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Exhibit 99.(A)(1)(B)

 

LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL

To Tender Shares of Class A Common Stock

of

GameStop Corp.

AT A PURCHASE PRICE OF NOT GREATER THAN $6.00 PER SHARE AND NOT LESS THAN $5.20 PER SHARE

Pursuant to the Offer to Purchase dated June 11, 2019

 

THE OFFER AND WITHDRAWAL RIGHTS WILL EXPIRE AT 5:00 P.M., NEW YORK CITY TIME, ON JULY 10, 2019, UNLESS THE OFFER IS EXTENDED (SUCH DATE AND TIME, AS THEY MAY BE EXTENDED, THE “EXPIRATION DATE”).

The Depositary for the Offer is:

Computershare Trust Company, N.A.

 

By First-Class, Registered or

Certified Mail:

  

By Hand, Express Mail, Courier,

or Other Expedited Service:

Computershare Trust Company, N.A.

Attn: Voluntary Corporate Actions

P.O. Box 43011

Providence, Rhode Island 02940-3011

  

Computershare Trust Company, N.A.

Attn: Voluntary Corporate Actions

150 Royall St., Suite V

Canton, Massachusetts 02021

 

 

 
DESCRIPTION OF SHARES TENDERED
   
Name(s) and Address(es) of Registered
Holder(s)
(Please Fill in, if Blank, Exactly as Name(s)
Appear(s) on Share Certificate(s))
  Shares Tendered
(Attach additional signed list, if necessary)
         
     Certificate
Number(s)*
  Number
of Shares
Represented by
Certificate(s)*
  Number of Shares
Represented by
Book Entry
(electronic form)
  Total
Number
of Shares
Tendered**
         
                 
         
                 
         
                 
       
                 
       
                 
       
                 
       
                 

*  Need not be completed if Shares are delivered by book-entry transfer.

**  Unless otherwise indicated, it will be assumed that all Shares described above are being tendered. See Instruction 4.

Indicate below the order (by certificate number) in which Shares are to be purchased in the event of proration (attach additional signed list if necessary). If you do not designate an order and less than all Shares tendered are purchased due to proration, Shares will be selected for purchase by the Depositary. See Instruction 15.

 

1st:                     2nd:                     3rd:                     4th:                     5th:                    

   

 

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Delivery of this Letter of Transmittal to an address other than as set forth above will not constitute a valid delivery to the Depositary. You must sign this Letter of Transmittal in the appropriate space provided therefor below, with signature guaranteed, if required, and complete the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) Form W-9 included in this Letter of Transmittal, if required. The Instructions set forth in this Letter of Transmittal should be read carefully before you tender any of your Shares (as defined below) into the Offer (as defined below). Deliveries to GameStop Corp. (“GameStop,” the “Company,” “we” or “us”), BofA Securities, Inc., the dealer manager for the Offer (the “Dealer Manager”), Innisfree M&A Incorporated, the information agent for the Offer (the “Information Agent”) or to The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) will not be forwarded to the Depositary and therefore will not constitute valid delivery to the Depositary. All of the Instructions set forth in this Letter of Transmittal should be read carefully before this Letter of Transmittal is completed.

This Letter of Transmittal is to be used by stockholders of GameStop (i) if certificates for Shares (“Share Certificates”) are to be forwarded herewith or (ii) if delivery of Shares is to be made by book-entry transfer to an account maintained by the Depositary at DTC, unless an Agent’s Message (as defined in Instruction 2) is utilized in lieu of this Letter of Transmittal, and in any case in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section 3 of the Offer to Purchase.

Capitalized terms used herein without definition have the meanings set forth in the Offer to Purchase.

The Offer is not being made to (and no tenders will be accepted from or on behalf of) holders of Shares in any jurisdiction in which the making of the Offer or acceptance thereof would not be in compliance with the securities, “blue sky” or other laws of such jurisdiction.

Stockholders whose Share Certificates are not immediately available, or who cannot complete the procedure for book-entry transfer on a timely basis, or who cannot deliver all other required documents to the Depositary prior to the Expiration Date, must tender their Shares according to the guaranteed delivery procedure set forth in Section 3 of the Offer to Purchase in order to participate in the Offer. See Instruction 2. Delivery of documents to DTC does not constitute delivery to the Depositary.

IF ANY OF THE SHARE CERTIFICATES THAT YOU OWN HAVE BEEN LOST OR DESTROYED, SEE INSTRUCTION 12 OF THIS LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL.

 

CHECK HERE IF YOU HAVE LOST YOUR SHARE CERTIFICATE(S) AND REQUIRE ASSISTANCE IN OBTAINING REPLACEMENT CERTIFICATE(S). BY CHECKING THIS BOX, YOU UNDERSTAND THAT YOU MUST CONTACT COMPUTERSHARE TRUST COMPANY, N.A. TO OBTAIN INSTRUCTIONS FOR REPLACING LOST CERTIFICATES. SEE INSTRUCTION 12.

 

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ODD LOTS

(See Instruction 14)

As described in Section 1 of the Offer to Purchase, under certain conditions, stockholders holding a total of fewer than 100 Shares may have their Shares accepted for payment before any proration of other tendered Shares. This preference is not available to partial tenders or to beneficial or record holders of an aggregate of 100 or more Shares, even if such holders have separate accounts or certificates representing fewer than 100 Shares. Accordingly, this section is to be completed ONLY if Shares are being tendered by or on behalf of a person owning, beneficially or of record, an aggregate of fewer than 100 Shares. The undersigned either (check one box):

 

is the beneficial or record owner of an aggregate of fewer than 100 Shares, all of which are being tendered; or

 

is a broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company or other nominee that (a) is tendering for the beneficial owner(s) Shares with respect to which it is the record holder, and (b) believes, based upon representations made to it by the beneficial owner(s), that each such person is the beneficial owner of an aggregate of fewer than 100 Shares and is tendering all such Shares.

CONDITIONAL TENDER

(See Instruction 13)

A stockholder may condition his or her tender of Shares upon GameStop purchasing a specified minimum number of the stockholder’s Shares tendered, as described in Section 6 of the Offer to Purchase. Unless at least the minimum number of Shares you indicate below is purchased by GameStop pursuant to the terms of the Offer, none of the Shares tendered by you will be purchased. It is the tendering stockholder’s responsibility to calculate and appropriately indicate the minimum number of Shares that must be purchased from the stockholder for the stockholder to qualify for sale or exchange (rather than distribution) treatment for United States federal income tax purposes. Each stockholder is urged to consult with his or her own financial or tax advisor with respect to the advisability of making a conditional offer before completing this section. No assurances can be provided that a conditional tender will achieve the intended United States federal income tax result for any stockholder tendering Shares. Unless this box has been checked and a minimum specified, your tender will be deemed unconditional.

 

The minimum number of Shares that must be purchased from me, if any are purchased from me, is:             Shares.

If, because of proration, the minimum number of Shares designated will not be purchased, GameStop may accept conditional tenders by random lot, if necessary. However, to be eligible for purchase by random lot, the tendering stockholder must have tendered all of his or her Shares and checked this box:

 

The tendered Shares represent all Shares held by the undersigned.

GUARANTEED DELIVERIES

(See Instruction 2)

 

Check here if tendered Shares are being delivered pursuant to a Notice of Guaranteed Delivery previously sent to the Depositary and complete the following:

 

Name(s) of Tendering Stockholder(s):  

 

 

 

Date of Execution of Notice of Guaranteed Delivery:  

 

 

 

Name of Institution that Guaranteed Delivery:  

 

 



 

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Check here if tendered Shares are being delivered by book-entry transfer made to an account maintained by the Depositary with DTC and complete the following (only financial institutions that are participants in DTC may deliver Shares by book-entry transfer):

 

Name(s) of Tendering Institution(s):  

 

 

 

Account No.:  

 

 

 

Transaction Code No.:  

 

 

NOTE: SIGNATURES MUST BE PROVIDED BELOW. PLEASE READ ACCOMPANYING INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY.



 

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Ladies and Gentlemen:

The undersigned hereby tenders to GameStop Corp., a Delaware corporation (“GameStop” or the “Company”), the above-described shares of Class A Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share (the “Shares”), of the Company, pursuant to GameStop’s offer to purchase for cash at the price per Share indicated in this Letter of Transmittal, to the tendering stockholder in cash, without interest and less any applicable withholding taxes, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase, dated June 11, 2019 (as it may be amended or supplemented from time to time, the “Offer to Purchase”), receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, and in this Letter of Transmittal (as it may be amended or supplemented from time to time, this “Letter of Transmittal,” and, together with the Offer to Purchase, collectively the “Offer”).

Your attention is directed in particular to the following:

 

   

If you want to retain the Shares you own, you do not need to take any action.

 

   

If you wish to maximize the chance that your Shares will be purchased by GameStop, you should check the box in the section of this Letter of Transmittal captioned “Shares Tendered At Price Determined Under The Offer”. If you agree to accept the Purchase Price determined in the Offer, your Shares will be deemed to be tendered at the minimum price of $5.20 per Share. You should understand that this election may lower the Purchase Price paid for all purchased Shares in the Offer and could result in your Shares being purchased at the minimum price of $5.20 per Share.

