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DEFA14A

 

 

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): March 19, 2020

 

 

FGL HOLDINGS

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Cayman Islands   001-37779   98-1354810

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

 

(Commission

File Number)

 

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

 

4th Floor
Boundary Hall, Cricket Square
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
KY1-1102
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: 1 (345) 947-5614

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Title of each class

 

Trading

Symbol(s)

 

Name of each exchange

on which registered

Ordinary shares, par value $.0001 per share   FG   New York Stock Exchange
Warrants to purchase ordinary shares   FG WS   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 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company  ☐

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

 

 

 


Item 8.01

Other Events.

On March 19, 2020, FGL Holdings (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing the expiration of the 40-day “go-shop period” provided for under the terms of the previously announced definitive merger agreement (the “Merger Agreement”), pursuant to which the Company will be acquired by Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (“FNF”).

A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated by reference herein.

 

Item 9.01

Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d)

 

Exhibit
No.

  

Description

99.1   

Press Release, dated March 19, 2020, issued by the Company.

104   

Cover Page Interactive Data File (the cover page XBRL tags are embedded within the Inline XBRL document)

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

“Safe Harbor” Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This Current Report on Form 8-K contains, and certain oral statements made by our representatives from time to time may contain, forward-looking statements relating to the Company, including statements relating to the Merger Agreement and related matters. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company’s and FNF’s control, that could cause actual results, events and developments to differ materially from those set forth in, or implied by, such statements. These statements are based on the beliefs and assumptions of the management of the Company and FNF, respectively. Forward-looking statements are generally identifiable by use of the words “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “projects,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “might,” or “continues” or similar expressions. Factors that could cause actual results, events and developments to differ include, without limitation: (1) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the Merger Agreement; (2) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against the Company or FNF following the announcement of the Merger Agreement and the transactions contemplated therein; (3) the inability to complete the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement, including due to failure to obtain approval of the shareholders of the Company or other conditions to closing in the Merger Agreement; (4) delays in obtaining or the inability to obtain necessary regulatory approvals (including approval from insurance regulators) required to complete the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement; (5) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the Merger Agreement or could otherwise cause the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement to fail to close; (6) the risk that the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement disrupt current plans and operations of the Company or FNF as a result of the announcement thereof; (7) the ability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement, which may be affected by, among other things, competition, the ability of the management of the Company and FNF to grow and manage growth their respective businesses profitably and to retain their key employees; (8) costs related to the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement; (9) changes in applicable laws or regulations; (10) the risk that the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement will not qualify for their intended tax treatment; (11) adverse legal and regulatory developments or determinations or adverse changes in, or interpretations of, U.S. or other foreign laws, rules or regulations, including tax laws, rules and regulations, that could delay or prevent completion of the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement, cause the terms of such transactions to be modified or change the anticipated tax consequences of such transactions; (12) the possibility that the Company or FNF may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors, as well as the impact on the business, operations, results of operations and trading prices of the shares of the Company and FNF arising out of the COVID-19 outbreak; and (13) other risks and uncertainties identified in the Company’s and FNF’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Neither the Company nor FNF undertakes or accepts any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based, subject to applicable law. The information contained in any website referenced herein is not, and shall not be deemed to be, part of or incorporated into this Current Report on Form 8-K.


All forward-looking statements described herein are qualified by these cautionary statements and there can be no assurance that the actual results, events or developments referenced herein will occur or be realized. Neither the Company nor FNF undertakes any obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operation results, except as required by law.

Additional Information about the Proposed Transaction and Where to Find It

This Current Report on Form 8-K relates to a proposed transaction between the Company and FNF which may become the subject of a registration statement and relevant solicitation materials filed by FNF with the SEC. This Current Report on Form 8-K is not a substitute for the registration statement and relevant solicitation materials that FNF may file with the SEC or any other documents which FNF may send to its or the Company’s shareholders in connection with the proposed transaction. Investors and security holders are urged to carefully and entirely read the registration statement and relevant solicitation materials and all other relevant documents, as well as any amendments or supplements to these documents, if and when they become available because they will contain important information about the proposed transaction and related matters. All such documents, if filed, would be available free of charge at the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov). In addition, documents would be available for free from the Company by contacting Jamie Lillis, Managing Director, Solebury Trout, 203-428-3223, [email protected]

Participants in the Solicitation

The Company and certain of its directors and officers may be deemed to be participants in any solicitation of shareholders in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about the Company’s directors and officers is available in the Company’s proxy statement dated March 29, 2019 for its May 7, 2019 annual general meeting of shareholders. Other information regarding the participants and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the Proxy Statement/Prospectus included in the Registration Statement on Form S-4 to be filed by FNF and relevant solicitation materials that will be filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction.

No Offer or Solicitation

This Current Report on Form 8-K is not intended to and shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote of approval, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.


EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit
No.

