of the committee for administering our plan. Kevin G. Burke is our President and Chief Executive Officer and, as of September 1, 2018, holds the same positions with Donegal Mutual. Jeffrey D. Miller is our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and holds the same positions with Donegal Mutual. Daniel J. Wagner is our Senior Vice President and Treasurer and holds the same positions with Donegal Mutual. The address of each member of the committee is c/o Donegal Group Inc., 1195 River Road, P.O. Box 302, Marietta, PA 17547; the telephone for each member is (888) 877-0600.

4. Where may I obtain additional information about our plan and its administrators?

You may obtain additional information about our plan and its administrators by contacting Jeffrey D. Miller, our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, at (888) 877-0600; email at jeffmiller@donegalgroup.com.

5. What is the term of our plan?

Our plan will expire on September 30, 2021 unless our board of directors terminates our plan earlier. Our board of directors has the right to terminate our plan at any time without notice provided that any termination would not adversely affect any participant’s then existing rights. During the term of our plan, our plan will have consecutive semi-annual subscription periods. The subscription periods will extend from October 1 through March 31 and from April 1 through September 30 of each year.

Participation

6. Which agencies may participate in our plan?

An eligible agency is an independent insurance agency that brings value to us, Donegal Mutual and our subsidiary and affiliated insurance companies, directly or indirectly, as we determine in our discretion, and with which we seek a long-term relationship. Only eligible agencies may participate in our plan. The eligibility criteria we consider include the agency’s volume of direct premiums written, the ability of the agency to increase sales and grow its volume of direct premiums written, the historic loss ratio based on the agency’s direct premiums written and whether we have placed the agency on rehabilitation, meaning that we notified the agency of operational deficiencies, or we have revoked the agency’s binding authority. We may base eligibility on agency segmentation class or any other factors that indicate value to us, directly or indirectly, in our discretion.

 

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We periodically review the continued eligibility of each eligible agency. We will consider a pattern of immediate resale of shares the eligible agency has acquired under our plan as a factor in our determination whether that agency should remain eligible for continued participation in our plan. Immediate resales would tend to indicate that an agency is not interested in our long-term profitable growth. If we determine to discontinue an agency’s participation in our plan, we will notify the agency in writing that we have discontinued its eligibility to participate in our plan. We will send this notice to the agency as promptly as possible, but in no event later than two weeks after the end of the subscription period during which we make such a decision. We will treat our decision, in our discretion, to discontinue the eligibility of an agency under our plan as an automatic withdrawal from our plan. See Questions and Answers 24 and 25 below.

7. How may an eligible agency participate in our plan?

An eligible agency may enroll in our plan by completing and filing a subscription agreement with us, as we describe in Question and Answer 8. We will send each eligible agency a subscription agreement and a copy of this prospectus and any prospectus supplements prior to the beginning of the first enrollment period following the agency’s designation as an eligible agency.

8. What does a subscription agreement provide?

A subscription agreement allows each eligible agency to decide and identify the date on which the agency desires to enroll in our plan, the amounts of contribution and the payment methods it selects for purchases under our plan. Eligible agencies that participated in our former agency stock purchase plan may participate in our plan by checking the appropriate box on the subscription agreement. If the eligible agency participated in our former agency stock purchase plan using the direct bill commission payment method, we will automatically continue that agency’s participation in our plan. In either such event, we will continue that agency’s prior contribution amounts and payment methods from our former agency stock purchase plan unless the eligible agency provides new instructions in the subscription agreement.

9. When may an eligible agency enroll in our plan?

If an eligible agency chooses the direct bill commission payment method, as we explain in Question and Answer 15, enrollment in our plan may occur only during the enrollment period preceding each subscription period, which is from the 1st through the 31st day of March and from the 1st through the 30th day of September of each year. An eligible agency that desires to subscribe to purchase shares of our Class A common stock through withholding from direct bill commissions must duly execute and complete a subscription agreement and return it to us during the applicable enrollment period. Once an eligible agency enrolls in the direct bill commission payment method, an eligible agency’s participation in our plan continues for each succeeding subscription period unless the agency ceases to be an eligible agency or withdraws from enrollment in our plan.

 

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If an eligible agency chooses the lump-sum payment method, as we explain in Question and Answer 17, an eligible agency may enroll by submitting a supplemental subscription agreement to us and making a lump-sum payment by the last day of the applicable subscription period, which is September 30 or March 31 of each year.

If an eligible agency chooses the contingent commission payment method, as we explain in Question and Answer 18, an eligible agency may enroll by submitting a subscription agreement to us during the enrollment period immediately preceding each subscription period, which is from the 1st through the 31st day of March and from the 1st through the 30th day of September of each year.

10. May an eligible agency transfer its subscription rights to another person or agency?

No. An eligible agency may not assign its subscription payments or rights to subscribe to any other person, and we will consider any attempt to do so as void, except for designations our plan permits as we describe in Question and Answer 23.

