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Section 1: 8-K (FORM 8-K)

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Washington, D.C. 20549


Form 8-K






Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 2, 2020



(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Bermuda   001-32657   98-0363970
(State or Other Jurisdiction of
Incorporation or Organization)
  (Commission File Number)   (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)


Crown House
4 Par-la-Ville Road
Second Floor
Hamilton, HM08 Bermuda
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)


(441) 292-1510

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)



(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 exchange on which
Common shares   NBR   NYSE
Preferred shares – Series A   NBR.PRA   NYSE


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 1.01Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.


On May 27, 2020, Nabors Industries Ltd. (the “Company”) entered into an amendment (the “Amendment”) to that certain Rights Agreement, dated as of May 5, 2020, (the “Rights Agreement”) between the Company and Computershare Trust Company, N.A., as Rights Agent, which Rights Agreement granted one preferred share purchase right (a “Right”) for each issued and outstanding common share of the Company, par value US$0.05 per share (the “Common Shares”). The Rights Agreement provides that a person or group of affiliated or associated persons becomes an “Acquiring Person” (as defined in the Rights Agreement) upon acquiring beneficial ownership of 4.9% or more of the issued and outstanding Common Shares, with certain exceptions for, among other things, employee benefit plans of the Company or of any Subsidiary and holders with beneficial ownership in excess of such percentage as of the time of the first public announcement of the declaration of the grant of Rights. The Amendment amended the definition of “Acquiring Person” to permit Hushang Ansary, together with his affiliates and associates, to beneficially own up to 10% of the outstanding Common Shares without becoming an “Acquiring Person”.


A copy of the Rights Agreement and Amendment is available free of charge from the Company. This summary description of the Amendment does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Amendment, which is filed as an exhibit hereto and incorporated herein by reference.


Item 5.07Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.


The annual general meeting of shareholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of the Company was held on June 2, 2020. Holders of 363,368,239 shares, representing 86.62% of our outstanding shares of common stock entitled to vote as of the record date for the Annual Meeting, participated in person or by proxy.


As explained in our proxy statement relating to the Annual Meeting:


·         In accordance with the Company’s Bye-Laws, directors are elected by a plurality of the votes cast. However, the Company has adopted a policy requiring that, in the event a nominee does not receive the affirmative vote of a majority of the shares voted in connection with his or her election, he or she must promptly tender his or her contingent resignation from the Board of Directors (the “Board”), which the Board will accept unless it determines that it would not be in the Company’s best interests to do so.


·         Approval of the other matters considered at the Annual Meeting required the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of shares present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote at the meeting, with abstentions having the effect of votes against a proposal and broker nonvotes being disregarded in the calculation.


The matters voted upon at the Annual Meeting were:


A. Election of Directors*


    Shares For     Shares Withheld     Nonvotes     Result  
Tanya S. Beder     208,336,179       89,116,881       65,915,179       Elected  
Anthony R. Chase     267,646,023       29,807,037       65,915,179        Elected  
James R. Crane     212,887,237       84,565,823       65,915,179       Elected  
John P. Kotts     166,088,422       131,364,638       65,915,179       Elected  
Michael C. Linn     161,967,928       135,485,132       65,915,179       Elected  
Anthony G. Petrello     264,407,764       33,045,296       65,915,179        Elected  
John Yearwood     213,545,748       83,907,312       65,915,179       Elected  


*All directors were elected by a majority of shares voted.





B. Approval and Appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as Our Independent Auditor and Authorization for the Audit Committee To Set the Independent Auditor’s Remuneration


For   355,781,230 
Against   7,060,222 
Abstain   526,787 


RESULT: Approved (97.91% For)


C. Advisory Vote on Compensation of Named Executive Officers


For   103,842,247 
Against   192,040,079 
Abstain   1,570,734 
Nonvotes   65,915,179 


RESULT: Not Approved (34.91% For)


D. Approval of the Amended and Restated Nabors Industries Ltd. 2016 Stock Plan


For   288,424,494 
Against   8,141,121 
Abstain   887,445 
Nonvotes   65,915,179 


RESULT: Approved (96.96% For)


Item 9.01Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits


Exhibit No. Description
 10.1 Amendment No. 1 to Rights Agreement, dated May 27, 2020 between Nabors Industries Ltd. and Computershare Trust Company, N.A., as Rights Agent.
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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.


  Nabors Industries Ltd.
Date: June 2, 2020 By: /s/Mark D. Andrews
    Name: Mark D. Andrews
    Title: Corporate Secretary




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Section 2: EX-10.1 (EXHIBIT 10.1)


Exhibit 10.1




THIS AMENDMENT NO. 1 (this “Amendment”), dated as of May 27, 2020, to the Rights Agreement, dated as of May 5, 2020 (the “Rights Agreement”) between Nabors Industries Ltd., a Bermuda exempted company (the “Company”), and Computershare Trust Company, N.A., a federally chartered trust company, as Rights Agent (the “Rights Agent”).




WHEREAS, the Company and the Rights Agent have heretofore executed and entered into the Rights Agreement; and


WHEREAS, the Company desires to amend the Rights Agreement in accordance with Section 27 thereof.


NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing and the mutual agreements set forth in the Rights Agreement and herein, the parties hereto agree as follows:




1. Amendment of the Definition of “Acquiring Person”. The definition of “Acquiring Person” in the Rights Agreement is hereby amended by adding the following sentence to the end thereof:


“The foregoing or any provision to the contrary in this Agreement notwithstanding, Hushang Ansary (“Investor”) is not, nor are any of its Affiliates and Associates, nor shall Investor or any of its Affiliates or Associates be deemed to be, an Acquiring Person for so long as such Persons collectively Beneficially Own no greater than 10% of the then issued and outstanding Common Shares.


2. Effectiveness. This Amendment shall be deemed effective as of the date first written above, as if executed on such date. Except as specifically amended by this Amendment, all other terms and conditions of the Rights Agreement shall remain in full force and effect and are hereby ratified and confirmed.


3. Miscellaneous. This Amendment shall be deemed to be a contract made under the laws of the State of Delaware and for all purposes shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of such State applicable to contracts to be made and performed entirely within such State; provided, however, that all provisions, regarding the rights, duties, obligations and liabilities of the Rights Agent shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York applicable to contracts made and to be performed entirely within such State. This Amendment may be executed in any number of counterparts (including by facsimile or PDF) and each of such counterparts shall for all purposes be deemed to be an original, and all such counterparts shall together constitute but one and the same instrument. If any term, provision, covenant or restriction of this Amendment is held by a court of competent jurisdiction or other authority to be invalid, void or unenforceable, the remainder of the terms, provisions, covenants and restrictions of this Amendment shall remain in full force and effect and shall in no way be affected, impaired or invalidated. Except as otherwise expressly provided herein, or unless the context otherwise requires, capitalized terms used herein shall have the respective meanings assigned to them in the Rights Agreement. The Rights Agent and the Company hereby waive any notice requirement under the Rights Agreement pertaining to the matters covered by this Amendment.


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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Amendment has been duly executed by the Company and the Rights Agent as of the day and year first written above.


  By:    /s/ Mark D. Andrews
    Name: Mark D. Andrews
    Title: Corporate Secretary
  as Rights Agent
  By: /s/ Kevin Laurita
    Name: Kevin Laurita
    Title: Vice President


[Signature Page to Amendment No. 1 to Rights Agreement] 




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