  

Description

99.1    Press Release, dated March 19, 2020, issued by the Company.
104    Cover Page Interactive Data File (the cover page XBRL tags are embedded within the Inline XBRL document)


SIGNATURE

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

 

March 19, 2020     FGL Holdings
    By:  

/s/ ERIC L. MARHOUN

    Name:   Eric L. Marhoun
    Title:  

Executive Vice President, General

Counsel and Secretary


Exhibit 99.1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FGL Holdings Announces Expiration of “Go-Shop Period”

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, March 19, 2020 – FGL Holdings (NYSE: FG) (“F&G”) today announced the expiration of the 40-day “go-shop period” provided for under the terms of the previously announced definitive merger agreement (the “Merger Agreement”), pursuant to which F&G will be acquired by Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE: FNF) (“FNF”). Under the terms of the Merger Agreement, F&G and its subsidiaries were permitted to actively solicit alternative acquisition proposals from third parties until 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on March 18, 2020 (the “go-shop period”).

During the go-shop period, F&G and its financial advisor, Credit Suisse, solicited 42 potential acquirers. Despite these efforts, F&G did not receive any alternative acquisition proposals during the go-shop period.

Immediately following the expiration of the go-shop period and pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement, F&G became subject to customary “no-shop” restrictions on its ability to solicit alternative acquisition proposals from third parties and to provide non-public information to and engage in discussions or negotiations with third parties regarding alternative acquisition proposals, subject to certain customary exceptions.

The transaction with FNF is expected to close in the second or third quarter of 2020, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory clearances and approval by F&G shareholders.

Forward-Looking Statements

“Safe Harbor” Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains, and certain oral statements made by our representatives from time to time may contain, forward-looking statements relating to F&G, including statements relating to the Merger Agreement and related matters. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond F&G’s and FNF’s control, that could cause actual results, events and developments to differ materially from those set forth in, or implied by, such statements. These statements are based on the beliefs and assumptions of the management of F&G and FNF, respectively. Forward-looking statements are generally identifiable by use of the words “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “projects,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “might,” or “continues” or similar expressions. Factors that could cause actual results, events and developments to differ include, without limitation: (1) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the Merger Agreement; (2) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against F&G or FNF following the announcement of the Merger Agreement and the transactions contemplated therein; (3) the inability to complete the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement, including due to failure to obtain approval of the shareholders of F&G or other conditions to closing in the Merger Agreement; (4) delays in obtaining or the inability to obtain necessary regulatory approvals (including approval from insurance regulators) required to complete the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement; (5) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the Merger Agreement or could otherwise cause the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement to fail to close; (6) the risk that the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement disrupt current plans and operations of F&G or FNF as a result of the announcement thereof; (7) the ability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement, which may be affected by, among other things, competition, the ability of the management of F&G and FNF to grow and manage growth their respective businesses profitably and to retain their key employees; (8) costs related to the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement; (9) changes in applicable laws or regulations; (10) the risk that the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement will not qualify for their intended tax treatment; (11) adverse legal and regulatory developments or determinations or adverse changes in, or interpretations of, U.S. or other foreign laws, rules or regulations, including tax laws, rules and regulations, that could delay or prevent completion of the transactions contemplated by the Merger


Agreement, cause the terms of such transactions to be modified or change the anticipated tax consequences of such transactions; (12) the possibility that F&G or FNF may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors, as well as the impact on the business, operations, results of operations and trading prices of the shares of F&G and FNF arising out of the COVID-19 outbreak; and (13) other risks and uncertainties identified in F&G’s and FNF’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). F&G cautions readers not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Neither F&G nor FNF undertakes or accepts any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based, subject to applicable law.

Additional Information about the Proposed Transaction and Where to Find It:

This press release relates to a proposed transaction between FNF and F&G, which may become the subject of a registration statement and relevant solicitation materials filed by FNF with the SEC. This press release is not a substitute for the registration statement and relevant solicitation materials that FNF may file with the SEC or any other documents which FNF may send to its or F&G’s shareholders in connection with the proposed transaction. Investors and security holders are urged to carefully and entirely read the registration statement and relevant solicitation materials and all other relevant documents, as well as any amendments or supplements to these documents, if and when they become available because they will contain important information about the proposed transaction and related matters. All such documents, if filed, would be available free of charge at the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov). In addition, documents would be available for free from F&G by contacting Jamie Lillis, Managing Director, Solebury Trout, 203-428-3223, [email protected]

No Offer or Solicitation

This press release is not intended to and shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote of approval, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

About FGL Holdings

FGL Holdings-the F&G family of insurance companies-is committed to helping Americans prepare for and live comfortably in their retirement. Through its subsidiaries, F&G is a leading provider of annuity and life insurance products. FGL Holdings, domiciled in the Cayman Islands, trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol FG. For more information, please visit www.fglife.bm.

Contacts

Investors:

Jon Bayer

[email protected]

410.487.8898

Media:

Renee Hamlen

[email protected]

515.850.5704

Jonathan Keehner / Tim Ragones / Kate Thompson

Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

212-355-4449

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