STAPLES,INC. (NASDAQ:SPLS) Files An 8-K Other EventsItem 8.01. Other Events.
On July27, 2017, Staples,Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing that, on July26, 2017, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “HSR Act”), in connection with the proposed merger of Arch Merger Sub Inc. (the “Merger Sub”) with and into the Company (the “Merger”) to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of June28, 2017 (the “Merger Agreement”), by and among the Company, Arch Parent Inc. (the “Parent”), and the Merger Sub. A copy of that press release is filed as Exhibit99.1 hereto and is incorporated herein by reference.
The early termination of the waiting period under the HSR Act satisfies one of the conditions to the closing of the Merger. The closing of the Merger remains subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the remaining conditions to the Merger set forth in the Merger Agreement, including adoption of the Merger Agreement by the Company’s stockholders.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
The exhibit listed on the ExhibitIndex immediately preceding such exhibit is filed as part of this Current Report on Form8-K.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
This filing may be deemed solicitation material in respect of the proposed acquisition of the Company by the Parent, an affiliate of investment funds managed by Sycamore Partners Management, L.P. The Company plans to file with the SEC and mail to its stockholders a Proxy Statement in connection with the transaction. This filing does not constitute a solicitation of any vote or approval. The Proxy Statement will contain important information about the Parent, the Company, the Merger and related matters. Investors and security holders are urged to read the Proxy Statement carefully when it is available. The Company filed preliminary proxy materials with the SEC on July21, 2017.
Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the Proxy Statement and other documents filed with the SEC by the Parent and the Company through the web site maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the Proxy Statement from the Company by contacting Staples Investor Relations department at [email protected]. In addition, the proxy statement and our annual reports on Form10-K, quarterly reports on Form10-Q, current reports on Form8-K and amendments to those reports filed or furnished to section 13(a)or 15(d)of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 are available free of charge through our website at investor.staples.com as soon as reasonably practicable after they are electronically filed with, or furnished to, the SEC.
The Company, and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the Company’s stockholders with respect to the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement.Information regarding the Company’s directors and executive officers, including their ownership of the Company’s securities, is contained in the Company’s Annual Report on Form10-K for the year ended January28, 2017 and its proxy statement dated April20, 2017, which are filed with the SEC. Investors and security holders may obtain additional information regarding the direct and indirect interests of the Company and its directors and executive officers in the proposed transaction by reading the proxy statement and other public filings referred to above.
Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this filing regarding the proposed transaction between the Parent and the Company, the expected timetable for completing the transaction, future financial and operating results, future opportunities for the combined company and any other statements about the Parent and the Company managements’ future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities