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Section 1: 8-K (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 14, 2019

 


 

COUSINS PROPERTIES INCORPORATED

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

 

Georgia

 

001-11312

 

58-0869052

(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)

 

(Commission
File Number)

 

(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

 

3344 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1800
Atlanta, Georgia

 

30326

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

 

(Zip code)

 

(404) 407-1000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

N/A

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class

 

Trading
Symbol

 

Name of each exchange
on which registered

Common Stock, par value $1.0 per share

 

CUZ

 

New York Stock Exchange

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (17 CFR §230.405) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 CFR §240.12b-2).

 

Emerging growth company o

 

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. o

 

 

 


 

Item 2.01.                                        Completion of Acquisition or Disposition of Assets.

 

On June 14, 2019, Cousins Properties Incorporated, a Georgia corporation (“Cousins”), completed its previously announced acquisition of TIER REIT, Inc., a Maryland corporation (“TIER”), pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of March 25, 2019 (the “Merger Agreement”), by and among the Cousins, TIER and Murphy Subsidiary Holdings Corporation, a Maryland corporation and direct wholly owned subsidiary of the Cousins (“Merger Sub”). Pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement, upon the terms and subject to the conditions of the Merger Agreement, on June 14, 2019, at the effective time of the Merger (the “Effective Time”), TIER merged with and into Merger Sub (the “Merger”) with Merger Sub continuing as the surviving corporation of the Merger.

 

At the Effective Time, each share of common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, of TIER (“TIER common stock”) issued and outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time was converted into the right to receive 2.98 newly issued shares of Cousins common stock, par value $1.00 per share (the “Cousins common stock”), subject to customary anti-dilution adjustments and with cash paid in lieu of fractional shares. As a result of the Merger, former TIER common stockholders will receive approximately 166 million shares of Cousins common stock for their shares of TIER common stock.

 

In addition, pursuant to the Merger Agreement, as of immediately prior to the Effective Time, each outstanding award of restricted shares and restricted stock units in respect of TIER common stock became fully vested in accordance with their terms and were otherwise treated in the same manner as any other share of TIER common stock at the Effective Time.  As of immediately prior to the Effective Time, with respect to each outstanding award of performance-based restricted stock units in respect of TIER common stock, performance was determined to be achieved as set forth under the applicable award agreement.

 

The description of the Merger Agreement contained in this Item 2.01 does not purport to be complete and is subject to and qualified in its entirety by reference to the Merger Agreement, which is filed as Exhibit 2.1 to Cousins’ Current Report on Form 8-K filed on March 25, 2019.

 

Item 5.02.                                        Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

 

At the Effective Time, the size of the Cousins Board of Directors was expanded from nine to ten directors and, pursuant to the Merger Agreement, two members of the TIER Board of Directors, Mr. Scott W. Fordham and Mr. R. Kent Griffin, Jr., were appointed to the Cousins Board of Directors.  Messrs. Fordham and Griffin have not yet been appointed to any committee of the Cousins Board of Directors.  Messrs. Fordham and Griffin will be compensated in accordance with Cousins’ non-employee director compensation policy, without pro-ration for any partial year of service.

 

Scott W. Fordham served as the chief executive officer and a director of TIER since 2014. Mr. Fordham has over 25 years of experience in commercial real estate with an emphasis on strategy, transactions, corporate finance and capital markets. Mr. Fordham previously served as TIER’s

 

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president from 2013 until February 2018. Mr. Fordham previously served as an executive with Prentiss Properties Trust, a publicly-traded REIT, and its successor, Brandywine Realty Trust, along with Apartment Investment and Management Company.

 

R. Kent Griffin, Jr. previously served as an independent director of TIER since January 2017.  Mr. Griffin brings extensive experience in real estate operations, corporate finance and capital markets. Mr. Griffin served from 2008 to 2015 as president and chief operating officer of BioMed Realty Trust, Inc., a leading provider of real estate for the life science industry. Mr. Griffin joined BioMed as chief financial officer in 2006, and prior to that, he worked in investment banking and public accounting and advisory.

 

In addition, effective as of June 14, 2019, Edward M. Casal resigned as a director of Cousins and as a member of the Audit Committee of the Cousins Board of Directors.  Mr. Casal’s resignation is not a result of any disagreement with Cousins on any matter relating to Cousins’ operations, policies or practices.

 

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

 

On June 14, 2019, following the Effective Time, the restated and amended articles of incorporation of Cousins (the “Cousins Articles”) were amended to effect a reverse stock split of the issued and outstanding shares of Cousins common stock (the “Reverse Split Stock Amendment”), pursuant to which, (1) each four shares of issued and outstanding Cousins common stock were combined into one share of Cousins common stock (the “Reverse Stock Split”) and (2) the authorized amount of shares of Cousins common stock was proportionally reduced to 175,000,000 shares.