Costs and Expenses

11. Are participants responsible for any expenses in connection with purchases under our plan?

No. We will not charge an eligible agency any brokerage commissions or other charges in connection with its purchase of shares of our Class A common stock under our plan.

Purchases

12. How many shares are available for purchase under our plan?

Our board of directors has reserved 350,000 shares of our Class A common stock for purchase by eligible agencies under our plan.

13. What is the purchase price of shares of our Class A common stock under our plan?

The subscription price for each share of our Class A common stock an eligible agency purchases under our plan is 90% of the average of the closing prices of our Class A common stock on the Nasdaq Global Select Market on the last ten trading days of the applicable subscription period.

 

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14. How may an eligible agency pay for shares it purchases under our plan?

An eligible agency can pay for shares it purchases under our plan by means of three payment methods: direct bill commission deduction, lump-sum payment or contingent commission deduction.

15. What is the direct bill commission payment method?

Under the direct bill commission payment method, an eligible agency may elect to purchase shares of our Class A common stock under our plan through deductions from its monthly direct bill commission payments by designating that we withhold a minimum of 1% and up to a maximum of 10% of the eligible agency’s monthly direct bill commission payments from the direct bill commission payments payable to that eligible agency. The total subscription limit under all payment methods, including the direct bill commission payment method, is $12,000 per subscription period. “Direct bill commission payments” means those commissions that an eligible agency earns and that are actually available for payment in a monthly period to an eligible agency for personal and commercial direct bill policies after the application of all offsetting debits and credits.

16. May an eligible agency that chooses the direct bill commission payment method change the method or amount of contribution under our plan?

Yes. An eligible agency choosing the direct bill commission payment method may change the method or the rate of contribution by filing a new subscription agreement with us during the enrollment period for the next subscription period. This change will become effective upon the commencement of the next subscription period.

17. What is the lump-sum payment method?

Under the lump-sum payment method, an eligible agency may, by September 30 and March 31 of each subscription period, elect to make lump-sum cash payments for the purchase of shares of our Class A common stock under our plan. The minimum lump-sum cash payment is $1,000 per subscription period with a total subscription limit under all payment methods, including the lump-sum payment method, of $12,000 per subscription period.

18. What is the contingent commission payment method?

An eligible agency may designate that we withhold a percentage of the contingent commission payable to it under the terms of the applicable agency profit-sharing plan, or its equivalent, for the purchase of shares of our Class A common stock under our plan during the enrollment period immediately preceding a subscription period. The total subscription limit under all payment methods, including the contingent commission payment method, is $12,000 per subscription period.

 

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19. Are there limitations on the amount of contributions or purchases that an eligible agency can make?

Yes. Each eligible agency’s total contributions for purchases under all payment methods, which we describe in Questions and Answers 15, 17 and 18 above, may not exceed $12,000 during each subscription period. At the close of each subscription period, we will total each agency’s contributions from all payment methods. If at any time throughout a subscription period, an eligible agency’s total payments exceed the $12,000 maximum amount and the agency so requests, we will return the excess amount without interest to the agency within a reasonable period after its request. We will apply through our plan any amount we do not return to the purchase of shares of our Class A common stock during the next subscription period without increasing the $12,000 limitation applicable to that subscription period.

20. How does an eligible agency make purchases under our plan?

We maintain a plan account for each enrolled eligible agency. We will hold all contributions an eligible agency makes through deductions from an eligible agency’s direct bill commission and contingent commission payments and lump-sum payments during a subscription period, up to $12,000, in a separate bank account we maintain for plan participants until we issue the shares to the eligible agency that has purchased the shares under our plan.

At the end of each subscription period, we will divide the amount we have credited to each eligible agency’s plan account by the subscription price for the subscription period, and we will credit the eligible agency’s plan account with the number of whole shares that results. We will carry forward any amount remaining in that plan account to the next subscription period without increasing the $12,000 limitation applicable to that subscription period or, if the eligible agency requests, we will return any remaining amount to the eligible agency. If the number of shares the eligible agency subscribes for during any subscription period exceeds the number of shares available for sale under our plan, we will allocate the remaining available shares among the participating eligible agencies in proportion to their total plan account balances, without regard to any amount we carried forward from a previous subscription period.

Shares; Certificates for Shares

21. May an eligible agency transfer, pledge, hypothecate or assign shares credited to the agency’s plan account?

An eligible agency may not transfer, pledge, hypothecate or assign its subscription rights under our plan or shares that we credit to its plan account, except for designations we permit under our plan as we describe in Question and Answer 23.

 

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22. Will we issue stock certificates for shares of our Class A common stock an eligible agency purchases?

We will not issue stock certificates for shares of our Class A common stock an eligible agency purchases. We will issue the shares that each eligible agency purchases under our plan in electronic “book-entry” form through the Direct Registration System and deposit such shares directly into an account for that eligible agency with Computershare Trust Company N.A. (“Computershare”), our transfer agent, within a reasonable time after purchase.

