GRANITE CONSTRUCTION INCORPORATED (NYSE:GVA) Files An 8-K Regulation FD DisclosureItem 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.
In response to an investor inquiry, Granite Construction Incorporated (“Granite”) is providing the following information relating to its current plans regarding the convertible notes of Layne Christensen Company (“Layne”) following the completion of Granite’s acquisition of Layne in a stock-for-stock merger, which includes the assumption of Layne’s outstanding debt (which merger is described in Granite’s Current Report or Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) on February14, 2018).
On February14, 2018 representatives of Granite and Layne conducted an investor call in connection with the announcement of the stock-for-stock proposed merger of Granite and Layne. In that call, a Granite representative stated that Granite intends to refinance Layne’s 4.25% convertible notes. There was no discussion of timing. The 4.25% notes will mature on November15, 2018 (see the definition of Maturity Date of Section2.04 of the 4.25% note indenture furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this report). If any 4.25% notes are not converted prior to November15, 2018, Granite intends to refinance the outstanding 4.25% notes utilizing a combination of available cash and borrowings under Granite’s revolving credit facility.
The definition of Maturity Date in Section2.04 of the 8.00% note indenture (furnished as Exhibit 99.2 to this report) specifies August15, 2018 as the Maturity Date unless prior to that date either (1)the 4.25% notes are Effectively Discharged (as defined in the 8.00% note indenture), (2) the maturity date of the 4.25% notes is extended to a date beyond October15, 2019, (3) all of the 4.25% notes are converted or (4)all of the 4.25% notes have been repurchased, redeemed or are otherwise no longer outstanding.
Forward Looking Statements
All statements included or incorporated by reference in this communication, other than statements or characterizations of historical fact, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including, without limitation, the financing of the proposed merger between Granite and Layne and Granite’s plans and proposals regarding the maturity, repayment and refinancing of Layne’s outstanding notes. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks, including, among other things, the risk that the conditions to the closing of the transaction are not satisfied, including the risk that required approvals for the transaction from the stockholders of Layne are not obtained, litigation relating to the transaction, uncertainties as to the timing of the consummation of the transaction and the ability of each party to consummate the transaction and the terms and availability of the indebtedness planned to be incurred in connection with the transaction. If one or more of these risks or other risks materialize, actual results may vary from those expressed. For a more complete discussion of other risk factors that impact of business, financial condition and results of operations, see Granite’s filings with Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Registration Statement on Form S-4 filed with the SEC on March12, 2018 and Granite’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December31, 2017. Investors and potential investors are urged not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements in this document, which speak only as of this date. Granite does not undertake any obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statement to reflect future events or circumstances.
No Offer or Solicitation
This document does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval 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.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed merger, Granite has filed a registration statement on Form S-4, which includes a preliminary prospectus of Granite and a preliminary proxy statement of Layne (the “proxy statement/prospectus”), and each party will file other documents regarding the proposed transaction with the SEC. The registration statement has not yet become effective and the proxy statement/prospectus included therein is in preliminary form. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. A definitive proxy statement/prospectus will be sent to Layne’s stockholders.
You may obtain copies of all documents filed with the SEC regarding the proposed merger, free of charge, at the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov). In addition, investors and stockholders will be able to obtain free copies of the proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by Granite on Granite’s Investor Relations website (www.investor.Granite.com) or by writing to Granite, Investor Relations, 585 West Beach Street, Watsonville, CA 95076 (for documents filed with the SEC by Granite), or by Layne on Layne’s Investor Relations website (www.investor.laynechristensen.com) or by writing to Layne Company, Investor Relations, 1800 Hughes Landing Boulevard, Suite 800, The Woodlands, TX 77380 (for documents filed with the SEC by Layne).
Participants in the Solicitation
Granite, Layne, and certain of their respective directors, executive officers, other members of management and employees and agents retained, may, under SEC rules, be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Layne stockholders in connection with the proposed transaction. Information regarding the persons who may, under SEC rules, be deemed participants in the solicitation of Layne stockholders in connection with the proposed transaction will be set forth in the proxy statement/prospectus when it is filed with the SEC. You can find more detailed information about Granite’s executive officers and directors in its definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on April25, 2017. You can find more detailed information about Layne’s executive officers and directors in its definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on April28, 2017. Additional information about Granite’s executive officers and directors and Layne’s executive officers and directors will be provided in the above-referenced Registration Statement on Form S-4 when it becomes available.
Item 7.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
About GRANITE CONSTRUCTION INCORPORATED (NYSE:GVA)
Granite Construction Incorporated is a heavy civil contractor and construction materials producer in the United States. The Company operates through three segments: Construction, Large Project Construction and Construction Materials. Its Construction segment performs construction management, as well as various civil construction projects with a portion of the work focused on new construction and improvement of streets, roads, highways, bridges, site work, underground, power-related facilities, water-related facilities, utilities and other infrastructure projects. The Company’s Large Project Construction segment focuses on large and complex infrastructure projects, which have a longer duration than its Construction segment work. The Company’s Construction Materials segment mines and processes aggregates and operates plants that produce construction materials for internal use and for sale to third parties.