 

   

If you wish to select a specific price at which you will be tendering your Shares, you should select one of the boxes in the section captioned “Shares Tendered At Price Determined By Stockholder” below and complete the other portions of this Letter of Transmittal as appropriate.

Upon the terms and subject to the conditions of the Offer (and if the Offer is extended or amended, the terms and conditions of the Offer as so extended or amended) and subject to, and effective upon, acceptance for payment of Shares properly tendered herewith and not properly withdrawn prior to the Expiration Date in accordance with the terms of the Offer, the undersigned hereby sells, assigns and transfers to or upon the order of GameStop all right, title and interest in and to all Shares that are being tendered hereby and irrevocably constitutes and appoints Computershare Trust Company, N.A. (the “Depositary”) the true and lawful agent and attorney-in-fact of the undersigned with respect to such Shares, with full power of substitution (such power of attorney being deemed to be an irrevocable power coupled with an interest in the Shares tendered by this Letter of Transmittal), to (i) deliver any Share Certificates representing such Shares or transfer ownership of such Shares on the account books maintained by DTC, together, in any such case, with all accompanying evidences of transfer and authenticity, to or upon the order of GameStop upon receipt by the Depositary, as the undersigned’s agent, of the aggregate Purchase Price with respect to such tendered Shares purchased, (ii) present such Shares for transfer on the books of GameStop and Computershare Trust Company, N.A., as transfer agent and (iii) receive all benefits and otherwise exercise all rights of beneficial ownership of such Shares, all in accordance with the terms and subject to the conditions of the Offer.

The undersigned hereby represents and warrants that the undersigned has full power and authority to tender, sell, assign and transfer any and all Shares tendered hereby and that, when the same are accepted for payment by GameStop, GameStop will acquire good, marketable and unencumbered title to such Shares, free and clear of all liens, restrictions, charges and encumbrances, and the same will not be subject to any adverse claims. The undersigned hereby represents and warrants that the undersigned is the registered owner of the Shares, or the Share Certificate(s) have been endorsed to the undersigned in blank, or the undersigned is a participant in DTC whose name appears on a security position listing as the owner of the Shares. The undersigned will, upon request, execute and deliver any additional documents deemed by the Depositary or GameStop to be necessary or desirable to complete the sale, assignment and transfer of any and all Shares tendered hereby.

 

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All authority herein conferred or agreed to be conferred shall not be affected by, and shall survive, the death or incapacity of the undersigned, and any obligation of the undersigned hereunder shall be binding upon the heirs, executors, administrators, personal representatives, trustees in bankruptcy, successors and assigns of the undersigned. Except as stated in the Offer to Purchase, this tender is irrevocable.

The undersigned hereby acknowledges that delivery of any Share Certificate shall be affected, and risk of loss and title to such Share Certificate shall pass, only upon the proper delivery of such Share Certificate to the Depositary.

The undersigned agrees that:

1. The valid tender of Shares pursuant to any of the procedures described in the Offer to Purchase and in the Instructions hereto will constitute the undersigned’s acceptance of the terms and conditions of the Offer. GameStop’s acceptance of such Shares for payment will constitute a binding agreement between the undersigned and GameStop upon the terms and subject to the conditions of the Offer (and if the Offer is extended or amended, the terms of or the conditions of any such extension or amendment), which agreement will be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York.

2. It is a violation of Rule 14e–4 promulgated under the Exchange Act for a person acting alone or in concert with others, directly or indirectly, to tender Shares for such person’s own account unless at the time of tender and at the Expiration Date such person has a “net long position” in (a) the Shares that is equal to or greater than the amount tendered and will deliver or cause to be delivered such Shares for the purpose of tender to GameStop within the period specified in the Offer, or (b) other securities immediately convertible into, exercisable for or exchangeable into Shares (“Equivalent Securities”) that is equal to or greater than the amount tendered and, upon the acceptance of such tender, will acquire such Shares by conversion, exchange or exercise of such Equivalent Securities to the extent required by the terms of the Offer and will deliver or cause to be delivered such Shares so acquired for the purpose of tender to GameStop within the period specified in the Offer. Rule 14e–4 also provides a similar restriction applicable to the tender or guarantee of a tender on behalf of another person. A tender of Shares made pursuant to any method of delivery set forth in this Letter of Transmittal will constitute the tendering stockholder’s representation and warranty to GameStop that (y) such stockholder has a “net long position” in Shares or Equivalent Securities being tendered within the meaning of Rule 14e–4, and (z) such tender of Shares complies with Rule 14e–4. GameStop’s acceptance for payment of Shares tendered pursuant to the Offer will constitute a binding agreement between the tendering stockholder and GameStop upon the terms and subject to the conditions of the Offer;

3. Upon the terms and subject to the conditions of the Offer, GameStop will determine a single per Share price (the “Purchase Price”) that GameStop will pay for Shares properly tendered and not properly withdrawn from the Offer, taking into account the total number of Shares tendered and the prices specified, or deemed specified, by tendering stockholders.;

4. The Purchase Price will be the lowest price per Share (in increments of $0.10) of not less than $5.20 and not greater than $6.00 that will enable the GameStop to purchase the number of Shares sought in the Offer or, if a lesser number of Shares is properly tendered, all Shares that are properly tendered and not properly withdrawn;

5. GameStop expressly reserves the right, in our sole discretion, to change the per Share purchase price range and to increase or decrease the number of Shares sought in the Offer, subject to applicable law. In accordance with the rules of the SEC, GameStop may increase the number of Shares accepted for payment in the Offer by no more than 2% of the outstanding Shares without extending the Offer;

6. All Shares properly tendered prior to the Expiration Date at or below the Purchase Price and not properly withdrawn will be purchased in the Offer at the Purchase Price, upon the terms and subject to the conditions of the Offer to Purchase, including the “odd lot” priority, proration (if more than the number of Shares sought are properly tendered at or below the Purchase Price) and conditional tender provisions described in the Offer to Purchase;

 

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7. GameStop will return all Shares tendered and not purchased pursuant to the Offer to the tendering stockholders at GameStop’s expense, promptly following the Expiration Date;

8. Under the circumstances set forth in the Offer to Purchase and subject to applicable law, GameStop expressly reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate or amend the Offer from time and from time to time, upon the occurrence of any of the events set forth in Section 7 of the Offer to Purchase, and to extend the period of time during which the Offer is open and thereby delay acceptance for payment of, and payment for, any Shares by giving oral or written notice of such extension to the Depositary and making a public announcement thereof. During any such extension, all Shares previously tendered and not properly withdrawn will remain subject to the Offer and to the rights of a tendering stockholder to withdraw such stockholder’s Shares;

9. Stockholders who cannot deliver their certificates and all other required documents to the Depositary or complete the procedures for book-entry transfer prior to the Expiration Date may tender their Shares by properly completing and duly executing the Notice of Guaranteed Delivery pursuant to the guaranteed delivery procedures set forth in Section 3 of the Offer to Purchase;

10. GameStop has advised the undersigned to consult with the undersigned’s own tax advisor, broker and/or financial advisors as to the consequences of tendering Shares pursuant to the Offer;

11. THE OFFER IS NOT BEING MADE TO (NOR WILL TENDERS OF SHARES BE ACCEPTED FROM OR ON BEHALF OF) HOLDERS IN ANY JURISDICTION IN WHICH THE MAKING OR ACCEPTANCE OF THE OFFER WOULD NOT BE IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAWS OF SUCH JURISDICTION; and

12. The undersigned recognizes that under certain circumstances set forth in the Offer, GameStop may not be required to accept for payment, purchase or pay for any Shares tendered hereby.

Unless otherwise indicated under “Special Payment Instructions,” please issue the check for the purchase price of all Shares purchased and, if appropriate, return any Share Certificates not tendered or accepted for payment in the name(s) of the registered holder(s) appearing above under “Description of Shares Tendered.” Similarly, unless otherwise indicated under “Special Delivery Instructions,” please mail the check for the purchase price of all Shares purchased and, if appropriate, return any Share Certificates not tendered or not accepted for payment (and any accompanying documents, as appropriate) to the address(es) of the registered holder(s) appearing above under “Description of Shares Tendered.” In the event that the boxes entitled “Special Payment Instructions” and “Special Delivery Instructions” are both completed, please issue the check for the purchase price of all Shares purchased and, if appropriate, return any Share Certificates not tendered or not accepted for payment (and any accompanying documents, as appropriate) in the name(s) of, and deliver such check and, if appropriate, return any such Share Certificates (and any accompanying documents, as appropriate) to, the person(s) so indicated. Unless otherwise indicated herein in the box entitled “Special Payment Instructions,” please credit any Shares tendered herewith by book-entry transfer that are not accepted for payment by crediting the account at DTC. The undersigned recognizes that GameStop has no obligation, pursuant to the “Special Payment Instructions,” to transfer any Shares from the name of the registered holder thereof if GameStop does not accept for payment any of such Shares so tendered. If payment of the Purchase Price is to be made to, or (in the circumstances permitted by the Offer) unpurchased Shares are to be registered in the name of, any person other than the registered holder, or if tendered certificates or book-entry accounts are registered in the name of any person other than the person signing this Letter of Transmittal, the amount of all stock transfer taxes, if any (whether imposed on the registered holder or the other person), payable on account of the transfer to the person will be deducted from the Purchase Price unless satisfactory evidence of the payment of the stock transfer taxes, or exemption from payment of the stock transfer taxes, is submitted.