23. In whose name are accounts maintained and shares registered when issued?

We will maintain accounts in our plan in the name of each eligible agency. Consequently, we will issue shares in the same name. An eligible agency may, upon written request to us, designate that we issue shares to a shareholder, partner, member, other principal or other licensed employee of that eligible agency. The eligible agency may also designate that any retirement plan that the eligible agency maintains for the benefit of the eligible agency or any of its shareholders, partners, members, other principals or other licensed employees of the eligible agency may purchase shares instead of the eligible agency through lump-sum payments the designee makes. These permitted designations are subject to the maximum amount limitation of $12,000, compliance with all laws that apply, including the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, payment by the eligible agency or its designee of any necessary transfer taxes and satisfaction of our usual requirements for recognition of a transfer of shares of our Class A common stock.

Withdrawals from Our Plan

24. How and when may an eligible agency withdraw from our plan?

An eligible agency that has enrolled in our plan may withdraw from our plan at any time upon notification to us by an authorized representative of the eligible agency of the withdrawal in writing. We will treat a termination of agency status for any reason as an automatic withdrawal. If an agency withdraws from our plan, that agency may not re-enroll until after the next full subscription period has elapsed, and then only if we have redesignated the agency as an eligible agency.

25. What happens to any shares and cash we have credited to an eligible agency’s plan account at the time of withdrawal?

Promptly after the withdrawal or termination of an agency’s eligibility, but in no event later than three weeks after the end of the subscription period during which the withdrawal or termination occurs, we will refund in cash without interest any amount we have credited to an eligible agency’s plan account at the time of withdrawal to that eligible agency.

 

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Other Information

26. What happens if we declare a stock split or stock dividend or change or exchange our Class A common stock for shares of stock or other securities of our own or another corporation?

Our committee will make appropriate adjustments in the total number and kind of our shares that we have reserved for sale under our plan if we increase or decrease or change the outstanding shares of our Class A common stock into or exchange them for a different number or kind of our shares or other securities or stock or securities of another corporation, by reason of reorganization, merger, consolidation, recapitalization, reclassification, stock split-up, stock dividend, spin-off or combination of shares.

27. What are the federal income tax consequences of an eligible agency’s participation in our plan?

At the time of purchase, and where an eligible agency purchases shares of our Class A common stock in its own name, federal tax laws will treat the eligible agency as having received ordinary income in an amount equal to the difference between the subscription price it has paid and the fair market value of our Class A common stock on the date it purchased the shares. The participating agency will have a basis in the shares of our Class A common stock it purchases under our plan equal to the purchase price plus the amount of ordinary income it recognizes. At the end of each calendar year, we will mail to each participating agency a Form 1099 reflecting the amount of ordinary income the eligible agency has received under our plan. We will have a tax deduction at the same time in a corresponding amount.

When an agency disposes of shares of our Class A common stock it has purchased under our plan, it will recognize a long-term or short-term capital gain, depending upon the holding period of the shares, on any amount it receives in excess of its basis in the shares of our Class A common stock. If the amount the eligible agency receives is less than its basis, it will recognize the loss as a long-term or short-term capital loss, depending upon the holding period of the shares, which begins on the day after it acquires each share.

We also advise an eligible agency to consult with a tax advisor to determine the tax consequences of a given transaction, particularly if the eligible agency designates a taxpayer other than the eligible agency to become a participant in our plan.

 

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28. May we change or discontinue our plan?

Yes. Our board of directors may amend, modify or terminate our plan at any time without notice if the amendment, modification or termination does not adversely affect your existing rights under our plan.

29. How may eligible agencies sell shares of our Class A common stock they purchase under our plan?

As we discuss in Question and Answer 22, we will issue to each participating agency the shares it has purchased under our plan in electronic “book-entry” form after the end of the subscription period during which it purchased the shares and deposit such shares directly into an account in the name of that agency with Computershare, our transfer agent. Participants will have the sole discretion as to whether or when to sell their shares and may transfer or dispose of them at any time without restriction after receipt of their shares. An eligible agency may choose to sell shares through Computershare or to transfer and sell shares through the broker of its choice.

PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION

We have reserved 350,000 shares of our Class A common stock for sale to eligible agencies under our plan until our plan terminates on September 30, 2021. We will offer the shares of our Class A common stock under our plan directly to eligible agencies through our officers and will not use a broker or a dealer. In addition, we will not pay commissions, discounts or any other payments to any person for services in connection with the offer or sale of shares of our Class A common stock under our plan. We will pay all costs of administering our plan. We will not charge participants any brokerage commissions or service charges in connection with their purchase of shares under our plan.

USE OF PROCEEDS

We will retain all net proceeds from the sale of the shares of our Class A common stock under our plan. We intend to use the proceeds from sales of these shares for general corporate purposes, including making investments in and advances to our subsidiaries.

EXPERTS

The consolidated financial statements of Donegal Group, Inc. and subsidiaries as of December 31, 2017 and 2016, and for each of the years in the three-year period ended December 31, 2017, and management’s assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2017 have been incorporated by reference herein in reliance upon the reports of KPMG LLP, independent registered public accounting firm, and upon the authority of said firm as experts in accounting and auditing.

 

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The financial statements of Donegal Financial Services Corporation and subsidiary (DFSC) as of December 31, 2017 and 2016 and for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2017, incorporated by reference in this Prospectus and in the Registration Statement have been so incorporated in reliance on the report of BDO USA, LLP, DFSC’s independent registered public accounting firm, incorporated herein by reference, given on the authority of said firm as experts in auditing and accounting.

LEGAL OPINION

Duane Morris LLP, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has passed upon the validity of the issuance of the shares of our Class A common stock we offer pursuant to this prospectus. As of August 17, 2018, Frederick W. Dreher, of counsel to Duane Morris LLP, who is a director of Donegal Mutual Insurance Company, beneficially owned 99,683 shares of Class A stock, of which 52,500 shares represent shares of Class A stock purchasable under currently exercisable stock options, and 11,662 shares of our Class B common stock.

 

 

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DONEGAL GROUP INC.

2018 AGENCY STOCK PURCHASE PLAN

350,000

Shares of

Class A Common Stock

 

 

PROSPECTUS

 

 

Dated August 21, 2018

We recommend that you rely only on the information we include or incorporate by reference in this prospectus. We have not authorized anyone to provide you with different information.

We do not claim the accuracy of the information in this prospectus as of any date other than the date stated above.

 

 

 

 


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PART II

INFORMATION NOT REQUIRED IN PROSPECTUS

 

Item 14.

Other Expenses of Issuance and Distribution.

We estimate our expenses in connection with this registration statement, other than underwriting discounts and commissions, as follows:

 

SEC registration fee

   $ 623.56  

Printing expenses

     500.00  

Legal and accounting expenses

     30,000.00  

Miscellaneous

     876.44  
  

 

 

 

TOTAL

   $ 32,000.00  
  

 

 

 

 

Item 15.

Indemnification of Directors and Officers.

Section 145 of the Delaware General Corporation Law, the law of the state of our incorporation, empowers a corporation, subject to certain limitations, to indemnify its officers and directors against expenses, including attorneys’ fees, judgments, fines and certain settlements, they actually and reasonably incur in any suit or proceeding to which they are parties as long as they acted in good faith and in a manner they reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the corporation, and with respect to a criminal action or proceeding, as long as they had no reasonable cause to believe their conduct to be unlawful. Our by-laws provide that we shall indemnify to the fullest extent Delaware law permits any person, including our directors and our officers, made, or threatened to be made a party to any action or proceeding, whether criminal, civil, administrative or investigative, by reason of the fact that he, his testator or his intestate is or was our director, officer or employee or served or serves any other enterprise at our request.

The by-laws of Donegal Mutual, a Pennsylvania mutual insurance company, provide that Donegal Mutual shall indemnify to the fullest extent Pennsylvania law permits any person, including Donegal Mutual directors and officers, made, or threatened to be made, a party to any action or proceeding, whether criminal, civil, administrative or investigative, by reason of the fact that he, his testator or his intestate is or was our director, officer or employee or served or serves any other enterprise at our request.

Our by-laws provide that, to the fullest extent Delaware law permits, our directors shall not have any personal liability for monetary damages for any action taken or any failure to take any action.

Donegal Mutual’s by-laws provide that, to the fullest extent Pennsylvania law permits, the directors of Donegal Mutual shall not have any personal liability for monetary damages for any action taken or any failure to take any action.

 

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Item 16.

Exhibits.

 

No.

  

Description

  4.1    Donegal Group Inc. Agency Stock Purchase Plan (filed herewith)
  5.1    Opinion of Duane Morris LLP (filed herewith)
23.1    Consent of Duane Morris LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1)
23.2    Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm (filed herewith).
23.3    Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm (filed herewith).
24.1    Powers of Attorney (included in signature pages)

 

Item 17.

Undertakings.

We hereby undertake:

(1)    To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this registration statement:

(i)    to include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act;

(ii)    to reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of the registration statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in this registration statement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any increase or decrease in the volume of securities offered (if the total dollar value of securities offered would not exceed that which was registered) and any deviation from the low or high end of the estimated maximum offering range may be reflected in the form of prospectus filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) if, in the aggregate, the changes in volume and price represent no more than a 20 percent change in the maximum aggregate offering price set forth in the “Calculation of Registration Fee” table in the effective registration statement; and

(iii)    to include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in this registration statement or any material change to such information in this registration statement;

provided, however, that paragraphs (i), (ii) and (iii) above do not apply if the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those clauses is contained in reports filed with or furnished to the SEC by us pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act that are incorporated by reference in this registration statement, or is contained in a form of prospectus filed pursuant to Rule 424(b) that is part of the registration statement;

 

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(2)    That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof;

(3)    To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering;

(4)    That, for the purpose of determining liability under the Securities Act, to any purchaser:

(i)    Each prospectus filed by us pursuant to Rule 424(b)(3) shall be deemed to be part of the registration statement as of the date the filed prospectus was deemed part of and included in the registration statement; and

(ii)    Each prospectus required to be filed pursuant to Rule 424(b)(2), (b)(5) or (b)(7) as part of a registration statement in reliance on Rule 430B relating to an offering made pursuant to Rule 415(a)(1)(i), (vii) or (x) for the purpose of providing the information required by Section 10(a) of the Securities Act shall be deemed to be part of and included in the registration statement as of the earlier of the date such form of prospectus is first used after effectiveness or the date of the first contract of sale of securities in the offering described in the prospectus. As provided in Rule 430B, for liability purposes of the issuer and any person that is at that date an underwriter, such date shall be deemed to be a new effective date of the registration statement relating to the securities in the registration statement to which the prospectus relates, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof. Provided, however, that no statement made in a registration statement or prospectus that is part of the registration statement or made in a document incorporated or deemed incorporated by reference into the registration statement or prospectus that is part of the registration statement will, as to a purchaser with a time of contract of sale prior to such effective date, supersede or modify any statement that was made in the registration statement or prospectus that was part of the registration statement or made in any such document immediately prior to such effective date;

(5)    That, for the purpose of determining our liability under the Securities Act, to any purchaser in the initial distribution of the securities, we undertake that in a primary offering of our securities pursuant to this registration statement, regardless of the underwriting method used to sell the securities to the purchaser, if the securities are offered or sold to such purchaser by means of any of the following communications, we will be a seller to the purchaser and will be considered to offer or sell such securities to such purchaser:

(i)    Any preliminary prospectus or prospectus of ours relating to the offering required to be filed pursuant to Rule 424;

 

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(ii)    Any free writing prospectus relating to the offering prepared by or on behalf of us or used or referred to by us;

(iii)    The portion of any other free writing prospectus relating to the offering containing material information about us or our securities provided by or on behalf of us; and

(iv)    Any other communication that is an offer in the offering made by us to the purchaser; and

(6)    That, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each filing of our annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act (and, where applicable, each filing of an employee benefit plan’s annual report pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act) that is incorporated by reference in the registration statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to our directors, officers and controlling persons pursuant to the provisions described in Item 15 above, or otherwise, we have been advised that in the opinion of the SEC such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities, other than the payment by us of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of us in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding, is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, that we will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by us is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-3 and has duly caused this registration statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in Marietta, Pennsylvania, on August 21, 2018.

 

DONEGAL GROUP INC.
By:   /s/ Kevin G. Burke
  Kevin G. Burke,
  President and Chief Executive Officer

Know all men by these presents, that each person whose signature appears below constitutes and appoints Kevin G. Burke and Jeffrey D. Miller, and each or any of them, as such person’s true and lawful attorneys-in-fact and agents, with full power of substitution, for such person, and in such person’s name, place and stead, in any and all capacities to sign any or all amendments or post-effective amendments to this Registration Statement, and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto and other documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission, granting unto said attorneys-in-fact and agents full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in and about the premises, as fully to all intents and purposes as such person might or could do in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents, or any of them or their substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the registration statement has been signed by the following persons in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

 

Signature

       

Title

 

Date

/s/ Kevin G. Burke

Kevin G. Burke

     

President and Chief Executive Officer

(principal executive officer)

  August 21, 2018

/s/ Jeffrey D. Miller

Jeffrey D. Miller

     

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

(principal financial and accounting officer)

  August 21, 2018

 

 

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Signature

       

Title

 

Date

/s/ Scott A. Berlucchi

Scott A. Berlucchi

      Director   August 21, 2018

/s/ Dennis J. Bixenman

Dennis J. Bixenman

      Director   August 21, 2018

/s/ Robert S. Bolinger

Robert S. Bolinger

      Director   August 21, 2018

/s/ Patricia A. Gilmartin

Patricia A. Gilmartin

      Director   August 21, 2018

/s/ Jack L. Hess

Jack L. Hess

      Director   August 21, 2018

/s/ Barry C. Huber

Barry C. Huber

      Director   August 21, 2018

/s/ Kevin M. Kraft, Sr.

Kevin M. Kraft, Sr.

      Director   August 21, 2018

/s/ Jon M. Mahan

Jon M. Mahan

      Director   August 21, 2018

/s/ S. Trezevant Moore, Jr.

S. Trezevant Moore, Jr.

      Director   August 21, 2018

/s/ Richard D. Wampler, II

Richard D. Wampler, II

      Director   August 21, 2018

 

 

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Section 2: EX-4.1 (EX-4.1)

EX-4.1

Exhibit 4.1

DONEGAL GROUP INC.

2018 AGENCY STOCK PURCHASE PLAN

 

1.

Purpose.