 

Immediately after the Reverse Split, the Cousins Articles were further amended to increase the number of authorized shares of Cousins common stock from 175,000,000 to 300,000,000 shares (the “Authorize Share Increase Amendment”).

 

The description of the Reverse Stock Split Amendment and the Authorized Share Increase Amendment contained in this Item 5.03 does not purport to be complete and is subject to and qualified in its entirety by reference to the articles effecting the Reverse Stock Split Amendment and Authorized Share Increase Amendment, copies of which are included herewith as Exhibit 3.1 and Exhibit 3.2, respectively, and incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 7.01.                                        Regulation FD Disclosure

 

On June 14, 2019, Cousins issued a press release announcing the closing of the Merger.  Copies of the press release are furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and are incorporated into this Item 7.01 by reference. The information in this Item 7.01 of Form 8-K shall not be deemed to be “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liability of such section, nor shall such information be deemed to be incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, regardless of the general incorporation language of such filing, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.

 

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Item 9.01.                                        Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d) Exhibits.

 

Exhibit No.

 

Description

3.1

 

Articles of Amendment to Restated and Amended Articles of Incorporation of Cousins, as amended June 14, 2019

 

 

 

3.2

 

Articles of Amendment to Restated and Amended Articles of Incorporation of Cousins, as amended June 14, 2019

 

 

 

99.1

 

Press Release, dated June 14, 2019

 

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SIGNATURE

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

 

COUSINS PROPERTIES INCORPORATED

 

 

 

Date: June 14, 2019

By:

/s/ Pamela Roper

 

 

Name:

Pamela Roper

 

 

Title:

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

 

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Section 2: EX-3.1 (EX-3.1)

Exhibit 3.1

 

ARTICLES OF AMENDMENT

 

TO

 

RESTATED ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION

 

OF

 

COUSINS PROPERTIES INCORPORATED

 

1.

 

The name of the corporation is Cousins Properties Incorporated (the “Corporation”).

 

2.

 

Pursuant to Section 14-2-1003 of the Georgia Business Corporation Code, these Articles of Amendment (this “Amendment”) amend the Restated Articles of Incorporation of the Corporation, as amended (the “Articles of Incorporation”). This Amendment was duly adopted by the shareholders of the Corporation in accordance with the provisions of Section 14-2-1003 of the Georgia Business Code on June 12, 2019.

 

3.

 

In connection with the Corporation’s reclassification of its common stock, par value $1.00 per share (“Common Stock”), pursuant to which (1) each four shares of issued and outstanding Common Stock will be combined into one share of Common Stock and (2) any fractional share resulting therefrom shall be entitled to receive a cash payment equal to the product of: (x) the closing sales price of the Common Stock on the New York Stock Exchange on the date immediately prior to the effective time of such reclassification (as adjusted to give effect to the reclassification); and (y) the amount of the fractional share, paragraph A. to Article 4 of the Articles of Incorporation shall hereafter read in its entirety as follows:

 

“A. The Corporation shall have the authority to issue 175 million shares of Common Stock, $1 par value per share. Each share of Common Stock shall have one vote on each matter submitted to a vote of the shareholders of the Corporation. The holders of shares of Common Stock shall be entitled to receive, in proportion to the number of shares of Common Stock held, the net assets of the Corporation upon dissolution after any preferential amounts required to be paid or distributed to holders of outstanding shares of Preferred Stock, if any, are so paid or distributed.”

 

4.

 

This Amendment shall become effective as of 4:15 P.M. on June 14, 2019.

 


 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, COUSINS PROPERTIES INCORPORATED has caused these Articles of Amendment to be executed by its authorized officer on June 14, 2019.

 

 

COUSINS PROPERTIES INCORPORATED

 

 

 

By:

/s/ M. Colin Connolly

 

Name:

M. Colin Connolly

 

Title:

President and Chief Executive Officer

 

 

Attest:

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Pamela F. Roper

 

Name:

Pamela F. Roper

 

Title:

Executive Vice President, General Counsel

 

 

and Corporate Secretary

 

 


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Section 3: EX-3.2 (EX-3.2)

Exhibit 3.2

 

ARTICLES OF AMENDMENT

 

TO

 

RESTATED ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION

 

OF

 

COUSINS PROPERTIES INCORPORATED

 

1.

 

The name of the corporation is Cousins Properties Incorporated (the “Corporation”).

 

2.

 

Pursuant to Section 14-2-1003 of the Georgia Business Corporation Code, these Articles of Amendment (this “Amendment”) amend the Restated Articles of Incorporation of the Corporation, as amended (the “Articles of Incorporation”). This Amendment was duly adopted by the shareholders of the Corporation in accordance with the provisions of Section 14-2-1003 of the Georgia Business Code on June 12, 2019.

 

3.

 

The Articles of Incorporation are hereby further amended by amending paragraph A. to Article 4, to increase the number of shares of Common Stock, $1 par value per share, authorized for issuance to 300 million shares. Paragraph A. to Article 4 shall hereafter read in its entirety as follows:

 

“A. The Corporation shall have the authority to issue 300 million shares of Common Stock, $1 par value per share. Each share of Common Stock shall have one vote on each matter submitted to a vote of the shareholders of the Corporation. The holders of shares of Common Stock shall be entitled to receive, in proportion to the number of shares of Common Stock held, the net assets of the Corporation upon dissolution after any preferential amounts required to be paid or distributed to holders of outstanding shares of Preferred Stock, if any, are so paid or distributed.”

 

4.

 

This Amendment shall become effective as of 4:30 P.M. on June 14, 2019.

 


 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, COUSINS PROPERTIES INCORPORATED has caused these Articles of Amendment to be executed by its authorized officer on June 14, 2019.

 

 

COUSINS PROPERTIES INCORPORATED

 

 

 

By:

/s/ M. Colin Connolly

 

Name:

M. Colin Connolly

 

Title:

President and Chief Executive Officer

 

 

Attest:

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Pamela F. Roper

 

 

Name:

Pamela F. Roper

 

Title:

Executive Vice President, General Counsel

 

 

and Corporate Secretary

 

 


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Section 4: EX-99.1 (EX-99.1)

Exhibit 99.1

 

 

CONTACT:

News Release

Roni Imbeaux

 

Vice President, Finance and Investor Relations

 

404-407-1104

 

[email protected]

 

 

COUSINS PROPERTIES CLOSES MERGER WITH TIER REIT

 

ATLANTA— (June 14, 2019) — Cousins Properties (NYSE: CUZ) announced today the closing of its stock-for-stock merger with TIER REIT, Inc. (NYSE: TIER).  Shares of TIER common stock will be de-listed after the close of trading today.

 

About Cousins Properties 
Cousins Properties is a fully integrated, self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company, based in Atlanta, GA and acting through its operating partnership, Cousins Properties LP, primarily invests in Class A office towers located in high-growth Sun Belt markets. Founded in 1958, Cousins creates shareholder value through its extensive expertise in the development, acquisition, leasing, and management of high-quality real estate assets. The Company has a comprehensive strategy in place based on a simple platform, trophy assets and opportunistic investments. For more information, please visit www.cousins.com.

 

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information

 

In addition to historical information, this communication contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the industry and markets in which Cousins operates and beliefs of and assumptions made by Cousins management, involve uncertainties that could significantly affect the financial or operating results of the combined company. Words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “will,” “should,” “may,” “projects,” “could,” “estimates” or variations of such words and other similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements, which generally are not historical in nature, but not all forward-looking statements include such identifying words. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, projections of earnings and statements of plans for future operations or expected revenues. All statements that address operating performance, events or developments that we expect or anticipate will occur in the future are forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Although we believe the expectations reflected in any forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, we can give no assurance that our expectations will be attained and therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. For example, these forward-looking statements could be affected by factors including, without limitation, risks associated with (i) national, international, regional and local economic climates, (ii) changes in financial markets, interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates, (iii) increased or unanticipated competition for our properties, (iv) risks associated with acquisitions, (v) the potential liability for a failure to meet regulatory requirements, including the maintenance of real estate investment trust status, (vi) availability of financing and capital, (vii) changes in demand for developed properties, (viii) risks associated with achieving expected revenue synergies or cost savings, (ix) material changes in the dividend rates on securities or the ability to pay dividends on common shares or other securities, (x) potential changes to tax legislation, (xi) adverse changes in financial condition of joint venture partner(s) or major tenants, (xii) risks

 


 

associated with the acquisition, development, expansion, leasing and management of properties, (xiii) significant costs related to uninsured losses, condemnation, or environmental issues, (xiv) the ability to retain key personnel, and (xv) those additional risks and factors discussed in reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by Cousins from time to time, including those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in our most recently filed reports on Form 10-K and 10-Q. Except to the extent required by applicable law or regulation, Cousins disclaims any duty to update any forward-looking statements contained in this communication or to otherwise update any of the above-referenced factors.

 


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