LOST SHARE CERTIFICATES: PLEASE CALL COMPUTERSHARE TRUST COMPANY, N.A. AT 1-800-522-6645 TO OBTAIN NECESSARY DOCUMENTS TO REPLACE YOUR LOST SHARE CERTIFICATES.

 

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PRICE (IN DOLLARS) PER SHARE AT WHICH SHARES ARE BEING TENDERED

(See Instruction 5)

THE UNDERSIGNED IS TENDERING SHARES AS FOLLOWS (CHECK ONLY ONE BOX UNDER (1) OR (2) BELOW):

1. SHARES TENDERED AT PRICE DETERMINED UNDER THE OFFER

By checking the box below INSTEAD OF ONE OF THE BOXES UNDER “Shares Tendered At Price Determined By Stockholder,” the undersigned hereby tenders Shares at the purchase price as shall be determined by GameStop in accordance with the terms of the Offer.

 

The undersigned wants to maximize the chance that GameStop will accept for payment all of the Shares the undersigned is tendering (subject to the possibility of proration). Accordingly, by checking this box instead of one of the price boxes below, the undersigned hereby tenders Shares at, and is willing to accept, the purchase price determined by GameStop in accordance with the terms of the Offer. The undersigned understands that this action will result in the undersigned’s Shares being deemed to be tendered at the minimum price of $5.20 per Share for purposes of determining the Purchase Price. This may effectively lower the Purchase Price and could result in the undersigned receiving a per-Share price as low as $5.20.

2. SHARES TENDERED AT PRICE DETERMINED BY STOCKHOLDER

By checking ONE of the following boxes INSTEAD OF THE BOX UNDER “Shares Tendered At Price Determined Under The Offer,” the undersigned hereby tenders Shares at the price checked. The undersigned understands that this action could result in GameStop purchasing none of the Shares tendered hereby if the Purchase Price determined by GameStop for the Shares is less than the price checked below.

 

   $ 5.20           $ 5.30           $ 5.40           $ 5.50           $ 5.60  

   $ 5.70           $ 5.80           $ 5.90           $ 6.00        

CHECK ONLY ONE BOX UNDER (1) OR (2) ABOVE. IF MORE THAN ONE BOX IS CHECKED ABOVE, THERE IS NO VALID TENDER OF SHARES.

A STOCKHOLDER DESIRING TO TENDER SHARES AT MORE THAN ONE PRICE MUST COMPLETE A SEPARATE LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL FOR EACH PRICE AT WHICH SHARES ARE TENDERED. THE SAME SHARES CANNOT BE TENDERED AT MORE THAN ONE PRICE, UNLESS SUCH SHARES HAVE PREVIOUSLY BEEN PROPERLY WITHDRAWN AS PROVIDED IN SECTION 4 OF THE OFFER TO PURCHASE

 

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SPECIAL PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS

(See Instructions 1, 6, 7 and 8)

 

To be completed ONLY if the check for the purchase price of Shares accepted for payment and Share Certificates not tendered or not accepted for payment are to be issued in the name of someone other than the undersigned.*

 

Issue to:

 

Name        
  (Please Print)
Address    
  (Include Zip Code)
 
 

(RECIPIENT MUST COMPLETE THE IRS FORM W-9 INCLUDED HEREIN OR AN APPLICABLE IRS FORM W-8 OR OTHER ACCEPTABLE CERTIFICATION)

 

*  Requires signature guarantee. See Instruction 1.

 

SPECIAL DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS

 

To be completed ONLY if the check for the purchase price of Shares accepted for payment and Share Certificates not tendered or not accepted for payment are to be mailed to an address other than that shown on the front of this form.

 

Mail to:

 

Name        
  (Please Print)
Address    
 
 

(Include Zip Code)

(RECIPIENT MUST COMPLETE THE IRS FORM W-9 INCLUDED HEREIN OR AN APPLICABLE IRS FORM W-8 OR OTHER ACCEPTABLE CERTIFICATION)

 

 

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IMPORTANT

STOCKHOLDER: SIGN HERE

(PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN THE IRS FORM W-9 INCLUDED IN THIS LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL OR AN APPLICABLE IRS FORM W-8 OR OTHER ACCEPTABLE CERTIFICATION)

 

 

 

 

Signature(s) of Holder(s) of Shares

Must Sign Above

 

 

Dated: 

   

 

Name(s)     
 
(Please Print)

 

Capacity (full title) (See Instruction 6)    

 

Address     
 

(Include Zip Code)

 

Must be signed by registered holder(s) exactly as name(s) appear(s) on Share Certificate(s) or on a security position listing or by person(s) authorized to become registered holder(s) by Share Certificates and documents transmitted herewith. If signature is by a trustee, executor, administrator, guardian, attorney-in-fact, agent, officer of a corporation or other person acting in a fiduciary or representative capacity, please set forth full title and see Instruction 6.

 

APPLY MEDALLION GUARANTEE STAMP BELOW

(IF REQUIRED – SEE INSTRUCTIONS 1 AND 6)


 

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INSTRUCTIONS

FORMING PART OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE OFFER

1. Guarantee of Signatures. No signature guarantee is required on this Letter of Transmittal (a) if this Letter of Transmittal is signed by the registered holder(s) (which term, for purposes of this Instruction 1, includes any participant in DTC’s systems whose name(s) appear(s) on a security position listing as the owner(s) of Shares) of Shares tendered herewith, unless such registered holder(s) has completed the box entitled “Special Payment Instructions” on this Letter of Transmittal or (b) if such Shares are tendered for the account of a financial institution (including most commercial banks, savings and loan associations and brokerage houses) that is a member of or participant in a recognized “Medallion Program” approved by the Securities Transfer Association Inc., including the Security Transfer Agents Medallion Program, the Stock Exchange Medallion Program and the New York Stock Exchange Medallion Signature Program or by any other “eligible guarantor institution,” as such term is defined in Rule 17Ad-15 under the Exchange Act (each, an “Eligible Institution”). In all other cases, all signatures on this Letter of Transmittal must be guaranteed by an Eligible Institution. See Instruction 6.

2. Requirements of Tender. In order for Shares to be validly tendered pursuant to the Offer, one of the following procedures must be followed:

For Shares held as physical certificates, the Share Certificates representing tendered Shares, a properly completed and duly executed Letter of Transmittal, or a manually signed facsimile thereof, together with any required signature guarantees, and any other documents required by this Letter of Transmittal, must be received by the Depositary at one of its addresses set forth on the front page of this Letter of Transmittal before the Expiration Date.

For Shares held in book-entry form, either (i) a properly completed and duly executed Letter of Transmittal, or a manually signed facsimile thereof, together with any required signature guarantees, or (ii) an Agent’s Message in lieu of this Letter of Transmittal, and any other required documents, must be received by the Depositary at one of its addresses set forth on the front page of this Letter of Transmittal, and such Shares must be delivered according to the book-entry transfer procedures (as set forth in Section 3 of the Offer to Purchase) and a timely confirmation of a book-entry transfer of Shares into the Depositary’s account at DTC (a “Book-Entry Confirmation”) must be received by the Depositary, in each case before the Expiration Date.

Stockholders whose Share Certificates are not immediately available, or who cannot complete the procedure for delivery by book-entry transfer on a timely basis or who cannot deliver all other required documents to the Depositary prior to the Expiration Date, may tender their Shares by properly completing and duly executing a Notice of Guaranteed Delivery pursuant to the guaranteed delivery procedure set forth in Section 3 of the Offer to Purchase. Pursuant to such procedure: (i) such tender must be made by or through an Eligible Institution, (ii) a properly completed and duly executed Notice of Guaranteed Delivery, substantially in the form made available by GameStop, must be received by the Depositary prior to the Expiration Date and (iii) Share Certificates (or a Book-Entry Confirmation) evidencing all tendered Shares, in proper form for transfer, in each case together with this Letter of Transmittal, or a manually signed facsimile thereof, properly completed and duly executed, together with any required signature guarantees (or, in the case of book-entry transfer of Shares, either this Letter of Transmittal or an Agent’s Message in lieu of this Letter of Transmittal) and any other documents required by this Letter of Transmittal, must be received by the Depositary within two trading days after the date of execution of such Notice of Guaranteed Delivery. A “trading day” is any day on which the New York Stock Exchange is open for business. A Notice of Guaranteed Delivery may be delivered by overnight courier or facsimile transmission (for Eligible Institutions only) to the Depositary and must include a guarantee by an Eligible Institution substantially in the form of Notice of Guaranteed Delivery made available by GameStop. In the case of Shares held through DTC, the Notice of Guaranteed Delivery must be delivered to the Depositary by a participant by means of the confirmation system of DTC.

By signing and submitting this Letter of Transmittal you represent and warrant that these Shares will not be sold other than pursuant to the Offer, including through limit order request, unless first properly withdrawn from the Offer.