Donegal Group Inc. (the “Company”) established this 2018 Agency Stock Purchase Plan (this “Plan”) for the benefit of eligible independent insurance agencies of Donegal Mutual Insurance Company (“Donegal Mutual”), any insurance company that the Company or Donegal Mutual owns 50% or more of such company’s stock or any company from which the Company or Donegal Mutual assumes 100% quota share reinsurance (collectively, the “Companies”). This Plan provides an Eligible Agency, as defined in Section 2, an opportunity to acquire a long-term proprietary interest in the Company through the purchase of the Company’s Class A common stock (the “Class A common stock”) at a discount from current market prices. In offering this Plan, the Company seeks to foster the common interests of the Company and Eligible Agencies in achieving long-term profitable growth for the Company. Accordingly, the Company has created this Plan to facilitate the purchase and long-term investment in shares of the Class A common stock by Eligible Agencies.

 

2.

Eligible Agencies.

An Eligible Agency is an agency that the Company determines, in its discretion, brings value to the Companies and with which the Companies seek a long-term relationship. The Company will consider the following criteria to determine eligibility:

 

  (i)

the agency’s premium volume;

 

  (ii)

the potential growth of such premium volume;

 

  (iii)

the profitability of the agency’s business; and

 

  (iv)

whether the Company has placed the agency on rehabilitation or revoked the agency’s binding authority.

The Company, in its discretion, may base eligibility on agency segmentation class or any other factors that indicate value, directly or indirectly, to the Companies. The Company will conduct periodic reviews to determine the continued eligibility of each Eligible Agency. Although an Eligible Agency is legally permitted to sell shares of Class A common stock it purchases pursuant to this Plan in its discretion, a pattern of immediate resale of the Class A common stock acquired under this Plan by an Eligible Agency will be a factor in the Company’s determination whether an agency should remain eligible for continued participation in this Plan because immediate resales would tend to indicate that an Eligible Agency is not seeking to share in the long-term profitable growth of the Companies. The Company will treat its decision, in its discretion, to discontinue the eligibility of an agency under this Plan, as an automatic withdrawal from this Plan. See Section 9.

 


3.

Methods of Payment and Amount of Contribution.

An Eligible Agency will have three methods of payment, pursuant to subsections (a), (b) and (c) of this Section 3, through which it may purchase shares of Class A common stock under this Plan. Subject to the provisions of Section 11(b), an Eligible Agency may elect any of the payment methods individually or in combination. In each Subscription Period, as defined in Section 4, an Eligible Agency may contribute an aggregate maximum of $12,000 toward the purchase of Class A common stock under all payment methods combined (the “Maximum Amount”), subject to the limitations set forth below:

(a)    An Eligible Agency may elect to purchase Class A common stock through deductions from its monthly direct bill commission payments. Under this method, an Eligible Agency will direct the Company to withhold no less than 1% and no more than 10% of the Eligible Agency’s direct bill commission payments from the Eligible Agency’s direct bill commission payments; provided, however, that the Company will withhold no more than $12,000 from direct bill commission payments during each Subscription Period. Direct bill commission payments will mean the commissions earned and that are actually available for payment in a monthly period to an Eligible Agency for personal and commercial direct bill policies after all offsetting debits and credits are applied, as determined solely from the Company’s records.

(b)    An Eligible Agency may elect to purchase Class A common stock during each Subscription Period through a deduction from the contingent commission, if any, payable to the Eligible Agency under the applicable agency contingent plan or its equivalent. Under this method, an Eligible Agency will direct the Company to withhold a percentage of the contingent commission subject to the Maximum Amount.

(c)    An Eligible Agency may elect to purchase Class A common stock through lump-sum payments to the Company. Under this method, the Eligible Agency will pay to the Company a dollar amount in a lump sum by the last day of the applicable Subscription Period. The amount of the lump sum payment may not be less than $1,000 nor more than the Maximum Amount.

 

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At the end of each Subscription Period, the Company will total each Eligible Agency’s direct bill commission payments, if any, and add such total to all lump-sum and contingent commission payments, if any, made by such agency. If at any time during a Subscription Period an Eligible Agency’s total payments exceed the Maximum Amount for that Subscription Period then, upon the Eligible Agency’s request, the Company will return such excess amount to the Eligible Agency without interest within a reasonable period. The Company will apply any such amount not returned to the Eligible Agency to the purchase of Class A common stock during the next Subscription Period without reducing the Maximum Amount applicable to such Subscription Period.

 

4.

Duration of This Plan and Subscription Periods.

This Plan is effective as of the effective date of the Form S-3 registration statement for the Plan through and including September 30, 2021. During its term, this Plan will have semi-annual “Subscription Periods.” Each Subscription Period will extend from April 1 through September 30 or from October 1 through March 31 of each year.

 

5.

Enrollment and Enrollment Periods.

“Enrollment Periods” are in effect from March 1 through March 31 and from September 1 through September 30 of each year, with the first Enrollment Period commencing the effective date of the Form S-3 registration statement for the Plan and continuing for 30 days thereafter. The Company will send an Eligible Agency a Subscription Agreement prior to the beginning of the first Enrollment Period following such agency’s designation as an Eligible Agency.

(a)    An Eligible Agency that desires to subscribe for the purchase of Class A common stock through withholding from direct bill commissions must return a duly executed and completed Subscription Agreement during the first applicable Enrollment Period.

(b)    An Eligible Agency that wishes to make lump-sum purchases during a Subscription Period will remit each lump-sum payment to the Company with a supplemental Subscription Agreement by the last day of the applicable Subscription Period.

(c)    An Eligible Agency that wishes to make a purchase during a Subscription Period through designation of a portion of its contingent commission under the agency contingent plan will file a Subscription Agreement during the Enrollment Period applicable to that Subscription Period.

 

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Once enrolled, an Eligible Agency will continue to participate in this Plan for each succeeding Subscription Period until it ceases to be an Eligible Agency or chooses to withdraw from this Plan pursuant to Section 9. If an Eligible Agency desires to change its rate of contribution, it may do so effective for the next Subscription Period by filing a new Subscription Agreement during the Enrollment Period for the next Subscription Period.

 

6.

Number of Shares To Be Offered.

The total number of shares available under this Plan is 350,000 shares of Class A common stock. In the event all 350,000 shares of Class A common stock are purchased prior to the expiration of this Plan, the Company may terminate this Plan in accordance with Section 13.

 

7.

Subscription Price.

The “Subscription Price” for each share of Class A common stock will be equal to 90% of the average of the closing prices of the Class A common stock on the Nasdaq Global Select Market for the last ten trading days of the applicable Subscription Period.

 

8.

Purchase of Shares.

The Company will maintain a “Plan Account” on behalf of each enrolled Eligible Agency with the Company’s transfer agent. As of the last day of each Subscription Period, the Company will credit the aggregate of (i) the amount deducted from the Eligible Agency’s direct bill commission payments, (ii) the Eligible Agency’s contingent commission withholdings and (iii) all of the Eligible Agency’s lump-sum payments, not to exceed the Maximum Amount permitted pursuant to Section 3 from all three payment methods, to the Eligible Agency’s Plan Account. At such time, the Company will divide the amount then contained in the Eligible Agency’s Plan Account by the Subscription Price for such Subscription Period and credit each Plan Account with the number of whole shares that results. The Company will carry forward any amount remaining in the Plan Account to the next Subscription Period or, at the option of the Eligible Agency, return it to the Eligible Agency. Any amount so carried forward will not reduce the Maximum Amount applicable to such succeeding Subscription Period. If the number of shares subscribed for during any Subscription Period exceeds the number of shares available for sale under this Plan, the Company will allocate the remaining shares among all Eligible Agencies in proportion to their aggregate Plan Account balances, exclusive of any amounts carried forward as provided in Section 3 and this Section 8. The Company will issue the shares that each Eligible Agency purchases under this Plan in electronic “book-entry” form through the Direct Registration System and deposit such shares directly into an account with Computershare Trust Company N.A., the Company’s transfer agent, within a reasonable time thereafter.

 

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9.

Withdrawal from This Plan.

An enrolled Eligible Agency may withdraw from this Plan at any time by giving written notice of withdrawal signed by an authorized representative of the Eligible Agency to the Company. Promptly after the time of withdrawal or the discontinuance of an Eligible Agency’s eligibility, the Company will refund without interest the amount of any cash credited to the Eligible Agency’s Plan Account for the current Subscription Period. If an Eligible Agency withdraws, such Eligible Agency may not resubscribe until after the next full Subscription Period has elapsed, and then only if the Company has redesignated such agency as an Eligible Agency.

 

10.

Termination of Agency Status.

The Company will treat termination of agency status for any reason as an automatic withdrawal from this Plan pursuant to Section 9.

 

11.

Assignment and Issuance of Shares.

Except as expressly permitted by this Section 11, no Eligible Agency may assign its subscription payments under this Plan or rights to subscribe under this Plan to any other person (including its shareholders, partners, members or other principals), and any attempted assignment will be void. Neither an Eligible Agency’s rights under this Plan nor shares held in an Eligible Agency’s Plan Account may be transferred, pledged, hypothecated or assigned. All shares issued under this Plan will be titled in the name of the Eligible Agency; provided, however, that an Eligible Agency may, upon written request to the Company: (a) designate that the Company issue such shares to a shareholder, partner, member, principal or other licensed employee of such Eligible Agency, or (b) designate that any retirement plan maintained by or for the benefit of such Eligible Agency or a shareholder, partner, member, principal or other licensed employee of such Eligible Agency may purchase shares in lieu of such Eligible Agency through lump-sum payments made by the designee, subject to the $12,000 Maximum Amount limitation set forth in Section 3, compliance with applicable laws, including the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended, and, if applicable, payment by the Eligible Agency or its designee of any applicable transfer taxes and satisfaction of the Company’s usual requirements for recognition of a transfer of Class A common stock.

 

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12.

Adjustment of and Changes in the Class A Common Stock.

In the event that the outstanding shares of the Class A common stock are hereafter increased or decreased or changed into or exchanged for a different number or kind of shares or other securities of the Company, or of another corporation, by reason of reorganization, merger, consolidation, recapitalization, reclassification, stock split-up, stock dividend either in shares of the Class A common stock or of another class of the Company’s stock, spin-off or combination of shares, the Committee appointed pursuant to Section 14 of this Plan will make appropriate adjustments in the aggregate number and kind of shares that are reserved for sale under this Plan.

 

13.

Amendment or Discontinuance of This Plan.

The board of directors of the Company will have the right to amend, modify or terminate this Plan at any time without notice provided that the amendment, modification or termination of this Plan does not adversely affect any participant’s existing rights.

 

14.

Administration.

A committee (the “Committee”) consisting of at least three persons the board of directors of the Company has appointed from time to time will administer this Plan. The Committee may from time to time adopt rules and regulations for carrying out this Plan. Any Committee interpretation or construction of any provision of this Plan will be final and conclusive on all participants absent contrary action by the board of directors of the Company. Any interpretation or construction of any provision of this Plan by the board of directors of the Company will be final and conclusive on all participants.

 

15.

Titles.

Titles are provided in this Plan for convenience only and are not to serve as a basis for interpretation or construction of this Plan.

 

16.

Applicable Law.

This Plan will be construed, administered and governed in all respects under the laws of the State of Delaware and the United States of America.

 

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Section 3: EX-5.1 (EX-5.1)

EX-5.1

EXHIBIT 5.1

 

NEW YORK

 

LONDON

 

SINGAPORE

 

PHILADELPHIA

 

CHICAGO

 

WASHINGTON, DC

 

SAN FRANCISCO

 

SILICON VALLEY

 

SAN DIEGO

 

LOS ANGELES

 

TAIWAN

 

BOSTON

 

HOUSTON

 

AUSTIN

 

HANOI

 

HO CHI MINH CITY

  

LOGO

 

FIRM and AFFILIATE OFFICES

 

www.duanemorris.com

 

SHANGHAI

 

ATLANTA

 

BALTIMORE

 

WILMINGTON

 

MIAMI

 

BOCA RATON

 

PITTSBURGH

 

NEWARK

 

LAS VEGAS

 

CHERRY HILL

 

LAKE TAHOE

 

MYANMAR

 

OMAN

 

A GCC REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE

 

OF DUANE MORRIS

 

ALLIANCES IN MEXICO

 

AND SRI LANKA

August 21, 2018

Board of Directors

Donegal Group Inc.

1195 River Road

Marietta, Pennsylvania 17547

 

  Re:

Donegal Group Inc. (the “Company”)

    

Registration Statement on Form S-3

Ladies and Gentlemen:

We have acted as counsel to the Company in connection with the preparation and filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, of a registration statement on Form S-3 (the “Registration Statement”) relating to the offer and sale by the Company of up to 350,000 shares (the “Shares”) of Class A Common Stock, $.01 par value, of the Company, that the Company may issue under the Company’s 2018 Agency Stock Purchase Plan (the “Plan”).

As counsel to the Company, we have supervised all corporate proceedings in connection with the preparation and filing of the Registration Statement. We have also examined the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation and By-laws, as amended to date, its corporate minutes and other proceedings and the records relating to the authorization, sale and issuance of the Shares and the adoption of the Plan, and such other documents and matters of law as we have deemed necessary or appropriate in order to render this opinion.

Based upon the foregoing, it is our opinion that each of the Shares, when issued and paid for in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Plan, will be duly authorized, legally and validly issued and outstanding, fully paid and nonassessable.

 


We hereby consent to the use of this opinion in the Registration Statement and to the reference to us in the prospectus under the caption “Legal Opinion.”

 

Sincerely,
DUANE MORRIS LLP
/s/ Duane Morris LLP

JWK

 

 

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Section 4: EX-23.2 (EX-23.2)

EX-23.2

Exhibit 23.2

Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

The Board of Directors

Donegal Group Inc.:

We consent to the use of our reports dated March 9, 2018, with respect to the consolidated balance sheets of Donegal Group Inc. and subsidiaries as of December 31, 2017 and 2016, and the related consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income, stockholders’ equity, and cash flows for each of the years in the three-year period ended December 31, 2017, and the related notes and financial statement schedule (collectively, the “consolidated financial statements”), and the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2017, incorporated herein by reference and to the reference to our firm under the heading “Experts” in the prospectus.

/s/ KPMG LLP

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

August 21, 2018

 

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Section 5: EX-23.3 (EX-23.3)

EX-23.3

Exhibit 23.3

Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

Donegal Group Inc,

Marietta, Pennsylvania

We hereby consent to the incorporation by reference in the Prospectus constituting a part of this Registration Statement of our report dated March 7, 2018, relating to the consolidated financial statements of Donegal Financial Services Corporation and subsidiary appearing as a schedule in the Annual Report on Form 10-K of Donegal Group Inc. for the year ended December 31, 2017.

We also consent to the reference to us under the caption “Experts” in the Prospectus.

/s/ BDO USA, LLP

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

August 21, 2018

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