 

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The method of delivery of Shares, this Letter of Transmittal and all other required documents, including delivery through DTC, is at the election and risk of the tendering stockholder. Shares will be deemed delivered (and the risk of loss of Share Certificates will pass) only when actually received by the Depositary (including, in the case of a book-entry transfer, by Book-Entry Confirmation). If delivery is by mail, then registered mail with return receipt requested, properly insured, is recommended. In all cases, sufficient time should be allowed to ensure timely delivery.

The term “Agent’s Message” means a message transmitted by DTC to, and received by, the Depositary and forming a part of a book-entry confirmation, which states that DTC has received an express acknowledgement from the DTC participant tendering Shares that such DTC participant has received and agrees to be bound by the terms of the Letter of Transmittal and that GameStop may enforce such agreement against such DTC participant.

3. Inadequate Space. If the space provided herein is inadequate, Share Certificate numbers, the number of Shares represented by such Share Certificates, the number of Shares represented by book entry and/or the total number of Shares tendered should be listed on a signed separate schedule attached hereto.

4. Partial Tenders. If fewer than all Shares represented by any Share Certificate or Book-Entry Confirmation delivered to the Depositary are to be tendered, fill in the number of Shares that are to be tendered in the box entitled “Total Number of Shares Tendered.” In such case, a new certificate for the remainder of Shares represented by the old certificate will be sent to the person(s) signing this Letter of Transmittal, unless otherwise provided in the appropriate box on this Letter of Transmittal, as promptly as practicable following the expiration or termination of the Offer. All Shares represented by Share Certificates delivered to the Depositary will be deemed to have been tendered unless otherwise indicated.

5. Indication of Price at Which Shares are Being Tendered. For Shares to be properly tendered, the stockholder MUST either (1) check the box in the section captioned “Shares Tendered At Price Determined Under The Offer” in order to maximize the chance of having GameStop accept for payment all of the Shares tendered (subject to the possibility of proration) or (2) check the box indicating the price per Share at which such stockholder is tendering Shares under “Shares Tendered At Price Determined by Stockholder.” Selecting option (1) could result in the stockholder receiving a price per Share as low as $5.20. ONLY ONE BOX UNDER (1) OR (2) MAY BE CHECKED. IF MORE THAN ONE BOX IS CHECKED OR IF NO BOX IS CHECKED, THERE IS NO PROPER TENDER OF SHARES. A STOCKHOLDER WISHING TO TENDER PORTIONS OF SUCH STOCKHOLDER’S SHARE HOLDINGS AT DIFFERENT PRICES MUST COMPLETE A SEPARATE LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL FOR EACH PRICE AT WHICH SUCH STOCKHOLDER WISHES TO TENDER EACH SUCH PORTION OF SUCH STOCKHOLDER’S SHARES. The same Shares cannot be tendered more than once, unless previously properly withdrawn as provided in Section 4 of the Offer to Purchase, at more than one price.

6. Signatures on Letter of Transmittal; Stock Powers and Endorsements.

(a) Exact Signatures. If this Letter of Transmittal is signed by the registered holder(s) of Shares tendered hereby, then the signature(s) must correspond with the name(s) as written on the face of such Share Certificates for such Shares without alteration, enlargement or any change whatsoever.

(b) Holders. If any Shares tendered hereby are held of record by two or more persons, then all such persons must sign this Letter of Transmittal.

(c) Different Names on Share Certificates. If any Shares tendered hereby are registered in different names on different Share Certificates, then it will be necessary to complete, sign and submit as many separate Letters of Transmittal as there are different registrations of Share Certificates.

(d) Endorsements. If this Letter of Transmittal is signed by the registered holder(s) of Shares tendered hereby, then no endorsements of Share Certificates for such Shares or separate stock powers are required unless payment of the purchase price is to be made, or Shares not tendered or not purchased are to be returned, in the name of any

 

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person other than the registered holder(s). Signatures on any such Share Certificates or stock powers must be guaranteed by an Eligible Institution.

If this Letter of Transmittal is signed by a person other than the registered holder(s) of Shares tendered hereby, then Share Certificates for such Shares must be endorsed or accompanied by appropriate stock powers, in either case, signed exactly as the name(s) of the registered holder(s) appear(s) on such Share Certificates for such Shares. Signature(s) on any such Share Certificates or stock powers must be guaranteed by an Eligible Institution. See Instruction 1.

If this Letter of Transmittal or any Share Certificate or stock power is signed by a trustee, executor, administrator, guardian, attorney-in-fact, officer of a corporation or other legal entity or other person acting in a fiduciary or representative capacity, then such person should so indicate when signing, and proper evidence satisfactory to the Depositary of the authority of such person so to act must be submitted. Proper evidence of authority includes a power of attorney, a letter testamentary or a letter of appointment.

7. Stock Transfer Taxes. Except as otherwise provided in this Instruction 7, GameStop will pay all stock transfer taxes, if any, with respect to the transfer and sale of any Shares to it pursuant to the Offer (for the avoidance of doubt, transfer taxes do not include United States federal income tax or backup withholding taxes). If, however, payment of the purchase price is to be made to, or if Share Certificate(s) for Shares not tendered or not accepted for payment are to be registered in the name of, any person(s) other than the registered holder(s), or if tendered Share Certificate(s) or book-entry accounts are registered in the name of any person(s) other than the person(s) signing this Letter of Transmittal, then the amount of all stock transfer taxes, if any, or other taxes required by reason of the payment to a person other than the registered holder(s) of such Share Certificate(s) or book-entry accounts (in each case whether imposed on the registered holder(s) or such other person(s)) and payable on account of the transfer to such other person(s) will be deducted from the purchase price of such Shares purchased unless evidence satisfactory to GameStop of the payment of such taxes, or exemption therefrom, is submitted.

Except as provided in this Instruction 7, it will not be necessary for transfer tax stamps to be affixed to Share Certificate(s) evidencing the Shares tendered hereby.

8. Special Payment and Delivery Instructions. If a check is to be issued for the purchase price of any Shares tendered by this Letter of Transmittal in the name of, and, if appropriate, Share Certificates for Shares not tendered or not accepted for payment are to be issued to, any person(s) other than the signer of this Letter of Transmittal or if a check and, if appropriate, such Share Certificates are to be returned to any person(s) other than the person(s) signing this Letter of Transmittal or to an address other than that shown in this Letter of Transmittal, then the appropriate boxes on this Letter of Transmittal must be completed. In such case, see the discussion above under Instruction 7, “Stock Transfer Taxes.”

9. Withholding. To avoid backup withholding, a tendering stockholder that is a “United States person” (as defined for United States federal income tax purposes) must provide the Depositary or other applicable withholding agent with a correct Taxpayer Identification Number (“TIN”) on IRS Form W-9, which is included herein, and certify, under penalties of perjury, that (i) such number is correct, (ii) that such stockholder is not subject to backup withholding of federal income tax and (iii) that such stockholder is a “United States person” (as defined for United States federal income tax purposes). If the tendering stockholder has been notified by the IRS that such stockholder is subject to backup withholding, such stockholder must cross out item (2) of the Certification section of the IRS Form W-9, unless such stockholder has since been notified by the IRS that such stockholder is no longer subject to backup withholding. Failure to provide the information on the IRS Form W-9 may subject the tendering stockholder to backup withholding on the payment of the Purchase Price of all Shares purchased from such stockholder. If the tendering stockholder has not been issued a TIN and has applied for one or intends to apply for one in the near future, such stockholder should write “Applied For” in the space for the TIN on the IRS Form W-9 and sign and date the IRS Form W-9. If a stockholder writes “Applied For” in the space for the TIN and the Depositary is not provided with a TIN by the time of payment, the Depositary will withhold a portion of all payments of the Purchase Price to such stockholder until a TIN is provided to the Depositary.

 

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Certain stockholders (including, among others, most corporations and certain foreign individuals and entities) may not be subject to backup withholding. See the instructions enclosed with the IRS Form W-9 included in this Letter of Transmittal for more information relating to exemptions from backup withholding and what TIN should be provided on such form.

Backup withholding generally will not apply to amounts paid to foreign stockholders, provided that any such foreign stockholder furnishes the Depositary or other applicable withholding agent with an appropriate IRS Form W-8, signed under penalties of perjury and attesting to his, her or its foreign status, or other acceptable certification. However, the Depositary or other applicable withholding agent may withhold United States federal income taxes equal to 30% of the gross payments payable to a foreign stockholder unless the Depositary or other applicable withholding agent determines that a reduced rate of withholding is available pursuant to a tax treaty or that an exemption from withholding is applicable because such gross proceeds are effectively connected with the conduct of a trade or business within the United States. Generally, to establish an applicable exemption from, or reduced rate of, United States federal withholding tax, a foreign stockholder must deliver to the Depositary or other applicable withholding agent a properly completed and executed applicable IRS Form W-8, or other acceptable certification. Such forms can be obtained from the Depositary or from the IRS’s website at www.irs.gov. Foreign stockholders should consult a tax advisor to determine which IRS Form W-8 or other certification is appropriate. In addition, “FATCA” withholding, as described in Section 13 of the Offer to Purchase, may apply to amounts paid to a foreign stockholder pursuant to the Offer unless specified requirements are met.

If backup withholding applies, the Depositary or other applicable withholding agent is required to withhold and pay over to the IRS a portion (currently, 24%) of any payment made to a stockholder pursuant to the Offer. Backup withholding is not an additional tax. Rather, the United States federal income tax liability of persons subject to backup withholding will be reduced by the amount of tax withheld. If backup withholding results in an overpayment of taxes, a refund may be obtained from the IRS if required information is timely furnished to the IRS.

All tendering stockholders should see Section 13 of the Offer to Purchase for a discussion of United States federal income tax consequences. In addition, all tendering stockholders are urged to consult their tax advisers regarding the tax consequences of tendering their Shares.

10. Waiver of Conditions; Irregularities. All questions as to the number of Shares to be accepted, the Purchase Price to be paid for Shares to be accepted and the validity, form, eligibility (including time of receipt) and acceptance for payment of any tender of Shares will be decided by GameStop, in its reasonable discretion, and each such decision will be binding and final on all persons participating in the Offer, subject to such Offer participants disputing such determination in a court of competent jurisdiction. GameStop reserves the absolute right to reject any and all tenders determined by it not to be in proper form or the acceptance for payment of which may, in the opinion of its counsel, be unlawful. GameStop also reserves the absolute right to waive any of the conditions to the Offer and any defect or irregularity in the tender of any Shares of any particular stockholder, whether or not similar defects or irregularities are waived in the case of other stockholders. No tender of Shares will be deemed to have been validly made until all defects and irregularities have been cured or waived to the satisfaction of GameStop.

Unless waived, any defects or irregularities in connection with tenders must be cured within such time as GameStop shall determine. None of GameStop, the Dealer Manager, the Information Agent, the Depositary or any other person will be under any duty to give notification of any defects or irregularities in tenders or incur any liability for failure to give any such notification. GameStop’s interpretation of the terms and conditions of the Offer (including this Letter of Transmittal and the Instructions hereto) will be determined by GameStop in its discretion.

11. Questions and Requests for Additional Copies. The Information Agent may be contacted at the address and telephone numbers set forth on the last page of this Letter of Transmittal for questions and/or requests for additional copies of the Offer to Purchase, this Letter of Transmittal, the Notice of Guaranteed Delivery and

 

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other tender offer materials. You may also contact your broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company or other nominee for assistance. Such copies will be furnished promptly at GameStop’s expense.

12. Lost, Destroyed or Stolen Certificates. If any Share Certificate representing Shares has been lost, mutilated, destroyed or stolen, then the stockholder should contact Computershare Trust Company, N.A.’s Shareholder Service Department at 1-800-522-6645 for information regarding replacement of lost securities. You should also check the box for “Lost Certificates” in the appropriate box on page 1 and promptly send the completed Letter of Transmittal to the Depositary. Upon receipt of your request by phone or Letter of Transmittal, the Depositary will provide you with instructions on how to obtain a replacement certificate. You may be asked to post a bond to secure against the risk that the certificate may be subsequently recirculated. There may be a fee and additional documents may be required to replace lost certificates. This Letter of Transmittal and related documents cannot be processed until the procedures for replacing lost, stolen, destroyed or mutilated certificates have been followed.

You are urged to send the properly completed Letter of Transmittal to the Depositary immediately to ensure timely processing of documentation. If you have questions, you may contact the Depositary’s Shareholder Service Department at 1-800-522-6645.

You are urged to contact Computershare Trust Company, N.A.’s Shareholder Service Department immediately in order to receive further instructions and for a determination of whether you will need to post a bond and to permit timely processing of this documentation. This Letter of Transmittal and related documents cannot be processed until the procedures for replacing lost, destroyed or stolen Share Certificates have been followed.

Share Certificates evidencing tendered Shares, or a Book-Entry Confirmation into the Depositary’s account at DTC, as well as this Letter of Transmittal, properly completed and duly executed, with any required signature guarantees, or an Agent’s Message (if utilized in lieu of this Letter of Transmittal in connection with a book-entry transfer) and any other documents required by this Letter of Transmittal, must be received before the Expiration Date, or the tendering stockholder must comply with the procedures for guaranteed delivery.

13. Conditional Tenders. As described in Sections 3 and 6 of the Offer to Purchase, a tendering stockholder may condition his or her tender of Shares upon GameStop purchasing a specified minimum number of the Shares tendered.

If you wish to make a conditional tender you must indicate this in the box captioned “Conditional Tender” in this Letter of Transmittal and, if applicable, the Notice of Guaranteed Delivery. In such box, you must calculate and appropriately indicate the minimum number of Shares that must be purchased if any are to be purchased.

As discussed in Sections 3 and 6 of the Offer to Purchase, proration may affect whether GameStop accepts conditional tenders and may result in Shares tendered pursuant to a conditional tender being deemed withdrawn if the minimum number of Shares would not be purchased. If, because of proration (because more than the value of Shares sought are properly tendered at or below the Purchase Price), the minimum number of Shares that you designate will not be purchased, GameStop may accept conditional tenders by random lot, if necessary. However, to be eligible for purchase by random lot, you must have tendered all of your Shares, at or below the Purchase Price, and checked the box so indicating in this Letter of Transmittal. Upon selection by lot, if any, GameStop will limit its purchase in each case to the designated minimum number of Shares to be purchased.

All tendered Shares will be deemed unconditionally tendered unless the “Conditional Tender” box in this Letter of Transmittal is checked. If you are an Odd Lot Holder and you tender all of your Shares, you cannot conditionally tender, because your Shares will not be subject to proration.

The conditional tender alternative is made available so that a stockholder may seek to structure the purchase of Shares pursuant to the Offer in such a manner that the purchase will be treated as a sale or exchange of such Shares by the stockholder, rather than a distribution to the stockholder, for United States federal income tax

 

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purposes. It is the tendering stockholder’s responsibility to calculate and appropriately indicate the minimum number of Shares that must be purchased from the stockholder in order for the stockholder to qualify for sale or exchange (rather than distribution) treatment for United States federal income tax purposes. Each stockholder is urged to consult with his or her own financial or tax advisor with respect to the advisability of making a conditional offer before completing this section. No assurances can be provided that a conditional tender will achieve the intended United States federal income tax result for any stockholder tendering Shares. See Sections 6 and 13 of the Offer to Purchase.

14. Odd Lots. As described in Section 1 of the Offer to Purchase, if GameStop is to purchase fewer than all Shares tendered before the Expiration Date and not properly withdrawn, the Shares purchased first will consist of all odd lots of less than 100 Shares from stockholders who validly tender all of their Shares at or below the Purchase Price and who do not validly withdraw them before the Expiration Date (tenders of less than all of the Shares owned, beneficially or of record, by such Odd Lot Holder will not qualify for this preference). This preference will not be available unless the section captioned “Odd Lots” in this Letter of Transmittal is completed.

15. Order of Purchase in Event of Proration. As described in Section 1 of the Offer to Purchase, stockholders may designate the order in which their Shares are to be purchased in the event of proration. The order of purchase may have an effect on the United States federal income tax classification and the amount of any gain or loss on the Shares purchased. See Sections 1 and 13 of the Offer to Purchase.

IMPORTANT: THIS LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL, OR A MANUALLY SIGNED FACSIMILE THEREOF, PROPERLY COMPLETED AND DULY EXECUTED, TOGETHER WITH CERTIFICATES REPRESENTING SHARES BEING TENDERED AND ANY REQUIRED SIGNATURE GUARANTEES, OR, IN THE CASE OF A BOOK-ENTRY TRANSFER, CONFIRMATION OF BOOK-ENTRY TRANSFER AND AN AGENT’S MESSAGE, AND ALL OTHER REQUIRED DOCUMENTS, MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE DEPOSITARY PRIOR TO THE EXPIRATION DATE, OR THE TENDERING STOCKHOLDER MUST COMPLY WITH THE PROCEDURES FOR GUARANTEED DELIVERY.

 

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Form W-9

(Rev. October 2018)

Department of the Treasury

Internal Revenue Service

  

Request for Taxpayer

Identification Number and Certification

 

u Go to www.irs.gov/FormW9 for instructions and the latest information.

 

 

Give Form to the requester. Do not
send to the IRS.

Print or type.

See

Specific Instructions

on page 2.

 

     

1  Name (as shown on your income tax return). Name is required on this line; do not leave this line blank.

 

         
 

2  Business name/disregarded entity name, if different from above

 

                        
    3  Check appropriate box for federal tax classification of the person whose name is entered on line 1. Check only one of the following seven boxes.    

4 Exemptions (codes apply only to certain entities, not individuals; see instructions on page 3):

 

Exempt payee code (if any)                

 

Exemption from FATCA reporting

code (if any)                                        

 

(Applies to accounts maintained outside the U.S.)

   

  Individual/sole proprietor or

single-member LLC

 

 

 

C Corporation

 

 

 

 

S Corporation

 

 

 

 

Partnership    

 

 

 

 

Trust/estate

 

 
     

 

  Limited liability company. Enter the tax classification (C=C corporation, S=S corporation, P=Partnership)   u              

Note: Check the appropriate box in the line above for the tax classification of the single-member owner. Do not check
LLC if the LLC is classified as a single-member LLC that is disregarded from the owner unless the owner of the LLC is
another LLC that is not disregarded from the owner for U.S. federal tax purposes. Otherwise, a single-member LLC that
is disregarded from the owner should check the appropriate box for the tax classification of its owner.

 

  Other (see instructions)  u

    
     

5  Address (number, street, and apt. or suite no.) See instructions.

 

                Requester’s name and address (optional)        
       

6  City, state, and ZIP code

 

            
       

7  List account number(s) here (optional)

 

              
  Part I      Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)

 

Enter your TIN in the appropriate box. The TIN provided must match the name given on line 1 to avoid backup withholding. For individuals, this is generally your social security number (SSN). However, for a resident alien, sole proprietor, or disregarded entity, see the instructions for Part I, later. For other entities, it is your employer identification number (EIN). If you do not have a number, see How to get a TIN, later.

 

Note. If the account is in more than one name, see the instructions for line 1. Also see What Name and Number To Give the Requester for guidelines on whose number to enter.

                 
 

Social security number

                               
  or
 

Employer identification number

                                 
  Part II      Certification

Under penalties of perjury, I certify that:

 

1.   The number shown on this form is my correct taxpayer identification number (or I am waiting for a number to be issued to me); and

 

2.   I am not subject to backup withholding because: (a) I am exempt from backup withholding, or (b) I have not been notified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that I am subject to backup withholding as a result of a failure to report all interest or dividends, or (c) the IRS has notified me that I am no longer subject to backup withholding; and

 

3.   I am a U.S. citizen or other U.S. person (defined below); and

 

4.   The FATCA code(s) entered on this form (if any) indicating that I am exempt from FATCA reporting is correct.

Certification instructions. You must cross out item 2 above if you have been notified by the IRS that you are currently subject to backup withholding because you have failed to report all interest and dividends on your tax return. For real estate transactions, item 2 does not apply. For mortgage interest paid, acquisition or abandonment of secured property, cancellation of debt, contributions to an individual retirement arrangement (IRA), and generally, payments other than interest and dividends, you are not required to sign the certification, but you must provide your correct TIN. See the instructions for Part II, later.

 

Sign
Here
   Signature of
U.S. person  
u
     Date  u

General Instructions

Section references are to the Internal Revenue Code unless otherwise noted.

Future developments. For the latest information about developments related to Form W-9 and its instructions, such as legislation enacted after they were published, go to www.irs.gov/FormW9.

Purpose of Form

An individual or entity (Form W-9 requester) who is required to file an information return with the IRS must obtain your correct taxpayer identification number (TIN) which may be your social security number (SSN), individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN), adoption taxpayer identification number (ATIN), or employer identification number (EIN), to report on an information return the amount paid to you, or other amount reportable on an information return. Examples of information returns include, but are not limited to, the following.

 

  Form 1099-INT (interest earned or paid)
  Form 1099-DIV (dividends, including those from stocks or mutual funds)

 

  Form 1099-MISC (various types of income, prizes, awards, or gross proceeds)

 

  Form 1099-B (stock or mutual fund sales and certain other transactions by brokers)

 

  Form 1099-S (proceeds from real estate transactions)

 

  Form 1099-K (merchant card and third party network transactions)

 

  Form 1098 (home mortgage interest), 1098-E (student loan interest), 1098-T (tuition)

 

  Form 1099-C (canceled debt)

 

  Form 1099-A (acquisition or abandonment of secured property)

Use Form W-9 only if you are a U.S. person (including a resident alien), to provide your correct TIN.

If you do not return Form W-9 to the requester with a TIN, you might be subject to backup withholding. See What is backup withholding, later.

 

 

 

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By signing the filled-out form, you:

1. Certify that the TIN you are giving is correct (or you are waiting for a number to be issued),

2. Certify that you are not subject to backup withholding, or

3. Claim exemption from backup withholding if you are a U.S. exempt payee. If applicable, you are also certifying that as a U.S. person, your allocable share of any partnership income from a U.S. trade or business is not subject to the withholding tax on foreign partners’ share of effectively connected income, and

4. Certify that FATCA code(s) entered on this form (if any) indicating that you are exempt from the FATCA reporting, is correct. See What is FATCA reporting, later, for further information.

Note: If you are a U.S. person and a requester gives you a form other than Form W-9 to request your TIN, you must use the requester’s form if it is substantially similar to this Form W-9.

Definition of a U.S. person. For federal tax purposes, you are considered a U.S. person if you are:

● An individual who is a U.S. citizen or U.S. resident alien;

● A partnership, corporation, company, or association created or organized in the United States or under the laws of the United States;

● An estate (other than a foreign estate); or

● A domestic trust (as defined in Regulations section 301.7701-7).

Special rules for partnerships. Partnerships that conduct a trade or business in the United States are generally required to pay a withholding tax under section 1446 on any foreign partners’ share of effectively connected taxable income from such business. Further, in certain cases where a Form W-9 has not been received, the rules under section 1446 require a partnership to presume that a partner is a foreign person, and pay the section 1446 withholding tax. Therefore, if you are a U.S. person that is a partner in a partnership conducting a trade or business in the United States, provide Form W-9 to the partnership to establish your U.S. status and avoid section 1446 withholding on your share of partnership income.

In the cases below, the following person must give Form W-9 to the partnership for purposes of establishing its U.S. status and avoiding withholding on its allocable share of net income from the partnership conducting a trade or business in the United States.

● In the case of a disregarded entity with a U.S. owner, the U.S. owner of the disregarded entity and not the entity;

● In the case of a grantor trust with a U.S. grantor or other U.S. owner, generally, the U.S. grantor or other U.S. owner of the grantor trust and not the trust; and

● In the case of a U.S. trust (other than a grantor trust), the U.S. trust (other than a grantor trust) and not the beneficiaries of the trust.

Foreign person. If you are a foreign person or the U.S. branch of a foreign bank that has elected to be treated as a U.S. person, do not use Form W-9. Instead, use the appropriate Form W-8 or Form 8233 (see Pub. 515, Withholding of Tax on Nonresident Aliens and Foreign Entities).

Nonresident alien who becomes a resident alien. Generally, only a nonresident alien individual may use the terms of a tax treaty to reduce or eliminate U.S. tax on certain types of income. However, most tax treaties contain a provision known as a “saving clause.” Exceptions specified in the saving clause may permit an exemption from tax to continue for certain types of income even after the payee has otherwise become a U.S. resident alien for tax purposes.

If you are a U.S. resident alien who is relying on an exception contained in the saving clause of a tax treaty to claim an exemption from U.S. tax on certain types of income, you must attach a statement to Form W-9 that specifies the following five items.

1. The treaty country. Generally, this must be the same treaty under which you claimed exemption from tax as a nonresident alien.

2. The treaty article addressing the income.

3. The article number (or location) in the tax treaty that contains the saving clause and its exceptions.

4. The type and amount of income that qualifies for the exemption from tax.

5. Sufficient facts to justify the exemption from tax under the terms of the treaty article.

Example. Article 20 of the U.S.-China income tax treaty allows an exemption from tax for scholarship income received by a Chinese student temporarily present in the United States. Under U.S. law, this student will become a resident alien for tax purposes if his or her stay in the United States exceeds 5 calendar years. However, paragraph 2 of the first Protocol to the U.S.-China treaty (dated April 30, 1984) allows the provisions of Article 20 to continue to apply even after the Chinese student becomes a resident alien of the United States. A Chinese student who qualifies for this exception (under paragraph 2 of the first protocol) and is relying on

this exception to claim an exemption from tax on his or her scholarship or fellowship income would attach to Form W-9 a statement that includes the information described above to support that exemption.

If you are a nonresident alien or a foreign entity, give the requester the appropriate completed Form W-8 or Form 8233.

Backup Withholding

What is backup withholding? Persons making certain payments to you must under certain conditions withhold and pay to the IRS 24% of such payments. This is called “backup withholding.” Payments that may be subject to backup withholding include interest, tax-exempt interest, dividends, broker and barter exchange transactions, rents, royalties, nonemployee pay, payments made in settlement of payment card and third party network transactions, and certain payments from fishing boat operators. Real estate transactions are not subject to backup withholding.

You will not be subject to backup withholding on payments you receive if you give the requester your correct TIN, make the proper certifications, and report all your taxable interest and dividends on your tax return.

Payments you receive will be subject to backup withholding if:

1. You do not furnish your TIN to the requester,

2. You do not certify your TIN when required (see the instructions for Part II for details),

3. The IRS tells the requester that you furnished an incorrect TIN,

4. The IRS tells you that you are subject to backup withholding because you did not report all your interest and dividends on your tax return (for reportable interest and dividends only), or

5. You do not certify to the requester that you are not subject to backup withholding under 4 above (for reportable interest and dividend accounts opened after 1983 only).

Certain payees and payments are exempt from backup withholding. See Exempt payee code, later, and the separate Instructions for the Requester of Form W-9 for more information.

Also see Special rules for partnerships, earlier.

What is FATCA Reporting?

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) requires a participating foreign financial institution to report all United States account holders that are specified United States persons. Certain payees are exempt from FATCA reporting. See Exemption from FATCA reporting code, later, and the Instructions for the Requester of Form W-9 for more information.

Updating Your Information

You must provide updated information to any person to whom you claimed to be an exempt payee if you are no longer an exempt payee and anticipate receiving reportable payments in the future from this person. For example, you may need to provide updated information if you are a C corporation that elects to be an S corporation, or if you no longer are tax exempt. In addition, you must furnish a new Form W-9 if the name or TIN changes for the account; for example, if the grantor of a grantor trust dies.

Penalties

Failure to furnish TIN. If you fail to furnish your correct TIN to a requester, you are subject to a penalty of $50 for each such failure unless your failure is due to reasonable cause and not to willful neglect.

Civil penalty for false information with respect to withholding. If you make a false statement with no reasonable basis that results in no backup withholding, you are subject to a $500 penalty.

Criminal penalty for falsifying information. Willfully falsifying certifications or affirmations may subject you to criminal penalties including fines and/or imprisonment.

Misuse of TINs. If the requester discloses or uses TINs in violation of federal law, the requester may be subject to civil and criminal penalties.

Specific Instructions

Line 1

You must enter one of the following on this line; do not leave this line blank. The name should match the name on your tax return.

If this Form W-9 is for a joint account (other than an account maintained by a foreign financial institution (FFI)), list first, and then circle, the name of the person or entity whose number you entered in Part I of Form W-9. If you are providing Form W-9 to an FFI to document a joint account, each holder of the account that is a U.S. person must provide a Form W-9.

 


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a. Individual. Generally, enter the name shown on your tax return. If you have changed your last name without informing the Social Security Administration (SSA) of the name change, enter your first name, the last name as shown on your social security card, and your new last name.

Note: ITIN applicant: Enter your individual name as it was entered on your Form W-7 application, line 1a. This should also be the same as the name you entered on the Form 1040/1040A/1040EZ you filed with your application.

b. Sole proprietor or single-member LLC. Enter your individual name as shown on your 1040/1040A/1040EZ on line 1. You may enter your business, trade, or “doing business as” (DBA) name on line 2.

c. Partnership, LLC that is not a single-member LLC, C corporation, or S corporation. Enter the entity’s name as shown on the entity’s tax return on line 1 and any business, trade, or DBA name on line 2.

d. Other entities. Enter your name as shown on required U.S. federal tax documents on line 1. This name should match the name shown on the charter or other legal document creating the entity. You may enter any business, trade, or DBA name on line 2.

e. Disregarded entity. For U.S. federal tax purposes, an entity that is disregarded as an entity separate from its owner is treated as a “disregarded entity.” See Regulations section 301.7701-2(c)(2)(iii). Enter the owner’s name on line 1. The name of the entity entered on line 1 should never be a disregarded entity. The name on line 1 should be the name shown on the income tax return on which the income should be reported. For example, if a foreign LLC that is treated as a disregarded entity for U.S. federal tax purposes has a single owner that is a U.S. person, the U.S. owner’s name is required to be provided on line 1. If the direct owner of the entity is also a disregarded entity, enter the first owner that is not disregarded for federal tax purposes. Enter the disregarded entity’s name on line 2, “Business name/disregarded entity name.” If the owner of the disregarded entity is a foreign person, the owner must complete an appropriate Form W-8 instead of a Form W-9. This is the case even if the foreign person has a U.S. TIN.

Line 2

If you have a business name, trade name, DBA name, or disregarded entity name, you may enter it on line 2.

Line 3

Check the appropriate box on line 3 for the U.S. federal tax classification of the person whose name is entered on line 1. Check only one box on line 3.

 

IF the entity/person on line 1 is a(n) . . .   THEN check the box for . . .
● Corporation  

Corporation

 

● Individual

● Sole proprietorship, or

● Single-member limited liability company (LLC) owned by an individual and disregarded for U.S. federal tax purposes.

 

Individual/sole proprietor or single-member LLC

 

● LLC treated as a partnership for U.S. federal tax purposes,

● LLC that has filed Form 8832 or 2553 to be taxed as a corporation, or

● LLC that is disregarded as an entity separate from its owner but the owner is another LLC that is not disregarded for U.S. federal tax purposes.

  Limited liability company and enter the appropriate tax classification. (P= Partnership; C= C corporation; or S= S corporation)

● Partnership

 

  Partnership

● Trust/estate

 

  Trust/estate

Line 4, Exemptions

If you are exempt from backup withholding and/or FATCA reporting, enter in the appropriate space on line 4 any code(s) that may apply to you.

Exempt payee code.

●  Generally, individuals (including sole proprietors) are not exempt from backup withholding.

●  Except as provided below, corporations are exempt from backup withholding for certain payments, including interest and dividends.

●  Corporations are not exempt from backup withholding for payments made in settlement of payment card or third party network transactions.

●  Corporations are not exempt from backup withholding with respect to attorneys’ fees or gross proceeds paid to attorneys, and corporations that provide medical or health care services are not exempt with respect to payments reportable on Form 1099-MISC.

The following codes identify payees that are exempt from backup withholding. Enter the appropriate code in the space in line 4.

1—An organization exempt from tax under section 501(a), any IRA, or a custodial account under section 403(b)(7) if the account satisfies the requirements of section 401(f)(2)

2—The United States or any of its agencies or instrumentalities

3—A state, the District of Columbia, a U.S. commonwealth or possession, or any of their political subdivisions or instrumentalities

4—A foreign government or any of its political subdivisions, agencies, or instrumentalities

5—A corporation

6—A dealer in securities or commodities required to register in the United States, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. commonwealth or possession

7—A futures commission merchant registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission

8—A real estate investment trust

9—An entity registered at all times during the tax year under the Investment Company Act of 1940

10—A common trust fund operated by a bank under section 584(a)

11—A financial institution

12—A middleman known in the investment community as a nominee or custodian

13—A trust exempt from tax under section 664 or described in section 4947

The following chart shows types of payments that may be exempt from backup withholding. The chart applies to the exempt payees listed above, 1 through 13.

 

IF the payment is for . . .  

THEN the payment is exempt

for . . .

Interest and dividend payments  

All exempt payees except for 7

 

Broker transactions  

Exempt payees 1 through 4 and 6 through 11 and all C corporations. S corporations must not enter an exempt payee code because they are exempt only for sales of noncovered securities acquired prior to 2012.

 

Barter exchange transactions and patronage dividends   Exempt payees 1 through 4

Payments over $600 required to be reported and direct sales over $5,0001

 

  Generally, exempt payees 1 through 52

Payments made in settlement of payment card or third party network transactions

 

  Exempt payees 1 through 4

1 See Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, and its instructions.

2 However, the following payments made to a corporation and reportable on Form 1099-MISC are not exempt from backup withholding: medical and health care payments, attorneys’ fees, gross proceeds paid to an attorney reportable under section 6045(f), and payments for services paid by a federal executive agency.

Exemption from FATCA reporting code. The following codes identify payees that are exempt from reporting under FATCA. These codes apply to persons submitting this form for accounts maintained outside of the United States by certain foreign financial institutions. Therefore, if you are only submitting this form for an account you hold in the United States, you may leave this field blank. Consult with the person requesting this form if you are uncertain if the financial institution is subject to these requirements. A requester may indicate that a code is not required by providing you with a Form W-9 with “Not Applicable” (or any similar indication) written or printed on the line for a FATCA exemption code.

A—An organization exempt from tax under section 501(a) or any individual retirement plan as defined in section 7701(a)(37)

B—The United States or any of its agencies or instrumentalities

C—A state, the District of Columbia, a U.S. commonwealth or possession, or any of their political subdivisions or instrumentalities

D—A corporation the stock of which is regularly traded on one or more established securities markets, as described in Regulations section 1.1472-1(c)(1)(i)

E—A corporation that is a member of the same expanded affiliated group as a corporation described in Regulations section 1.1472-1(c)(1)(i)

F—A dealer in securities, commodities, or derivative financial instruments (including notional principal contracts, futures, forwards, and options) that is registered as such under the laws of the United States or any state

 


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G—A real estate investment trust

H—A regulated investment company as defined in section 851 or an entity registered at all times during the tax year under the Investment Company Act of 1940

I—A common trust fund as defined in section 584(a)

J—A bank as defined in section 581

K—A broker

L—A trust exempt from tax under section 664 or described in section 4947(a)(1)

M—A tax exempt trust under a section 403(b) plan or section 457(g) plan

Note: You may wish to consult with the financial institution requesting this form to determine whether the FATCA code and/or exempt payee code should be completed.

Line 5

Enter your address (number, street, and apartment or suite number). This is where the requester of this Form W-9 will mail your information returns. If this address differs from the one the requester already has on file, write NEW at the top. If a new address is provided, there is still a chance the old address will be used until the payor changes your address in their records.

Line 6

Enter your city, state, and ZIP code.

Part I. Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)

Enter your TIN in the appropriate box. If you are a resident alien and you do not have and are not eligible to get an SSN, your TIN is your IRS individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN). Enter it in the social security number box. If you do not have an ITIN, see How to get a TIN below.

If you are a sole proprietor and you have an EIN, you may enter either your SSN or EIN.

If you are a single-member LLC that is disregarded as an entity separate from its owner, enter the owner’s SSN (or EIN, if the owner has one). Do not enter the disregarded entity’s EIN. If the LLC is classified as a corporation or partnership, enter the entity’s EIN.

Note: See What Name and Number To Give the Requester, later, for further clarification of name and TIN combinations.

How to get a TIN. If you do not have a TIN, apply for one immediately. To apply for an SSN, get Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card, from your local SSA office or get this form online at www.SSA.gov. You may also get this form by calling 1-800-772-1213. Use Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, to apply for an ITIN, or Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number, to apply for an EIN. You can apply for an EIN online by accessing the IRS website at www.irs.gov/Businesses and clicking on Employer Identification Number (EIN) under Starting a Business. Go to www.irs.gov/Forms to view, download, or print Form W-7 and/or Form SS-4. Or, you can go to www.irs.gov/OrderForms to place an order and have Form W-7 and/or SS-4 mailed to you within 10 business days.

If you are asked to complete Form W-9 but do not have a TIN, apply for a TIN and write “Applied For” in the space for the TIN, sign and date the form, and give it to the requester. For interest and dividend payments, and certain payments made with respect to readily tradable instruments, generally you will have 60 days to get a TIN and give it to the requester before you are subject to backup withholding on payments. The 60-day rule does not apply to other types of payments. You will be subject to backup withholding on all such payments until you provide your TIN to the requester.

Note: Entering “Applied For” means that you have already applied for a TIN or that you intend to apply for one soon.

Caution: A disregarded U.S. entity that has a foreign owner must use the appropriate Form W-8.

Part II. Certification

To establish to the withholding agent that you are a U.S. person, or resident alien, sign Form W-9. You may be requested to sign by the withholding agent even if item 1, 4, or 5 below indicates otherwise.

For a joint account, only the person whose TIN is shown in Part I should sign (when required). In the case of a disregarded entity, the person identified on line 1 must sign. Exempt payees, see Exempt payee code, earlier.

Signature requirements. Complete the certification as indicated in items 1 through 5 below.

1. Interest, dividend, and barter exchange accounts opened before 1984 and broker accounts considered active during 1983. You must give your correct TIN, but you do not have to sign the certification.

2. Interest, dividend, broker, and barter exchange accounts opened after 1983 and broker accounts considered inactive during 1983. You must sign the certification or backup withholding will apply. If you are subject to backup withholding and you are merely providing your correct TIN to the requester, you must cross out item 2 in the certification before signing the form.

3. Real estate transactions. You must sign the certification. You may cross out item 2 of the certification.

4. Other payments. You must give your correct TIN, but you do not have to sign the certification unless you have been notified that you have previously given an incorrect TIN. “Other payments” include payments made in the course of the requester’s trade or business for rents, royalties, goods (other than bills for merchandise), medical and health care services (including payments to corporations), payments to a nonemployee for services, payments made in settlement of payment card and third party network transactions, payments to certain fishing boat crew members and fishermen, and gross proceeds paid to attorneys (including payments to corporations).

5. Mortgage interest paid by you, acquisition or abandonment of secured property, cancellation of debt, qualified tuition program payments (under section 529), ABLE accounts (under section 529A), IRA, Coverdell ESA, Archer MSA or HSA contributions or distributions, and pension distributions. You must give your correct TIN, but you do not have to sign the certification.

What Name and Number To Give the Requester

 

       
       For this type of account:        Give name and SSN of:
 
  1.    

Individual

    The individual
 
  2.     Two or more individuals (joint account) other than an account maintained by an FFI     The actual owner of the account or, if combined funds, the first individual on the account1
 
  3.     Two or more U.S. persons (joint account maintained by an FFI)     Each holder of the account
 
  4.     Custodial account of a minor (Uniform Gift to Minors Act)     The minor2
 
  5.     a. The usual revocable savings trust (grantor is also trustee)     The grantor-trustee1
 
  b. So-called trust account that is not a legal or valid trust under state law     The actual owner1
 
  6.     Sole proprietorship or disregarded entity owned by an individual     The owner3
 
  7.     Grantor trust filing under Optional Form 1099 Filing Method 1 (see Regulations section 1.671-4(b)(2)(i)(A))     

The grantor*

       
       For this type of account:        Give name and EIN of:
 
  8.     Disregarded entity not owned by an individual     The owner
 
  9.     A valid trust, estate, or pension trust     Legal entity4
 
  10.     Corporation or LLC electing corporate status on Form 8832 or Form 2553     The corporation
 
  11.     Association, club, religious, charitable, educational, or other tax-exempt organization     The organization
 
  12.     Partnership or multi-member LLC     The partnership
 
  13.     A broker or registered nominee     The broker or nominee
 
  14.     Account with the Department of Agriculture in the name of a public entity (such as a state or local government, school district, or prison) that receives agricultural program payments     The public entity
 
  15.     Grantor trust filing under the Form 1041 Filing Method or the Optional Form 1099 Filing Method 2 (see Regulations section 1.671-4(b)(2)(i)(B))       The trust

1 List first and circle the name of the person whose number you furnish. If only one person on a joint account has an SSN, that person’s number must be furnished.

2 Circle the minor’s name and furnish the minor’s SSN.

 


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3 You must show your individual name and you may also enter your business or DBA name on the “Business name/disregarded entity” name line. You may use either your SSN or EIN (if you have one), but the IRS encourages you to use your SSN.

4 List first and circle the name of the trust, estate, or pension trust. (Do not furnish the TIN of the personal representative or trustee unless the legal entity itself is not designated in the account title.) Also see Special rules for partnerships, earlier.

*Note: The grantor also must provide a Form W-9 to trustee of trust.

Note: If no name is circled when more than one name is listed, the number will be considered to be that of the first name listed.

Secure Your Tax Records From Identity Theft

Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information such as your name, SSN, or other identifying information, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes. An identity thief may use your SSN to get a job or may file a tax return using your SSN to receive a refund.

To reduce your risk:

 

  Protect your SSN,

 

  Ensure your employer is protecting your SSN, and

 

  Be careful when choosing a tax preparer.

If your tax records are affected by identity theft and you receive a notice from the IRS, respond right away to the name and phone number printed on the IRS notice or letter.

If your tax records are not currently affected by identity theft but you think you are at risk due to a lost or stolen purse or wallet, questionable credit card activity or

credit report, contact the IRS Identity Theft Hotline at 1-800-908-4490 or submit Form 14039.

For more information, see Pub. 5027, Identity Theft Information for Taxpayers.

Victims of identity theft who are experiencing economic harm or a systemic problem, or are seeking help in resolving tax problems that have not been resolved through normal channels, may be eligible for Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) assistance. You can reach TAS by calling the TAS toll-free case intake line at 1-877-777-4778 or TTY/TDD 1-800-829-4059.

Protect yourself from suspicious emails or phishing schemes. Phishing is the creation and use of email and websites designed to mimic legitimate business emails and websites. The most common act is sending an email to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft.

The IRS does not initiate contacts with taxpayers via emails. Also, the IRS does not request personal detailed information through email or ask taxpayers for the PIN numbers, passwords, or similar secret access information for their credit card, bank, or other financial accounts.

If you receive an unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS, forward this message to phishing@irs.gov. You may also report misuse of the IRS name, logo, or other IRS property to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1-800-366-4484. You can forward suspicious emails to the Federal Trade Commission at spam@uce.gov or report them at www.ftc.gov/complaint. You can contact the FTC at www.ftc.gov/idtheft or 877-IDTHEFT (877-438-4338). If you have been the victim of identity theft, see www.IdentityTheft.gov and Pub. 5027.

Visit www.irs.gov/IdentityTheft to learn more about identity theft and how to reduce your risk.

 

 

Privacy Act Notice

Section 6109 of the Internal Revenue Code requires you to provide your correct TIN to persons (including federal agencies) who are required to file information returns with the IRS to report interest, dividends, or certain other income paid to you; mortgage interest you paid; the acquisition or abandonment of secured property; the cancellation of debt; or contributions you made to an IRA, Archer MSA, or HSA. The person collecting this form uses the information on the form to file information returns with the IRS, reporting the above information. Routine uses of this information include giving it to the Department of Justice for civil and criminal litigation and to cities, states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. commonwealths and possessions for use in administering their laws. The information also may be disclosed to other countries under a treaty, to federal and state agencies to enforce civil and criminal laws, or to federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies to combat terrorism. You must provide your TIN whether or not you are required to file a tax return. Under section 3406, payers must generally withhold a percentage of taxable interest, dividend, and certain other payments to a payee who does not give a TIN to the payer. Certain penalties may also apply for providing false or fraudulent information.


The Depositary for the Offer is:

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By First-Class, Registered or

Certified Mail:

 

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Attn: Voluntary Corporate Actions

P.O. Box 43011

Providence, Rhode Island 02940-3011

  

By Hand, Express Mail, Courier,

or Other Expedited Service:

 

Computershare Trust Company, N.A.

Attn: Voluntary Corporate Actions

150 Royall St., Suite V

Canton, Massachusetts 02021

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The Information Agent for the Offer is:

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New York, New York 10022

Stockholders May Call Toll Free: (888) 750-5834

Banks and Brokers May Call Collect: (212) 750-5833

The Dealer Manager for the Offer is:

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Bank of America Tower

One Bryant Park

New York, New York 10036

(888) 803-9655 (toll-free)

 

Voluntary Corporate Action — GME